The litany of sexual misconduct against members of Fox News has been unceasing. So many charges against so many talents in so little a time. The media wants you to believe that where there is smoke, there is fire. Not so fast, dear reader. Ken LaCorte paints a picture built on personal experience. be sure and note what he lists about Andrea Tantaros. Then make your own conclusions.
As Written By Ken LaCorte for Mediate:
Bill Shine was one of the people who forced me out of my job of 20 years at Fox News.
Despite that, I’m convinced that he was not an enabler of sexual harassment, but a victim.
We worked together for many years, with Bill heading programming and me running editorial at FoxNews.com for the last decade, and I was one of many people close to Roger Ailes forced from the company in his wake. Bill and I were friendly, but not really friends.
A toxic atmosphere?
A common refrain among talking heads is that senior Fox executives “must have known” about “rampant” sexual misconduct. It’s easy to believe, but it’s wrong.
I obviously can’t speak for every employee or know what happened in every closed office, but the overall Fox environment was professional. In nearly two decades managing many Fox employees, I can count on one hand the number of harassment claims filed in my division, and I’m convinced they were all handled well.
Have you seen any serious reporting about the facts behind the many accusations against Fox? All I’ve seen is the repetition of charges under the now-routine headline, “Another woman accuses Fox of misbehavior.” By comparison, a single racial discrimination lawsuit at CNN has attracted 175 likely plaintiffs, a number more than 10 times higher than all of the current lawsuits facing Fox, yet how many stories have you read about that?
To be clear, I don’t deny that truly bad behavior has occurred at Fox. In a company with thousands of employees, people do improper and stupid things, but the image that Fox was some sort of wild frat house has mainly been created by those with an agenda and repeated by many journalists eager to believe it. That doesn’t mean they didn’t happen, it does mean that regardless of the veracity of the allegations, it certainly wasn’t common knowledge among executives at Fox.
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