Man, talk about impeccable timing. Just days after Fox News CEO Roger Ailes finally resigned over sexual harassment charges, “Fox and Friends” decided to make things a whole lot worse for a station under fire by tweeting out a completely inappropriate photo of – you guessed it – a female anchor.
Jesus Christ, Fox. Seriously?
The photo is centered on news anchor Heather Nauert’s cleavage, with a total creeper sneaking up on her in what looks like the initiation of a f*cking tickle war or something equally not OK for the workplace. The only thing missing is a closeup on her horrified face, just seconds after whatever the hell this photo is.
“Fox and Friends” was smart enough to delete the tweet quickly, but does that really matter when they were stupid enough to post it in the first place? Welcome to the internets, guys. Where things live in infamy no matter how fast you are with your delete key.
The image looks remotely innocent enough. Maybe it wouldn’t be such a huge deal if the timing wasn’t so horrifically poor, considering Ailes’ departure, the lawsuits, and the reports of more and more sexual harassment at Fox.
Gretchen Carlson sued Fox News and their CEO for a litany of sexual-harassment-related reasons. The New York Times has a great piece detailing many more allegations, damning the network for the pathetic treatment of women and the incredibly hostile work environment that has been created there for women.
All of that combined makes this tweet a really, really large red flag waving for the world to see.
So what can Nauert do about this? It depends on if she feels like many of the other women at Fox News, who fear retaliation or losing their jobs if they approach HR about the subject. You’d think that, given the current sorry state of a sorry network under severe scrutiny for unacceptable BS, Human Resources would be right on top of this and helping to curb it.
Obviously, that isn’t the case. Clearly, nobody at Fox News has learned absolutely anything from recent events. Is this all a joke to them? The culture the network has created and let fester clearly hasn’t altered in even the slightest way if they are still stupid enough to take – and post – a picture like this.
Roger Ailes resigning was a good step. Prison for the scumbag would be a much better next step. But it’s apparent that cutting off the head of the dragon wasn’t enough to solve some deep-rooted problems at Fox.
One has to wonder… what will it take? At what point has it gone far enough that someone – anyone – at Fox News grows a set of actual balls and stands up and does something about this?
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