Gretchen Carlson has been very pro-Trump on Fox. Ailes and Murdoch are financially dependent on Trump’s defeat. There’s a story behind the story here. Perhaps there’s a connection.
Gretchen Carlson sues Roger Ailes for Sexual Harassment.
Alternate Headline: Gretchen Carlson sues the mentor of self-appointed modern feminist Megyn Kelly for sexual harassment…. Oh brother, you just can’t make up this stuff.
Well done Gretchen, well done.
(Via Politico) On Wednesday morning, former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a bombshell sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, alleging that he demoted her, reduced her pay and ultimately fired her in retaliation for turning down his sexual advances and complaining about sexual harassment in the workplace.
In the eight-page civil complaint, filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Carlson’s attorneys detail the treatment she claims to have been subjected to during the course of her employment with Fox News, which spanned from 2005 to June of 2016. Here are some of the claims made in the suit:
• Ailes would ask Carlson to turn around while in his office so he could view her from behind.
• Ailes also regularly commented on Carlson’s appearance, particularly her legs, and would urge Carlson to wear certain outfits that he thought enhanced Carlson’s figure.
• Ailes told Carlson she was “sexy” but “too much hard work,” and told her, “I’m sure you can do sweet nothings when you want to.”
• Ailes wondered aloud how anyone could be married to Carlson, and said that marriage was “boring,” “hard,” and “not much fun.”
• Ailes told Carlson that if he could choose one person to be stranded with on a desert island, he would choose her.
• Ailes told other people in Carlson’s presence that he had slept with three winners of the Miss America pageant, but not Carlson (who won the Miss America pageant in 1989.) On a separate occasion, as Carlson walked over to greet him, Ailes said that he remained seated when women approached him to they had to “bend over” to speak to him.
• Ailes asked Carlson how she felt about him, and then said, “Do you understand what I’m saying to you?”
• When Carlson met with Ailes in 2015 over concerns of her treatment at the company, Ailes told her, “I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better … sometimes problems are easier to solve” that way. At the same meeting, he told her that he could make anything happen for her if she listened and “underst[ood]” what he was saying. (continue reading)
Anyone who previously viewed the battle between Donald Trump and Fox News as a representative battle of thin-skinned ego entirely missed the point.
Trump is not just taking on the construct of progressive ideology that has undermined the essence of American exceptionalism; Trump is not just exposing the immense number of faux-conservatives in media and political punditry; Trump is not just allowing us to see the scope of anti-American interest; no, he’s taking on the very selfish foundation they’ve used to sell out our country. Heck, he’s taking on all the “Decepticons” simultaneously.
In many ways Fox’s Roger Ailes and Republican Mitch McConnell carry the same ideological character trait, deception. For McConnell his deceptive ways allow him to retain power inside the DC construct. For Roger Ailes manipulation benefits his media dominance and political interests.
Neither McConnell nor Ailes can actually be trusted. However, it took Donald Trump running for office for us to understand the enormity and scope of the previously hidden betrayal.
It all boils down to a very familiar problem. Would you rather rid yourself of the schemer, manipulator and deceiver who claims to be your friend – and as a consequence face a visible enemy in their stead. Or do you chose to be associated within the camp of a person you can never fully trust.
The 2014 re-election of Mitch McConnell was a case study in choosing between the lesser of these two evils. If you don’t re-elect him your team may not win control of the Senate; but if you do elect him your team may win control – but you’ll never be able to trust him to do what he says.
We are all witnessing the 2016 reality of McConnell’s untrustworthy legislative behavior; he lied to get re-elected, and he’s only working on the priorities of Tom Donohue, Wall Street, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Our Co-Dependent Behavior:
♦ If, in the spring of 2014, anyone had tried to convince the electorate that the National Republican Senatorial Committee would pay for racist attack ads, and pay for Democrats to vote in the Mississippi Senate Primary against a republican candidate, the same electorate would have said ‘you’re nuts’.
♦ If, prior to the fall election of 2014, anyone had tried to convince the electorate that Mitch McConnell would NEVER repeal Obamacare, because his handlers wanted Obamacare to remain in place, the voting electorate would say “you’re nuts”.
♦ If, in the dawn of 2015, anyone had tried to convince the electorate the now Republican Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, would change the senate rules to pass Obama trade agreements with only 51 votes, destroying the construct of the Senate oversight simply to give Obama more power -because McConnell’s handlers wanted it- again more people would have said “you’re nuts”. Perhaps even the same people.
♦ If, in the summer of 2015, anyone had tried to convince the electorate that the RNC and DC-based GOPe, had constructed a specific and intentional plan to elect Jeb Bush with 20% of the voting base, those same voices say “you’re nuts”.
Some people just refuse to accept what is. The rest of us -who do accept- are called “nuts”…. or Whacko-birds, or Hobbits, or Crazies, or… well, you get the point.
The bottom line is Donald Trump is advocating for us; he’s representing the interests of all of us who are sick and tired of being lied to and manipulated by the Mitch McConnells of the world. So while campaigning, he’s taking them head on.
What value lies within victory, if the reason for being victorious is open to interpretation? A fancy way of saying “bold contrasts, not pale pastels”. When Trump shows up to the White House, there won’t be anyone in DC who doesn’t know exactly why he’s there.
If victorious, Trump will carry the biggest and boldest mandate EVER.
Candidate Donald Trump has now taken enough positions for us to clearly identify that he is indeed our friend, and as a consequence their enemy. Just look at what he has exposed in the two months since he announced. He’s done this simply by putting sunlight on issues and taking firm stances that all others in/around the same issues have apparently lied about for years.
Donald Trump, a serious student of the entire decades long game, is waging a 360° war against the entire GOPe apparatus, on every single level of its construct. And yes, that also means the monolithic media empire which facilitates all of the aforementioned usurpations.
Donald Trump is campaigning against EVERY ADVERSE INTEREST to the U.S.A. This is the essential underpinning of the “Make America Great Again” campaign.
Those adverse interests are both outside and inside our borders. He’s intent on tearing down the rigged machine, all of it. By now that should be obvious to everyone.
In that regard, Rupert Murdoch FOX owner is part of the problem. Fox News President Roger Ailes is also part of the problem. Again, their interests – i.e., elect Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio- were antithetical to those of a restored, strong, free and independent U.S.
Mitch McConnell, Rupert Murdoch, The RNC, Roger Ailes, Tom Donohue, Wall Street et al, are all part of the apparatus Donald Trump has been forced to simultaneously confront.
Trump is talking about, and, well, actually he’s doing more than talking about it, he’s taking on BIG ideological entities that have embedded themselves inside the body politic.
It’s often a painful exhibition to watch a surgeon cut clear margins out of an infected patient. And it definitely ain’t pretty when you have to do it on a battlefield in the midst of an ideological war.
This is the backdrop for Donald Trump taking on Fox News, and as a consequence Rupert Murdoch through Roger Ailes and Murdoch’s princess, Megyn Kelly.
Just like exposing the real motivation behind the RNC, or Mitch McConnell, or the NRSC in 2014’s Mississippi primary, Trump is exposing the sordid and corrupt world of the U.S. legacy media. However, better than merely exposing them, he took them head-on.
Trump would rather face an enemy who genuinely opposes him than deal with the likes of a enemy who puts on the mask of being favorable toward him while simultaneously working diligently to eliminate him. (Remember Brutus?)
Trump respects the honest opponent, he does not respect the dishonest manipulator. Obviously, a level of media dishonesty was dragged front and center, in front of 24 million viewers, during the August 6th 2015 Fox News RNC/GOP debate.
I mean c’mon, seriously. While initially many didn’t want to believe what we were saying, we saw the deceptive sneak attack coming a week before it took place.
It was transparently obvious that Megyn ‘too-cute-by-half’ Kelly had a specific agenda she was intent on delivering. [ June 30th Warning To Donald Trump ]
Lil Miss Condescending was so pissed that Trump avoided her initial pre-debate set up on August 4th, 2015, she took it out on Ted Cruz
As a consequence of the specific forethought, and after deciding it’s better to have an honest enemy, Mr. Trump positioned himself to tear down the pillars of Roger Ailes creation. And, as evidence of Trumps’ strength therein, Roger Ailes’ responses reflected a reality that Ailes views this ENEMY unlike any other enemy, because Trump holds Samson-like capabilities.
It was never about Megyn Kelly per se’. It was about taking the strongest most valuable part of Ailes organization, the one he has invested the most time, effort, energy and emotion with, and confronting that ‘golden goose’ first. Ailes would surely never respond the same way if it were a less valuable part of his business. Trump hits em’ where it hurts.
2015 appearances on CNN, MSNBC or the alphabets might have seemed antithetical to most GOP candidates who view Fox as a more direct channel to a specific audience. But Trump said he’d rather confront an honest opponent (who he knows hates him), than walk into a dishonest interview unsure of their masked ‘angle’.
By doing this Donald Trump also showed the approach he would take if he is able to achieve victory and win the White House.
Senate Leader Mitch McConnell will never be accepted as a representative leader, nor would Paul Ryan; neither could/would be trusted. Trump’s entire approach showed his intention to dispatch their self-serving interests to the land of irrelevance and work around them.
Yes, that implied he’d use the bully pulpit against his own Republican leadership, if that was what’s needed to “Make America Great Again”. Prepare for it.
If the hierarchy within the republican party loses an election to Democrats it’s only a lost election; they are still there, and still comfortable even in the minority.
However, if the hierarchy within the republican party loses an election to Conservatives, they are out of a job.
Donald Trump’s greatest weapon is not his money, his wealth, or his keen and astute business acumen, those are all simply tools he’s developed over a lifetime. No, his greatest weapon against these ideological foes is something we shared on the very first day of his candidacy….