Fox News: Take Allegations of Sexual Misconduct and Misogyny Seriously

Target: Suzanne Scott, Chief Executive Officer of Fox News

Goal: Fully investigate sexual misconduct allegations brought against employees and take appropriate action.

The allegations of widespread misogyny and sexual misconduct at Fox News continue. Four years ago, Gretchen Carlson—a former host on the network—filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against company chairman Roger Ailes. Since then, it seems that little has changed behind the scenes at the controversial news outlet.

Recently, network executives fired on-air personality Ed Henry after reports surfaced that he had repeatedly raped a former female producer, then supposedly accosted her with threatening messages ending with hashtags such as #obey. Behind-the-scenes sources claim that Henry’s bosses knew of allegations against the man as far back as two years ago but did nothing until these reports became public. In the wake of this troubling development comes news that a separate woman has accused two of the network’s biggest stars of sexual harassment.

This particular allegation involves prime-time hosts Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, as well as Henry. The accuser claims that she had once appeared frequently as an on-air contributor, but once she rejected alleged sexual overtures, her appearances became much more sporadic. Carlson, fresh from a separate controversy concerning apparently racist posts made by his leading writer, allegedly asked that she meet him in a hotel room (where he emphasized that he would be without his wife and kids). This accuser also claims that Ed Henry offered her a job in exchange for sexual favors.

Despite their murky history with demanding accountability in such alleged incidents, Fox News has only promised to “defend vigorously against these baseless allegations.” Sign the petition below to demand real accountability and true change in an environment another former employee characterized with one word: “toxic.”

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Scott,

“We take all claims of harassment, misconduct and retaliation seriously, promptly investigating them and taking immediate action as needed.” Your actions defy your words. Four years ago, your predecessors chose the boss over employees with stories of longstanding abuse and harassment. Two years ago, your colleagues reportedly heard the first allegations of sexual misconduct uttered against Ed Henry. Yet only recently did you take your supposedly “immediate action” by firing the disgraced star.

Now, as more allegations against some of your most prized on-air talent emerge, a similar narrative is unfolding. You claim you have investigated, and you quickly deem these troubling accusations “baseless.” One cannot help but wonder if such a swift refutation would occur if the accused were a little less high-profile and profitable.

In your new position, you have a real opportunity to do better. Honor your pledge and treat these latest allegations with the seriousness they deserve before the next, perhaps worse scandal comes along.  Most importantly, build a safer, more open workplace that respects all employees and guests.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Johnny Silvercloud




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One Comment

  1. But p***y grabber in chief misses Roger Ailes. You think FucKKKs News cares about women?

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