For women, it's not just the O'Reilly problem

    By: Clair Fuller on May 15, 2017

    The New York TImes Editorial Board writes, "Bill O'Reilly's ouster from Fox News Wednesday--nine months after similarly lurid charges of sexual harassment forced the resignation of Roger AIles, the Fox cheif executive--has opened another window into sexual abuse of women at Fox and in the workplace generally.

    The serial nature of the alleged abuse, as well as Fox's response to it, is also a reminder that exposing wrongdoing is no guarantee of change.

    When Fox said on Wednesday that it was severing ties with Mr. O'Reilly after a "thorough and careful review of the allegations," it neglected to note that the scrutiny was not prompted by the allegations themselves--which the company already knew about--byt the defections of donzens of advertisers from "The O'Reilly Factor" and a drop in the company's stock price. Fox heaped praise on Mr. O'Reilly in announcing his departure. In all, the company has paid at least $85 million to resolve sexual abuse scandals involving Mr. Ailes and Mr. O'Reilly. Of that sum, as much as $65 million went to the two men, in the form of exit pay.

    That's not deterrence, let alone true accountability."

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    Released: May 15, 2017, 9:21 am
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