It would seem the FOX news sexual harassment story is the gift that just keeps on giving. Ailes resigned from FOX after their top info-babe anchor, Megyn Kelly, came out against Ailes’ advances, on the heels of the suit filed by Gretchen Carlson alleging the same. Now, the mysterious absence of Andrea Tantaros is becoming increasingly clearer as reports surface connecting her to sexual harassment by Ailes.
New York Mag reveals why Tantaros may have been taken off the air.
Fox News’ senior executives have said they were unaware of sexual-harassment allegations against Roger Ailes before former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against him in July. But those claims are now being challenged by Fox host Andrea Tantaros, who says that she complained multiple times to senior Fox executives in 2015 about Ailes’s inappropriate sexual behavior toward her. Tantaros says that, after she came forward, she was first demoted and eventually taken off the air in April 2016. Fox continues to pay her.
Through her lawyer, Judd Burstein, Tantaros says that both she and her agent told Fox executive vice-president Bill Shine, senior vice-president Suzanne Scott, and general counsel Dianne Brandi about episodes of Ailes’s alleged harassment. “She made multiple harassment and hostile-workplace complaints,” Burstein says. As far as Tantaros knows, Fox executives never investigated her complaints, Burstein says; instead, they claim, Fox sidelined her. “I believe it’s retaliatory,” says Burstein.
Fox’s attorneys dispute this. The network says Tantaros was suspended with pay because she violated company policy by not allowing Fox to vet her 2016 book, Tied Up in Knots: How Getting What They Wanted Has Made Women Miserable. Fox attorneys told Burstein the network was embarrassed by her book’s cover, which depicts Tantaros bound by ropes.
But, by now you may be wondering why is Anita Hill back in the headlines? It seems the libs just couldn’t stand to be left out of the sexual harassment loop, so they drug Anita out of the moth balls to add salt to the wound of the conservative news media outlet.
Justice Thomas is always presumed guilty of harassing Hill. NPR and Nina Totenberg were a crucial part of foisting Hill’s unsubstantiated attacks on Thomas, and creating the furor that spawned the Hill-Thomas hearings. A Thomas fan would laugh as NPR explains that Hill says she was “ostracized,” which is an odd word for a six-figure book deal and a very secure professor’s job in New England.
Inskeep then compared Ailes to Bill Cosby, and implied both men are guilty as charged:
STEVE INSKEEP: Both the Bill Cosby story and the Roger Ailes story – and I’m not saying in any way that they’re exactly the same – share some of the same elements. You have a workplace situation. You have ambitious people. You have a powerful man accused of taking advantage of far, far, far less powerful women. What do you think those stories have done to change people’s consciousness about this?
ANITA HILL: I think it makes clear that even though the men are more powerful, that even women who are perceived to have some power have trouble coming forward. But I also think that it makes people aware that how, in these situations where there is extreme hierarchy and you have an individual who is well-regarded on many levels, that it is very difficult for women to come forward because, in many ways, they don’t have anyone to report to who can actually do anything about it, who can change the behavior of this powerful person.
INSKEEP: What do you mean by extreme hierarchy? Every company has a boss, but you seem to be talking about a specific kind of company.
HILL: Well, I’m talking about companies where you do have this fairly iconic figure and employees are prohibited from stepping outside of the chain of command to even talk to people who are above them in rank.
Hill is a bit more forgiving of sexual harassment by liberals than conservatives, but that should be no surprise. And it certainly does fit into the conservative bashing narrative/double standard the left is so good at perpetuating.
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