Former conservative Christian Frank Schaeffer is denouncing conservatives for fostering and enabling the toxic culture of sexual harassment that pervades Fox News.
Fox News promotes misogyny
Fox News has long promoted the importance of family values and morality, but it’s recently shed two of its most prominent personalities — Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes — for doing the exact opposite. Frankly, if these two were women, they would be called names that are normally used to insult prostitutes.
And Schaeffer knows this. The culture that Fox News is really fostering is the opposite of how it was in the past, when conservatives took responsibility for their own actions, he writes in a recent blog post.
“Had a 1950s or a 1960s version of Bill O’Reilly or Roger Ailes manifested in the news having sexually abused women, the right — and the religious right in particular — would have led the nation in loud, angry denunciations.”
He notes O’Reilly is playing the blame game.
“I see little to no admission of moral error from O’Reilly nor from Fox News,” he writes. “O’Reilly blamed others, and his victimization. He used to mock liberals as the ‘whiny left’ when it came to blaming society for crimes by — say — black youths. O’Reilly said his ‘departure’ was not his fault but the cost of being a media personality.”
Schaeffer says he also hasn’t seen any contrition from Ailes either. He believes Ailes, the former CEO of Fox News, is responsible for creating “Fox News corporate rape-culture,” reports Raw Story’s Brad Reed.
And conservative websites like The National Review and Breitbart weren’t up to much either. “Fox Breaks Ties With Host Bill O’Reilly,” was all the Review could muster, and Breitbart went with blaming left-wing activists with this borderline hysterical nonsense:
Breitbart on O’Reilly: “Activist Left Gets Monster Scalp”
— Yashar (@yashar) April 19, 2017
Oh come on! That’s ridiculous. But perhaps this is how O’Reilly and his former boss started blaming everyone except themselves. All these other people were doing the hand-wringing for them.
And Schaeffer writes that for a large majority of white evangelical Christians, Trump is their clueless, selfish and self-absorbed leader:
“Then again with white evangelicals as the most solid Trump-voter bloc (other than KKK members) how can evangelicals lead in a rallying rejection of sexist behavior toward women from conservative media personalities and outlets? Their president is an unrepentant ‘p**sy-grabber’ who bragged he could do whatever he wanted to women because of his celebrity status.”
The late William F. Buckley and the late Republican congressman Jack Kemp were Schaeffer’s friends. Both men believed that “every policy solution began and ended with each person acknowledging his or her personal responsibility.”
And the festering rot that became Fox News began slowly from inside. It took the network years to acknowledge what Ailes and O’Reilly were doing. If The New York Times hadn’t broke the story about O’Reilly, we might never have known what he was doing to women.
“The fact is that American conservatism is anything but moral, conservative or even decent. It is sexist, violent, abusive and hates women,” he writes.
And in conclusion, he adds:
“Fox News’s embedded misogyny isn’t the exception. It is the rule. Period. And this Fox News leering brand of male libido-rape-culture ‘conservatism’ must be exposed — and then destroyed — mercilessly.”
Fox News treats its women like they are trophies or Barbie Dolls. They don’t necessarily have to be intelligent, but they do have to look like they walked out of a modeling agency. Men aren’t held to this standard. Nobody should be held to this standard.
Really, this has to change.
Schaeffer shares more of his views in the video below.
Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for New York Giants
H/T to Raw Story
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