‘Toxic Culture’ of Bullying: New Day Basks in Downfall of Ailes, O’Reilly, and Fox News
During an appearance on New Day, CNN’s Margaret Hoover expanded on her thoughts from last night as she talked about what Bill O’Reilly‘s firing will mean for Fox News and the cable media landscape going forward.
Hoover, a former Fox personality, said that O’Reilly would frequently make comments that would diminish her political commentary while delegating her as the “backdrop” to his own opinions. Hoover insisted that she was never sexually harassed, but she “had to navigate a minefield to make sure I never was in an experience or situation where I felt vulnerable.”
Alisyn Camerota backed up Hoover’s assertions, having spoken earlier in the day about the “harassment” she observed during her own time at Fox News. The New Day panel wondered if O’Reilly’s departure would change anything when his behavior seemed to reflect the “toxic culture” that Roger Ailes created before the Fox CEO was ousted over his alleged sexual harassment.
“The king has been gone for nine months. There were people at Fox News that hoped things would change after he left, and they didn’t,” Hoover said. “Many of the executives who knew about the behavior and were complicit in this behavior…the entire culture and environment is the same.”
From there, Chris Cillizza brought up how President Donald Trump defended O’Reilly, saying the Fox host did nothing wrong. Cillizza opined that Ailes and O’Reilly created an environment of discourse where Trump’s controversial behavior could be viewed as acceptable during the 2016 election.
Hoover and Camerota also saluted Gretchen Carlson for getting the ball rolling when she first spoke out against sexual harassment at Fox.
“She is the hero of this story,” Hoover said. “Every women owes a debt of gratitude to Gretchen Carlson for having the courage to do what she did.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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