Sexual harassment in the workplace and the allegations against Roger Ailes

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Guests: Jim Rutenberg, Jane Hall, Joanne Grossman

More than 20 women have accused former Fox News executive Roger Ailes of sexual harassment. The allegations forced Ailes to resign last month and now investigators are looking at what other executives knew about Ailes’ behavior. Donald Trump has defended Ailes and made light of the charges.  When asked in an interview about what his daughter Ivanka should do if she were harassed, replied, “I would like to think she would find another career or another company.”  All this has brought the issue of sexual harassment back to the forefront where many people like Southern Methodist University law professor JOANNA GROSSMAN think it should be.  We’ll talk to Grossman about workplace sexual harassment, the prevalence, what stops people from reporting it and how to combat it.  But first we catch up on the investigation into Fox News and Roger Ailes with JIM RUTENBERG, media columnist for The New York Times. And we’ll hear from JANE HALL, associate professor of journalism and media studies in the School of Communication at American University and former media commentator on Fox News.

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