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Roger Ailes Is Bigger, More Disgusting Sex Perv Than You Ever Could Have Imagined (Allegedly?)
Hi, dears, we are here to tell you about an amazing, fucking disgusting long read, for your holiday weekend! Gabriel Sherman, who has been doing holy-wow journalism on ousted Fox News head Roger Ailes and his little problem with rampant, filthy sexual harassment (and whose head Ailes obviously wants on a platter ), has published an incredible piece in New York Magazine , about all the women who have brought Roger Ailes down, and shaken the very foundations of the Fox News empire Ailes created.
[wonkbar]<a href="https: //wonkette.substack.com/p/fox-newss-gretchen-carlson-allegedly-fired-for-refusing-to-bang-roger-ailes-on-his-penis"></a>[/wonkbar]Sherman weaves a tale that starts with Gretchen Carlson's sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes, describing how she used Ailes's penchant for paranoia and surveillance against him by secretly recording Ailes saying disgusting things to her, on her iPhone. Since Carlson filed suit, many more women have come forward, and their stories combine to tell a tale of a nasty pig man who has apparently been demanding sexual favors pretty much ever since he was a young TV-obsessed boy in Ohio.
As Sherman recounts, early in his TV career, in 1969, Ailes allegedly assaulted a model. He also helped launch Richard Nixon into the White House, but apparently wasn't allowed to actually work for the administration (OR Poppy Bush's administration), because it was a well-known fact that his penis was attached to his body at all times, which would probably cause problems.
Hey, here is a thing Ailes said to a TV producer in 1975:
If you want to make it in New York City in the TV business, you’re going to have to fuck me, and you’re going to do that with anyone I tell you to.
What a charmer. Seems like Ailes, like his buddy Donald Trump, is extremely insecure deep down, probably because he looks like Jabba The Hut, so one aspect of his sexual harassment style over the last few decades has been to go after women when they're vulnerable:
According to interviews with Fox News women, Ailes would often begin by offering to mentor a young employee. He then asked a series of personal questions to expose potential vulnerabilities. “He asked, ‘Am I in a relationship? What are my familial ties?’ It was all to see how stable or unstable I was,” said a former employee. Megyn Kelly told lawyers at Paul, Weiss that Ailes made an unwanted sexual advance toward her in 2006 when she was going through a divorce. A lawyer for former anchor Laurie Dhue told me that Ailes harassed her around 2006; at the time, she was struggling with alcoholism.
And every gross nasty powerful man who wants to fuck all the ladies in exchange for favors needs helpers, to find the chicks and help them cover it up. Apparently, for Ailes, one of those was his executive assistant Judy Laterza -- who made over $2 million a year! According to Sherman, she once saw a pretty lady intern on the elevator, and presented her to Ailes, who brought her onto his staff, and told her he would make her a "model or a newscaster," if only she would make intercourse upon his penis. She didn't choose to do that, and got the hell out of there.
Sherman describes another incident with a young female administrative assistant Ailes had the hots for, where he hooked her up with an agent at the William Morris entertainment agency. When she came and told Ailes how excited she was, he politely suggested (LOL) he should get to fuck her, she rejected him, and afterward, "she never heard from the William Morris agent again." Weird how these stories all have so much in common! It's like all the ladies who've ever met Roger Ailes have a secret club where they decide what stories they should make up about him, or maybe Roger Ailes is just a fucking gross pervert, yeah, let's go with that.
And then there is the story of Laurie Luhn:
Ailes met Luhn on the 1988 George H.W. Bush campaign, and soon thereafter he put her on a $500 monthly retainer with his political-consulting firm to be his “spy” in Washington, though really her job was to meet him in hotel rooms. (During their first encounter, Luhn says, Ailes videotaped her in a garter belt and told her: “I am going to put [the tape] in a safe-deposit box just so we understand each other.”) [...]
Ailes and Luhn would meet in the afternoons, Luhn said, at hotels near Times Square, and Ailes paid her cash for sexual favors. She was also on the payroll at Fox — at her peak, she earned $250,000 a year as an event planner for the channel; multiple sources confirmed that she was a “Friend of Roger,” with special protection within the company. But the arrangement required her to do many things that now cause her anguish, including luring young female Fox employees into one-on-one meetings with Ailes that Luhn knew would likely result in harassment. “You’re going to find me ‘Roger’s Angels,’ ” he reportedly told her.
[wonkbar]<a href="https: //wonkette.substack.com/p/andrea-tantaross-lawsuit-against-fox-news-is-omg-wtf-insane"></a>[/wonkbar]It's like a pyramid scheme of finding warm spots to stick Ailes's wang in! If Roger Ailes bangs a lady, and she finds FIVE MORE LADIES for Ailes to bang, and those five ladies each find five ladies ... PROFIT! And lots and lots of Roger Ailes's jizz.
Anyway, when Luhn spoke up, that led to a $3.15 million settlement, signed by all the same lovable characters we've come to know from Andrea Tantaros's lawsuit: Ailes and his enablers, current Fox co-president Bill Shine, and Fox counsel Dianne Brandi.
[wonkbar]<a href="https: //wonkette.substack.com/p/why-wont-megyn-kelly-defend-poor-roger-ailes-oh-right-he-tried-to-pork-her-too"></a>[/wonkbar]Now, as we all know, Megyn Kelly came forward this summer to say "Yeah, he tried to slime me, with his slimy genital accoutrements ." But she was apparently unique in that she was able to establish a good relationship with Ailes -- she told his leaky penis to fuck off early on, and he still respected her. And she became one of the biggest stars on the network, but unfortunately it all went to hell in that Fox News debate we all remember so well. Rupert Murdoch apparently was fed up with the way Ailes had been fluffing Donald Trump's candidacy and instructed Ailes to actually go after Trump in that debate. The moderators did that, especially when Kelly asked the wherever-bleeding question heard round the world, about Trump's disgusting treatment of women. Here's what happened next:
After the debate, Trump called Ailes and screamed about Kelly. “How could you do this?” he said, according to a person briefed on the call. Ailes was caught between his friend Trump, his boss Murdoch, and his star Kelly. “Roger lost control of Megyn and Trump,” a Fox anchor said.
Kelly was pissed off that Ailes and other Fox hosts wouldn't defend her, and she wanted out of the network. So, according to Sherman, when Carlson filed suit, it "presented an opportunity." She spilled everything she knew about Ailes's sexual harassment, which led a million-eleventy more women to come forward to talk about how Roger Ailes is a slimy, wet perv monster, and now he has been pushed out. According to Sherman, Ailes was gone two days after news came that Kelly had told her story.
Right now, Fox is reportedly off-its-rocker crazy, with nobody really in charge. But that could change after the election:
“As of November 9, there will be a bloodbath at Fox,” predicts one host. “After the election, the prime-time lineup could be eviscerated. O’Reilly’s been talking about retirement. Megyn could go to another network. And Hannity will go to Trump TV.”
OOH, WHICH HOST SAID THAT????
[wonkbar]<a href="https: //wonkette.substack.com/p/lets-have-a-donald-trump-tv-network-where-donald-trump-can-kiss-donald-trumps-ass-on-tv"></a>[/wonkbar]Apparently Fox is REALLY worried about Trump TV, which is a thing we told you about, and has been rumored as the real reason Trump is running for preznit.
As we said, Sherman's piece is well worth your time, and you should read it start to finish. And if you need any more enticement to do that, here is the most disgusting paragraph in the entire article:
Karem Alsina, a former Fox makeup artist, told me she grew suspicious when Fox anchors came to see her before private meetings with Ailes to have their makeup done. “They would say, ‘I’m going to see Roger, gotta look beautiful!’ ” she recalled. “One of them came back down after a meeting, and the makeup on her nose and chin was gone.”
BRB THROWING UP FOREVER GOODBYE.