Trying to Stop Sexual Harassment: Mixed Signals

Apr 7, 2017  •  Post A Comment

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.


  1. Gee, let’s not forget Bill Clinton….

  2. Cynic beat me to it. Two words: Bill Clinton.
    How about that, ABC, CBS and NBC (and all of your do-nothing cable nets)?

  3. Bill Clinton actually had sex with an intern. That does not fall into the same category as people who merely make sexual comments. Comments are harassment, it appears that actual sex with an intern is not sexual harassment? Apparently that is why everyone is confused when these accusations are made

  4. I think you’re all confused because there is a difference between consensual and non-consensual sex. An adult having sex with another adult who consents is NOT the same as making lewd comments or harassing someone. One is about sex, the other is about power.

  5. Bill Clinton has a long list of women who accused him of harassment and even rape.Trump was talking about women letting you do things to them. If some one allows you to do something, is that not consent? Anyone who has been around the entertainment industry for any length of time has seen these “groupies” that show no shame & throw themselves at men, even in front of their wives. In my opinion, what Trump said was true and not harassment. What Bill Clinton DID IS!

  6. Don’t forget about Bill Cosby.

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