In an interview that aired on CNN on Thursday, former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin was asked by Jake Tapper, about the recent “upheaval” at Fox News over Bill O’Reilly’s sexual harassment accusations. The interaction between the two has raised some eyebrows.
“I have to ask you a question and it’s kind of sensitive,” Tapper said, “but you are in a unique role being a strong woman who worked at Fox News channel as a contributor. Uhm, and I 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?”
“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 whoever is the perpetrator doing the bad stuff so that the culture will change.”
“So yeah, obviously things are changing quickly at Fox News,” Palin added. “There are some great great people who are there, though. And I appreciate what Fox News does, as CNN, you know, adding to the discourse and to the debate, which is a healthy thing for the society. You know, more power to the good things that Fox News is doing.”
“But yep, culture had to change there,” Palin concluded.
“Did you ever witness or experience, God forbid, anything like that at Fox?” Tapper asked.
“I, wouldn’t put up with anything that would be perceived as intimidating or harassing,” Palin replied.
“But you said your ‘former,’ so was that part of the reason you left?” Tapper pressed.
“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.”
“Alright, well I’m not going to push any further,” Tapper concluded.
Just this week, news surfaced that Bill O’Reilly was let go from Fox News after a series of sexual harassment allegations and reports about million dollar settlements in the past.