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Monica Lewinsky On Late Roger Ailes: News Coverage Made Her Life A "Nightmare"

Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes passed away on May 18th at the age of 77, just 10 months after the scandal that cost him his position. Dozens of women who had worked for Fox News came forward to complain that Ailes sexually harassed them. They blamed Ailes for an atmosphere of bullying at the conservative news network. One victim of Ailes has spoken out with the hope that the network will turn over a new leaf now without the media mogul in charge.

Monica Lewinsky is best known for the affair she had with former President Bill Clinton when she worked as a White House aide in 1995. She says in an op-ed for the New York Times that Roger Ailes of the then-new network pounded the scandal mercilessly night and day to get ratings. In the piece published on Monday, Lewinsky claims Ailes made her life a nightmare.

Lewinsky notes that all the networks decided to take the low road, duking it out in the gutter for ratings. But thanks to Ailes, she claims Fox News sank particularly low. “On Fox, it seemed, no rumor was too unsubstantiated, no innuendo too vile and no accusation too abhorrent,” she explains.

“Their dream was my nightmare,” Lewinsky writes, recalling how Fox milked the presidential scandal for all it was worth. “My character, my looks and my life were picked apart mercilessly. Truth and fiction mixed at random in the service of higher ratings… I ceased being a dimensional person. Instead I became a whore, a bimbo, a slut and worse.”

The news network has been under attack now for the treatment of women and minorities under Ailes. Dozens of women, including on-air talents like Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson, came forward to accuse Ailes of sexual harassment and demanding sexual favors. It forced him to resign just 10 months ago.

James and Lachlan Murdoch took over the company and have been quick to try and change the culture that Ailes created. Top-earning host of number one show, Bill O'Reilly, was accused of bullying and sexual harassment by a group of women working at Fox as well, and he was promptly fired. Bob Beckel, a Fox pundit, was fired for making a racist remark to an African-American employee.

“I hope the Murdochs understand that Americans will no longer tolerate a corporate culture that views hate and harassment as part of running a successful news business,” said Lewinsky.

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