Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson is suing the network’s CEO and chairman Roger Ailes, alleging a pervasive practice of sexual harassment. Now Ailes is vigorously denying her accusations and Fox’s parent company is conducting an “internal review.” – Brian Stelter [CNN]
ANY BEAUTY QUEEN veteran knows a thing or two about sexual harassment. Gretchen Carlson accusing Roger Ailes of “a pervasive practice” of unwanted advancement automatically gets my attention.
Everyone has watched the parade of painted women that has become the trademark image of the Fox News Channel. Even reporters are put through the glamour treatment, often appearing on the show looking unlike they’ve been seen before.
The bombshell story that played out Wednesday is the most fascinating tidbit to trickle out of our media misogyny-land since Gabriel Sherman’s book on Ailes, The Loudest Voice in the Room.
From Brian Stelter
It alleges that Ailes repeatedly “injected sexual and/or sexist comments” into conversations; made “sexual advances by various means;” and said to her last September, “I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better.”
Oh, and it’s not just Mr. Ailes.
Doocy, the complaint alleges, “engaged in a pattern and practice of severe and pervasive sexual harassment of Carlson, including, but not limited to, mocking her during commercial breaks, shunning her off air, refusing to engage with her on air, belittling her contributions to the show, and generally attempting to put her in her place by refusing to accept and treat her as an intelligent and insightful female journalist rather than a blond female prop.”
In response to Carlson’s complaints about Doocy, Ailes allegedly called Carlson a “man hater” and “killer,” and admonished her to “get along with the boys.”
That episode happened in 2009, according to the complaint. In 2013, the complaint claims, Ailes moved Carlson from the morning show to the 2 p.m. hour as “further retaliation for her refusal to accede to sexual harassment and retaliation.”
Fox News Channel is not part of Carlson’s suit.