The former chief speech writer and senior policy adviser to President George W. Bush, now an op-ed columnist for The Washington Post, wrote a scathing opinion piece Monday in that publication about the Fox News sexual harassment scandal.
The piece by Michael Gerson runs under the headline “Fox serves up a fetid reminder that when you’re a star, you can still do anything.” In the piece, Gerson writes: “Reading the accumulated sexual harassment accusations against Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and former network executive Roger Ailes is like a quick dip in a sewage treatment pond. After even a brief exposure, the stench stays with you for days.”
Gerson adds: “What emerges is more than just the violation of standards by an individual; it is a systemic problem, a systemic failure. An institution is defined by what it accomplishes, but also by what it tolerates. According to these reports, Fox News has tolerated a pattern of procurement and exploitation.”
We encourage readers to click here to go to The Washington Post to read Gerson’s full opinion piece.