Did CNN's Alisyn Camerota Leave Fox News Because Roger Ailes Sexually Harassed Her?
Years after a lawsuit that the former Fox News presenter Alisyn Camerota filed for the ex-CEO Roger Ailes, she has now shared about the sexual harassment which she faced.
Alisyn Camerota, who is now a co-host of CNN’s New Day has been very reluctant to describe the not so good side at her former workplace. The main reason behind that is her respect for her past work and several good friends.
Besides that, she also perceives that the things must have changed as the channel's CEO Roger Ailes and biggest star Bill O'Reilly have been ejected from the Murdoch family. Camerota said,
“It feels as though, if I take the Murdochs at their word, they really want to know what was wrong there and what the culture was like,”
Claiming the harassment to be profoundly wrong, in an interview with CNN”s “Reliable Sources,” she openly divulged the scenario.
Caption: Alisyn Camerota opened up for the first time about her sexual harassment experience. (Published on April 23, 2017)
“Yes, Roger Ailes did sexually harass me,”
Many other Fox anchors and reporters too made similar charges, but Ailes resigned under pressure in July 2016 after Gretchen Carlson sued him. The Murdochs conducted the investigation to get to the root of the allegations. Further, she was provided with compensation of $20 million and a public apology from Fox.
Camerota worked at Fox for more than a decade nut in 2014; she moved to CNN. It was clearly not because of the harassment case, but she got better opportunities in CNN. Further, going back to the dark moment of her career in Fox, she divulged,
“Let me be clear, Roger Ailes was -- could be charming. He could be quite charismatic. He could be uproariously funny. He could also be a bit of a bully, and mean. And he also was often kind of grossly inappropriate with things that he would say, and I think that many of us experienced that. He would talk about body parts. He would say 'Give me a spin.' He would want to be greeted with a hug."
“But the time that I remember most was when I was first starting out at Fox and I was single, and I remember Roger, being in Roger's office, and I was saying that I wanted more opportunity. He said 'Well, I would have to work with you. I would have to work with you on that case. I would have to work with you really closely, and it may require us getting to know each other better, and that might have to happen away from here, and it might have to happen at a hotel. Do you know what I'm saying?' And I said 'Yeah, I think I do know what you're saying.”
At the very time, she was not able to share the story because of the humiliation she might face. She expressed,
“I was embarrassed, and it is sort of humiliating,”
But during that time, the thing killing the longtime anchor Camerota was the fear that she might lose her job. However, on the inside, Camerota was very clear that she will never go out of with Ailes, a longtime Republican operative.
“Will I be fired if I don't do this?"
Camerota said she would push back, asserting that her job as a journalist was to present viewpoints on both conservative and liberal.
"He said 'there is no other side.' In Roger's world view, there was no other side. Liberals were always wrong, conservatives were generally right, and that's what he felt that we should be reflecting on the air."
At the end of her tenure at Fox, she recalled getting back to the dark memory lane,
“I started refusing to go to Roger's office.”
But at the end of the talk she also mentioned, Billy O’ Reilly, who was also accused by former Fox News Staffers, never harassed Alisyn Camerota.
Undoubtedly where it is bad, it doesn’t mean only bad people surround that place, but many work hard and try to make their work count as. Camerota addressed the same thing, she said,
“there are tons of good people there. There are real journalists. They are trying to do their jobs."
But for now, people are very much aware of their rights and are feeling free to discuss what’s wrong with the culture.
"I think that there was a lot of suffering in silence and people who felt humiliated and people who felt scared and people who felt intimidated,”
Soon after Alisyn Camerota shared her experience, many shared their views and responded on that, through Twitter.
After the bitter experience, surely Camerota has moved on. So for now, we just like to wish her successful career and marital bliss with her husband and children.