Roger Ailes’ Lasting Legacy: Making Trump President


Roger Ailes may be dead, but the country is now left suffering through his legacy: a politics of resentment fueled by a stream of racist, sexist propaganda made palatable with a populist spin.
Ailes’ baby Fox News, which he founded with media mogul Rupert Murdoch in 1996, fundamentally reshaped conservative politics, radically changed the media landscape and inarguably fertilized the dirty muck out of which grew President Donald Trump.
“The impact of Roger Ailes on American politics and media was indisputable,” said CNN commentator David Axelrod, a senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, on Twitter Thursday morning, when news of the former Fox CEO’s death at the age of 77 became public.
Others were more blunt: “American politics would have been infinitely better off had Roger Ailes gone to barber college,” blogger Charles Pierce tweeted.
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Fox News Host Makes Seemingly Crass, Sexist Gesture While Talking About Ivanka Trump





Fox News host Jesse Watters made what appeared to be an oral sex joke about Ivanka Trump, at a time when the network is desperate to shed its reputation as a hotbed for sexual harassment, sexism and misogyny.
On a segment of Fox’s The Five on Tuesday night, Watters criticized attendees at a women’s conference in Germany who booed President Donald Trump’s daughter. The negative reaction came after Ivanka, who was speaking on a panel about female entrepreneurship, said that her father is a “tremendous champion” for women. 
“The left says they really respect women and given an opportunity to respect a woman like that they boo and hiss. And I always thought that Europeans were supposed to be so sophisticated and Continue reading "Fox News Host Makes Seemingly Crass, Sexist Gesture While Talking About Ivanka Trump"

Donald Trump’s Rise Laid The Groundwork For Bill O’Reilly’s Fall






Bill O’Reilly weathered sexual harassment charges for more than a decade, but not this time: Fox News has fired the controversial host.
The media company was under extreme pressure from advertisers, protesters and its own employees ― all fed up with a company culture that enabled O’Reilly’s misbehavior for too long.
But behind all that was the growing power of women, more emboldened than ever before, to protest sexual harassment and assault. For this, at least in part, we can thank President Donald Trump
Trump’s surprise victory in November sparked a massive wave of energy among progressives, activists and especially women, outraged that the reality TV star had won office despite more than a dozen sexual assault accusations, a record of strikingly misogynistic comments and insults, and a damning Continue reading "Donald Trump’s Rise Laid The Groundwork For Bill O’Reilly’s Fall"

Bill O’Reilly’s Viewers Still See Him Favorably, Despite Sex Harassment Claims






An overwhelming majority of Bill O’Reilly’s viewers still approve of the controversial Fox News pundit despite a rising tide of sexual harassment allegations against him, according to a HuffPost/YouGov survey conducted over the weekend.
Slightly more than 85 percent of Americans polled who sometimes or regularly watch “The OReilly Factor” say they’re aware of the recent controversy surrounding its host.
Earlier this month, a New York Times investigation revealed that five women who had accused O’Reilly of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior over the past 15 years received a combined $13 million to settle their claims. The alleged behavior included verbal abuse, unwelcome sexual advances and calls in which O’Reilly could be heard masturbating over the phone.
Most “O’Reilly Factor” viewers are unfazed: 65 percent approve of O’Reilly,
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When Tiny Girls Terrify Grown Men

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Look, it’s obviously the height of absurdity to be afraid of little girls. Yet, here we are. Earlier this week, the sculptor behind the 11-foot bronze bull, a symbol of the virile finance industry and an institution on Wall Street for decades, held a press conference to complain about a 4-foot statue of a little girl recently placed nearby.

The “Fearless Girl” statue was installed facing off against Arturo Di Modica’s bull last month, as part of a publicity stunt by a massive financial institution.


The little girl ― posed with her hands on her hips ― was only supposed to be there for like a day, but she became so popular that she got an extension from the city of New York.


Di Continue reading "When Tiny Girls Terrify Grown Men"

That Time Michael Lewis Complained About Dating A Hot Woman


Michael Lewis is best known for milling complicated subject matter like mortgage-backed securities and collateralized debt obligations into compulsively readable bestsellers, including Liar’s Poker, The Big Short and Moneyball. His books get churned into movies that star Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling and Sandra Bullock.
In the world of financial journalism ― actually, just in journalism ― the 56-year-old New Orleans native is a king. A rock-star millionaire writer at the top of his craft, far above the kinds of workaday hacks plugging away at places like the New York Post.
But back in 1994, when he was senior editor at The New Republic, Lewis tackled a simpler topic, one that’s back in the conversation this week, courtesy of the Post: The difficulties of a man being with a smoking-hot woman.
“The most ill-conceived work of his career,” proclaimed a lengthy Vanity Fair profile of Lewis written a few years Continue reading "That Time Michael Lewis Complained About Dating A Hot Woman"

Hillary Unleashes, While Ivanka Keeps Quiet


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First it was a black leather jacket and a new look. Now, it’s bracing honesty and better metaphors. Hillary Clinton said in an interview Thursday night that she believes misogyny did play a role in her loss. 




Girl, we know. Ambitious women face hostility, criticism and unreal expectations. This is not something unique to Hillary Clinton. Yet, the idea that we’re biased against women who seek power is not widely accepted or understood.


Clinton noted that when she was secretary of state, people liked her. When she had the audacity to run for the top job ...  “Oh my gosh, by the time they finished with me, I was Typhoid Mary,” she told Nicholas Kristof at the Women in the World conference. She Continue reading "Hillary Unleashes, While Ivanka Keeps Quiet"