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More Hits for Faux News for Sexual Harassment

Yet another lawsuit against Fox News for sexual harassment.The Bill Cosby of the Media world…Indeed.

Fox News contributor sues network, Ailes for gender discrimination

Julie Roginsky alleges that Fox News pressured her to defend Ailes, and retaliated when she refused.

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Contributor Julie Roginsky filed a gender discrimination lawsuit on Monday morning against the network, its former chairman Roger Ailes and its current co-president Bill Shine. The complaint, filed with the New York county clerk, accuses Ailes of sexual harassment and Shine of having “aided and abetted Ailes’ acts of retaliation and harassment.” (A copy of the full complaint is here.)

 Roginsky claims that in early 2015, Ailes offered her a regular spot on Fox News’ daily panel show “The Five” in exchange for having a sexual relationship with him and then attempted to sabotage her career when she refused. Roginsky also claims that Fox News executives retaliated against her when she refused to publicly defend Ailes last year.

In July 2016, former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes. (Ailes has repeatedly denied all the allegations.) In response to the suit, Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox brought in the law firm Paul Weiss to conduct an investigation into Ailes’ behavior. Two weeks later, Ailes was forced out of Fox News, albeit with a $40 million severance package.

Roginsky claims in her lawsuit that Fox News executives pressured her and other employees to publicly defend Ailes and retaliated against her when she refused to do so. She also says that Fox News executives, including Shine, never told her about the Paul Weiss investigation.

Fox News did not respond to a request for comment, but Ailes’ attorney Susan Estrich told NPR’s David Folkenflik that Roginsky’s allegations are “total hogwash.”

“The idea that Mr. Ailes would pressure Ms. Roginsky or any other women to have sexual relations with him is total nonsense,” she said.

Since Ailes was forced out of the Fox News, 21st Century Fox has struck a number of multi-million dollar settlements with women who accused him and others at the network of harassment. Most notably, 21st Century Fox settled with Carlson for $20 million in September 2016. It also reportedly settled with Laurie Dhue and Juliet Huddy, who had accused host Bill O’Reilly of sexual harassment, for more than $1 million each. It paid more than $2.5 million to settle with Tamara Holder, who accused Fox News Latino vice president Francisco Cortes of sexual harassment. None of the settlements included an acknowledgement of any wrongdoing.

But Fox News still faces multiple ongoing lawsuits. In August 2016, former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros sued the network, alleging that it created a culture of misogyny and sexual harassment. So far, she’s refused to settle. In March, two black employees sued Fox News for racial discrimination, alleging that their supervisor repeatedly made racist comments to them.

The company also faces the prospect of a federal investigation into its handling of sexual harassment complaints. Federal prosecutors from the Southern District of New York are reportedly looking into whether Fox News illegally spied on journalists and whether 21st Century Fox violated securities law by failing to disclose to its investors that it secretly paid millions of dollars to settle sexual harassment complaints. The Financial Times reported last week that former Fox News CFO Mark Kranz has been offered immunity in exchange for testifying against the company.

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Posted by on April 3, 2017 in Faux News

 

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Racists and Rapists…Oh… Really? O’Reilly and Faux News

Shouldn’t be a surprise that Faux New’s pack of howling racists is also a bun of sexual harassing rapists. A pack of liars and sexual molesters.

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BOMBSHELL REPORT REVEALS NEW BILL O’REILLY HARASSMENT ACCUSATIONS

Fox News and O’Reilly have reportedly doled out $13 million to O’Reilly accusers.

A blockbuster new report by The New York Times reveals further details in Fox News’s decades-long internal battle with harassment allegations. The network’s longstanding C.E.O. Roger Ailes resigned in July amid a storm of sexual harassment accusations and lawsuits. Executives at Fox News and its parent company, 21st Century Fox, offered assurances that such behavior would no longer be tolerated. (Ailes has vociferously denied all accusations of impropriety.)

But now, a New York Times investigation reveals that Fox News and anchor Bill O’Reilly have spent about $13 million in settlements to female employees who have accused O’Reilly of lewd or otherwise abusive behavior toward them.

According to the Times, three more accusers have been identified since the publication reported on the accusations of two other women in January. Of these women, two of these cases involve claims of sexual harassment on O’Reilly’s part. The third is an accusation of verbal abuse during an outburst in which O’Reilly “berated a young producer in front of newsroom colleagues.”

From the Times:

The women who made allegations against Mr. O’Reilly either worked for him or appeared on his show. They have complained about a wide range of behavior, including verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances and phone calls in which it sounded like Mr. O’Reilly was masturbating, according to documents and interviews.

The reporting suggests a pattern: As an influential figure in the newsroom, Mr. O’Reilly would create a bond with some women by offering advice and promising to help them professionally. He then would pursue sexual relationships with them, causing some to fear that if they rebuffed him, their careers would stall.

21st Century Fox, Fox News’ parent company, released a statement defending the payouts and noting that none of these women had used the company hotline to accuse a senior employee of the company. The statement confirms that the company has spoken with O’Reilly about the cases.

“21st Century Fox takes matters of workplace behavior very seriously,” the statement said. “Notwithstanding the fact that no current or former Fox News employee ever took advantage of the 21st Century Fox hotline to raise a concern about Bill O’Reilly, even anonymously, we have looked into these matters over the last few months and discussed them with Mr. O’Reilly. While he denies the merits of these claims, Mr. O’Reilly has resolved those he regarded as his personal responsibility. Mr. O’Reilly is fully committed to supporting our efforts to improve the environment for all our employees at Fox News.”

With the departure of Megyn Kelly, who decamped to NBC after joining the chorus of Ailes accusers, O’Reilly is Fox News’s biggest star. The Times cited an advertising research firm’s estimated earnings for The O’Reilly Factor: $446 million between 2014 and 2016. He is paid, according to the Times, approximately $18 million a year.

In a statement, O’Reilly suggested accusations of this nature are the price he pays for being a high-profile firebrand.

“Just like other prominent and controversial people, I’m vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity,” O’Reilly said. “In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about me with the Human Resources Department, even on the anonymous hotline. But most importantly, I’m a father who cares deeply for my children and who would do anything to avoid hurting them in any way. And so I have put to rest any controversies to spare my children.”

Read Sarah Ellison’s Hive Investigation: Inside the Final Days of Roger Ailes’s Reign at Fox News

This is an especially sensitive time for the network, as Fox News is still dealing with the fallout coming after Ailes’ departure. The company is currently under investigation by the office of the United States attorney in the Southern District of New York. (The investigation is heading toward a grand jury without Preet Bharara, who led the office until a dramatic firing in early March.)

Greta Van Susteren, who was a longtime Fox News colleague of O’Reilly before joining MSNBC, tweeted Saturday morning that a situation like this arises from a company wanting to hide that they’d “looked the other way.”

Wendy Walsh, one of the accusers and a frequent guest of O’Reilly’s show, said that the acerbic host withdrew a verbal offer to get her a high position at the network in 2013 after she turned down an invitation to his hotel suite. She told the Times she did not lodge a complaint with Fox News because she wanted to avoid damaging her future career prospects. According to Walsh, he’d invited her to dinner, promised her a contributor position, and then invited her up to his hotel room. When she declined and suggested they go to the hotel bar instead, he became hostile, told her to forget about his offer, and also called her purse ugly.

“I feel bad that some of these old guys are using mating strategies that were acceptable in the 1950s and are not acceptable now,” Walsh said. “I hope young men can learn from this.”

Fox News declined further comment when reached by the Hive, instead pointing to existing statements by O’Reilly and 21st Century Fox.

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2017 in Faux News

 

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Women’s March Plans Nationwide Strike Against the Chumph

If the protesters can pull this one off, it has the ability to break the Chumph and the Republican’s illegitimate government.

If they get 10 Million to participate it is a maot slap in the face to the Chumph. But, what happens if they get 20, 30, 40, or 50 Million?

You get 50 million protesting and it’s the end of not only the illegitimate Chumph…But any possible mandate or legitimacy of the Republican majority Congress.

“A day without women”: Women’s March group announces plan to hold a general strike

The Trump administration is on notice that a strike of unprecedented proportion is coming

The group that organized the Women’s March on inaugural weekend is calling for a mass strike in opposition of President Trump.

In social media posts, the group announced a strike on a date yet to be determined and provided no other details.

On the day after Trump’s inauguration, more than three million Americans nationwide took to the streets to demonstrate their dissent against the new president. Washington, D.C., the epicenter of the Women’s March, drew around 500,000 protesters, a turn out so large that it engulfed the entire march route.

On the official website of the Women’s March, a note thanks the millions of people from “around the world” who showed solidarity that day.

“Thank you to the millions of people around the world who, on January 21, came together to raise our voices,” the website said. “But our march forward does not end here. Now is the time to get friends, family and community together and make history.”

The announcement on Monday of an upcoming general strike reveals the next big plan the group has in store for the Trump administration. A strike of a national scale would be unprecedented in modern U.S. history. Last year, in India, public sector workers went on a 24-hour nation-wide general strike against the government’s economic policies.

People on social media seemed receptive to the idea of a nationwide strike.

 

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1 Million (And Growing) Brits Petition to Keep the Chumph Out of The UK as an Embarassment

In the UK, citizens can petition Parliament on an issue. Once 100,000 signatories are reached, the issue must be debated on the Parliament floor. This isn’t the first time the English have wanted to ban the Chumph from their shores, Prior to out election over 600,000 signed a petition resulting in him being banned from the country.

While Parliament often ignores the petitions, the prospect of several million pissed off citizens signing the petition makes it impossible to ignore politically.

No way, the tacky arsed Chumph is getting feted by the Queen. The Queen hasn’t said anything yet. She and Michelle Obama developed a special friendship, setting off a bit of controversy when she and the Queen hugged. I know nothing about Mrs Trump’s personality…But Michelle is a hard act to follow.

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Don’t let Trump embarrass our queen, say a million Britons

Over a million people in Britain have signed a petition calling for U.S. President Donald Trump’s planned state visit to be canceled to avoid embarrassing Queen Elizabeth, in a grassroots backlash against his immigration policies.

The invitation to make a state visit, which will involve lavish displays of royal pageantry and a banquet hosted by the monarch, was conveyed by Prime Minister Theresa May when she visited Trump in Washington last week.

The petition was started before May’s trip, but gained traction after Trump issued an executive order barring Syrian refugees and suspending travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, sparking protests at home and abroad.

Further complicating matters, the Sunday Times newspaper reported tensions were mounting between London and Washington because Trump, a climate change denier, did not want a “lecture” during his visit by heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, a passionate environmentalist. [bit.ly/2jMRraF]

The petition against the state visit, which is on the British parliament’s website, passed the one million mark on Monday morning and the number of signatories was rising fast.

“Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the UK in his capacity as head of the US Government, but he should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen,” the petition says.

It was the second most popular petition ever on the parliamentary website, after one calling for a second referendum on membership of the European Union drew over 4 million signatures last year.

Once a petition passes 100,000 signatures, lawmakers must consider it for debate. Such debates are largely symbolic and rarely affect government policy, although one on this particular issue would potentially be embarrassing for May.

Her Downing Street office said the invitation had been extended and accepted, declining further comment.

A year ago, parliament debated a petition calling for Trump, then the Republican candidate, to be barred from the United Kingdom. It gathered close to 600,000 signatures before it was closed last June.

 

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March Against the Chumph!

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The crowd protesting the Chumph just in DC is now over 600,000, and possibly could be 800,000!

2,500,000 to 5 million people marched today in over 600 cities in the US and around the world to reject the Chumph’s illegitimate presidency.

Metro reported 470,000 came by the Subway.

More than 470,000 people had taken Metro by 1 p.m., a weekend ridership record. (By 11 a.m. on Inauguration Day, 193,000 trips had been taken.)

The City has about 3,000 parking spaces for buses, including those in close in Northern Virginia (You can walk across the bridges).

A month ago, city officials said they were expecting around 1,500 buses. But as of Tuesday, just 435 charter buses have permits to park on Friday (Inauguration), about half of them in the sea of asphalt around RFK Stadium and the other half in lots and spaces around the city (Only about 250 actually showed up), according to the District’s Department of Transportation. At least a dozen of them are coming to shuttle people to protests organized by DisruptJ20, the ANSWER Coalition, and other groups.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, there a total of 2,066 buses registered to bring rally-goers for the Women’s March on Washington, according to figures collected by DDOT. EventsDC, which is handling permits at RFK for the day, said they filled all 1,200 spots available at the stadium by last Tuesday. WMATA, U Street Parking, and other private companies are also providing parking elsewhere in and around the city.

Predicting crowd sizes is a deeply imperfect science, but buses offer one of the few concrete measurements to gauge participation.

For President Barack Obama’s record-breaking first inauguration, more than 3,000 chartered buses were registered and officials estimated attendance at around 1.8 million people.

At 50 per bus, that means an additional 103,000.

There is no count of the number of people who came in on the “Chinatown” buses which normally operate hourly between DC and NYC, Phila, Boston, Richmond, and Atlanta.

Greyhound is reportedly sold out

Many came in on the Amtrak train Union Station, which is a block from the Capitol Building. Amtrak reported being sold out today.

So the numbers look like 600,000 to 800,000 in DC

Wow!

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Women’s March Begins to Fill Mall about 10 AM – They are flooding in from Independence Avenue (on the right), and Constitution on the left

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New York City Women’s March – est 250,000

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Women’s March Denver estimated 65,000

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250,000 March the Loop in Chicago

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500,000 March in LA

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150,000 in Boston

60,000 in Atlanta

Philadelphia had @ 50,000

Seattle @ 120,000

North Texas – @ 100,000

Austin – $@ 50,000

150,000 in London

65,000 in Paris

And almost every major city (outside of Russia) around the world.

And most noteworthy –

30 Protesters in Anartica!

 

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Racist and Stuck on Stupid Trumpazoids Suckered…Again

How stupid is the average Trumpazoid?

So stupid an entire multi-million dollar industry has emerged providing them with fake material supporting their racism.

Case in point.

Drudge and other conservatives get suckered by a prank Trump story — for the third time this week

Conservative news sites and bloggers have fallen for a staged video of African-American men vandalizing a “Trump car,” the latest in a string of incidents in which right-wing outrage media has fallen for a prank story.

Mediaite reported Thursday that the Drudge Report ran a featured story earlier in the week that included a video of young black men vandalizing a car with pro-Trump campaign stickers.

The story was picked up by multiple right-wing sites like Gateway Pundit, World Net Daily and Western Journalism.

The video makers, said Gateway Pundit — aka gay conservative blogger Jim Hoft — “parked a car with Trump stickers in a ‘black neighborhood’ to see what happens. It took 30 minutes before the Democrats started looting the car and beating out the windows.”

Within 24 hours, the video was revealed to be a hoax and YouTube prankster Joey Salads released an apology video for any harm the staged car demolition may have done. Salads is known for his racially dubious “social experiment” videos in which he stages situations that reinforce negative stereotypes of nonwhites.

Debunker Ethan Klein has since leaked video of Salads and the “vandals” hanging out at the video set on clearly friendly terms. Klein has debunked other Salads “experiments” in the past.

This is the third time in a week that Drudge, Hoft and other conservatives have fallen for fake news stories. A Twitter user named @randygdug posted a joke tweet that said, “i love working at the post office in Columbus, Ohio and ripping up absentee ballots that vote for trump.”

Drudge, Rush Limbaugh and other right-wing alarmists read the tweet and interpreted it as evidence of real live vote tampering and spread the word that an Ohio postal worker was trying to throw the election in Clinton’s favor. Hoft and others even went so far as to call for an investigation by the Ohio state government.

Comedian Bob Whismore posted an image of himself surrounded by what appeared to be seven phony driver’s licenses. “New fakes are in,” he wrote, “ready to make Hillary president.”

The IDs were just photoshops of Whismore’s real driver’s license, but the Trump campaign’s social media department snatched up the tweet as evidence of vote fraud and ran with it.

It is apparently a feature of the conservative movement that is adherents are easy marks. Last year a study found that right-leaning rubes had donated more than 50 million dollars to shady political funds.

The bulk of that money, said Right Wing News, gets “siphoned off to vendors, wasted, and just plain old pocketed by people in these PACs.”

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2016 in Chumph Butt Kicking

 

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Couple Gets $2.2 Million Cell Phone Bill From Verizon

Sometime in the late 90’s, telecommunications providers went the way of the Mafia. They went from being honest purveyors of a product into being Scam Artists. Whatever the advertised price was bore no relationship to what you would be charged after they locked you into a contract. This was true not only for cell phone providers but cable TV an internet providers.

It would indeed be funny…If it wasn’t a standard business practice for much of the industry. And after the hit you with that $300-400-500 “surprise”, or that $60 a month contract that escalates to $120..00 in a few months with multiple dubious add-ons —  their collection methods would make a Mafia leg breaker blanch. They typically want $450 even to cancel the contract, They farm the bill out to multiple “Collection Agencies”, with little or no coordination, which frequently “forget” to inform the Credit Bureaus – and other collection agencies that you have indeed paid the bill.So it is not infrequent that folks are still getting “kneecapped” by the second and third nebulous “collection agency”, over a year after paying off the bill.

Cell phone bill tops $2 million: Verizon blames ‘programming error’

Your phone bill may seem high, but Ken Slusher’s bill must top them all.

When he checked his Verizon account balance last week, the Damascus man tells KPTV-TV the total topped $2.2 million. Slusher tells the TV station he’s received a series of erroneous bills since he and his girlfriend opened a Verizon account in November.

They initially expected a bill for $120 but were instead billed for $698, then received another bill for $9. He’s in the process of buying a house and is worried the bizarre bill may interfere with the deal.

They did their best to argue it down, got a second bill for $9, and canceled the service altogether in December. They returned the phones to a local Verizon store in January. But while customer service reps have said they agree there’s been a mistake, collection agencies have come calling. Slusher says his bank now won’t sign off on a mortgage he and his girlfriend need to buy their dream house for their kids. Verizon issued a statement Wednesday noting that a “programming error in an automated voice response system” caused the ridiculous figure, but said it was being resolved, reports the Oregonian

“We have apologized to an Oregon customer for a programming error in an automated voice response system that caused him to receive an incorrect message that he owed $2 million on his bill,” Verizon said in a written statement Wednesday. “We are correcting the error now and have resolved the issue to the customer’s satisfaction.”

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2015 in Domestic terrorism

 

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