CNN's Ana Navarro Responds To Fox Host: Everyone, Regardless Of Politics, Should Be Calling Out Sexual Harassment

Navarro: “It Blows The Mind That At A Moment When There Is So Much Scrutiny On This Particular Issue, On That Particular Network, Somebody Would Think That It Is OK To Make A Double Entendre Joke”

From the April 27 edition of CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin:

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BROOKE BALDWIN (HOST): As if you needed proof of the culture over at Fox just days after Bill O'Reilly's firing, another prime-time host making a crude remark about a woman. And not just any woman, but the daughter of the president of the United States. The president, who this prime-time host just interviewed, nonetheless. I saw this, and I thought, you have got to be kidding me. 


JESSE WATTERS: It's funny, the left says they really respect women, and then when given an opportunity to respect a woman like that, they boo and hiss. 


WATTERS: I don't really get what's going on here, but I really liked how [Ivanka Trump] was speaking into that microphone. 


BALDWIN: So that was Jesse Watters. He just so happened to have gone on vacation after that remark. He offered up this explanation, and I quote, “On air, I was referring to Ivanka's voice and how it resonates like a smooth jazz radio DJ. This was in no way a joke about anything else.” OK. A week after the network's biggest host was fired over sexual harassment allegations and nearly a year after the network's CEO resigned over sexual harassment allegations. Oh and by the way, this is not the first time that Jesse Watters has been in trouble. A segment he did last year on how New York's Chinatown was racist.


ANA NAVARRO: I'm obviously not blonde enough or skinny enough to have ever worked in Fox News, so I don't know Jesse Watters personally. So I can just talk about it from a subjective, kind of objective way. Look, I almost can't believe it. I hate talking about other people in the media. I find it unseemly. But this is about sexual harassment, this is about sexual innuendos. This is much more than talking about -- than a media story. It's a sexual harassment. It's a sexual innuendo. It's a story about constant inappropriateness coming out of Fox News in particular. And it blows the mind that at a moment when there is so much scrutiny on this particular issue, on that particular network, somebody would think that it is OK to make a double entendre joke. And it sounded a lot to me like when he says, “OK, I was talking about her voice like she was a DJ, a jazz DJ,” it sounded like well, when Trump said, “she had blood coming out of somewhere” and then it ended up being, “I don't know, her ears.” We all know that's not the case, and frankly, we all need to call people that do this on that. In the same way that many people on the right called Congressman Cedric [Richmond (D-LA)], for example, when he made that crude comment about Kellyanne Conway on the sofa of the Oval Office. So, I think we almost have to take a vow of consistency regardless of what side of the political spectrum we're on, regardless of what network we're on, that when we see something like this, we're going to call it out. 

BALDWIN: Yeah, absolutely. I agree. I keep -- I wonder about women over at Fox, and if this something that trickles over onto a television moment on live national TV, that just makes me wonder what happens in offices, what happens when cameras aren't rolling. How are women treated?


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