As the women who have gained the confidence over the last few months to come out against the men who sexually harassed or assaulted them will tell you, silence is rarely golden.
Last week, Fox chairman and acting CEO Rupert Murdoch made a few statements in an interview concerning the string of sexual misconduct allegations against some of Fox News’s biggest names.
Former CEO Roger Ailes was fired amidst accusations, followed shortly by former anchor and Trump favorite Bill O’Reilly.
Murdoch referred to the accusations as “nonsense” (although, 21st Century Fox claims he was referring to the idea of Fox having a problem with sexual assault as “nonsense”) and insinuated that the women were lying, except in a few “isolated incidents” concerning Ailes.
Men have been going down left and right in mainstream media, Hollywood, and politics for the offenses they made against women (and men) when they thought no one was looking. Murdoch should have really been paying attention to the way the tide is turning against outdated attitudes like his, which think women who accuse men of sexual misconduct are doing it for political gain rather than out of pain.
What’s Happening Now:
Former Fox News contributor Tamara Holder has spoken out against Murdoch’s comments, empowered by a part of her silence clause that allows her to respond to such charged statements.
She announced her rebuttal on CNN.
Holder reached a $2.5 million settlement with Fox after she made sexual assault allegations. As a result, she was also held under a confidentiality agreement, barring her from speaking about the incidents.
Holder said that Murdoch’s comments about the victims in Fox’s closet count as her being “disparaged or maligned”, which means she can break her silence.
Murdoch, in suggesting the accusations were nonsense and that the conservative nature of Fox’s network (aren’t news organizations supposed to hold no bias, Mr. Murdoch? Isn’t that what you slam CNN for left and right? Hmm..), opened up all victims to speak out. In suggesting the were liars, he has given them a reason to defend themselves.
Holder said that it was her opinion as a lawyer that she is allowed to speak out following Murdoch’s inflammatory comments.
She said the following concerning suggestions that her or others’ accusations were politically motivated.
“If this is political, then let’s take these cases to trial. I’m down. Let’s open it up. You’re the ones who wanted to settle. You’re the ones who wanted us to be quiet,” she said.
Murdoch opened his big mouth in an interview in a rash and disrespectful attempt to discredit victims and their stories during a nationwide expulsion of men who think they’re entitled to others’ bodies. Instead, he has allowed them to re-find their voices and speak out against him and the men at whose hands they suffered.
And Holder’s comments might not be the end of Fox’s upcoming problems.
Several female employees over at Fox said that they were willing to bring previously unsaid allegations to light against stars still employed by Fox in response to Murdoch’s comments.
Good goin’, Murdoch. You really showed those ladies what you and Fox are made of.
H/T: The Hill