People Were Upset That Roger Ailes Was Included in the ‘In Memoriam’ Segment at The Emmys

The “In Memoriam” segments of awards shows tend to be known for their omissions, but this time there’s outrage over someone that was included. Roger Ailes, the chairman and founder of Fox News Channel, died four months ago. Despite being ousted for sexual harassment, Ailes was included in the “In Memoriam” package because of the huge impact he had on television. However, people expressed their lack of enthusiasm for seeing his face alongside other television legends who have passed away this year.

Who Can Save Fox News From Its Self-Destruction of Sex Scandals? Laura Ingraham

Fox News has been a whirlwind of controversy in recent months. From the firing of Bill O’Reilly, the suspension of Fox Business host Charles Payne, and the most recent ongoing scandal involving Eric Bolling, the “fair and balanced network” has been building a reputation of being the mecca of sexual harassment in cable news. Let’s remember, this all occurred roughly a year after its founder Roger Ailes was ousted for his alleged treatment of his female employees. All of these episodes have contributed to the ever-changing lineup in some way or another. Here was the primetime lineup about a year ago:
5PM – The Five 6PM – Special Report w/ Bret Baier 7PM – On the Record with Greta Van Susteren 8PM – The O’Reilly Factor  9PM – The Kelly File 10PM – Hannity
This is the primetime lineup today:
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Who is Cleaning Up Fox News Legacy of Systemic Sexism? A Slew of Female Executives

Over the weekend, Fox News confirmed that the network had suspended host Eric Bolling for allegedly sending the same unsolicited photo of his genitalia to at least three female co-workers. This came as tough news for a network that, just a year ago, saw former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes  accused, repeatedly, of attempting to leverage his power to solicit sex from, not to mention harass and even reportedly try to assault, female co-workers. Primetime host Bill O’Reilly later had to deal with — and later depart over — his own slew of harassment allegations. Both of these men left the network under a cloud of accusations of creating to a hostile work environment for female employees. What all of this lays bear is the reminder that very often it’s the men, not women, who are behind these scandals; men, not women, have been taking advantage of Continue reading "Who is Cleaning Up Fox News Legacy of Systemic Sexism? A Slew of Female Executives"

Fox News Shedding ‘Fair & Balanced’ Slogan Because It’s Too Closely Associated With Roger Ailes

Fox_News-2.svg_ It appears that Fox News has decided to get rid of the slogan that the network is most identified with and has been its calling card for two decades. According to New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman, the network is dropping the “Fair & Balanced” marketing slogan. The reason the network doesn’t want to use the tagline anymore in advertising is that it is too associated with former network chief Roger Ailes, who was ousted last year in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. Instead, the network will lean entirely on its other slogan: “Most Watched. Most Trusted.” Per Sherman, this decision was made last summer after Ailes left the network and is part of an effort to distance Fox News from the Ailes era:
According to network executives, Fox News has abandoned the marketing slogan “Fair & Balanced.” The decision was made last August after Ailes’s Continue reading "Fox News Shedding ‘Fair & Balanced’ Slogan Because It’s Too Closely Associated With Roger Ailes"

‘Culture of Exploitation’: Monica Lewinsky Rips Roger Ailes and Cable News in NYT Op-Ed

Screen Shot 2017-05-22 at 5.04.58 PM Following the death of former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes last week, tributes were offered in print and on air both from likely, and perhaps unlikely, sources. But in the opening paragraph of a New York Times op-ed out Monday, Monica Lewinsky said that she did not plan to have her piece serve as another Ailes obituary. “It is, I hope, instead an obituary for the culture he purveyed — a culture that affected me profoundly and personally,” Lewinsky wrote. Calling it a “culture of exploitation,” Lewinsky blasted the environment at Fox News and other cable news outlets — where salacious Lewinsky coverage turned out to be a ratings dream. “Their dream was my nightmare,” Lewinsky wrote. “My character, my looks and my life were picked apart mercilessly. Truth and fiction mixed at random in the service of higher ratings.” Lewinsky, in the piece, referenced the apology Continue reading "‘Culture of Exploitation’: Monica Lewinsky Rips Roger Ailes and Cable News in NYT Op-Ed"

Roger Ailes’ Son Swears Vengeance Against Father’s Harassment Accusers: ‘Hell Is Coming With Me’

ailes-300x196 During a funeral service for Roger Ailes this weekend, the teenage son of the former Fox News chairman seemed to promise that he would have his revenge on the people who “betrayed” his father before his death. The memorial took place at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church in Palm Beach, Florida, and it was attended by conservative figures like Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, and various hosts and contributors for Fox News. Ingraham’s website Lifezette put out a report on the event, and they described the eulogy that was given by Ailes’ 17-year-old son, Zachary. “I loved my father. He considered how much certain people hated him as a measure of success,” said Ailes’ son. “I want all the people who betrayed my father to know that I’m coming after them…and hell is coming with me.” The report suggests that Ailes was directing his comments towards Gretchen Carlson Continue reading "Roger Ailes’ Son Swears Vengeance Against Father’s Harassment Accusers: ‘Hell Is Coming With Me’"

Rachel Maddow Laments Passing Of Roger Ailes: ‘I Considered Him To Be a Friend’

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow spoke to Access Hollywood about the death of Roger Ailes, where she said it was a “shock” for her because she considered the former Fox News chairman as a “friend” and a “mentor” to her. Speaking with Natalie Morales and Kit Hoover, Maddow said that she had a “collegial friendship” with Ailes ever since she asked him to review her performances on TV. Maddow acknowledged that Ailes’ sexual harassment scandals were a “huge deal”, but she went on to say that it was undeniable that Ailes had a major impact on the cable news business before he was fired from his network. “The reason that he left is dire stuff,” Maddow said. “But this corner of the news business, I think it’s worth noting, really, was created by Ailes….All of us [in cable news] had something to do with him because he was formative. Continue reading "Rachel Maddow Laments Passing Of Roger Ailes: ‘I Considered Him To Be a Friend’"