FOX News continues to crumble away.
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Bill O’Reilly is officially out at Fox News Washington Post – 19 April 2017…
- The conservative-leaning host’s downfall was swift and steep, set in motion less than three weeks ago by revelations of a string of harassment complaints against him. The questions about his conduct represented yet another black eye to Fox, which had dealt with a sexual harassment scandal involving its co-founder and then-chairman Roger Ailes, just last summer.
From CNN Money…
- In an interview with The New York Times, Trump * defended O’Reilly against new revelations that he, Fox News and parent company 21st Century Fox had paid a total of $13 million in settlements to five women who accused him of sexual harassment or verbal abuse. “I think he’s a person I know well — he is a good person,” Trump told the Times. “I think he shouldn’t have settled; personally I think he shouldn’t have settled. Because you should have taken it all the way. I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”
Excerpts from Wikipedia including updated information from recent news…
- Her contract with Fox News expired on June 23, 2016. On July 6, she filed a lawsuit against then Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes claiming sexual harassment. Subsequently, dozens of other women also stepped forward to accuse Ailes of harassment, and Ailes was forced to resign under pressure. In September 2016, Carlson and 21st Century Fox Corporation (Fox News’ parent corporation) settled the lawsuit for $20 million.
2. Roger Ailes
- He is the founder and former Chairman and CEO of Fox News and the Fox Television Stations Group, from which he resigned in July 2016 following allegations that he sexually harassed female colleagues. Ailes was a media consultant for Republican presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush, and for Rudy Giuliani’s first mayoral campaign. In 2016, he was an adviser to the Donald Trump * campaign, where he assisted with debate preparation.
- On September 6, 2016, she resigned from Fox News. She was not able to say goodbye on-air, as the network immediately filled the On the Record anchor spot with Brit Hume. Van Susteren, who said that Fox “has not felt like home to me for a few years,” chose to take advantage of a clause in her contract that allowed her to resign from the network immediately: “The clause had a time limitation, meaning I could not wait.” In early 2017, Van Susteren signed on with NBC News to anchor the 6 p.m. ET program on its 24-hour cable news channel, MSNBC. The program, titled For the Record with Greta, launched on January 9, 2017.
4. Megyn Kelly
- In late 2016, Kelly was alleged to be actively considering other news networks aside from Fox News, since her contract was months away from expiring. In January 2017, The New York Times reported that she would leave Fox News for a “triple role” at NBC News in which she would anchor and host her own daytime program and in-depth Sunday night news show, along with taking part in the network’s political and major news event coverage. It was reported that Kelly’s new daytime program would be a replacement for the third hour of NBC’s morning show Today, Today’s Take. She departed Fox News on January 6, 2017, after the last episode of The Kelly File was aired. In January 2017 People (magazine) quoted an unspecified source that Kelly remains under a non-compete clause with Fox until July 2017 and that she may start working at NBC only when it expires or is canceled.
- In the Republican Party presidential debate on August 6, 2015, Kelly asked whether a man of Trump’s temperament ought to be elected president. Kelly’s moderating generated a range of media and political reactions and her professionalism was criticized by presidential candidate Trump. Kelly responded to Trump’s criticism by saying she would not “apologize for doing good journalism”. Trump declined to attend the Iowa January 28 debate that she moderated. After the debate and off-camera, Kelly referred to Trump as “Voldemort”. Bill Maher complimented Kelly as being “so much better” than the candidates who attended the January 28 debate and argued that she was a more viable candidate for the Republican nomination. In an interview with CBS News Sunday Morning, Kelly reflected that she was disappointed with the lack of support she received from coworker Bill O’Reilly and CNN, the latter airing a Trump event the same time as the debate. In April, at her request, Kelly met with Trump at Trump Tower, having “a chance to clear the air”. The following month, after interviewing Trump and being met with mixed reception, she expressed interest in doing another one with him. In June, she criticized Trump for his claims against Gonzalo P. Curiel’s credibility. In October, a contentious discussion between Kelly and Newt Gingrich on The Kelly File regarding Trump’s sexual comments in a 2005 audio recording gained widespread social media reaction.
- In March 2016, it was announced that Kelly would host a one-hour prime time special on the Fox network, wherein she would interview celebrities from the worlds of “politics, entertainment, and other areas of human interest.” The special aired in May 2016, which is a sweeps month. It acquired 4.8 million viewers, but came in third place in ratings. Gabriel Sherman wrote of the stakes for Kelly as “high”, elaborating that with Kelly being in the final year of her contract with Fox and having confirmed her ambitions, “The special was essentially a public interview for her next job.” In July 2016, amid allegations of sexual harassment on the part of Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, Kelly was reported to have confirmed that she herself was also subjected to his harassment. Two days after the report, Ailes resigned from Fox News and his lawyer, Susan Estrich, publicly denied the charge. During her coverage of the 2016 Republican National Convention, her attire received criticism. In a defense of Kelly, Jenavieve Hatch of The Huffington Post commented, “If you’re a woman on national television reporting on a political event from hot, humid Cleveland, wearing a weather-appropriate outfit makes you the target of an endless stream of sexist commentary.” In September, it was reported that Kelly would be collaborating with Michael De Luca to produce Embeds, a scripted comedy about reporters covering politics, to be aired on a streaming service.
- During his tenure at Fox News, he has been accused of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior by a number of women who worked for him or who appeared on his show. As of April 2017, Fox News and O’Reilly have paid out more than $13 million to settle these accusations. On April 19, 2017, Fox News Channel announced that he would not be returning to the network, since taking a vacation on April 11.
…Greta Van Susteren and Megyn Kelly have gone from political far right FOX News to political far left MSNBC and NBC.
* Special mention…
- Two days before the second presidential debate, a 2005 recording surfaced, made on a studio bus while preparing to film an episode of Access Hollywood. On the tape, Trump is heard bragging to the show’s then-cohost Billy Bush about forcibly kissing and groping women. “I just start kissing them,” he says, “I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it, you can do anything … grab them by the pussy.” During the recording, Trump also speaks of his efforts to seduce a married woman, saying he “moved on her very heavily.” These statements were recorded several months after Trump married his third and current wife, Melania, who was pregnant at the time.
- Trump’s language on the tape was described by the media as “vulgar”, “sexist”, and descriptive of sexual assault. The incident prompted him to make his first public apology during the campaign, and caused outrage across the political spectrum, with many Republicans withdrawing their endorsements of his candidacy and some urging him to quit the race. A number of Trump supporters worldwide also withdrew their support following release of the tape, including many Conservatives in Britain. Subsequently, at least 15 women came forward with new accusations of sexual misconduct, including unwanted kissing and groping, resulting in widespread media coverage.
- Trump and his campaign have denied all of the sexual misconduct accusations, which Trump has called “false smears”, and alleged a conspiracy against him. In his two public statements in response to the controversy, Trump responded by alleging that Bill Clinton, former President of the United States and husband of Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, had “abused women” and that Hillary had bullied her husband’s victims.
Reported by Jim Lantern
Wednesday afternoon – 19 April 2017
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