LADIES AND GENTLEMAN: You've tuned in this afternoon to hear the third installment of Fox News Theater, starring Gretchen Carlson, Roger Ailes, Hopalong Bill O'Reilly, and introducing that beautiful girl that Donald Trump loves to hate, Megyn Kelly! Sit back and watch the drama, smell the war paint, and hold onto your hats as the roller coaster of ardent emotion, forbidden love, and wacky senile news anchors reaches another low!
"Kelly refuses to back Ailes because she knows that men like Ailes are a threat to her own career. If it happened to Carlson, who shares a lot of the attributes of Kelly, she must think it is liable to happen to her. And who's to say it already hasn't happened? This is pure conjecture, but maybe the reason Kelly isn't holding her boss's neck rolls upright because she herself has been abused by the man, but doesn't want to sacrifice her ever-rising career?"
Those words were written by none other than yours truly last week, when news of more women accusing Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes of sexual harassment, coming on the tail of Gretchen Carlson's shocking initial accusations. This subject has become a kind of pet cause of mine, from my initial blog describing Carlson's breaking story and last week's news that more have been added to the pile.
Now, the not-so-shocking news has been broken that Megyn Kelly told Murdoch investigators that Roger Ailes had propositioned her when she was a young legal correspondent in Fox's Washington bureau. Murdoch investigators have been piling up evidence to oust Ailes, and now it is only a matter of when they will give him the old heave-ho.
This now puts Fox News in a perilous predicament because, with the news of O'Reilly's notions of retirement, they need Kelly to remain with the network to avoid having their top talent bail ship. Kelly's career has been rising ever since Donald Trump chose to rally against her during the initial Presidential nominee debates. Because of her refusal to back down to The Donald, Kelly has become an unlikely feminist icon.
According to New York Magazine, "Ailes spokesperson Irena Briganti has been criticizing Kelly to reporters, saying she is selfish to not stand up for the man who gave her career opportunities...In 2010, Ailes gave her a two-hour daytime show, and in 2013, he moved her into prime time to replace Sean Hannity at 9 p.m." Kelly is seen by the Ailes camp as biting the hand that feeds her, especially since "a dozen Fox women have praised Ailes since Carlson filed her suit...led by Fox anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle, who has filled in hosting Carlson's former 2 p.m [show.]"
I truly hate to gloat*, but I have to pull a "Donald" and inappropriately pat myself on the back for this one. Truth is, anyone with half a brain could have predicted that Kelly would come forward with similar allegations to Carlson. Ailes is not a specific offender, as his potential harassment has spanned decades and dozens of women.
The real question that I want to analyze in this article is whether or not Kelly will leave Fox News as a result of this news? Fox, rightly, has no plans to sack her, as she is the only heir apparent to the potential O'Reilly legacy that would be left after his much-needed retirement. Kelly has the entire package to bring Fox News into the 21st Century: she's female, incredibly intelligent, spunky, and not afraid to take a stand. She is the epitome of the future of political journalism: someone with a firm background, real stances on the issues, impeccable research skills, and a personality that can't be beat. Fox can't afford to lose the subject of so much publicity.
Ailes, as I said previously, is most certainly going to get the boot, it's only a matter of when at this moment. Members of The Murdoch Dynasty are disgusted by Ailes'egregiouss behavior, which is kind of like the pot calling the kettle black, but I digress. Ailes had the potential to be a great leader, one who had unlimited resources in his pudgy hands, but dropped the ball so many times that it has lost all elasticity.
The notion of the "pay to play" expectation of women in media needs to become a thing of the past. If Feminism has taught us anything, it's that sexuality, either male or female, is not something to be bartered and used as currency. A man or woman should be judged on the content of their character, and not their bust size and muscle mass. Sexuality is something that is inherent in us from birth, an animal urge that drives some to madness and some to greatness. The key is to control these feelings from an early age and learn how to appropriately express those feeling and, most importantly, not repress them. Repression, as I have said before, is the cause of most of the major problems in the world today.
Kelly, whether she stays at Fox or not, will have a storied and satisfying career. In my opinion, she should dump Fox faster than a rotten gallon of milk. That being said, Kelly should take advantage of Ailes downfall, soaking the network for all she has rightly earned, as a proper journalist. Carlson, Kelly, and the other women who have come forward, as opposed to Kimberly Guilfoyle and her coven of Ailes cheerleaders, are the future of women in journalism, unwilling to further their careers to appease an immoral pervert and speak out against the use of sexuality as a bargaining tool.
The Ailes Saga is coming to a screeching and destructive end, and we are simply spectators at the finish line, waiting to see the final, resplendent crash.
Today's blog is a particularly special one, because it is my 100th article since I started blogging in February of this year! I have loved every second I've spent on this site. I've delighted in reading your comments, debating the issues, and presenting my opinions with intelligence, poise, and a certain joie de vivre with which I live my life. My blog was recently voted the #1 post of June on ChicagoNow, and I am extremely proud to have that laurel placed on my shoulders. I'm looking forward to the next hundred, thousand, and beyond!
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