Longtime Fox News host Gretchen Carlson shocked the media world on Wednesday by filing a sexual harassment lawsuit against her former boss, CEO Roger Ailes.
In her suit against Ailes, she also alleged that she faced a hostile work environment from many of her male colleagues including former Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy. Looking back on some choice clips of Carlson, we can see signs that she was sending out secret cries for help for years.
Let’s go through some examples.
In this video from June 2012, Carlson walks off the set after co-host Brian Kilmeade remarks, “Women are everywhere, we’re letting them play golf and tennis now. It’s out of control.” Carlson was clearly very annoyed by this and told Kilmeade that he should be the one to read headlines since “men are so great.”
In 2013, Carlson went onto Kilmeade’s radio show and talked about how great it was to wear pants. Why? Because she apparently wasn’t allowed to do so on Fox TV appearances and could only wear skirts:
That same year, Carlson did her broadcast without makeup for the first time to make a point about the sexualization of women in popular culture, which Carlson said made it more difficult for parents to raise their daughters to “become confident young women.” It goes without saying that this kind of segment is something that was no doubt derided as “political correctness” by many of Fox’s viewership:
Signs of a potential rift between Carlson and Fox News surfaced just last month when she went badly off script and came out in favor of supporting a ban on assault rifles:
What does all this tell us?
Nothing conclusive, obviously, except that Carlson in the past wasn’t afraid to wander off the Fox News reservation. It will be very interesting to see what else she has to say about her experience working there in the coming months.