When Gretchen Carlson announced her lawsuit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, the employees at the network “were aware of some of the things” she was alleging in her suit because they “knew about or saw” her Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy make unseemly comments, Politico reports.
As Media Matters notes, the piece also mentions a “notable lack of major Fox News anchors and talk-show stars … stepping forward” to defend the Fox head, quoting a former “Fox and Friends” staffer, “Everyone on staff knew about or saw” Steve Doocy “make inappropriate comments.”
Ailes has made many public statements over the course of his career that can be construed as sexist and inappropriate, Politico noted. However, “Carlson’s [is not] the first suit to be brought against Fox News or one of its executives or personalities for sexual harassment.”
The report cites a 1994 appearance by Ailes on the Don Imus radio show prior to the launch of the network. Ailes proclaimed conservative commentators Mary Matalin and Jane Wallace, who then co-hosted of CNBC’s Equal Time, were “girls, who if you went into a bar around seven, you wouldn’t pay a lot of attention, but [they] get to be 10s around closing time.”
A review by Raw Story of Carlson’s reports over the years reveals that she may have been suffering in silence. In clip after clip, Carlson is shown walking off the set, advocated against make-up and the sexualization of women on television and in film and attacked Fox News for their no-pants policy.