An attorney for one of the women that Bill O’Reilly sexually harassed isn’t looking for money. She wants something more dangerous to the future of Fox News, an independent investigation. As the scandals pile up, and ratings growth slows, we could be witnessing the death of Fox News.
Transcript via CNN:
BLOOM: Yes, that’s all they have. Bring it on.
How many women have to come forward? How many millions of dollars have to get paid before FOX News takes sexual harassment seriously? In my opinion, this network is the Bill Cosby of corporate America. Women over and over again are driven out.
STELTER: But what evidence do you have to say that?
BLOOM: What — the dozens and dozens of women who have come forward and said, “I was sexually harassed there.” How many Gretchen Carlsons? How many Andrea Tantaroses do we need? All of these women, by the way, driven out, their careers over. Bill O’Reilly is still sitting pretty.
This has been going on since 2002 according to the “New York Times” article. I mean, this is absolutely outrageous.
Do women’s careers mean anything at FOX News? Do the laws of sexual harassment ever get enforced there? We don’t see any —
The New York Times story demonstrates that the toxic culture of sexual harassment didn’t stop after Roger Ailes was fired. On top of the sexual harassment, Fox News is also being sued for racial discrimination.
As the lawsuits and payouts pile up, Fox is also facing a ratings challenge from MSNBC that it has never seen before.
The Ailes scandal put Fox News on a downward spiral that led to the departure of high profile talent like Megyn Kelly. The election of Donald Trump has seen both CNN and MSNBC grow faster than Fox. What we are witnessing is the demise of Fox News as cable news’s only super power.
Unless something changes soon, Fox News is on the way down. The network will always be around, and as long as they have the market cornered on conservative cable news viewers, very profitable, but we are witnessing a change in media, as it looks Fox News is moving closer and closer to death.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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