Sunday, July 24, 2016

As predicted more allegations are coming out about sexual harassment at Fox News, and they are NOT all about Roger Ailes.

Rudi Bakhtiar
Courtesy of Raw Story: 

On Saturday, the New York Times reported that it had spoken to a dozen women currently or formerly employed by the news network, all of whom say that they personally experienced sexual harassment or intimidation at work. 

Former Fox personality Rudi Bakhtiar told the Times about a run-in she had with her then-supervisor Fox News Washington Bureau Chief Brian Wilson. In 2007, Wilson dangled the possibility of a promotion in front of Bakhtiar and when she said she’d be excited to take the job, he reportedly told her, “I’d like to see the inside of your hotel room.” He said that he wanted them to have a “friends with benefits” relationship. 

Bakhtiar declined and says that immediately her career at the company went into free-fall. Her appearances were canceled and when she attempted to address the issue with other executives, they told her to go to Human Resources. 

Within weeks she was fired. Ailes told her that it was for performance-related reasons. 

“In a short time, she went from thinking she was in line to land the job she coveted to unemployment,” wrote the Times‘ Jim Rutenberg and Emily Steel. “After a mediation process, she reached a settlement in which Fox News paid her an undisclosed amount.” 

Bakhtiar said that part of the agreement was that she must never speak publicly about the harassment, but she felt emboldened by Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit against Ailes, who stepped down on Thursday.

Several of the women interviewed by the New York Times claimed that they were set up on "dates" with superiors by their supervisors.

One former staffer even claimed to have walked into a dark office in 2009 to find a senior manager receiving oral sex from a junior staffer.

Interestingly enough Gawker did a piece in 2011, that discussed something called the "leg cam" used to allow the audience to ogle the legs of the female presenters. 

Did you ever wonder why Megyn Kelly is the only prime time Fox host whose desk is see through?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was asked about these allegations directed at Roger Ailes and his response was as predictable as it was disgusting: 

Meet the Press host Chuck Dodd asked Trump about the allegations against Ailes, and the candidate replied, “Well I don’t want to comment. But he’s been a friend of mine for a really long time. And I can tell you that some of the women who are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them. And even recently. And when they write books that are fairly recently released, and they say wonderful things about him.”

 He went on, “And now all of a sudden they’re saying these horrible things about him. It’s very sad. Because he’s a very good person. I’ve always found him to be just a very, very good person. Any by the way a very, very talented person. Look what he’s done. So I feel very badly. But a lot of people are thinking he’s going to run my campaign.”

There you go Republicans THAT is your presidential candidate for 2016. 

And Fox News is your preferred source for "news."

Aren't you proud?


  1. Anonymous11:35 AM

    "A lot of people think he's going to run my campaign?" Yeah you do that, Donnie. Then you can blame him when he 'ruins' your campaign, instead of your smug kids or your picked upon wife number three. Or yourself, you arrogant piece of crap.

    1. Anonymous12:59 PM

      Putin is already in the thick of his campaign because there is no separation between Donald's business ventures and the 'campaign' and Donald is up to his eyeballs in debt to Russia. Russia is pulling big strings on this deal. HUGE. More and more is coming out about it, it's also wrapped up in the whole DNC email dump. Russia is bound and determined to get Trump in the White House.

      Trump & Putin. Yes, It's Really a Thing

      Over the last year there has been a recurrent refrain about the seeming bromance between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. More seriously, but relatedly, many believe Trump is an admirer and would-be emulator of Putin's increasingly autocratic and illiberal rule. But there's quite a bit more to the story. At a minimum, Trump appears to have a deep financial dependence on Russian money from persons close to Putin. And this is matched to a conspicuous solicitousness to Russian foreign policy interests where they come into conflict with US policies which go back decades through administrations of both parties. There is also something between a non-trivial and a substantial amount of evidence suggesting Putin-backed financial support for Trump or a non-tacit alliance between the two men.

      ...Let's start with the basic facts. There is a lot of Russian money flowing into Trump's coffers and he is conspicuously solicitous of Russian foreign policy priorities.

      I'll list off some facts.

      1. All the other discussions of Trump's finances aside, his debt load has grown dramatically over the last year, from $350 million to $630 million. This is in just one year while his liquid assets have also decreased. Trump has been blackballed by all major US banks.

      2. Post-bankruptcy Trump has been highly reliant on money from Russia, most of which has over the years become increasingly concentrated among oligarchs and sub-garchs close to Vladimir Putin. Here's a good overview from The Washington Post, with one morsel for illustration ...

    2. Anonymous1:40 PM

      ...Do you think Donald Trump is too close to Vladimir Putin?

      MOOK: I think what’s troubling is how he has praised Vladimir Putin. It’s troubling that last week he said that — or he questioned whether NATO should protect our Eastern European allies.

      So yes, I think that’s troubling for any American, from a national security standpoint.

      It is the ugly little secret that the Trump campaign doesn’t want to discuss. When Donald Trump Jr. was asked about support of his dad by the Russian government, he blew a gasket on CNN.

      Trump can ramble on about emails all he wants, but the reality is that there is only one candidate who us being backed by a government that the Republican Party considers an enemy to America.

      Donald Trump’s praise for Putin is no coincidence, and the Clinton campaign is calling out the reason why.

    3. Anonymous4:38 PM

      You all wait. This will be the "October Surprise" that will come out a month before the election, it not sooner, just like Romney's secretly taped 99% speech at that high rollers donor dinner.
      Russian hacked emails from last month being released just now on the eve of the Democratic National Convention? Wow, who do you think Putin wants in the White House and has the nuclear codes?

    4. Anonymous4:42 PM

      Does everybody see why it is IMPERATIVE that Donald Trump release his tax forms?! Release the damn tax returns, Donald Trump!

    5. Anonymous5:38 PM

      Trump's businesses may be his biggest liability

      ... He claims that he’ll “Make America First Again,” but the truth may be that the size and international scope of Trump’s businesses place him in a historic ethical conflict of interest that may compromise and endanger the safety and interests of the American people.....

      .. But if Trump becomes president, what is he going to put first: His interests—or our nation’s?

      See that light? Yeah, that one over there. It’s not the end of a tunnel. It’s the Trump Train headed full steam ahead for a massive, epic ethics wreck.
      Heaven help us.

    6. Anonymous5:41 PM

      Me thinks he dost protest too much. Now they are blaming a house cat, was Hillary busy that day?
      Donald Trump Jr Flips Out On CNN After His Dad’s Kremlin Aided Campaign Is Exposed

    7. Anonymous4:44 PM

      Yeah, how did that work out for you?

  2. Anonymous11:55 AM

    Chuck Todd also interviewed Bernie who I am not convinced yet is a team player because of the way he answered the question about Tim Kaine. Didn't Bernie's parents teach him if you can't say anything positive about someone (especially when you are supposed to be part of their team) don't say anything at all!! Bernie still gives Trump fodder to work with. It's not about YOU and your wife anymore Bernie so get that through your skull and send your fans a clear message.

    1. Anonymous12:19 PM

      The Wikileaks story tells that it was always about him. In case you're unaware, DWS has stepped down. I'm looking forward to Gryphen covering it.

  3. Anonymous12:00 PM

    That gal in the above photo is beautiful! Far prettier than the blonds they've always paraded across the FOX shows.

    I've never watched Fox (but, have covered their ill doings via the internet) - they were ALL Republican and full of phonies as far as I was concerned.

    Liars and bullies permeated it's casts...O'Reilly comes to mind as does Sarah Palin. Hannity is a fat, white pretty boy and full of himself! Everything about FOX repulses me!

    Hopefully, FOX hits the dust w/Ailes gone! Only cost them $40 million to rid themselves of him, but can't help but wonder how much the gals got - or will garner through the lawsuits they've filed against Ailes?

    Sincerely hope FOX has to pay them millions too! FOX has used and abused women since its beginning!

    1. Anonymous4:45 PM

      The women aren't suing FOX, can't, it would violate their contracts. Carlson is suing Ailes personally. Hope she gets $140 million of his money and he is left penniless.

  4. Anonymous12:22 PM

    G -


    If you have time check out an article on TPM by Steve Peoples titled "Energized White Supremacists
    Cheer Trump Convention Message". This is really scary!!

    Pat Padrnos

    1. Anonymous3:44 PM

      Not scary, they are just part of America and always have been, they certainly don't have enough voting power to make a difference. They just like to be loud and get press and make people like you afraid.

  5. Anonymous12:25 PM

    So the next question is which on-air talent agreed to sleep their way to the top? How likely, though, is it that one of them will admit to sleeping with their boss or Ailes? Could it be the ones who are still supporting him?

    1. Anonymous4:49 PM

      I wonder if The National Enquirer will reveal who the lower staffer giving head was.
      Trump said fear of getting STDs was his personal Vietnam. lol

    2. Anonymous5:04 PM

      Somebody want to DNA test Megyn's kids?

  6. Olivia12:31 PM

    ***There you go Republicans THAT is your presidential candidate for 2016.
    And Fox News is your preferred source for "news."
    Aren't you proud? ****

    Republicans don't care about sexism or exploitation. You can point it out to them and they look at you with blank faces, not seeing what the problem is. You can't shame fools.

    1. Anonymous4:51 PM

      For example, the fact that porn viewing shot up 8 times what is normal last week in Cleveland? Hypocrites!

    2. Anonymous7:06 PM


      Male gay porn outsold straight porn by 1/3 as well! That's the Grand Old Party of Family Values that we know and love!

  7. Anonymous12:33 PM

    Anyone else think there might have been a hidden "beaver cam" or two hidden somewhere at Fox? To get the closeups whilst the eye candy was working. Or was it while they were getting dressed?

    Me thinks it won't be long before we hear about it if there was one.

    1. Anonymous3:45 PM

      I'm pretty certain that none of those sleek, shiny and hairless ladies have any "beaver" to speak of but probably resemble toddlers "down there".

  8. Anonymous12:48 PM

    I always thought fox was untouchable? I am quite thrilled to witness their pending demise. What a bunch of rats.Including Megan Kelly, she has no class or grit. She could have a heroine!
    I hope they all burn and fox dies a painful death for what evils they have spawned!

  9. Anonymous1:03 PM

    Har... Har... Har... I'm still wondering how someone looks in a morning mirror and knows that THEY are the individual that blew Roger Ailes. That image can't be unseen.

  10. Anonymous1:44 PM

    Look at what this despicable man is up to now:

  11. Anonymous1:45 PM

    Hillary Campaign Manager Mook: Russian State Actors Hacked DNC and Released Emails to Sway Election

    1. Anonymous1:57 PM

  12. Anonymous2:09 PM

    What bugs me about this story is that it went on and on for year. Now Megyn Kelly comes out with her story? I mean, the moment Roger Ailes slipped his fat fingers into their crack they should have screamed. Not now. Aside from Roger Ailes fingers, somethin' don't smell right. I don't believe for one minute these women care about treatment of women. They worked for Fox, right? The biggest anti-women network. And as for Trump. Of coarse he's friends with Roger Ailes. Probably, Bill Cosby too.

    1. Anonymous5:37 PM

      Megyn Kelly also wrote in her book something to the effect that Roger was a great guy and helped her a lot, his door was always open.

      So in effect the women were helping to promote and condone the toxic corporate atmosphere of harassment in order to make big bucks.

  13. Anonymous3:15 PM

    If Roger Ailes got Sarah Palin to 'give it up', she will never tell. Sarah Palin has too many affairs in her past to go against Ailes. Glen Rice, Curt Menard Jr., Brad Hanson, Joe Schmidt, and several at the Mugshot Saloon are all stories that Sarah doesn't want to be talked about again.

    1. Anonymous3:47 PM

      Palin's hangout was not the Mugshot, it was the 4-Corners Lounge down at Trunk and Palmer Wasilla Hwy.

    2. Anonymous3:54 PM

      Ailes would NEVER ask Palin for sexual favors. He knows she'd offer it up first like a certain college basketball player.

    3. Anonymous4:39 PM

      Maybe our little Sarah, tried to seduce ailes and he snubbed her advances.Look Sarah I'll hire you! Just leave me alone! Put your clothes back on please!

    4. Anonymous5:45 PM

      I keep thinking of that photo of Sarah dressed like barbie for her "audition" at the Today Show.

      Did she get the idea that all networks demand favors from their female employees from "working" at FOX?

  14. Anonymous3:43 PM

    Any of the women subject to the "leg cam" could have chosen to wear pants, but they didn't.

    1. Anonymous4:16 PM

      It's doubtful they had a choice. Short skirts is the required uniform.

    2. Anonymous5:10 PM

      Didn't you ever read the quote from Roger Ailes: "I did not spend x-number of dollars on a glass desk for her to wear pant suits." and "move that damn laptop, I can't see her legs." He was referring to former Fox News reporter Kiran Chetry. The short skirts definitely was the mandatory fashion choice.

    3. Anonymous5:54 PM

      How many of these women mocked Hillay's pants suits?

    4. Anonymous7:04 PM

      Do you ever wonder if that "short skirt" mandate item in their contracts even made them blink? That would have certainly rang some alarm bells for me, but these women seemed willing to do and say just about anything to secure their jobs.

  15. Anonymous4:29 PM

    Roger Ailes = POS
    Donald Trump = POS
    Donald Trump, release your tax forms!

  16. Anonymous5:32 PM

    O/T Clinton/Kaine were interviewed together on 60 mins tonight, what a refreshing change from the fearmongering, “the sky is falling” GOP!!! No insults, no bumper sticker slogans. Adult solutions using complete sentences!!!

    After being exposed to the slimy republicans and their plastic woman, it was wonderful to see a man secure enough to take second chair to a woman.

    I really think he is a great choice and especially impressed with his genuine enthusiasm for a historical first woman nominee and president of the USA. Yes, ladies it has been 93 years since we were granted the right to vote.

    Now we only have to worry if Bernie is going to ruin everything tomorrow night and try and take the spotlight for himself.

  17. Anita Winecooler6:15 PM

    Calling Donald Trump, your moral compass has been recalled. To save money, they painted an arrow to "excellent".
    Yeah, why aren't there privacy screens on all the desks on Fox News and Bait Shoppe? I remember the gam cam when Megyn Kelly, in her short dress and high heels, had to walk to the other side of the building when Obama won the second election. They were following her up close, like ducklings following their mom, the whole time oogling her hips legs and shoes from behind. No visible lines on her panties, btw.
    Isn't it a "given" if you're female on Fox you're nothing more than eye candy? So my question is, why do females apply for work there?

    Sue their nuts off, ladies.

    1. Anonymous7:02 PM

      Kelly probably didn't have panties on. Remember when we accidentally got an upskirt view of Gretchen while she was crossing and uncrossing her legs? No panties and an apparent fan of total waxing as well, if I remember correctly :-)

  18. Anonymous6:33 PM

    Glad Bakhtiar is coming out and saying FU Fox and your stinkin' gag.

    No company should be allowed to muzzle constitutional rights of any citizen to cover up a CRIME. And they don't get to decide if a crime has been committed or not. Sexual harassment in the workplace is a FEDERAL crime. Fox is guilty of covering up crimes in the workplace, shielding the perpetrators and intimidating and silencing those that are victims.


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