How Fox News Reported On New Developments In CEO Roger Ailes' Sexual Harassment Scandal
The Network Didn't Mention Reports That Ailes Is On His Way Out
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From the July 19 edition of Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier:
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BRET BAIER (HOST): Meanwhile a developing media story about this channel, Fox News Channel, and our parent company 21st Century Fox. Here is Howie Kurtz. Howie?
HOWARD KURTZ: Let's try to clear up what we can. 21st Century Fox, the parent company of this network, says in a statement that Ailes remains on the job in the wake of a sexual harassment lawsuit with allegations, vehemently denied by Ailes, filed by Gretchen Carlson after her contract as a daytime Fox anchor was not renewed. -- you can move that prompter a little faster, please.
The company has launched an internal review of the matter. Now, New York magazine, citing unnamed sources, reported today that Fox anchor Megyn Kelly told the outside law firm conducting the review that Ailes had sexually harassed her when she was a Fox reporter about a decade ago. Kelly has not addressed the matter publicly at all. Ailes' lawyer Susan Estrich responded with this statement, and I will quote. "Roger Ailes has never sexually harassed Megyn Kelly, in fact, he has spent much of the last decade promoting and helping her to achieve the stardom she earned, for which she has repeatedly and publicly thanked him. And that is where things stand for now, Bret, in this developing story.