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Posted Wednesday 12/20/17 at 2:14PM EST
Two more women who settled with Bill O’Reilly sue him for defamation
Former Fox News producer Andrea Mackris and former Fox Business Network host Rebecca Gomez Diamond, who both sued and settled with O’Reilly over sexual harassment, have joined a defamation lawsuit with former Fox News employee Rachel Witleb Bernstein. Bernstein, whose settlement wasn’t for sexual harassment, and Mackris and Diamond say in their lawsuit that O’Reilly’s public statements this year paint them as liars, political operatives and extortionists. ALSO: Fox News settles with former pundit Julie Roginsky, who accused Roger Ailes of sexual harassment.
Posted Wednesday 12/06/17 at 7:07PM EST
Why did Time magazine omit Gretchen Carlson from its “Silence Breakers” Person of the Year issue?
Carlson should be considered an anti-sexual harassment groundbreaker for taking on Fox News boss Roger Ailes last year, according to Yashar Ali. He says Carlson has had a greater impact on exposing sexual harassment in the workplace than other “Silence Breakers” whom Time mentioned, including Taylor Swift and Carlson’s former Fox News colleague Megyn Kelly.
Posted Thursday 11/30/17 at 6:27AM EST
Networks became too reliant on larger-than-life TV news stars, as shown in the firings of Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose
“As leading national news hosts able to reach millions of people, Mr. Lauer and Mr. Rose are in a different sphere,” says Jim Rutenberg. “The notion of anchor as authority — a stubbornly male prototype that goes back to the pre-feminist days of Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite — was flawed to begin with. And yet, news organizations continue to depend on stars to what often seems like an unhealthy degree. In this, they are not so different from Hollywood producers whose main concern is having a big opening weekend. The stature of the men behind the desk was such that they ended up holding a high level of power within their organizations to go with their lavish pay. And, per the accusations against them, they used it on underlings who, as one of Mr. Lauer’s accusers put it to The Times, did not feel as if they were able to say no or repeat mistreatment to higher-ups.
- Lauer’s firing gives NBC a chance to “test a longstanding myth” that expensive talent is essential to a show's success
- Lauer was able to get away with bad behavior because Today made its own rules, operating independently within NBC News
- “Ailes. O'Reilly. Halperin. Rose. Lauer. These were among the most influential, best paid figures in TV news.”
- Lauer made at least $100 million before NBC fired him