In case there was any doubt
Whether or not you think former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson has a strong case against CEO Roger Ailes over alleged sexual harassment, it’s pretty clear the former Miss America has suffered through years of sexist moments at the television news network.
This new video from Bloomberg News shows that in recent years, Carlson’s male co-hosts regularly made personal and sexualized comments about her appearance – looking “beautiful” and speculating on whether her dress was cut too high for her to ride a mechanical bull live on air.
Understandably, Carlson appears visibly uncomfortable in these clips, even “jokingly” referring to co-host Brian Kilmeade as being “sexist.”
For its part, Fox News has hired its own independent firm to investigate Ailes before Carlson’s suit potentially goes to court or a financial settlement. And as the New York Times points out, this case is just the latest example of media organizations having to shift to a changing climate where behavior that was never laudatory, but was often tolerated, is no longer acceptable.