New Disgusting Report Exposes Fox News as the ‘Harvey Weinstein’ of Cable News

Just over a year ago, longtime Fox News CEO Roger Ailes was pushed out by the network after it was revealed that he had spent the last two decades sexually harassing several female employees. It was a controversy that would have likely garnered a whole lot more attention had this news not broke during the 2016 election when most of the country’s attention was focused elsewhere.

At the time, I wrote an article saying that Ailes was likely only the beginning. I said this:

It’s not a good sign for Fox News or Roger Ailes that Carlson came forward with this lawsuit, then ten more women were almost immediately in contact with her lawyers with stories they wanted to share about their dealings with the network’s CEO. If history is any indication of what we can expect (and it typically is), this one lawsuit could very well be the catalyst that exposes a whole lot of inside secrets that Fox News certainly doesn’t want the public to know about.

Lo and behold, less than a year later, Fox News’ top on-air talent, Bill O’Reilly, was fired after it was revealed he had settled at least five sexual harassment lawsuits for roughly $13 million. Shortly after that, another high-profile on-air talent, Eric Bolling, was also let go after it was revealed that he, too, had sexually harassed female colleagues.

Had these scandals happened pre-Donald Trump, they would have likely been much bigger stories. After all, this was one of the most-watched cable news channels on television having both its CEO and top on-air talent fired less than a year apart for being sexual predators. Add in Bolling’s dismissal, and it’s clear Fox News had been tolerating sexual harassment by its male employees for years, if not the entire two decades since it was first launched.

However, since Trump has dominated the headlines since he launched his campaign over two years ago, many stories that would have normally been much bigger issues have, unfortunately, been mostly ignored by the majority of Americans.

Even though these three men were quickly let go once the stories of their sexual harassment broke, questions still remained as to whether or not 21st Century Fox, Fox News’ parent company, knew about all of this and, if so, for how long.

Well, based on a rather shocking new report by The New York Times, it seems 21st Century Fox was just fine with male Fox News employees sexually harassing women considering they had signed O’Reilly to a huge 4-year $25 million extension just weeks after he came to a $32 million agreement with a longtime network analyst over new allegations of sexual harassment.

The agreement included accusations of repeated harassment, a nonconsensual sexual relationship, and sending adult videos along with other sexually explicit material.

So, let me put that another way.

The network that’s been heavily pushing the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal, mostly because of his ties to the Democratic Party and the “liberal Hollywood elites” conservatives despise, knew of a massive $32 million agreement with a female network analyst that involved allegations of a nonconsensual sexual relationship, repeated harassment, and the sending of explicit material — then gave him a new 4-year $25 million contract extension.

Keep in mind this all took place just a few months after Fox News fired its CEO after several women accused him of sexual harassment.

Nothing Fox News does should shock anyone who’s been paying attention to what a joke the network is. This is a “news” channel that spends most of its time serving as nothing more than the propaganda arm for the Republican Party and more recently Donald Trump’s own quasi state-run media entity.

Still, for a company to know that their top on-air personality had just come to a massive $32 million agreement because he had sexually harassed a longtime network analyst — the sixth woman to accuse him of sexual harassment overall — then to offer that person, just a few weeks later, a new 4-year, $25 million per year contract extension is disgusting. Especially when you consider how much Fox News has been pushing the Weinstein story to attack the left.

Without a doubt, Weinstein is an appalling human being who everyone should look at with shame and disgust. But for Fox News to have spent a good portion of the last couple of weeks trying to use the sexual assault allegations against him in a political attack against Hollywood, liberals, Democrats, and Hillary Clinton when it’s clear they had absolutely no problem paying a sexual predator of their own millions of dollars per year even as he continued to harass his fellow female colleagues is absurd.

All the while these so-called “Christian conservatives” continue to prove time and time again that they’re nothing more than hypocrites by supporting a self-admitted sexual predator in Donald Trump, while continuing to watch a cable news network that seems to have no problem employing and rewarding men who sexually harass women.

Harvey Weinstein is, without a doubt, a horrific and vile person. That said, based on what we’ve learned about Fox News after these reports surfaced regarding sexual harassment allegations against Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, and Eric Bolling, it seems the network is basically the “Harvey Weinstein of cable news.”

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • strayaway

    Ailes “was pushed out by the network” and “had settled at least five sexual harassment lawsuits for roughly $13 million”? How is this the same as accused rapists like Weinstein and Bill Clinton NOT being pushed out or paying out $13M. Bill Clinton only paid sexual harrassment accuser Paula Jones $850,000 to shut her up. What a cheapskate.

    “I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. Attorney General raped me and Hillary tried to silence me.” -Juanita Broaddrick

    “”Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported.” -Hillary Clinton

    “Bill Clinton raped me, and Hillary Clinton threatened me. I don’t think there’s any comparison.” -Juaanita Broaddrick

    • Allen Clifton
      • Suzanne Fitzgerald

        Thanks Allen. Strayaway, also known as “ Kathy ( maybe Cathy) Anderson, Solar Chase etc. “ , has a real ,profound, hate for the Clintons. Not sure why but bet, though he denies it, that he prefers Trump. Don’t think his hate has allowed him to really research these many bogus claims started years ago by Richard Mellon Scaife
        And promulgated by FOX , Alex Jones etc.

      • strayaway

        “Hate” is your vocabulary word and perhaps your way of seeing things. But since you asked, I would characterize Bill Clinton as a highly intelligent alpha male with a lot of warts and Hillary as, well, mostly warts and would put it more like this: Why on earth did Bill Clinton bomb Serbia for fifty days? What had Serbia, our nominal ally, ever done to the US to deserve that? Since this column is about serial sexual predators like Harvey Weinstein and Bill Clinton, it should be noted that the death and destruction carried out by Bill Clinton against Serbia far outweighs any personal damages from his unwanted sexual trysts. Hillary voted for Bush’s lie based war in Iraq as Senator and, as Obama’s Secretary of State, developed policies that helped empower ISIS, overthrew Khaddafi, tried to overthrow Assad, and rekindled the cold war with Russia. The resulting hundreds of thousands of Arab deaths and millions of refugees outdid her role suppressing Bill’s bimbo eruptions. Hillary is a gift to Republicans who just keeps giving every time she shows up on TV. If Hillary hadn’t latched onto an alpha male for a ride to the top, she would be just another black clad family attorney ripping families apart in family court instead of countries.

        Those Juanita Broaderick quotes, by the way, were recent and not something spun by Richard Mellon Scaife or anyone else. Also, I seldom watch TV so your desperate “FOX” guess is wrong as was your Alex Jones innuendo.

      • saffiregal

        The December 23, 1998 sworn affidavit was hardly recent.

      • strayaway

        I’m not sure what the significance of someone called Jane Doe #5 is or how it disproved any settlement to Paula Jones.

      • saffiregal

        Maybe you should read more and try to comprehend.

      • strayaway

        My comment was, “Those Juanita Broaderick quotes, by the way, were recent”. The Allen Clifton link had to do with some aspect of Paula Jones I did not bring up. I only brought up the fact that Bill Clinton paid out $850,000 to Paula Jones to shut her up. Paula Jones is not Juanita Broaderick by the way. Confusing those two names suggests that “you should read more and try to comprehend.”