As the accusations of sexual harassment against Fox News chief Roger Ailes pile up, the reasons for his dismissal multiply. The alleged groping, and a boss's threats to destroy an employee's career if she doesn't flop into bed with him--all are not to be tolerated. Besides, who would want to do the deed with this slob?
Ailes denies the accusations, and we certainly ought to temper our condemnations as we wait for more facts to roll in, as they certainly will. But Fox News was entirely correct to dismiss Ailes at this point; even as a private enterprise, Fox News has a responsibility to its own credibility and its employees who may have been victims to act now.
Not unexpectedly, the other side of the cable news channels--MSNBC and CNB--are highlighting Ailes firing, as they should. Their implied angle is also expected, that those on the right who spout morality at every turn are hypocritical. And that those who defend him are derelict in their obligations to be objective and balanced.
Which brings me to another, related point: Would that those who are railing so mightily against Ailes have expressed similar condemnation of ex-President Bill Clinton, whose sexual harassment of a workplace underling is well documented. Who lied about it to the public and under oath. The derision now directed at Ailes should have been even more intensely directed at Clinton. Instead, his defenders said "Move on," or ignore it or actually defended Clinton.
My criticism is directed at both sides: Sexual harassment is sexual harassment, whether it occurs in the private sector (Fox News) or in the White House. Those who called for Clinton's conviction by the Senate should show similar concern when it comes against one of their own. Ditto for those who seem to relish the Ailes accusations. Let's not forget, there were victims from both sides.
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