Fox News has agreed to pay a$20 million to Gretchen Carlson as well as provide a public apology to the former Fox & Friends co-host, who has accused the network and then Chairman Roger Ailes of sexual harassment.
“We sincerely regret and apologize for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect and dignity that she and all of our colleagues deserve,” 21st Century Fox says in part of that statement.
Roger Ailes denies all allegations against him, yet after Gretchen Carlson’s law suit other women working at Fox News have accused the network and high ranking members of sexual harassment or improper behavior. Megyn Kelly and Andrea Tantaros, the host of The Five, among others indicated that problems at Fox News are not just because of Ailes.
Here are some of the things Gabriel Sherman, who wrote a book about Ailes and the rise of Fox News, has to say “It’s not about Roger Ailes. It’s about a culture — a television news network that played an undeniable role in reshaping American politics over the last 20 years. And it was a culture where this type of behavior was encouraged and protected. The allegations are that women routinely had to sleep with or be propositioned by their manager – in many cases, Roger Ailes, but I’ve reported on another manager who did this – in exchange for promotions.”