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.
WHO halts study of ‘coronavirus’ drug touted by Trump
The World Health Organization said Monday it had temporarily suspended clinical trials of hydroxychloriquine as a potential treatment for COVID-19 being carried out across a range of countries as a precautionary measure.
The decision came after publication last week of a study in The Lancet which indicated that using the drug on COVID-19 patients could increase their chances of dying, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference.
Florida seniors are ‘highly susceptible’ to coronavirus — which could hurt Trump’s reelection chances
On Monday, The Washington Post examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on older voters' politics, and in particular how it is hurting President Donald Trump with the critical demographic in Florida — a state that is almost mandatory for the president to win for a second term.
"While Democrats have worried about Biden’s struggles to excite younger voters, older voters who are upset with the president are poised to be potentially more influential in November, especially in swing states whose populations skew their way, like Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin," reported Jenna Johnson and Lori Rozsa. "In Florida, more than 20 percent of those who voted in the 2016 election were over age 65, according to exit polls. In 2016, Trump won the Florida senior vote by a 17-point margin over Clinton, according to exit polls. The state ranks as one Trump must almost certainly win to insure his victory, while Biden has other paths to the White House."
First test of Virgin Orbit rocket fails to accomplish goal
The first test launch of a rocket that is released from a jumbo jet at 35,000 feet and then propels itself into orbit to deploy a satellite failed on Monday, the Virgin Orbit company said.
"The mission terminated shortly into the flight. Cosmic Girl and our flight crew are safe and returning to base," Virgin Orbit's Twitter account reported as the test was underway off the coast of California.
The plane released the rocket cleanly, but the latter developed trouble of unknown origin after igniting its first-stage engine, the company said.
Founded by British billionaire Richard Branson in 2012, Virgin Orbit wants to offer a quick and flexible launch service for operators of small satellites, weighing between 300 and 500 kilos (600 to 1,00 pounds), a market which is currently booming.