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Fox News Deletes Tweet Of Reporter's Cleavage

| by Michael Allen

"Fox and Friends" tweeted a picture of reporter Heather Nauert working while reporter Bill Hemmer looked over her shoulder on July 25.

The tweet was deleted "very quickly," CrooksAndLiars.com notes, possibly in light of the recent sexual harassment allegations made by ex-Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson against the former chairman of Fox News, Roger Ailes, who resigned on July 22.

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Close to a dozen women said that they had endured sexual harassment or intimidation while employed at Fox News or its sister cable network, Fox Business Network, reported The New York Times. A half dozen others said they saw the incidents, which allegedly included Ailes and other supervisors.

Rudi Bakhtiar, a former Fox News reporter, told the newspaper that a supervisor informed her in 2007 that he would get her a weekend position in the Washington, D.C., bureau, and said to her: "Well, I’d like to see the inside of your hotel room."

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Bakhtiar said that after she refused his proposition, network executives suddenly axed her D.C appearances and Ailes soon ended her tenure; an unidentified Fox News executive repeated Bakhtiar's assertion to The New York Times.

Bakhtiar went on to sue Fox News, received a settlement and agreed to a nondisclosure demand, but decided to speak out because of Carlson, who sued Ailes after she was let go by the cable news network.

Julie Henderson, a spokeswoman for 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, responded to The New York Times: "As we’ve made clear, there’s absolutely no room anywhere at our company for behavior that disrespects women or contributes to an uncomfortable work environment."

According to CrooksAndLiars, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump defended Ailes during an interview with "Meet the Press" on July 24:

"I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he's helped them. And even recently, and when they write books that are fairly recently released, and they say wonderful things about him.

"And now all of a sudden, they're saying these horrible things about him, it's very sad. Because he's a very good person. I've always found him to be just a very, very good person. And by the way, a very, very talented person, look what he's done. So I feel very badly."

Sources: CrooksAndLiars (2), The New York Times / Photo credit: FoxAndFriends/Twitter via CrooksAndLiars

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