Conservative American news network Fox News has been described as being a ‘Playboy Mansion-like cult’ after the latest sexual harassment lawsuit to taint the network was filed by former Fox News reporter Andrea Tantaros against former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes.
This story not only points the finger at Ailes, but at several executives who have also been alleged to foster a toxic environment where sexual harassment was tolerated and those who dared complain punished.
Ailes is no longer at the network, however is reportedly advising proud mysogynist Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, which makes sense. Like two peas in a pod.
The executive resigned from the network earlier this year after former Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against him and after Fox anchor Megyn Kelly told attorneys investigating the claims that she’d been on the receiving end of unwanted sexual advances towards her a decade ago.
The 76-year-old is recognised for making Fox News the loud, brash tabloid network it is today. Fox co-founder Rupert Murdoch has only ever said good things about the former executive however parent company 21st Century Fox is running its own investigation into the claims against him. It has been reported that at least 20 other women (former and current Fox News employees) have contacted Carlson's lawyers about Ailes.
Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros claims that Ailes sexually harassed her and that high-ranking executives 'fostered a newsroom culture in which abusive behaviour flourished'.
“Fox News masquerades as defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny,” the suit states.
Ailes was "the primary culprit" according to the lawsuit, but not the only culprit. Also named are most senior executives at the network who Tantaros claims used threats, humiliation, and retaliation in an attempt to silence her.