You may have noticed that as this extremely depressing and never-ending “celebrity sex abuser” storyline plays out, there are at least a couple of patterns. One of them, which no one has had the courage to fully examine, is that almost all of the most high-profile alleged abusers from the world of media/entertainment/politics are men who would not be generally considered physically attractive. Some might even be called ugly, and not just because of their behavior. I am always very skeptical of when the media takes a few stray data points and weaves them into a convenient narrative, but there is clearly something to this. Harvey Weinstein, Roger Ailes, Mark Halperin, Louis C.K., Roy Moore, Al Franken, Charlie Rose, Glenn Thrush, John Conyers, John Lasseter, and Jeffery Tambor all clearly fit within this description. So, is this just a Continue reading "Here’s Why Most of the ‘Celebrity Sex Abusers’ Are Unattractive Males"
the Washington Post reported that eight women have accused veteran broadcaster Charlie Rose of sexual harassment and misconduct, NBC’s Megyn Kelly recounted her own personal experience with Rose. During today’s broadcast of Megyn Kelly Today, Kelly told the audience that she’s “known Charlie for years” and “considered him a friend,” thus making this “not a pleasant story” for her. She then said that she wanted to share a story involving her and Rose that wasn’t about harassment, but of the “underlying dynamic between men and women that contributes to this culture in which inappropriate conduct goes unaddressed.” The former Fox News star explained that last year she asked Rose to emcee an event Continue reading "Megyn Kelly Recalls When Charlie Rose Grilled Her Over Ailes Sexual Harassment Allegations"
Ed. note — this was originally published three weeks ago, but given all the news of the past week, it seems more relevant than ever. At many a media party, it is the latest salon game: predicting who will be the next old(ish) pervert to be outed for years of blatant and unpunished sexual harassment. After all, it’s no secret that the media and entertainment world has been teeming with harassers and harassment (and in some cases sexual assault). In the past few years, however, there has been increased pressure from a variety places. Social media, in conjunction with a society less tolerant of what the harassers might call boys club “locker room” talk — and women who finally feel a little more empowered to speak the truth — has made this a perilous environment for long time tormentors. And so it’s also no coincidence that Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Continue reading "Who Will be Next Media/Entertainment Titan to Fall on The Sexual Harassment Petard? "
CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota appeared on the Aaron Harber Show this week to discuss her time at Fox News, where she worked as an anchor and reporter during the same time Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly were allegedly sexually harassing numerous women. Camerota, who is one of dozens of women who have come forward to accuse ex-Fox News Channel CEO Ailes of misconduct, said a culture of sexual harassment is “built from the top down.” She also opened up on the way Ailes — being in a position of power — used his status to “silo” women and keep them from talking to each other:
“When you’re at the mercy of a powerful person, one of the things that they do is sort of silo people and say, ‘Now, you can’t tell anybody about these great opportunities you’re going to get, people will be jealous, so, whatever we talk about in here Continue reading "Ex-Fox News Anchor Alisyn Camerota: A Culture of Sexual Harassment ‘Is Built From the Top Down’"
Conservative HLN host S.E. Cupp came out swinging at President Donald Trump and Fox News on tonight’s edition of her show, S.E. Cupp: Unfiltered. In one of the more burning rebukes of the Trump administration and Fox News recently to come from a conservative, Cupp went after the President for his treatment of the media and for Fox’s hypocritical support of his war on the “fake news” media. Criticizing the right’s and Fox News’ tendency to call out any criticism of President Trump as examples of a “derangement syndrome,” she characterized these criticisms as occurring “constantly on a loop.” Cupp most notably recalls when “fake news” organizations defended Fox News against the Obama administration and Justice Department. In a death blow of an ending, Cupp responded to comments from her former Fox News colleagues stating that they were “embarrassed for CNN” by plastering up images of Fox Continue reading "S.E. Cupp Torches Fox News With O’Reilly and Ailes Side-By-Side"
Gabriel Sherman says that the latest revelations about Bill O’Reilly‘s harassment lawsuits are a reflection of the working environment established by Roger Ailes. Sherman––who has reported on Fox News and Ailes for years––began by saying O’Reilly’s $32 million settlement with Lis Wiehl was “shocking” when compared to Gretchen Carlson‘s payout from her accusations against Fox’s former network chief. Sherman also found it interesting that O’Reilly would fork over millions in settlements if the allegations against him are as false as he claims. When Hayes brought up Eric Bolling‘s condemnation of O’Reilly for invoking his dead son in his recent tirade against the media, Sherman said it was part of O’Reilly’s “play the victim” strategy of shifting the onus onto other people. Sherman also said that the current developments fit with the “toxic culture” Ailes set up to silence harassment accusers before he was ousted from the network Continue reading "Gabriel Sherman Hits O’Reilly: ‘Basically Shaming Victims Too Scared to Come Forward’"
It’s time to enter the no-spin zone. Fox News seems to have had a massive sexual harassment problem. It started at the top with its founder Roger Ailes and clearly it seems a systemic problem since Bill O’Reilly and Eric Bolling have also been exposed for alleged unseemly behavior. Since their firings, it seemed like the #1-rated cable news channel had finally turned the page from its numerous sex scandals, but a New York Times report from Saturday morning showed that O’Reilly personally settled a whopping $32 million agreement with former Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl. According to the settlement, she accused him of “repeated harassment, a nonconsensual sexual relationship and the sending of gay pornography and other sexually explicit material to her.” And as bad as all of that was (and that was really bad), perhaps the worst part was the fact that this settlement came roughly Continue reading "If Fox News Wants To Move Beyond Bill O’Reilly, They Have To Do More Beyond His Firing"