There’s nothing like mansplaining sexual harassment, especially when said mansplainer is a bloated white guy whose self-driven agenda protects his network before his fellow colleague. When Megyn Kelly revealed that she was sexually harassed by Roger Ailes,founder and former Chairman and CEO of Fox News and the Fox Television Stations Group, people believed her, especially since many others (including Gretchen Carlson) have come forward with the same story. Kelly revealed disturbing anecdotes about his alleged behavior, including the fact that “He tried to kiss [her] three times [in his office],” and when she “rejected that,” he asked [her] when [her] contract was up.” When she brought the matter up to a supervisor at Fox News, he assured her of Ailes good character and suggested she avoid him.
When Bill O’Reilly, a television host at Fox News, was asked about Kelly’s revelation, he wasn’t pleased, saying, he’s “not interested in basically litigating something that is finished that makes my network look bad.” He then suggested she go through HR instead or leave the company.
First, Bill O’Reilly’s entire career is founded on questioning the political process and using the media as a pulpit to push his personal agenda regardless of what party is in the white house. Should he leave it to the political process instead, much like his own suggestion to Kelly? After all, that’s the normal route, and if he’s unhappy with the regime in office, he should just sit down and shut up, right? Second, Kelly tried to make her complaints known, and Ailes was far too powerful to oust from the inside. Third, the media is often used to expose injustice, and allowing sexual harassment is an injustice. O’Reilly doesn’t like it because it’s now at his own network. Lastly, O’Reilly is a coward. He should stand up and make some noise when it’s not in his own self-interest for once. Maybe he should also be a woman for a day and learn empathy. And since that’s not going to happen, then he should be a man for a day and learn to protect people.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) November 16, 2016