Carlson says nation shifting on harassment issue
Carlson says nation shifting on harassment issue
Out Tuesday, the one-time Fox News Channel personality’s book “Be Fierce” compiles many harassment stories she is collected since her lawsuit last year that led to the ouster of former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. Now the Weinstein story has struck a chord, and Carlson said she is proud that she may have contributed to women being more willing to tell their stories.
Carlson said that the nation may be in the midst of a profound cultural shift on the issue.
“What was so important about the Weinstein story is that women finally put their names and faces to the issue,” she told The Associated Press. “It was not just anonymous women. It really brought the story to life quickly. If I had anything to do with that, then all the hard work I have been doing over the last 15 months on this issue has been so worth it.”
Actress Alyssa Milano urged women over the weekend to announce “me too” on social media if they had been abused and thousands responded, many telling their stories.
“While it is horrific how many women have stories, it is a cathartic moment in time,” Carlson said on Monday.
For years women have been discouraged from telling of abuse, fearing they would lose their jobs or be labeled troublemakers, she said. Even when they pursue cases, they often must choose between an arbitration process that is kept confidential or accepting a settlement that compels them to keep quiet about their abuse. She said that often leaves them defenseless, such as when fired Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly made television appearances where he declared his innocence of the harassment charges that led to his firing and said he should have gone after his critics harder. Carlson, whose book tour does not include a stop at Fox News, called O’Reilly’s appearance on his old network “horrifying.”
Carlson signed a settlement with Fox that limits what she can say about the company, but she had already outlined her accusations against Ailes in legal papers. Ailes, before he died earlier this year, consistently denied wrongdoing.
The number of people who wrote to her to tell their own stories compelled her to write “Be Fierce.” Several women told of careers being permanently derailed when they fought back against abuse. Carlson contacted many of them and did her own reporting, and also tells of other non-Fox abusive incidents that affected her personally.
“From waitresses to accountants to lawyers to bankers to teachers to journalists, it is everywhere,” she said. “That is why I believe the Weinstein story is so important, because this is not just about Hollywood or journalism. This is about every business and every profession.”
Carlson’s book delivers pep talks to women afraid to rock the boat, as well as specific legal strategies. Bullying and non-sexual forms of intimidation are also addressed and there is a chapter for men who stand up for women in their lives and workplace.
She is set up a foundation to help women fighting back against abusers. After being questioned about whether her strategies are practical for poor women or single moms, Carlson will run a three-day leadership foundation in nine cities for women to attend for free. She will speak at several colleges about the prevalence of sexual assaults on campus.
And sometime next year, she will return to television. She said she is working with a Hollywood producer on a TV series that discusses the nation’s divisiveness, offering few other details. People have encouraged her to get into politics, and the Connecticut resident is not ruling it out.
“I had to do what I did so that my children and your children would not face the same indignities,” she said.
Prince Harry and Meghan arrive in hot Fiji for 3-day visit
- The couple was scheduled to attend a reception and state dinner with Fijian President Jioji Konrote
- They will finish their tour with a four-day visit to New Zealand
SUVA, Fiji: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were greeted by hundreds of flag-waving well-wishers on Tuesday after arriving in Fiji for a three-day visit as part of their tour of the South Pacific.
School children in uniform and people of all ages lined the streets and waved both British Union Jack and Fijian flags as Prince Harry and Meghan’s motorcade drove past.
The couple arrived from Australia, where Meghan, who is four months pregnant, had her schedule reduced in recent days after a hectic start to their 16-day trip across four countries. Meghan has not announced any plans to reduce her schedule in Fiji.
After stepping off the plane, Meghan needed to hold her cream-colored hat to prevent it from being blown away as Harry inspected a guard of honor. There was a light drizzle and an official held an umbrella above Meghan’s head.
The couple was scheduled to attend an official welcome ceremony at Suva’s Albert Park that will mirror one attended by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in 1953. It was to involve traditional elements of Fijian culture, including dances and a kava ceremony. Members of the public are invited and 15,000 are expected to attend.
The couple was scheduled to attend a reception and state dinner Tuesday evening hosted by Fijian President Jioji Konrote.
Home to just over 900,000 people, Fiji is a former British colony that became independent in 1970 and later became a republic. Fiji remains a part of the Commonwealth group of countries and is a popular destination for tourists thanks to its warm climate and beaches.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that pregnant women not travel to a number of countries including Fiji and Tonga because of the presence of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which can cause severe birth defects.
There is no vaccine for Zika, and the CDC says the best way to avoid infection for those who must travel is to take extra precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
The couple is scheduled to visit Tonga on Thursday before returning to Sydney on Friday night for the final days of the Invictus Games, Harry’s brainchild and the focus of their tour. The couple will then finish their tour with a four-day visit to New Zealand.