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More Bad News for Faux News…The Postal Service Joins the Investigation

The hits just keep on coming. Now the Postal Service is investigating Faux News for being “Funny with the money” Postal Fraud includes a number of things, including money laundering, false statements about finances, and transmission of fraudulent documents. This is serious stuff, typically Felony level.

Federal investigation into Fox News involves “financial crimes experts”

The federal investigation into Fox News is widening with two agencies now looking into the network’s practices.

A person familiar with the investigation has confirmed to CBS News that investigators from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are involved in the Justice Department probe into Fox News. That investigation is reportedly looking into money matters at the network, reports CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan.

While the existence of the Justice Department investigation came to light two months ago, the Postal Inspection Service’s involvement is new.

Meanwhile, the network has been lashed by a series of conduct-related lawsuits.

Eleven current and former employees filed a class action suit last month, claiming executives fostered a “culture of severe racial harassment” and ignored their complaints going back years.

Fox News denied those claims, promising to “vigorously defend these cases.”

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2017 in Faux News

 

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Faux News Racism Suit Gets a Lot Bigger and Adds to Federal Grand Jury Probe

To the white-right types who believe that racial discrimination and sexual harassment don’t have have any real teeth due to years of white-right judges watering down penalties and making the wall of proof required for plaintiffs to make a case much higher…

Guess what?

If the company is publicly traded you could be hit from two directions. The first is a shareholder lawsuit, based on loss of value and irresponsible handling of corporate finances. The second is a Federal charge based on loss of potential revenue, and as such shareholder return due to paying off lawsuits and continuing racist and misogynist behavior.

The fact that the network’s ratings are beginning to crumble reduces the “worth” of the company, and if I were a shareholder right now…I would be looking for some heads to start rolling. The beginning of which would be among the first and second tier senior management. You not only fire the asshole who caused the pain…You fire the assholes who enabled that behavior. Then you take a real close look at the Middle-Management hired by those Senior Managers, because they were likely selected for their sharing the same views.

Few companies are willing to do this sort of top-down housecleaning. Which is why a lot of these companies wind up as side notes of failed corporations in the history books.

The issue here is, you know and I know that AG Jeff Sessions isn’t going to pursue any sort of racial discrimination lawsuit – and likely will try and block the Federal Investigation to protect his KKK friends. He is the bigot’s biggest protector. So, it will  likely wind up that the SEC does the heavy lifting here.

Fox News anchor joins lawsuit alleging racial discrimination, harassment at network

The suit is now headlined by Kelly Wright, a black reporter and anchor who has been with Fox News since 2003. Wright claims that he “has been effectively sidelined and asked to perform the role of a ‘Jim Crow’ — the racist caricature of a Black entertainer.”

Wright’s allegations involve, among others, recently fired Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and current network co-president Bill Shine.

The suit claims that Wright was shunned from O’Reilly’s now-canceled program, “The O’Reilly Factor,” and that Shine “has demonstrated an obsession with race when it comes to discussions with Mr. Wright, including regularly asking him, ‘how do Black people react to you’ and ‘how do you think White viewers look at you?'”

In one alleged example, Wright claims that he was rebuffed in his efforts to show a series of positive stories about the African-American community on the “Factor” because, according to the complaint, “it showed Blacks in ‘too positive’ a light.”

Wright is one of 13 plaintiffs, all people of color who are either current or former Fox News employees, to sue the network in the last month charging racial discrimination.

The litigation began last month, when two black women filed a lawsuit saying they faced “top-down racial harassment” from Judith Slater, Fox’s now-former comptroller.

The two plaintiffs, Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright, accused Slater of making a number of racially insensitive remarks. CNNMoney has been unable to reach Slater for comment.

Fox said that it fired Slater on February 28, upon learning of the allegations. Attorneys for the 13 plaintiffs say Fox’s assertion that it acted swiftly is “completely false.”

A separate complaint filed Tuesday on behalf of Adasa Blanco, a former senior disbursement coordinator in Fox News’ accounts payable department, alleges that “Slater was terminated because Fox knew this would become a public matter and wanted to salvage its reputation.”

Blanco, who claims her repeated complaints about Slater’s behavior were ignored, is seeking redress for “substantial monetary damages and severe mental anguish and emotional distress.” The suit targets Fox News’ top lawyer, Dianne Brandi.

Fox News pushed back hard on the allegations levied in each complaint on Tuesday.

“FOX News and Dianne Brandi vehemently deny the race discrimination claims in both lawsuits,” a Fox News spokesperson said. “They are copycat complaints of the original one filed last month. We will vigorously defend these cases.”

The complaints filed Tuesday also included allegations from Musfiq Rahman, described in the court document as “a dark-skinned Bangladeshi” who previously worked in Fox’s payroll department.

Rahman, the complaint asserts, “suffered unconscionable and unrelenting race discrimination,” including an awkward encounter in 2014 with former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes.

According to the complaint, Rahman mistakenly entered Ailes’s office on the second floor.

“The fallout for Mr. Rahman’s ‘mistake’ was swift and severe,” the complaint says. “Ailes was furious and his paranoia about being attacked came to the forefront. That same day, Ailes ordered that a wall be constructed immediately in his personal office to act as a barrier to entry.”

It goes on to say that, the following day, Rahman and “a number of Black employees in the Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable Departments, had their security passes to the second floor revoked.”

Tuesday’s filings represent a continuation of what has been a nightmarish month for Fox News and its parent company, 21st Century Fox. O’Reilly, long the top-rated host in cable news, was ousted last week following a New York Times report detailing settlements paid to five women who had accused him of sexual harassment or verbal abuse. O’Reilly has denied the merits of all the claims against him.

The revelations of O’Reilly’s settlements came nine months after Ailes was forced out of Fox amid sexual harassment allegations against him. Ailes has vigorously denied the allegations.

Douglas Wigdor and Jeanne Christensen, the attorneys representing all 13 plaintiffs, said in a statement Tuesday that 21st Century Fox “has been operating as if it should be called 18th Century Fox.”

“We sincerely hope the filing of this race class action wakes 21st Century Fox from its slumbers and inspires the Company to take a conciliatory and appropriate approach to remedy its wrongs,” the attorneys said.

 
 

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Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly…Sean Hannity? Fox News a Nest for Sexual Predators

Batter up! Next on the seemingly never ending list of Fox News talking heads hit with sexual harassment charges – Sean Hannity.

Now – than than fitting the pattern of actions of others at the toxic environment crated by Ailes at Fox, the racist POS Hannity may, or may not be guilty at this point.

However, the established confluence between conservatism, racism and sexual predation…Doesn’t look good.

Claiming the CIA or NSA is after his ass, and that he is wiretapped by the Government rather destroys the credibility of his plea of innocence.

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Sean Hannity and his favorite Lawn Jockey prop, Jesse Lee Peterson

Sean Hannity Accused Of Sexual Harassment

The Fox News host categorically denies the claim.

Sean Hannity is the latest Fox News star to be accused of sexual harassment.

In an interview with the Pat Campbell Show on Friday, former Fox News contributor Debbie Schlussel claimed that Hannity had invited her to his hotel room — twice — when they appeared together for one of his programs. But when she rebuffed him, Schlussel said that she was never asked back on the show.

Schlussel claimed the “awkward” incident began when Hannity invited her to a store where he was signing books. While there, she said Hannity asked her: “Why don’t you come back with me to my hotel?” Schlussel said she responded: “No, I have to get ready for the show.”

Schlussel said Hannity pressed her again to come to his hotel room after the show taping, which did not go well. She refused.

“I wasn’t booked on his show again, and he called me and yelled at me,” Schlussel said. “It was made clear to me that I didn’t go back to his hotel with him after. I got a very weird feeling about the whole thing, and I kind of knew I wouldn’t be back on his show.”

She added: “This kind of stuff is all over the place at Fox News and anything that has to do with Sean Hannity.”

Her comments were aired just days after Bill O’Reilly’s ouster by Fox News in the wake of revelations that he and the company had paid out some $13 million to women who accused him of sexual harassment.

Fox News provided a statement to The Huffington Post from Hannity, who said that Schlussel’s claims were “100 percent false and a complete fabrication.” He called her a “serial harasser who has been lying about me for well over a decade,” and threatened to sue her using a “team of some of the finest and toughest lawyers in the country.”

Hannity also characterized Schlussel’s comments as part of a “coordinated effort afoot to now silence those with conservative views.”

Schlussel, however, is a conservative herself. One sign of her politics was her repeated — and false — claim beginning in 2006 that President Barack Obama was a Muslim, insisting: “Once a Muslim, always a Muslim.”

But Schlussel has also clashed with Hannity, whom she referred to as “Vannity.” In 2007, she accused him of plagiarizing one of her columns. Three years later, she said the Freedom Alliance, a charity linked to Hannity, was involved in questionable practices, which the charity vehemently denied.

“This is not the first time Debbie Schlussel has lied about Sean Hannity,” Fox News stated. A point-by-point refutation of Schlussel’s attacks on the charity was also included.

Fox’s track record on sexual harassment, on the other hand, is abysmal. Before the most recent controversy over O’Reilly, several women had accused former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes of sexual harassment, which ultimately resulted in millions of dollars in payoffs. Former Fox News host Alisyn Camerota just revealed on Sunday that Ailes made inappropriate sexual comments to her and told her she’d have to meet him in a hotel if she wanted more opportunities at the network.

Ailes was eventually forced out of the company with a $40 million golden parachute. O’Reilly received a $25 million settlement as part of his deal to leave.

Over the weekend, Hannity posted a Twitter rant after he was named by The New York Times as one of President Donald Trump’s private advisers. He called the story “total fake news speculation,” then wondered if the Times had found out whom he talks to because perhaps he’s being “surveilled and unmasked by the NSA.”

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2017 in Faux News

 

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ANOTHER Fox News Lawsuit Grows – Racial Harassment of Black Employees

What has been obvious to a lot of observers for a long time, with the Faux News Network constant stream of on-air racism and vitriol is that it had serious problems, Not just with its on-air personalities, buy down in the very structure of the company.

Bigots hire bigots…and sexual molester stick together.

Bill O’Reilly Is Gone, But Fox News’s Legal Nightmare Continues

The Murdochs hoped firing Bill O’Reilly would signal a changing culture at Fox News. “We want to underscore our consistent commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect,” Rupert and his sons, James and Lachlan, wrote in a memo to Fox News employees on Wednesday. But the dismissal of Fox News’s highest rated host isn’t going to end the crisis at the network. The toxic culture, fostered for 20 years by former CEO Roger Ailes, is proving far more difficult to remedy.

Next week, according to sources, seven black Fox News employees plan to join a racial discrimination suit filed last month by two colleagues. The original lawsuit alleged that Fox News’s longtime comptroller, Judy Slater, subjected members of Fox’s payroll staff to racial insults for years. (Fox News fired Slater in February after those employees began litigation against the network.)

Lawyers representing the payroll employees are demanding that Fox’s accounting director, Tammy Efinger, also be removed from supervising an employee because she allegedly participated in Slater’s racist behavior. In a letter to the network’s lawyers obtained by New York, the attorneys state: “Not once did Ms. Efinger step in or attempt to interfere with Ms. Slater’s outrageous conduct.” The letter adds, instead, “Ms. Efinger chose to laugh or giggle following Ms. Slater’s vitriol.”

The letter also includes new allegations of racism in Fox News’s accounting department. According to the plaintiffs’ attorneys, Slater demanded that black employees hold “arm wrestling matches’” with white female employees in her office, just down the hall from Ailes’s office on the 2nd floor of Fox headquarters. “Forcing a black woman employee to ‘fight’ for the amusement and pleasure of her white superiors is horrifying. This highly offensive and humiliating act is reminiscent of Jim Crow era battle royals,” the letter says, referring to the practice of paying black men to fight blindfolded at carnivals for white spectators’ entertainment. The lawyers argue that Efinger bragged about wanting to “fight” a black employee.

The new claims, if true, reveal not just the failures of the legal and HR departments to deal with problematic managers but also just how deep the culture of discrimination and harassment may have run during Ailes’s reign.

Reached for comment, an attorney representing the employees, Jeanne Christensen, said, “There will be more complaints forthcoming in the next few days.”

A Fox News spokesperson said: “We can’t comment on a lawsuit that we haven’t seen yet.”

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2017 in Faux News

 

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Bill O’Reilly Finally Shidtcanned By Faux News

Damn…Took long enough!

Oh My! Bill…

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2017 in Faux News

 

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WSJ Reports Faux News to Terminate O’Reilly

The veritable Bill Cosby of the talking head world is about to lose his ride.

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Molester to Molester

WSJ: Fox News Prepping to Cut Ties With O’Reilly

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal Tuesday night, Fox News is preparing to cut ties with  Bill O’Reilly. The news came on the heels of a number of reports suggesting that O’Reilly’s days are numbered at the cable channel. According to an earlier report from CNN, representatives for Fox and O’Reilly have started conversations about an exit for the embattled host, who has been on vacation. Sources in O’Reilly’s camp denied that this was the case, according to CNN. However, the network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox will hold a board meeting Thursday in which O’Reilly is expected to be discussed. The Murdoch family, who control 21st Century Fox, is not commenting on the matter. The recent O’Reilly problems  stem from a New York Times report that detailed undisclosed settlement payments that O’Reilly, Fox News, and 21st Century Fox paid to women who accused O’Reilly of sexual harassment and verbal abuse.

The straw which appears to have broken this despicable camel’s back…

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Ailes Faux New Harem. If they were hiring them for their brains…Don’t you think there should be a little “diversity” in looks? Hair color?

New Accuser Says Bill O’Reilly Called Her ‘Hot Chocolate,’ Made ‘Animal Noises’

Lisa Bloom, a high-profile California feminist attorney, says she is now representing yet another woman who has phoned in a complaint of sexual and racial harassment against Bill O’Reilly to the Fox News hotline. Bloom says the new accuser is not after money. The woman, an African American who worked as a clerical worker in 2008 at Fox News, claims Bill O’Reilly engaged in a pattern of harassment that lasted for months including making animal noises at her, staring at her cleavage and calling her “hot chocolate.”

“Although she is very scared and wished to remain anonymous, she felt like she had to add her story and speak out,” Bloom said, adding that three people have backed up the woman’s story.

Bloom is also representing Wendy Walsh, who was a frequent Fox News guest. She claims that O’Reilly snowballed her chances of becoming a paid contributor when she refused to go to a hotel room with him after dinner. Bloom says Walsh raised the allegation for the first time in response to the NY Times reporter, and only first spoke publicly and notified the network via their hotline this April.

News first broke of the big O’Reilly scandal in The New York Times (which, by the way, we had an inkling was coming when LawNewz first published allegations from former anchor Juliet Huddy back in January). The newspaper confirmed that Fox News and O’Reilly had settled five separate claims of sexual harassment against the rating mega-star. Those claims do not include Walsh’s new allegations nor the anonymous woman.

A spokesperson for 21st Century Fox has declined to comment on the latest woman to come forward. However, a recent report says that both Murdoch sons have turned against Bill O’Reilly, and might even want him out of the network.

“It is outrageous that an allegation from an anonymous person about something that purportedly happened a decade ago is being treated as fact, especially when there is an obviously orchestrated campaign by activists and lawyers to destroy Mr. O’Reilly and enrich themselves through publicity driven donations,” Marc E. Kasowitz, an attorney for Bill O’Reilly told CNN.

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Posted by on April 19, 2017 in Faux News

 

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Bill O’Reilly Sent to “Time Out”

Sometimes in business when you have an employee who has done something wrong, and who is combative and likely to exacerbate the situation…

You send them into “Time Out” – just as you would a combative child. In business it is known as a “forced vacation” to give time for the dust to clear, hopefully calm down, and for said emplyee to properly consider their sins.

Like Bill O’Reilly, his mouth, and the purported sins, which if true should ban him from the media…Indefinitely.

O’Reilly’s potential to become the Bill Cosby of the talking head world keeps on growing with each new complaint.

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2017 in Faux News

 

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