CNN’s Alisyn Camerota: When I Worked At Fox News, "There Was No Hotline" For Women To Report Sexual Harassment
Camerota: There Was A “Pervasive” Culture Of “Harassment” At Fox
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From the April 20 edition of CNN's New Day:
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ALISYN CAMEROTA (CO-HOST): And look, I was [at Fox News] for a long time, as you all know. And I know a lot about the culture and my friends there. There is a feeling that, Brian, that there's more to come. That this isn't the end. That just Bill O'Reilly leaving. There's more to come. And in fact, we know there's still an investigation. A Justice Department --
BRIAN STELTER: A federal investigation.
CAMEROTA: -- criminal investigation. And where do we think that might lead?
STELTER: Right, this is pursuing how exactly payments happen to accusers and whether investors were not informed appropriately. The company happens to be having a board meeting today. Presumably this will be on the agenda. But I've had people say this was fundamentally from the top down, a toxic culture. I mean is that a fair word, that just there was a toxicity because of these kinds of harassment by, for example, O'Reilly or [former Fox News CEO Roger] Ailes.
CAMEROTA: Well I don't know that I would call it a toxic culture, but I would say that it was pervasive. That there was a feeling, when I was there, that Roger was the boss. It was Roger Ailes' fiefdom. He was the king. There was no higher authority that you could ever go to, and there was harassment. And I tried, in my own way, to raise the flag and to talk to people about it. I went to my superiors to talk to them about it. And there was certainly a feeling of, "This is Roger. What are you going to do? Who are you going to go to?"
BILL CARTER: Yeah. But there wasn't really a -- they talked about this hotline, but there really wasn't a system there. That was all --
CAMEROTA: There was no hotline. I mean I can't underscore this enough. If a hotline is a secret, it doesn't work.
CARTER: It's not very hot.
CAMEROTA: It's not hot.
CAMEROTA: When you have a real hotline, you put up posters. "Here's -- if you see anything, if you feel anything, here's the number to call." That did not exist. And so things, I guess, are slowly changing. But certainly with Bill O'Reilly and Roger Ailes