Fox News is known for their no-holds barred network television ‘news’ style, where the judgments come thunderous and many. Like they say, those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones: these Fox network anchors and owners have had some explaining to do for their bad behavior. Other incidents, like Megyn Kelly’s wardrobe choices shown later in the article, have sent viewers and critics into a frenzy.
It’s One Thing After Another
In the past years, we’ve watched Fox have to humble their brag. With the ousting of long-time major player and CEO Roger Ailes and many head honchos due to sexual harassment sentences, Fox is heading in a new, maybe-better direction. Or, we may just be headed for more of the same (with scandals being made under different names).
Megyn Kelly Implies Ex-Husband Cheats, He Fights Back
In a 2011 interview with USA Today, Fox anchor Megyn Kelly heavily implied that her ex-husband had cheated on her, when she said in reference to another cheating scandal, “I have been in the position, not with my current marriage, where I’ve been betrayed. In the beginning, the instinct is very powerful to hang on.” Her ex-husband released no statement, but two years later, Kelly again insinuated to the media that her ex-husband had cheated on her.
After asking an interview if they had been cheated on, Kelly said, “‘OK, I have — not my husband of course. Then they tell you they regret it…are not going to do it again.” Dan Kendall, the ex-husband, finally talked to Daily Mail, revealing his frustration with the misperception. “When she made that comment about it not being in her current marriage it irritated me a bit because it seemed like she was suggesting it was me,” he said. Kendall insisted he did not cheat on his ex-wife. He also claimed that Kelly was difficult to live with and had a very strong Type-A personality. “I wanted a wife and she wanted a wife — we both needed someone to cook and clean and support us,” he said.
Ed Henry: Leaving Las Vegas After Affair
Ed Henry, the Fox News anchor who was covering the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, was caught with his tail between someone else’s legs. Oops. Ed Henry was a married man when he began a long-term, sexual affair with Natalia Lima.
The gossip magazine In Touch Weekly ran a feature with Lima, which revealed their affair, along with all the embarrassing details. Lima noted that Henry had a “really high sex drive,” and spent thousands of dollars at strip clubs on strippers and alcohol. Fox had Henry take an extended leave, and when Henry returned, he had been taken off the campaign duty and assigned as the chief national correspondent.
Gretchen Carlson Files Sexual Harassment Suit Against CEO Roger Ailes
In July of 2016, well-known and respected Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment claim against Roger Ailes, the company’s network chairman and CEO. Ailes made it crystal clear to Carlson what his intentions were, vulgarly stating, “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.”
Carlson’s claims were in part that she had been denied career enhancing opportunities and raises due to her interior complaints of Ailes’ harassment, eventually being fired from her 11 year position, in the months before she filed the suit. Carlson won her suit, with Fox news paying out $20 million dollars.
Andrea Tantaros Files Sexual Harassment Suit Against Ailes, Too
Former Fox news anchor Andrea Tantaros didn’t mince words about her sexual harassment claim against Roger Ailes, CEO and chairman of Fox. “A culture change at Fox News is in order,” she told Good Morning America. “Ailes sexually harassed me numerous times.”
Tantaros also named Fox News itself and three other associates of Fox in her suit. Fox and Ailes have denied the claims. The recent sworn affidavit from Tantaros former therapist, Michele Berdy, was a boost to Tantaros case. In the affidavit, Berdy asserts that Tantaros had been reported sexual harassment by Ailes since 2014. Tantarus refused a ‘seven figures’ settlement offer from Fox News that would have included her swearing silence on the matter. The case is yet undecided.
The Hits Keep on Coming: Roger Ailes Now Accused by 20 Women of Sexual Harassment and Spying
Roger Ailes, the former CEO and chairman of Fox News, resigned in disgrace 15 days after the charges of sexual harassment were filed against him by Gretchen Carlson. That didn’t stop the tide. Since Carlson’s suit, 20 women have come forward with sexual harassment and spying charges against Ailes, a married man.
Gabriel Sherman at New York Magazine wrote a damning account of Ailes, detailing the accusations of women who hadn’t come forward, including a former model who claimed that Ailes assaulted her in a Cincinnati hotel room. Ailes sweet-talked her parents out of filing a report. No one knows what Ailes will next attempt to do professionally. We can only hope that it’s nothing.
Why Secrecy For So Long?
Throughout the sordid saga involving the sexual harassment of such prominent female employees, there appears those scandalous insinuations and questions regarding why the women “waited so long,” with speculation as to why they came forward when they did. It’s difficult to judge as an outside observer, with the very obvious reality that we don’t have all the facts, nor do we know what the female employees were really dealing with on a daily basis.
There is such a thing as fear and loathing though. And, add to those brutal intimidation devices, there are also those nagging rumors that employees at Fox News were being monitored (which in some respects, seems to make the reality that they finally were forced to put “it all on the line” — to make sure that their concerns/complaints were recognized and addressed.
Corporate Espionage & ‘Black Room’ Campaigns
With so much power at the top, no oversight or questions, and really back to that fear-and-loathing culture, Roger Ailes spent that massive Fox News budget to advance his own personal agenda. As part of that spectacle, he hired consultants and private investigators to follow and report back on the activities of his enemies.
Beyond simply gathering information, though, his team also distributed an juicy (or even innocuous) bits of information to blogs or other outlets (some set up by those same “black room” operatives), who could then spin even the most elaborate and nonsensical scandals. They also reportedly paid for Google search ads, to support whatever false or misleading story line they were pursuing. Meanwhile, the attorney for Ailes says: “These allegations are totallyfalse.”
What About Parallels With National Politics?
The scandals that were erupting around sexual harassment involving Ailes, further highlighted parallels with some of the stories that began emerging around then Presidential-candidate Donald Trump. Just as some Fox News staff were faithfully towing the company line for Ailes, against all detractors, so too did some of the same hosts and commentators take similar stances on the allegations being levied against Trump.
Bill O’Reilly claimed, “In this country, every famous, powerful or wealthy person is a target.” He lamented that “piling on is now an American sport,” and even said that he wouldn’t get involved in the Trump sexual-harassment debate unless law enforcement was called in.
Fox Anchor Shepard Smith Denies Being Silenced Over Sexuality
In 2014, the online magazine Gawker wrote an article claiming that they had an inside scoop: the Fox anchor Shepard Smith had been vigorously silenced as coming out as gay by then Fox CEO Roger Ailes.
According to Gawker, Smith was in a sexual relationship with a male, 26-year-old Fox staffer. After Gawker’s story broke, Ailes and Smith made a co-statement, declaring the article to be false, and the charges made against Ailes false. In October of 2016, Shepard Smith revealed that he is gay in a sit-down interview with The Huffington Post. Smith continued to deny that Ailes had ever repressed his coming out, saying that, “He was as nice as he could be to me.”
Fox News Anchor Tweeted Out Personal Information Of Trump Accuser
Lou Dobbs is the host of Lou Dobbs Tonight on Fox, is seriously right-wing, and also a huge Donald Trump supporter. So much of a Trump supporter that he risked his professional career and reputation.
During Trump’s presidential campaign, women began coming forward claiming that Trump had sexually assaulted them. This apparently enraged Dobbs to such a point that he made the incredibly stupid decision to tweet out one of the Trump accusers home address and phone number. Public outcry came immediately, and Dobbs took some ‘leave’ time. He later apologized, saying “My retweet, my mistake, my apology.” Some didn’t buy that this retweet was an accident at all.
Fox News Anchor Fat Shames Kelly Clarkson
Fox News’ host of Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace, sunk to a childish low when discussing singer Kelly Clarkson. As a guest on Mike Gallagher’s radio show, Gallagher confronted Wallace, saying he did a lot of fat shaming.
Gallagher then went on to goad Wallace–surely for a good ratings sound-bite–saying, “Have you seen Kelly Clarkson? You know, the singer Kelly Clarkson? Holy cow, did she blow up.” After some back and forth, Wallace eventually replied, “She could stay off the deep dish pizza a little while.” This inane commentary immediately brought public ire, leading Wallace to apologize personally to Kelly Clarkson for his “offensive comment.”
Fox Anchor Throws Flower Pot At His Wife
Carlos Zapata, MundoFox anchor, faces up to ten years in jail after being charged with domestic battery by his wife, Luisiana Zapata. According to Luisiana Zapata, in 2014 her husband threw a flower pot at her head, causing her serious facial damage.
An LAPD officer described the throw as ‘full force.’ Carlos Zapata was arrested in the early hours of the morning, after which his wife told police that this was the second physical attack in a month. The District Attorney charged Zapata with two felony accounts, and up to ten years in prison. No follow-up reports were available for the current legal status of the case.
Fabricated Facts In Voter Fraud Claims
Fox News also had a hand in mistakenly implicating a Republican protester, Austyn Crites, in voter fraud, after he was handily ejected from a Donald Trump rally. He’d been holding a sign “Republicans Against Trump,” until he was punched, kicked and wrestled to the ground in a choke-hold. The seemingly innocent display of protest quickly spiraled into claims that he was a possible assassin (someone at the event shouted that he was armed). . .
The Fox News host Brian Kilmeade used a complete fabrication of facts surrounding his anti-Trump protest to support the narrative for voter fraud and a “rigged” election. “This morning, yet another reminder from the guy who interrupted Donald Trump’s rally on Saturday, who many people thought had a gun,” Kilmeade said. “He claimed he was a Republican, but it turns out he’s a huge Hillary supporter, and his grandmother has been using address to vote absentee for years. But she’s been dead since 2002.” Ur, there were many problems with that report, including the fact that Crites’ grandmother is still alive (veritably so)!.
Fox and Friends Host Isn’t So Friendly
Fox & Friends host Eric Bolling was co-hosting with Steve Doocy and bashing Representative Maxine Waters of California for calling House Republican leaders Eric Cantor and John Boehner ‘demons.’
Eric Bolling decided to take it a step too far, and said that Waters needed to “step away from the crack pipe, step away from the Xanax, because it’s going to get you in trouble.” After gasps from his cohosts, Doocy responded, “She’s not on drugs.” Rolling did not back down until the show had returned from commercial, after presumably being heavily chided by Fox producers. Rolling then apologized weakly, stating he was “just kidding about the crack pipe.” Decoy chimed in, “Of course.”
John Mattes Investigates and Gets Creamed
In 2007, Fox’s John Mattes just thought it was another day on the job. Investigating a possible real estate scam in beautiful La Jolla, California, he brought his camera crew. Little did he know, they’d be filming him getting beaten up.
Mattes had begun filming outside the La Jolla home of a couple suspected of real estate fraud. During filming, Assad (Sam) Suleiman attacked Mattes in a crazed rage, not only cracking Mattes’ ribs, but cutting his face and leaving bite wounds. During the recorded attack, Suleiman’s wife Rosa Barazza was yelling threats at Mattes, including that she was going to get a gun. Solemn was convicted and sentenced to a year in jail, while Barazza pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge, getting three years of probation and anger management classes. You think?!
Fox’s Fanchon Stinger Involved in a Sting
Fanchon Stinger is the most important anchor at FOX/NewsCorp’s Detroit owned-and-operated station, and became one of the most notorious. In 2008, Stinger became involved in a FBI sting regarding bribery and the Detroit City Council. The trouble was regarding Stinger’s boyfriend, Rayford Jackson, a married man with a bad reputation who was sued in 2007, along with Stinger, for illegal business activities.
Stinger put assets in her name, and was therefore included in the case. Jackson was a business owner in a Synagro sludge plant contract, and it was alleged that Stinger was paid to promote the Synagro sludge contract, which Channel 2 investigated as a conflict of interest. The FBI began investigating Jackson’s company, using Stinger, after suspected council bribes were being offered and accepted regarding the sludge plant contract. Jackson was sentenced to five years in prison, and Stinger was fired. She denies involvement in the illegal business activity.
Fox News Anchor Makes False News Report
In 2016 Fox anchor Bret Baier said on air, without proof, that an indictment of Hillary Clinton was likely to result from the FBI’s investigation of the Clinton Foundation. Bret Baier issued a retraction and apology, after being refuted by ABC News, NBC News, CNN and many others.
However, the false information took on a life of its own and was thought to have damaged Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, as the false news was repeated on Breitbart and discussed by other Fox anchors such as Sean Hannity on his website, as well as by Donald Trump. This was considered a serious blow to the Clinton campaign.
Fox News Anchor Gives False Police Shooting Report
Shepard Smith falsely reported on Fox News that a black man had been shot in the back while running from the police in Baltimore. Apparently, an eye witness believed he had seen the black man get shot by police, and fall to the ground, when what actually occurred was that the black man threw or dropped a gun, but he was not shot by this gun, nor anyone’s- he was not shot at all.
On air, Smith stated, “Nobody has been shot.” He continued, “No police officer has pulled the trigger. And on behalf of Mike Tobin and the rest of our crew there and the rest of us at Fox News, I am very sorry for the error and glad we were able to correct it quickly.”
Fox News Shows Live Suicide
Some days no matter what an anchor does, disaster can strike, as it did for Shepard Smith in 2012 when Fox News accidentally showed a live suicide. While showing live coverage of an Arizona police chase, Fox News caught the moment the suspect pulled out a handgun and committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.
The Fox News helicopter with anchor Shepard Smith broadcasting was supposed to be on a five second delay to prevent that very kind of disaster, but due to what Fox later called “severe human error” the delay was not enacted, and the horrified public witnessed the death. Fox News then went to a break, and on return, Smith apologized, explaining that the delay had not been implemented.
Fox Incurs Wrath of Prime Minister
Fox News foreign affairs expert Steven Emerson stated on air that large areas of European cities have been taken over by Muslim extremists. This ridiculous claim immediately infuriated many, including British Prime Minister David Cameron. He called Emerson “a complete idiot,” not sparing any words. Steven Emerson apologized on his website, and then Twitter.
Fox News formally apologized on air no less than four times, reinstating that Emerson’s claims on Muslim extremists in European cities had no factual basis. Fox News anchor Julie Banderas said, “To be clear, there is no formal designation of zones…no credible information to support the assertion that there are specific areas in these countries that exclude individuals based solely on their religion….We deeply regret these errors.”
Shepard Smith Insults Robin Williams
When one of the most beloved actors and comedians of his time dies in a shocking, not totally understood suicide, maybe you don’t want to call them a coward. Yet, this is exactly what Fox’s Shepard Smith did. Mere hours after William’s death, Smith was doing a Fox News presentation on Robin William’s death, and showing an Instagram photo that Robin Williams had recently posted of himself and his daughter.
“Something inside you is so horrible or you’re such a coward or whatever the reason that you decide that you have to end it. Robin Williams, at 63, did that today,” Smith said. The reaction was immediate and swift. Smith later apologized, saying to the website Mediaite, “I would never presume to know anything about his private life. And if any of his family members and friends were to have seen me use the word ‘coward,’ I would be horrified.”
Fox’s Phone Hacking Scandal
Under U.S. law, telephone records are protected information. Obtaining them without permission is punishable by up to 10 years in prison- but tell that to Fox News. Media watchdog group Media Matters has called for an investigation into Fox News after alleging that Rupert Murdoch’s channel hired a private investigator to obtain phone records of Media Matters reporter, Joe Strupp.
Rupert Murdoch is infamous as the forerunner of the British hacking scandal, which cost Murdoch his newspaper, The News of the World, in which the deputy editor, Andy Coulson, was sentenced to 18 months in prison.MediaMatters.org is also calling for Roger Ailes, former CEO ousted on sexual harassment charges, be investigated specifically.
Sean Hannity Breaks the Rules
Fox News host and varsity-level shouter Sean Hannity appeared in 2016 in a campaign ad for Donald Trump. This apparent complete conflict of interest didn’t bother the news host one bit, as he rambled on about why Donald Trump would make a great president.
After this obvious breach of ethics which the majority of news outlets would not stand for, The Daily Beast asked Fox News for a quote, to which they responded via a spokesperson, “We were not aware of Sean Hannity participating in a promotional video and he will not be doing anything along these lines for the remainder of the election season.” The spokesperson did not say if any disciplinary action would be taken against Hannity.
Meet The Trumps Infomercial
If Sean Hannity was chastised for his over-familiarity (ok, all-out love fest for Donald Trump) at the possible detriment of journalistic fervor and ethics, so too was Greta Van Susteren lambasted for her hour-long show, Meet the Trumps. The broadcast was even described as “something you’d see on a state-run television somewhere.”
The premise of the show was supposed to follow the Trumps for a tour of their house, as she interviewed the famous family. It was advertised as a “rare private tour,” but the timing of the special was also particularly suspect (May 26, 2016.) Christopher Hayes posted his consternation to Twitter, saying that it was: “A glimpse of what state media will look like after Glorious Leader Trump is victorious.” There weren’t any reported accounts of readers or viewers who thought that the special was actually a good idea.
Uproar Over Megyn Kelly’s Dress
Anchor Megyn Kelly made the news as much as she reported it in 2016, and not just with her highly-publicized feud with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. At the Republican National Convention in July, Kelly was raked over the coals for her attire.
Specifically, critics said that her dress looked like a bathing suit and not the type of outfit that a news anchor should be wearing to cover the RNC. The sleeveless navy dress had a halter-style top and exposed Kelly’s shoulders as well as some cleavage. Fox News viewers were incensed by the ensemble and took to social media to voice their complaints. Some even used the word “whore” in their descriptions of Kelly’s outfit choice.
A Profile In Courage?
Megyn Kelly sure has stirred up a maelstrom with just about everything she has said, done and probably even intimated. Everything — from the implication that her ex-husband was unfaithful, Trump’s personal attacks on her, and then following through her claims that Ailes sexually harassed her–it’s not just that she’s been constantly in the news for something controversial, making her the constant victim, but it’s also the drama queen mystique.
Drama aside, Kelly has become the poster-woman for the many slights and injuries that have been perpetrated against women. She admitted: “I never asked to be outed. I never asked to make any of this public.” She wasn’t one of those courageous women who put their jobs on the line to take their boss down, but then again, she also didn’t jump to the boss’s aid either. It’s to her benefit to tell the story. Along the way, she published a book, was at the center of a bidding war, and also may have just done something good for other women as well. She says: “I really want corporate America to be put on notice that this is a problem, that this does happen at corporations, even to smart, powerful, confident women.”
Enough Is Enough
On January 3, 2017, Megyn Kelly announced that she was leaving Fox News to join NBC News. She released a statement via Facebook: “I have decided to end my time at FNC, incredibly enriched for the experiences I’ve had.” As many people (including President-elect Donald Trump) have deemed NBC a “liberal” outlet and Fox a conservative voice, this was a big step for Kelly to take.
A move to another network was not entirely unexpected, given her shaky history with Fox. Kelly’s turbulent time with the station included allegations that she was sexually harassed by former Chairman Roger Ailes as well as disagreements with colleagues there. Some are speculating that Kelly was lured to NBC with the promise of her own daytime news show as well as a Sunday evening program and special event coverage.
Slanted News Coverage of Obama’s Health Care Reform
An email from Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon was leaked that blatantly shows his instruction to staff for slanted news coverage on President Obama’s health care reform. Media Matters for America got a hold of the email and released it to the public in December of 2010. In the email, Sammon tells producers to use the term “government option” or “government-run health insurance” instead of “public option.”
This leads many to believe that Sammon chose this phrasing to steer viewers to perceive the health care reform in a negative light, as a socialist, government takeover of U.S. healthcare. He even sent out a follow-up email, with the subject line, “friendly reminder: let’s not slip back into calling it the “public option.” FOX producers followed the managing editor’s request and he denied any intention of skewing the nature of the reporting on the topic.
Greta Van Susteren Leaves Fox News After 14 Years
Releasing a statement that “Fox News has not felt like home to me for years,” Van Susteren announced her shocking departure on the same day as former Fox host Gretchen Carlson’s million dollar payment for sexual harassment was announced by Fox. Greta Van Susteren had hosted various shows for Fox over the years, and was a much-respected and well-liked anchor. Anderson Cooper, CNN anchor, tweeted his well wishes to Van Susteren, calling her a “great talent” and “a really good person.”
Van Susteren did not expand on her reasons for leaving Fox, but it has been speculated that the flood of sexual harassment charges against not only former Fox CEO Roger Ailes, but his staff complicit in assisting the harassment and covering it up, are the reason why.
Greta Van Susteren Lands At MSNBC
Following months of speculation, former-Fox News host (14-years) Greta Van Susteren finally announced that she’s landed at MSNBC, and will be taking over the 6 pm ET weekday time slot with “For the Record With Greta,” starting January 9.
“The network is the right destination for the smart news and analysis I hope to deliver every day,” Van Susteren said. “I look forward to joining the talented journalists and analysts I respect there.” She also helped lay to rest some of the scandalous gossip that had swirled following her departure from Fox News. She simply took advantage of a “clause” in her contract (that sounds so simple) and her speedy exit was due to the “time limitation”. Hmmm, whatever the full details, she’s probably now well away from any of the collateral damage from the domain of Fox News.
Food Stamps Fraud Debacle
Gigantic leaps seem evident with discussions like the one that Fox News aired on Food Stamps, where “Fox & Friends” cited supposedly high fraud numbers when they led a discussion about whether the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program should be ended. As Abby Huntsman said, “Food-stamp fraud is at an all-time high, and some of the worst offenders this year have included a state lawmaker and a millionaire. This year, it is estimated $70 million of taxpayer money was wasted on food-stamp fraud. So is it time to end the program altogether?”
There’s one major problem with that discussion, though. The USDA doesn’t know where Fox News dug up that $70 million in fraud, nor is there any clue as to how it would be brand-new information. The most recent analysis on food stamps is still several years old (from 2011). The other question, of course, is how such a discussion really jives anyway. The reality is that reports really indicate that fraud and errors in the SNAP have both been declining steadily, which would seem to support the very opposite argument than the one they are trying to make.
In 2011, Fox News turned its investigative efforts to expose wasteful government spending, and appears to have come upon the absurdity of a study involving a “shrimp on a treadmill”. The reports were bizarre and that’s really the point, right? They sought to undermine those oh-so-pointless money-grubbing exploits.
But, in grand style, Fox News also took on the corruption in a big way, with hundreds of segments. There’s only one (really freaky) problem with the “shrimp on the treadmill.: It was all a myth. The millions of dollars supposedly dedicated to the study was actually an aggregate sum for a number of National Science Foundation projects, and the “shrimp treadmill” was in reality, cobbled together from a hodgepodge of used parts and the researcher’s own budget for “less than $50.” As for the purpose, Professor David Scholnick was studying “how recent changes in the oceans could potentially affect the ability of marine organisms to fight infections.” Kinda sounds important, doesn’t it?
Racial Stereotypes In Chinatown
Jesse Watters has been called “Fox’s Racist, Sexist Frat boy” (yeah, that was from The Daily Beast.)) In a ploy to get on-the-street feedback from voters, Watters hit Chinatown in “Watters’ World” to ask people what they thought of Donald Trump and Chinese-American relations for The O’Reilly Factor.
His true goal was to make fun of people on the street (and inadvertently to make them look stupid), by unleashing a madcap string of slurs, stereotypes, and inappropriate (even suggestive) comments and actions, which included accusing a street vendor of selling stolen goods, and attempting to speak Chinese. The reporter asked if it’s the “year of the dragon” of one person, and even “grinds” against two women. After the chaotic uproar erupted, Watters posted to Twitter: “My man-on-the-street interviews are meant to be taken as tongue-in-cheek and I regret if anyone found offense.”
Pervasive Culture Of Sexual Harassment
And, now that we’ve discussed some of the many controversies of Fox News, you’ll also want to know just how pervasive some of the scandals (particularly sexual in nature) really appear to be. It’s easy to blame the likes of Roger Ailes and his fellow cohorts for the sexually charged and harassing nature of workplace interactions, but (unfortunately) there’s more to it than that.
The evidence of more pervasive problems in the Fox News culture pops up here and there, but do you realize that many of the stories explore incidents far beyond specific Ailes complaints and lawsuits? Famously, former Fox personality Rudi Bakhtiar told the New York Times about an incident where a promotion was “dangled” by Fox News Washington Bureau Chief Brian Wilson with the added caveat that he see the inside of her hotel room in a “friends with benefits” relationship. Then, when she declined, her job quickly disappeared; her appearances were canceled and she was fired within a few weeks, for “performance-related reasons.”
2017 Megyn Kelly Scandal
Even as she may be leaving some of her well-documented baggage behind at Fox News when she moves to NBC, Megyn Kelly finds herself smack-dab in the midst of scandals that still exist and are still unfolding, as well as all those sordid secrets we hear via whispers and half-truths.
After all, she’s not just walking away from Fox, is she? Kelly’s contract with Fox News runs until July, which probably leaves you wondering about all the what-if’s that could happen between now and then. Will she continue to hold her nightly show slot? Will Fox woo her back? Or, will she leave much sooner than the July time frame that’s been suggested?
A Scandalous Replacement?
Reports have begun to point to Tucker Carlson as the replacement for Megyn Kelly’s 9 pm slot, which she will shortly vacate with her transition to NBC. There will likely be a manner of speculation about possible replacements, but this candidate for promotion has stirred up particular consternation because of his track record.
Erik Wemple of the Washington Post highlighted Carlson’s “legacy of disrespect for women,” which he illustrates via the Lauren Duca interview. Wemple says, “He strove to belittle Duca by nitpicking her writing and questioning her credibility for political writing in light of the fact that she’d also covered fashion,” demonstrating a propensity to relegate female journalists to the domain of “women’s pages.”
To Denigrate The Valedictorian
Graduation season always seems like a time when anything is possible. Students are proving that they’ve worked hard, succeeded past even the most impossible of obstacles, and are finally accomplishing their dreams. High school graduation was extremely important for one student in particular, 18-year-old Mayte Lara Ibarra. She was her high schools’s valedictorian, as well as an undocumented immigrant.
For Sports Reporter Emily Austen interviewed Ibarra, and her inspiring accomplishment was met by the quip: “I didn’t even know Mexicans were that smart.” She didn’t stop there, though. Her racist stereotypes touched on the Chinese, of whom she said: “The Chinese guy is always the smartest guy in math class.” She also said that Jewish people are “stingy.” When Austen’s language caused such public outrage, Fox Sports released a statement, saying: “Emily has been advised that her comments were unacceptable, and she is not scheduled to appear on any upcoming Fox Sports Florida or Fox Sports Sun broadcasts.”
How Do You Tell It’s A Bad Man When You Can’t See His Skin Color?
Fox News anchor Shannon Bream stirred up further consternation (even ire) when she weighed in on the Fox show “Outnumbered” about the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, the Frech satirical newspaper. Kennedy Montgomery had already said that “sometimes bad guys don’t look like bad guys.”
So, Bream appeared to question how you would tell they were bad guys if you can’t see the color or their skin. “That’s my question about these guys because if we know they were speaking unaccented French and they had, you know, ski masks on, do we even know what color they were?” Bream said. “What the tone of their skin was. I mean what if they didn’t look like typical bad guys?”
Faked “Kill a Cop” Protest Chant
In 2014, Baltimore’s Fox affiliate WBFF aired what it claimed was a video depicting the protesters chanting “Kill a cop” in Washington DC but the major snafu with that debacle was that it was (once again) a figment of someone’s not-so-epic imagination.
Tawanda Jones was the protestor who was leading the actual chant in honor of her brother, Tyrone West, who died while in custody after a traffic stop. Before the tape was edited and misreported, she and the other peaceful protestors were saying: “We can’t stop/ We won’t stop / ’Til killer cops / Are in cell blocks.” Fox45 apologized, claiming it was an “honest misunderstanding.”
CIA Expert Is A Fraud
Just when you think that the deceit and lies couldn’t possibly be piled any higher, you find out that Wayne Simmons, the “CIA Expert” who has appeared on so many shows for the Fox News Network, is a gigantic fraud. He faked his supposed CIA career, though he does have claims to fame as a professional football player, nightclub doorman, drug trafficker, and intelligence officer in Afghanistan.
When his credentials were challenged and he was in front of the judge, he apologized for lying about his security clearance, criminal history, and finances. “I stand before you a shameful and broken man.” Even so, he apparently doesn’t back away from claims that he spent “27 years as an agency operative doing work so dangerous and secretive that it went entirely unrecorded.” Judge T.S. Ellis III remained skeptical and sentenced Simmons to 33 months in prison.
Just as NBC News suspended anchor Brian Williams for his apparently false claims of being “nearly shot down” during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, Bill O’Reilly plastered across his screen: “If you can’t trust a news anchor or commentator, then you’re not going to watch that person.”
But then, you’ve got to take a step back and realize that O’Reilly also has war stories that don’t hold up under serious scrutiny. Even further, you’ve got to question what should be done about it. Specifically, he says, “I’ve been there. That’s really what separates me from most of these other bloviators. I bloviate, but I bloviate about stuff I’ve seen. They bloviate about stuff that they haven’t.” There’s just one problem. He claimed he acted bravely in a war zone that he apparently never really visited.
Fox News Hurts Republicans
A 2015 study seemed to indicate that Fox News hurt the Republicans. It’s part of the “dumbing down” of the party that’s become such a hotly debated topic in more recent days. Specifically, Bruce Bartlett said, “It appears that right-wing bias, including inaccurate reporting, became commonplace on Fox.”
In general, Bartlett said, “Republican voters get so much of their news from Fox, which cheerleads whatever their candidates are doing or saying, that they suffer from wishful thinking and fail to see that they may not be doing as well as they imagine, or that their ideas are not connecting outside of the narrow party base.”
O’Reilly’s Sexual Harassment Settlements
Again, Bill O’Reilly of The O’Reilly Factor makes the list,after being exposed for shelling out at least $13 million in settlements, for sexual harassment claims filed against him. Although he agreed to, and paid the settlements, O’Reilly claims no wrongdoing on his part. However, that doesn’t stop advertisers from pulling from Fox partnerships, and the network including a clause about terminating their newly extended contract with O’Reilly if more allegations surface.
The claims against O’Reilly span 15 years and involve five women. When President Donald Trump, who himself has a dozen sexual harassment claims against him, was asked about the claims he stated, “Personally, I think he shouldn’t have settled.”
13 Employees Sue Fox For Racial Discrimination
In March of 2017, it was announced that Fox News Network was being sued by 13 of their black employees. They accused Fox of racial discrimination and filed a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying that the racial bias which exists in the network is holding back the careers of their black employees. Fox is also being accused of allowing offensive, racist comments at the workplace.
Those accused of racial discrimination include Judith Slater, the company’s comptroller who was fired in March. Tichoana Brown and Tabrese Wright stated that Slater had made numerous racist comments to them, including asking Wright if all three of her children were fathered by the same man, and asking both women why all black men beat their wives.
Jesse Watters and Ivanka Trump
Jesse Watters, who co-hosts The Five on Fox News, announced on April 26, 2017 that he was taking a “two-day vacation,” which is strange timing considering that the show had just been moved to a new time slot three days earlier. Watters’ declaration came the day after he made an unusual comment about an appearance Ivanka Trump had recently made while visiting Germany.
The Five aired a clip of the first daughter’s speech, after which Watters said he “really liked how [Trump] was speaking into that microphone.” Many viewers took this comment to be a crude innuendo, although Watters claims he was merely complementing Trump’s voice.
Replacing Kelly… Then O’Reilly
The show Tucker Carlson Tonight was selected by Fox to replace Megyn Kelly’s 9pm ET time slot after her exit from the network. Tucker Carlson, a well-known conservative political commentator, has been a contributor to Fox News since 2009. For three years he co-hosted Fox & Friends.
In April 2017 Tucker Carlson Tonight moved up to the 8pm time, to cover for The O’Reilly Factor after host Bill O’Reilly was fired for allegations of misconduct and the show canceled. Carlson holds some controversial political views on key issues. He doesn’t believe in climate change and is anti-immigration.
Tucker Carlson’s Wife, Susan Andrews
Tucker Carlson is married to Susan Andrews. They were wed in 1991 and have four children together. Carlson and Andrews met when they were just 15 years old and attending the elite St. George’s School in Rhode Island. In a People interview, Carlson confessed that Andrews “was the cutest 10th grader in America.”
Andrews is no stranger to controversy. Her father, Rev. George E. Andrews II, served as the headmaster at a private school in Boca Raton, Florida in the 2000s. He was investigated in 2016 after it was discovered that he did not report a choirmaster for engaging in inappropriate behavior with a student. He did fire the teacher but did not go to the authorities with the allegations.
Jim Walker, The Adult Film Star
Jim Walker is a former FOX, NBC and CBS anchor who is also a two-time Emmy award winner for his 23-year television career. But when Walker quit the television industry in 2013, he made a career move no one expected and joined the adult film industry as a gay porn star.
Now known as Dallas Steele on screen, Walker has completely adjusted his life, posting raunchy, not-safe-for-work photos on his social media accounts. Regarding his new career, Walker said, “I’m as comfortable in a suit as I am in a jockstrap.”