Fox News is in crisis mode, after their most famous host Bill O’Reilly was fired after serious sexual harassment allegations. Millions of dollars were paid to accusers and Fox News’ profitable prime-time time slot immediately had to be filled.
Now, we’re slowly learning just how bad the culture at Fox News was under the leadership of Roger Ailes.
CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Sarah Palin a sensitive question about her time at the Fox News channel as a full-time contributor.
As Tapper cautiously asked, “normally don’t cover a lot of media stories, but obviously the upheaval going on there with the CEO and its biggest star ousted because of sexual harassment, not just an issue at Fox News channel, but an issue across the country. And it seems to be, with what happened with Bill O’Reilly, really a change in corporate culture in terms of what is tolerated. What do you make of it?”
Palin’s response shocked everyone:
“Well I think the key there is, you said I used to be with Fox,” Palin emphasized, “I used to be with Fox. Corporate culture there obviously has to change, y’know, women don’t deserve, they should not ever have to put up with any kind of intimidating work space.”
“At the same time if a women believes that she is being intimidated and harassed,” she continued, “she needs to stand up and do something about it and not stick around for a paycheck for years and years and years. And then after the fact complain about what she went through. As a strong woman, I say we should be feel more empowered than that. And we should take a stand and get out of the place, or blow the whistle on the whoever is the perpetrator doing the bad stuff so that the culture will change.”
Palin went on to say how much she appreciates Fox News but noted the “culture had to change there.” Tapper tried to learn more, but Palin’s silence spoke volumes:
“Uhm,” she paused, “you can ask them why I’m no longer with Fox, uhm, y’know I’m not gonna speak for them. My contract wasn’t renewed, that’s um, that’s the line.”
“I don’t want to be a jerk,” Tapper continued, “but it sounds like you experienced something.”
“I just, y’know it was just time to part ways and, and, y’know, get out there, in a, I guess, a more diverse arena to express views and to speak for the public, and that’s what I’ve been to do now.”
Sarah Palin, a conservative hero who always speaks fearlessly, is clearly worried about the potential legal ramifications of her detailing what she thought. The video appears to show Palin in this interview hint at her directly seeing something wrong which she’s still not allowed to talk about to this day. Or does it?
Watch the video (below) and decide for yourself:
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