On Thursday night, Laura Ingraham warned of a possible backlash in reaction to the #MeToo movement.
“Can a man’s career now be trashed with just an accusation of sexual misconduct?” Ingraham began. “The bar seems to be getting a bit lower, lower and lower.”
The Fox News host noted the recent firing of journalist Ryan Lizza from The New Yorker and the suspension of Tavis Smiley from PBS over allegations of sexual misconduct and the lack of details that have been disclosed about the allegations as well as Lizza and Smiley’s assertions that their relationships were consensual. Late last night, Smiley took to social media last night to defend himself.
“Have we reached a dangerous tipping point in the Me Too movement?” she asked. “And is this the start of a serious pushback for men and maybe women too?”
Ingraham then turned to her panel to continue the discussion. While she insisted she “can’t stand” sexual harassment in the workplace and called it “foul and gross,” she also said she doesn’t like accusations that are made years later when the accused cannot defend themselves. She went on to say that she believes Smiley is innocent.
“I know Tavis Smiley a little bit- known him- casual friends for I don’t know, like 20 years,” Ingraham continued. “I think he’s telling the truth. My gut, I watched Tavis- he’s really ticked off. He’s really mad. And now a consensual relationship in the workplace is tantamount to sexual harassment.”
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
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