Fox News Co-president Bill Shine resigned Monday amid allegations that he turned a blind eye to allegations of sexual harassment at the cable news channel. Although many people saw this move as encouraging, there’s no reason to expect Suzanne Scott, who was promoted to president of programming following Shine’s ouster, will foster a less hostile environment.
For starters, she doesn’t bring fresh blood to the operation. Like Shine, Scott has been at Fox News since the channel started in 1996. She’s part of the old guard.
To wit: When former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes added miniskirts to the dress code for female employees, he reportedly turned to Scott to enforce it:
During Ailes era, Suzanne Scott was in charge of enforcing Ailes mini-skirt dress code for women. Fox women asking how culture will change?
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) May 1, 2017
Scott, addressing the claim through a Fox spokesperson, denied the claim to HuffPost.
And Scott’s attitude toward sexual harassment doesn’t seem appreciably different than that of her predecessor; numerous lawsuits brought forth by former Fox anchors name her as part of the problem.
Here’s one snippet, from a lawsuit Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky filed last month against the network:
In July 2016, when former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment and retaliation complaint against [former Fox CEO Roger] Ailes, Fox News employees including … Suzanne Scott … sought to recruit Fox News employees and contributors to retaliate against Carlson by publicly disparaging her. They characterized this retaliatory onslaught as supporting “Team Roger.”
In a statement to CNN via a spokesperson, Scott denied on Tuesday that she had ever tried to corral support for Ailes from women at the network.
Source: The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble