Apparently, Fox News thinks women want to be victims of sexual harassment.
Last week, Andrea Tantaros filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the conservative network which named Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, and Bill Shine among others who either made unwanted advances toward her or ignored her when she made complaints about the way she was being treated in the workplace.
According to the lawsuit, Roger Ailes constantly asked her to turn around so he could ogle her. When she refused, Ailes punished her by firing her from The Five and stuck her on a show with lower ratings.
On Monday, Tantaros dared Fox News to undergo a lie detector test and agreed to take one herself because she has nothing to lose since she’s telling the truth.
She even released a list of questions that would be asked to each of the principle people named in her lawsuit.
Ailes, of course, would be asked if he ever told Tantaros to turn around so he could “get a good look” at her in her skirt.
Bill O’Reilly would be asked if he ever tried to get Tantaros to go somewhere private with him and whether he told her she has a “wild side.”
Bill Shine would be asked if he knew of Tantaros’ complaints and if he swept them under the rug.
Her lawyers remarked that Tantaros wouldn’t be offering to take a lie detector test if she were not telling the truth and told Fox News that taking the test should be no problem if they have nothing to hide.
And Fox News has finally responded and their response is the reason why the network is in the mess they find themselves currently trying to dig their way out of. In other words, they treated Tantaros the way they treat their female employees or victims in general: like shit.
In a statement, Fox claimed that Tantaros is a “wannabe” victim of sexual harassment, which is a complete outrage.
Tantaros’s unverified complaint of August 22 bears all the hallmarks of the ‘wannabe.’ She claims now that she too was victimized by Roger Ailes when, in fact, contrary to her pleading, she never complained of any such conduct in the course of an investigation months ago.”
Once again, Fox News claimed that Tantaros was fired because she wrote a book and not as some kind of retaliation.
This statement from Fox is unfortunate, particularly since it suggests that women want to be victims or want to be seen as victims. In short, they are not taking Tantaros’ allegations seriously and that’s just not right.
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