Fox had an opportunity to get out of its hole. But according to The New York Times, it decided to dig itself ever deeper.
The Times, quoting a pair of anonymous sources, says that in late July, at the outset of the sexual harassment scandal that has wreaked havoc on the cable news channel and claimed some of its top personalities (first Megyn Kelly, then Bill O’Reilly), Fox could’ve thrown in the towel and paid $60 million to settle more than 20 lawsuits.
But Fox balked.
Since then, the cable news net and its parent company, 21st Century Fox, have been mired in a veritable tornado of litigation, stemming from gender and racial discrimination claims; sexual harassment allegations; and one regarding an alleged fake news attack on a former Democratic National Committee aide. Besides Kelly’s exit and O’Reilly’s ouster, a number of others have found themselves either out of a job (see: Bill Shine) or on the opposite end of allegations (Eric Bolling, Charles Payne).
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