In an opinion piece running under the headline “What Do Donald Trump, Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes Have in Common?,” New York Times senior correspondent and editor Susan Chira finds mixed signals in recent cases involving the three men — including Trump’s comments on the “Access Hollywood” tape about groping women with impunity, Ailes’ ouster from Fox News over sexual harassment allegations and O’Reilly’s current struggle with advertisers in the wake of reports of his settlement of sexual harassment claims.
“Six months ago, the release of the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape with Mr. Trump’s comments prompted widespread revulsion and equally widespread predictions that it would doom his candidacy,” Chira writes. “But women who voted for him either shrugged it off as how men talk among themselves or decided that his promises to create jobs and tighten borders mattered more. And Mr. Trump’s swagger was a dog whistle for those men who felt women’s gains were their losses.”
Chira adds: “Even after Fox pledged that demeaning behavior toward women would no longer be tolerated, two more settlements were reached concerning Mr. O’Reilly. Sexual harassment may be a firing offense at companies, at least in theory, but it remains part of the American workplace.”
We encourage readers to click on the link above to The New York Times to read Chira’s full piece.