Fox News Sexual Harassment Scandal Episode II: Attack of Pedophile Roger Ailes' Libido

Fox News Sexual Harassment Scandal Episode II: Attack of Pedophile Roger Ailes' Libido

LADIES AND GENTLEMAN: You’ve tuned in this afternoon to hear the next 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!

If you’ve been watching the pundits lately, you’ve certainly heard the drama of ex-Fox News host Gretchen Carlson accusing Chairman Roger Ailes of sexually harassing her. “I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better,”  Ailes is claimed to have said when propositioning Carlson. Carlson rebuffed his advance and subsequently had her role at Fox News significantly minimized until her contract wasn’t renewed. (To read my full and specific analysis of the basic issue, you can read the first blog here.)

As the news broke, according to Politico.com, “at least 10 women had come out of the woodwork and contacted the firm about being harassed by the long-serving Fox News head.” Most of the media decried them as “coming out of the woodwork” to glom onto some quick cash for interviews and public exposure, as has happened recently in the case of Ramblin’ Bill Cosby. Ailes’ lawyer Barry Asen dismissed the women: “It has become obvious that Ms. Carlson and her lawyer are desperately attempting to litigate this in the press because they have no legal case to argue…The latest allegations, all 30 to 50 years old, are false.” Mr. Asen refers, of course, to the statute of limitations of 5 years on sex crimes. (Source: Politico.)

One woman, who refused to disclose her real name, recalls her moment of abuse when she was a 16-year-old working on The Mike Douglas Show: “He proceeded to pull down his pants and very gingerly pull out his genitals and said, ‘Kiss them’ … I jumped up, but the door is locked and nobody’s out there. He chased me around the office and at some point it dawned on him that this just wasn’t going to happen. He finally pulled up his trousers. He was very angry and rushed over to his desk, pulled open a door and had a reel-to-reel tape recorder going. He said to me, ‘Don’t tell anybody about this. I’ve got it all on tape.'” (Source: Ibid.)

Kellie Boyle, a former Republican National Committee field adviser, spoke on record with her equally disgusting experience with Ailes: “I don’t remember his exact words, but his message was: If you want to make it in New York City in the TV business, you’re going to have to fuck me, and you’re going to do that with anyone I tell you to.” Ailes justified his actions with the following edict: “‘You know, if you want to play with the big boys, you have to lay with the big boys.’” “I was so taken aback … He said, ‘That’s the way it works,’ and he started naming other women he’s had. He said that’s how all these men in media and politics work — everyone’s got their friend. I said, ‘Would I have to be friends with anybody else?’ And he said, ‘Well you might have to give a blowjob every once in a while,” Boyle recounted.   (Source: Ibid.)

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly stood with his boss in an interview with Seth Meyers:

“I’ve worked for Roger Ailes for 20 years…Best boss I’ve ever had. Straight shooter, always honest with me. And I believe that, over the years, he’s been in the business for 50 years, 95 percent of the people who have worked for Roger Ailes would say exactly the same thing that I just told you,” O’Reilly said with zeal. O’Reilly boiled the fact down to the fact that Ailes, as a“famous, powerful or wealthy person…is a target.” O’Reilly then stated that he himself was a victim: ““You’re a target, I’m a target. Any time, somebody could come out and sue us, attack us, go to the press or anything like that.” (Source: The Daily Beast.) On the opposite side of the coin, Fox News insiders are also up in arms because Megyn Kelley refuses to stand up and defend her boss and show the same loyalty to the brand as O’Reilly.

Now that the facts are laid out, I can hope to sift through this second barrage of reports:

My brain feels numb after writing that, with a touch of nausea brewing in my gut. Here is a powerful man exploiting not only those he works (or worked) with but also a pedophile who preys on minors. It is deplorable enough to use sex as a bargaining tool in business, but to subject a 16-year-old to those tactics is a new low of degradation.

These women have no “legal” recourse by accusing him, as their statute of limitations has run its course. Several even refuse to give their real names, quashing any hope of immediate celebrity status and endorsements. These women are coming forward to stand by Carlson’s side and show her that she’s not alone.

This paints a stark picture of the dangers of the victimization of women. Feminism, for all its rough edges, is bringing us closer to a society where women are standing up to tycoons like Ailes and calling them out on their crap. Carlson risked her career, her life, and her well-being to refuse Ailes’ advances. Women are less likely now to lay back and take it: Carlson is telling us that women are here and they are strong. Women are no longer puritanical virgins who bow to the whims of the men in their lives. They feel empowered to rise through the ranks on their intellect, not their bodies.

Men like Ailes see women as objects to be used and discarded. He’s married and, yet, still feels the need to get his willy whacked from time to time by a young dame just trying to make a name for herself in a culture dominated by old vultures like him. O’Reilly backing Ailes and Kelly refusing to shows my previous statements in glorious technicolor. O’Reilly is a card-carrying member of “The Old Boy’s Club” and backed his boss because he fears being fired if he doesn’t. 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?

As more details come out about this case, it becomes all the more necessary to impart to children early in life that sex is an act of love, not a bargaining tool. Anyone that believes so is immoral, evil, and deserve to be chemically castrated, in my opinion. Sex isn’t a game – it’s a reflection of your values in another. Sex isn’t money, sex isn’t a status symbol, it’s a celebration of the act of love.

Men like Ailes are slipping out of favor and, if convicted, he will topple his brethren as well. The dinosaurs ruling the roost need to be extinguished as soon as possible, to make way for more moral thinkers and advocates of unalienable gender equality. Ailes sees his fellow men like pawns on some kind of horrific chessboard, to be discarded and destroyed upon his will.

These women coming forward are champions of the future of humanity, where we can live as human beings of equal moral intelligence, regardless of the gender we are assigned.

 

Our future will not be a utopia if we can’t separate the workplace from the bedroom. 

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  • Ailes is a disgusting sexual predator. And O'Reilly calls himself a Christian?

  • It is so hard to report sexual harassment. When it's happening, a powerful person holds your future in his hands. When you get the courage later, it's too late. Thanks for writing about this.

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