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Ex-Fox News women slam Jesse Watters for Cuomo harassment accusers who blame victims
John Lamparski / GettyFox News resident macho man Jesse Watters – who built his professional reputation the way it is by stalking Liberals on camera, many of whom are women, on behalf of his predatory boss Bill O ‘Reilly – received a rhetorical slap in the face Thursday for her recommendation that women solve the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace simply by slapping their male harassers. “I would suggest that women – and I’ve been in trouble for saying this before – you slap the man in the face. And you do it immediately, ”Watters said on Wednesday’s episode of The Five during a discussion of sexual harassment and unwanted contact allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “Because if you wait too long, the politician feels like he can keep doing it, and it doesn’t matter if it comes out a year or three years later. Do it immediately. When it’s fresh. Several former Fox News women, who received monetary settlements and left the company after being targeted by stalkers on the pro-Donald Trump channel, reacted to Watters’ prescription with disgusting disgust. ask Jesse Watters to explain to them, “Julie Roginsky, former Fox News political analyst at The Daily Beast,” but Jesse Watters could have watched as he worked for two stalkers [late Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes and O’Reilly] that women already face the risk of professional reprisals by not respecting the harasser’s wishes. Roginsky – who left Fox News in 2017 after settling a sexual harassment and reprisal lawsuit against the company, Ailes, and his deputy Bill Shine – added, “If the women became violent with the stalker, their careers would be over. . Many are bound by forced arbitrations and DNA early in their work. They couldn’t tell their stories. Jesse’s best suggestion is to impose a responsibility on his fellow men not to harass women. Ed Henry’s accusers say his behavior was an open secret at Fox News Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, whose sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes in July 2016 resulted in her “Suggesting that women should slapping their attacker is tantamount to victimizing the victim in the sense that they should deal with the problem that they have nothing to do with, ”Carlson told The Daily Beast. “The responsibility to end harassment, mainly the male problem, should not lie with a woman to address it. It’s similar to other excuses that women should quit their jobs or move to another department rather than address the real issue. This is another reaction to cover up rather than working to fix the problem. In a tweet, she added: “Not to mention the silliness of assuming slapping a predator would somehow change them. And that it should be the woman to slap instead of being predatory so as not to harass. In an email response to The Daily Beast, Watters said he had been misunderstood: “This kind of predatory behavior must stop immediately and it is 100% the stalker’s responsibility to stop it.” My intention was to stand up for victims and hold inappropriate politicians accountable – any suggestion is a misinterpretation of what I said. Other women who spoke to The Daily Beast about Watters’ remark – several of whom have signed non-disclosure agreements as part of the lawsuit’s cash settlements – have been asked to remain anonymous in order to avoid possible retaliation from Fox News Media or its parent company Fox Corp. “It’s simple to say ‘just slap him in the face’, and while that might elicit short-term cheers from the woman, it would almost inevitably doom her professional career, especially in broadcasting,” said a former Fox’s on-air personality. “If all the men at Fox who made inappropriate comments were slapped at that point, you would have a lot of red-faced men roaming the network. And, unfortunately, women would never be allowed to go through security to review again. The woman added, “It’s strange to see Fox taking such an aggressive stance on Governor Cuomo, pushing for him to step down. This, as Fox continues to air several hosts and contributors who have done the same if not worse than the accusations against Cuomo. A second woman cited the reported story of Watters, 42, of divorce. married Noelle in March 2019 after engaging in an extramarital affair with her 26-year-old associate producer, now wife Emma DiGiovine. The celebrant at their December 2019 wedding was then Fox News presenter Ed Henry, who was fired last year after a Fox Business producer filed a lawsuit accusing Henry of sexual abuse. [Jesse Watters] who has had an affair with a much younger woman at work really has no place to tell women how they should respond professionally to workplace violence, “said this person. “Violence is not an answer. This is usually the one thing women fear the most when their abusers are much bigger, heavier, and stronger than them. Fox News broadcasts blatantly racist segment on Asians Lawyer Douglas Wigdor, who has represented several Fox News accusers, told The Daily Beast, “It’s a classic rape myth that women should somehow use their physical power to keep men who assault them away, when in reality most women panic and freeze when sexually assaulted. ” Wednesday night was not the first time Watters has drawn widespread criticism for dirty comments about women. In April 2017, the Fox host delivered not-so-subtle sexual innuendos about Ivanka Trump, remarking on video of her speaking at a women’s rights conference: “I really have loved the way she was speaking into that microphone, ”while pointing to her mouth. and smirk. The next day, Watters denied the sexual nuances before announcing an abrupt “family vacation”. Meanwhile, a former Fox News staffer said: “I would buy tickets to watch Jesse Watters slap his former boss Bill O’Reilly. What are you saying, presenter? Are you hiding under your desk? Bill used to always say “what are you saying?” and “hide under your desk” when guests didn’t want to come after his on-air challenge to fight him. Jesse Watters did not have the moral courage to stand alongside one of the brave women of Fox News, all of whom lost their jobs after being sexually harassed where he is currently employed. The woman added, “Now, in an incredible twist, he imagines himself as the arbiter of sexual harassment.” It was only at Fox News that he could get this pervert. But what else can we expect when Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch has reduced the cover-up of sexual harassment for decades to nothing more than a “little bit of flirting.” – Diana Falzone was a camera and digital reporter for FoxNews. com from 2012 to 2018. In May 2017, she filed a lawsuit for sex discrimination and disability against the network and settled and left the company in March 2018. Along with Roginsky and Carlson, she co-founded Lift Our Voices, a non-profit organization seeking to eradicate workplace NDAs used to cover up toxic behaviors in the workplace. For more, check out The Daily Beast. Get our best items delivered to your inbox every day. Register now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.