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With stunning ignorance, Fox host somehow touts company's "determination to move quickly" on cases of sexual misconduct

Ailes was forced to resign last year after more than 20 women came forward with stories of sexual harassment. In the years prior, multiple women reached settlements with Ailes, and others said that the network ignored their complaints. In response to many of these cases, former Fox News co-president Bill Shine reportedly helped "cover up Ailes' conduct by silencing and 'smearing' women who complained." In April, Fox prime-time host Bill O’Reilly was forced out after reports that Fox News and 21st Century Fox “had repeatedly stood by him even as he and the company reached settlements with five women who had complained about sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior by him.” Although the settlements totaled about $13 million over the years and the cases stretched back at least a decade, it was not until those revelations in the New York Times, coupled with an advertiser boycott, that O’Reilly was forced to leave the network. Despite Kurtz’s confidence in 21st Century Fox’s “determination to move quickly” in cases of sexual harassment, the reality is that the company has repeatedly shown that its executives are only willing to protect women when their stories become public or high-profile.

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