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"The one thing we want to make clear is that the state’s petition has nothing to do with the elimination of the swimsuit competition, the #MeToo movement, or resistance to change. It has everything to do with lack of communication, lack of transparency, misrepresentation of facts. Within a volunteer organization, your currency is belief in the cause and trust.” by Allison Demarcus

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Subject: Will the miss and teens visit one anothers pageant


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Date Posted: 17:08:21 07/15/18 Sun


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Subject: what's that all about ?


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Date Posted: 22:05:53 07/15/18 Sun


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Subject: THE MINUTE THEY CROWN THE NEXT WINNER MISS AMERICA 2.0 IS THE MINUTE I WILL CEASE FROM BEING A FAN OF MISS AMERICA.I'M HOPING SHE STILL BE CROWNED MISS AMERICA, AND NOT MISS AMERICA 2.0 DOES ANYONE KNOW FOR SURE?


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Date Posted: 14:06:20 07/15/18 Sun


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Subject: At the new Hard Rock Hotel in AC there's a Miss America display with a highlight for Miss America 2.0


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Date Posted: 12:54:44 07/15/18 Sun


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Subject: 2 News Articles that support no confirmation of this


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Date Posted: 17:25:11 07/15/18 Sun

https://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/tv-8-beauty-queen-back-on-local-airwaves/Content?oid=1390499

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/152866/WAS-IT-RATINGS-OR-ROMANCE.html

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Subject: PLEASE TELL ME THE TITLE OF MISS AMERICA HAS NOT BEEN CHANGED TO MISS AMERICA 2.0. THAT WOULD BE SOOOOOOOOOOOO STUPID.


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Date Posted: 17:51:26 07/14/18 Sat


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Subject: Federal Statute 18 USC Section 1702 makes it illegal to open correspondence addressed to someone else, and this includes emails.


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Date Posted: 10:36:37 07/08/18 Sun

I hope Sam Haskell and Nan Teninbaum go after Regina and Brett!

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Subject: Miss America's Atlantic City liaison wants to see more community involvement


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Date Posted: 13:48:13 07/13/18 Fri

https://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/missamerica/miss-america-s-atlantic-city-liaison-wants-to-see-more/article_504e7868-c28c-55e7-87ad-3d87d2448a36.html

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Subject: Is there any truth to the PA ED resigning??


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Date Posted: 21:27:56 07/13/18 Fri


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Subject: Can someone please clarify for me exactly how much actual scholarship money MAO gave out, and how much the CEO's salary is?


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I've seen paid out scholarships were actually only 200-400K, and Sam was making 500K. Kinda seems like a scam....
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Date Posted: 13:29:28 07/13/18 Fri


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Date Posted: 14:49:43 07/09/18 Mon


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Subject: What do local boards offer?


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Date Posted: 09:44:14 07/14/18 Sat

I’m curious about what local boards offer as prizes, gifts, awards to contestants? Do boards typically help with wardrobe cost, hair and make-up, tanning, shoes, coaching, etc? Also, how much do boards help with mock interview preparation?

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Subject: MISS MISSISSIPPI PAGEANT SPEAKS OUT


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Date Posted: 05:29:33 07/14/18 Sat

https://www.clarionledger.com/story/magnolia/entertainment/2018/07/10/miss-mississippi-leaders-ask-miss-america-leaders-step-down/771121002/

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Subject: What is the next step on the states who signed this petition? No locals, no states, no Miss AMERICA


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Date Posted: 10:59:44 07/12/18 Thu


State Executive Directors and State Boards:



Yesterday, the Miss America Board of Directors convened to discuss recent events and the organization’s collective path forward. First and foremost, each state titleholder should feel confident that she is coming to Atlantic City to compete for Miss America on equal footing and a level playing field. Because MAO is, above all, about the young women who participate in this program, we will put their interests first and make sure that each candidate knows - without a shadow of doubt - that there will be no impact whatsoever on those state candidates whose state organizations chose to support the petition or have taken other actions against MAO. The candidates have our firm and unwavering commitment to ensure a fair and engaging process for each of them, that we will be laser-focused on delivering a successful Miss America 2019, creating a lifetime experience for each of them, and for all future candidates moving forward.



Second, we are choosing for our leadership to be different. The board has determined that there have been clear breaches of the state organization agreements with MAO, however, there will be no immediate license termination for those state organization that signed the petition. This is not intended to send a message or set an expectation that these actions are acceptable now or going forward, as they have in fact, adversely impacted the organization’s national brand and opportunities for outside support and partnerships. It is simply an act of good faith for the benefit of the program and to underscore the sincerity of our request that we all put differences of opinions aside and come together in order to improve the former culture and share in the vision for our true purpose. Only in this way will we be able to collectively ensure that Miss America grows to embrace new and experienced candidates with open arms and minds.



Since January, MAO’s volunteer leadership team has negotiated securing the CRDA funds of $4.3 million that were very publicly in jeopardy, and a new production company, reduced the state contestant CMNH fees to half of the announced amount, negotiated with all of you new license agreements that removed arbitration clauses and opened the door for more people to be allowed to volunteer in our program, navigated at-large teen issues for states as well as operational structure guidance for states with the teen program, instituted the new age requirement language, and many other tactical wins for our grassroots and national program.



We ask that each of you search within yourselves and decide if this path is one that you are willing to be a part of and it is a sincere request that we begin to heal together and share in the vision for our true purpose. We are all passionate volunteers, just like you, working for these bright, young women who are capable of incredible accomplishments.



Please understand that every member of this board is always available to discuss concerns and thoughts. We ask that you communicate with us, as we work to put in place more avenues of communication. Also, please participate in calls, ask questions, respect confidentiality and, if there are concerns, raise them so they can be constructively addressed.



This board and leadership sincerely hope that you will be a part of building a bright future. We all agree that there are opportunities to grow and improve and most certainly that Miss America can do incredible things for young women. Let us move forward with purpose and patience for each other while keenly focused on the need for all of us to have healthy, viable and sustainable programs at the local, state, and national levels to truly be successful.



We ask that you please share this letter with your state board members, your state volunteers, your candidates, and your local volunteers.



Respectfully,



Gretchen Carlson, Heather French Henry, Debbye Turner Bell, Jessie Ward Bennett, Ashley Byrd, Mary Jane Clark, Shelley Robertson, Ike Franco

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Subject: Just a thought for consideration.... why do we feel so strongly that without television, there can be no Miss America? Look at the ongoing success of these "kiddie" pageants such as Our Little Miss and Cinderella, which garner thousands of contestants every year and continue to thrive? Why not allow the Miss America pageant to continue being a pageant, offering scholarships as prizes, prividing opportunities for personal growth to young women, and not worry about it? Merely tossing it out there for discussion.


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Date Posted: 11:21:59 07/13/18 Fri


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Subject: Does anyone know if ignite is giving any scholarship money to contestants, or if there will be a scholarship similar to the STEM one offered for MA contestants who work in public service?


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Date Posted: 13:33:52 07/13/18 Fri


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Subject: NAMASP


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Date Posted: 10:50:01 06/26/18 Tue

https://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/16/us/state-pageants-at-war-with-miss-america-organization.html

The above link is a NYT article that details a conflict in the early 2000s between Miss America leadership versus those in the states. At the time, we had NAMASP, the National Association of Miss America State Pageants.

If you recall, Sam forced NAMASP to disband, likely for reasons exactly like what's described in the article. He did not like anyone to challenge him. But it has become clear through Gretchen and Regina's abrupt decision making, the unexplained turnover on the Board of Directors, resignations from not only the "interim" members but also of two prominent Miss Americas, etc., right down to taking away Cara's social media access, that there need to be some checks and balances in place.

In that light, my question is this: how do we restablish NAMASP? This new leadership needs to know this is not a dictatorship, and we need standing to respond. It seems the best way to do this is by organizing our voice. Is there someone willing to reestablish NAMASP? How can we help?

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Subject: Another pageant system


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Date Posted: 08:57:12 07/10/18 Tue

Is there another pageant system that allows one to participate in talent, swimsuit, interview and evening gown? If so, I am interested. I liked MAO because it had all areas of competition. I’m not interested in a system without talent, but likewise I also want evenig gown and swimsuit. All of the changes to MAO make me want to move on to something else.

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Subject: MESSAGE FROM A LOCAL DIRECTOR WHO CHOOSES TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS.


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Date Posted: 18:36:40 07/12/18 Thu

Having been with the program a number of years I have become discontent with the current National Board of Directors. On one side I have been told that since we are not one of the 22 states who signed the disagreement letter we should sign it. I would like to sign it but some on our committee feel it could jeopardize our titleholders chances at Miss America. I told them flat out that it shouldn't be our concern, since judges won't be interested in that one way or the other. I feel no time is better than now to voice your approval. I stood firm in telling the committee waiting is not going to help. I agree with those that say it's not even about swimsuit anymore, although I see zero reason for it to end. It is more about honesty, transparency, association,and inclusion. I'm on vacation right now, but when I return a decision will have been reached on this issue. Who knows? Another state may be added to the ANTI-BOARD ISSUE.

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Subject: I'm curious if there are any former state titleholder's daughter competing at MA this year? The only one I've heard for sure is Miss Utah Jesse Craig?


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Date Posted: 19:11:45 07/12/18 Thu


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Subject: Sad day for Miss America Volunteers


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Date Posted: 14:43:04 07/12/18 Thu

I have wanted to write a post for a long time on what is going on. I was a former contestant and now former LED. 1. One eventhough Sam had his problems the truth is he came from the business world and was a CEO of a the top Agency in the world. The first mistake was to go from the business person who managed many people to someone who was an anchor/television personality and think they are going to be awesome being in charge of all of these people when they have never done that before. No offense to her job because that is a very demanding job just very different from what is needed in this compacity. 2. You can have a “my way or the highway” attitude if all your workers are paid and you can replace them with more paid workers. Because let’s be honest people always need a job. But volunteers who take time away from families, use their own money and resources can never be replaced. Especially at the large number that are fed up after that last email yesterday. “Big Mistake.” You don’t crap on half your supporters and expect them to fall in line
3. When I competed I knew I didn’t have the Best talent. But I knew if I worked hard on my fitness and interview skills I could make up some ground and maybe do well. I didn’t come from a rich background so I couldn’t afford formal training. So while Gretchen is saying we are going to make this more inclusive I think she is making a big mistake. I would have never completed if talent was 50%. There are more women who don’t have years of formal training than do that will say why even try tif here is no way I can ever win with the girl that has 23 years of dance. Sorry but this is just the wrong way and I am proud of the people and states who aren’t sitting around letting someone take down Miss America because of their agendas. Some people try to fight for what they believe in.

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Subject: Three Choices


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Date Posted: 21:22:56 07/12/18 Thu

It is becoming more and more clear each day that this “Civil War” as the Washington post called it is not going to come to an amicable end. There doesn’t appear to be any mediators or peacemakers in the group. So that brings up the three options for what each person (director, contestant, volunteer, fan, parent, financial donator, etc) should do. Which option will you take?

A) While i don’t like what is going on, I am just going to look the other way and not get involved in the drama. I love this organization too much to risk having to leave because I ruffled feathers.

B). I am going to stay involved in this organization and I am going to fight, fight, fight until I can make positive changes. I’m in the fight for the long haul and will do whatever it takes to see better leadership in the MAO in the near future.

C). I am leaving. This is too much drama and it’s just not worth it to keep supporting an organization that I don’t believe in anymore. I cannot continue to give any more time, money, or energy to the MAO. I am beyond frustrated and will boycott and not watch the pageant again, much less be involved.

So which one are you right now? I think most of us are fluctuating between two or even all three of these at different times.

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Subject: Issues with Miss America's Contract: 1. Everything us scripted for you and you can't speak your mind or give your true opinion; 2. Must sign a NDA; 3. Can't say you are in a relationship or get engaged; 4. Can't wear a swimsuit; 5. Can never compete in a pageant again; Is it just me, or does this NOT LOOK like a women's empowerment organization? Change the contract!


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Date Posted: 18:34:37 07/12/18 Thu

Issues with Miss America's Contract:
1. Everything us scripted for you and you can't speak your mind or give your true opinion;
2. Must sign a NDA;
3. Can't say you are in a relationship or get engaged;
4. Can't wear a swimsuit;
5. Can never compete in a pageant again;
Is it just me, or does this NOT LOOK like a women's empowerment organization?
Change the contract!

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Subject: The Dilemma


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Date Posted: 20:12:45 07/12/18 Thu

The more MAO board refuses to listen to the states, LEDs, volunteers, and supporters, the longer they might stay in power, but the more people will become disenfranchised with Miss America. The lying and conniving and the changes they have already undertook have harmed the Miss America brand. The board should be ashamed. Sometimes, we have to admit defeat and say we were wrong. The board needs to do that in their resignation letters. All of them. I don't trust any of them, and I don't want any of them, and I don't care how close the pageant is. Each one of them has been complicit in the actions that have hurt Miss America. It goes to show their true means and motives. I hope those of us who care don't cave to this. If something doesn't change, I can never look at Miss America the same again. I am proud of the tradition of the pageant, and I want to see it survive for 100 more years, but under leadership that wants to build the pageant's legacy and not their own.

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Subject: Why does EVERY state have to agree?


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Date Posted: 10:59:38 07/11/18 Wed

How come every single state is expected to agree with the 22? Otherwise they are considered “hiding out” or just wrong?

What if a State Director evaluated the situation and decided not to sign the petition?

What’s with the attitude “you either see it my way or you are wrong”. It’s so pervasive in this issue.

There is freedom of choice in this country. I see both sides of this issue and have respect for people on both sides. I’m not stupid just because I do or don’t sign a petition.

REMEMBER - this is an organization for empowered young women - and that includes standing up for what you believe in and not yielding to pressure.

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Subject: Love you, Allison Demarcus! "“The one thing we want to make clear is that the state’s petition has nothing to do with the elimination of the swimsuit competition, the #MeToo movement or resistance to change,” DeMarcus said. “It has everything to do with lack of communication, lack of transparency, misrepresentation of facts.” "“Within a volunteer organization, your currency is belief in the cause and trust.”


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Date Posted: 04:48:39 07/11/18 Wed


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Subject: "I am an LED in AR. You are exactly right. Jessie is still 100% running the Miss AR pageant. If she were not a "chosen one" on this board, she would absolutely have signed the petition. She was one of the first and loudest to speak out against Sam. We were so proud of her for doing the right thing, but it turns out it was just a move for her to get more personal power. We can't speak up because she'll pull our local just like Regina threatened to do to the states who signed the petition. We have no choice: be silent, or speak out and lose our local."


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Date Posted: 13:30:29 07/12/18 Thu

This was posted within the board of a longer thread. If this is a true statement, this is very chilling. What kind of organization is MAO becoming?

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Subject: Don't all 51 contestants for Miss America 2019 gather in Orlando later this month ? What all is on the agenda ? Are all of the contestants expected to be there for several days ? Will there be peace in the valley ?


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Date Posted: 21:37:49 07/11/18 Wed


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Subject: Contestants are dropping out of locals every single day. THIS HAS TO END!!!!!!


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Date Posted: 20:53:16 07/11/18 Wed


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Subject: GRETCHEN CARLSON AND FOX. very, very interesting article


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Date Posted: 21:28:20 07/08/18 Sun

11 Jul 2016 Washington,DC
Kimberly Guilfoyle, a conservative woman anchor at Fox News and co-host of the highly successful program The Five, is speaking out in support of Roger Ailes—the chief executive at the network—as Ailes faces allegations of impropriety from a former anchor.
Guilfoyle, who defended Ailes from allegations of sexual harassment levied by former anchor Gretchen Carlson in a lawsuit filed last week after her contract was not renewed, told Breitbart News exclusively that “absolutely not,” Ailes never engaged in any of that alleged behavior in interactions with her.
“I’ve known the man very well the last 15 years,” Guiloyle said in a phone interview:
He’s someone who I admire greatly. He’s a champion of women. He has always been 100 percent professional, respectful, helpful in terms of mentoring me for television and in terms of making me a better anchor and putting me in the right role to develop me as a talent for the network where now I’m a co-host of The Five—which is one of the most popular watched shows in cable news. He’s directly responsible for that because he hand-picked everybody who’s on there, and we have a great history and it’s worked really well.
Guilfoyle said that “in terms of Roger’s character, integrity, and credibility, I cannot stand up enough for Roger.”
“I think he’s by far been the best mentor I’ve had in the business, and I’ve worked at CNN, and I filled in anchor prime-time at MSNBC,” Guilfoyle said, adding:
I’ve been on ABC’s Good Morning America. I’ve been on the Today Show, where I worked. So, I’m very strong and adamant about his level of professionalism 100 percent. Nothing inappropriate has ever transpired, nor am I aware of anything inappropriate that has ever transpired with any of the other women that I’ve ever talked to. I’ve talked to 30, at least, fellow female colleagues at Fox, and not one of them said anything inappropriate was ever said or transpired. In fact, they were all very upset to see this happen, and you know they know Roger Ailes would never treat them in this fashion.
Last week, it was announced that Gretchen Carlson—a former co-host of the morning show Fox and Friends, and later a solo host of her own program The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson in the afternoon—had filed a lawsuit alleging that Roger Ailes sexually harassed her. In it, she accused Ailes—Fox News’ CEO and chairman—of having told her in his office that he wanted to have sex with her.
“I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better,” Ailes allegedly told Carlson in his office, according to the lawsuit.
Carlson presents no evidence whatsoever to back up her case, only making the claim in the lawsuit—which the mainstream media have treated as fact since it was made.
What’s more, multiple sources inside the Fox News Channel tell Breitbart News that Carlson had a reputation in the building for treating staff and the so-called “underlings” like garbage. She would not talk much with staffers and acted in many ways “like a diva” who refused to even engage with anyone she looked at as “beneath her.”

“You can really tell a lot about a person when you see how they treat the staff,” one source said.
“She was mean to everyone inside the building and acted like the support staff were furniture,” another said.
A third added, “She wouldn’t even interact with people who helped put on her own show, and would constantly ignore them when they would come up to her. ‘I’m prepping. I’m prepping,’ she would say. So rude.”
Yet one more source added:
Most of the other anchors do nice things for the staff, like buy them lunch or dinner or breakfast—or take a personal interest in them. Carlson didn’t. Working in off-air roles is a hard thing to do, and the great people who do it don’t make as much money as the on-air staff. She didn’t seem to care about anyone but herself. She wasn’t just self-centered; she thought she was the center of the universe—and that the solar system itself revolved around her.
More details are likely to come out about Carlson soon, too, sources say, adding that Fox News and Ailes never go down without a fight. An internal document damning to Carlson’s case surfaced this weekend, showing that in the fall of 2015, there were concerns with her show, and Ailes had sent a briefing to Bill Shine—another executive at Fox News—relaying how they had a conversation about her struggling program. The document, which surfaced on LawNewz, undercuts her entire narrative.
“In her lawsuit, Carlson’s most damning claim is that during a September 2015 meeting in Ailes’ office, he stated to her: ‘I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better,’” LawNewz wrote about the matter, adding:
She then claims that following the meeting, in retaliation for her opposition to his advances, he denied her opportunities, including “severely curtailing her appearances as a guest commentator on prime time shows” and “blocking her from appearing as a substitute host on prime time or daytime panel shows.” However, a memo, provided to us by Fox News paints a different picture. Just days after the September 16, 2015, meeting, Ailes apparently told Bill Shine, the head of programming, to give it “another chance.” Ailes even suggested that he would be open to putting Carlson back on her time slot with primetime host Bill O’Reilly.
In addition to that document, LawNewz also obtained a handwritten note from Carlson herself that confirms Fox News and Ailes’ side of the story—and undermines Carlson’s narrative.
Given that there is no evidence to back up the claims she’s made—and that Carlson never brought these allegations up with anyone else, in the Human Resources Department or to any coworkers ever until her contract was not renewed—Guilfoyle joined several other prominent on-air women at Fox News to speak out against the allegations in defense of Ailes.
“It’s interesting. We wouldn’t even be having this conversation anyway, would we, if her contract had been renewed?” Guilfoyle told Breitbart News. She went on:
She wouldn’t even be bringing this if she had been getting paid new money on the new contract, I bet you. Why wasn’t this recorded or brought forward before? She’s a strong, smart woman—went to Stanford and has a good head on her shoulders. So why wouldn’t this have come forward before? Everybody is asking me—why now? Curious timing if you’re in a situation like that. If you’re in a hostile work environment, why wouldn’t you make a fresh complaint at the time? Why wouldn’t you take it immediately, as a strong powerful feminist, to HR and complain to your superiors? So again, we don’t have all the facts and the evidence. I’m just telling you what I would do as an attorney, as a former prosecutor, as I’m evaluating the case and going through it. What you’re trying to get at is the truth, and so part of what you would look at is motive or intention. Is it retaliatory because the contract wasn’t renewed? When people’s contracts are let go and there’s no new negotiation, it’s because you’re hired to do a job, and you’re no longer doing the job well that you were hired to do. Then you’re not renewed or your contract is terminated. That’s how business works.
Guilfoyle joins Maria Bartiromo, Greta Van Susteren, and Judge Jeanine Pirro, among other current on-air women speaking out in defense of Ailes.
Bartiromo, a highly successful journalist who has covered business and politics and was a breakout star during the 2016 GOP presidential primary debates, defended Ailes in an exclusive with Variety magazine.
“I’ve known Roger Ailes for 25 years since he first hired me at CNBC and hired me again two-and-a-half years ago. I’ve known him to be nothing but a professional,” Bartiromo said. “I’ve learned so much from him and continue to grow.”
Van Susteren, the host of Fox News’ primetime program On the Record, said in an interview with The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove that she believes Ailes is being “falsely accused.”
“Historically, I don’t like it when I think somebody is being falsely accused or wronged,” Van Susteren said. “I’m an old criminal defense attorney. This one’s wrong, based on my experience. The facts I know are that this is not the Roger Ailes I’ve ever heard about or seen.”
She added that in all the years she’s been there, she has not heard anything like this—but if she had, she’d march right into Ailes’ office and confront him about it.
“People talk. You hear a lot, and I never heard this,” Van Susteren told Grove. “Frankly, I’ve got to tell you. You know me. I’m pretty bold. If I heard that, I’d probably say something to Roger. I haven’t anything to lose. If I didn’t do this, I’d go teach at law school. I’m not a wilting flower.”

Pirro, who’s known Ailes for years before she started working at Fox and is a former prosecutor and former judge, defended Ailes in an interview with People magazine.
“When I started working for him, it was a little different,” Pirro told People, continuing:
It was a little more distant because he was running Fox. He always had a smile on his face and always was a delight. I’m a huge fan of Roger Ailes, not just in terms of his personality and the man I never thought I would work for, but more than that. I think he’s a giant. I think he’s [sic] does stuff in media that people said he couldn’t. I have tremendous admiration for him.
Kiran Chetry, a former Fox News anchor, who went on to be a CNN anchor, also defended Ailes in a lengthy blog entry at The Huffington Post.
“I can’t speak for Gretchen since I wasn’t in the room obviously but I will tell you that I never felt uncomfortable around Roger Ailes,” Chetry wrote in a long piece that walks through how great an experience she had at Fox News while working with Ailes. She added:
And that’s the reason I’m speaking out. Because I think this situation points to a larger issue —which is that there are very real instances where people are or feel sexually propositioned or intimidated by those in positions of power and are too afraid to speak out. That is a fact. The flip-side is whenever someone is accused of sexually harassing or intimidating someone who works under them, they are as good as dead reputation-wise.
Guilfoyle, in her exclusive interview with Breitbart News, walked through how people inside Fox News that she has spoken with think this is all “curious timing,” and that scores of women she works with have said there is no basis in fact to the allegations against Ailes. Guilfoyle also said she believes there is a political motivation here—namely that the mainstream media, which by and large wants presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to win the election in November, want to sideline Fox News and Ailes.
“Curious timing, given the political nature of things going on right now and the conventions,” Guilfoyle said when asked what the mood was like among her colleagues about the reaction to this. She elaborated:
Shock and disbelief because Gretchen is someone who worked there and had been an employee of Fox News for 11 years, and they treated her very well in terms of positions—main anchor on Fox and Friends and then her own daytime show and a lot of effort and energy had gone forward to promote her and promote her show and promote her book. Fox News is a very supportive atmosphere, so yeah, people are shocked and in disbelief after their experiences with Roger Ailes and Fox News. You’ve seen Maria Bartiromo speak out, you’ve seen Greta Van Susteren speak out, you’ve seen Judge Jeanine Pirro speak out, and you see myself speak out. Again, we speak to what our personal experience has been over a very tremendous long time of knowing him. That should say something. That should speak for itself. I don’t know Gretchen’s personal interactions, but what I do know is I know the character and integrity of Roger Ailes and what I have been treated like there which has been exceptional in every way.
Specifically, regarding the political motivations of Ailes’ detractors, Guilfoyle—the former first lady of San Francisco when she was married to the city’s former Democratic Mayor Gavin Newsom, who is now California’s lieutenant governor—said Ailes and Fox News have been targets for a long time. The same crowd of detractors—Politico, New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman, and more—are out trying to take down Ailes now. Politico has written multiple pieces, and acts like Ailes is already gone.
“These are people that have tried to make a case against Roger Ailes and Fox News for years, so none of this would surprise me at all,” she said. Guilfoyle continued:
In fact, people trying to take an opportunity to go after the network or go after Mr. Ailes—you know, I’m a former prosecutor, strong woman, former first lady of San Francisco, and someone who has been a champion of women, of children, of victims of crimes. I’ll tell you, I would never stand by if I thought something like that was happening not only personally, but on behalf of one of my colleagues. I’ve fought for justice for a majority of my life, and I’m a very principled person, and I wouldn’t tolerate it. I wouldn’t stand for it. I’ve been around all kinds of people, defense attorneys, working with cops, working with politicians, both sides of the aisle, including Democrats as former first lady of San Francisco, and the Republicans, too, so I’ve had a front row seat to lots of things in life. I’m far from someone who is naive or hasn’t been around—so that’s why I felt compelled to speak up because it’s not right, especially given what I know about him as an individual and what I know about how women are treated at Fox News, in an exemplary fashion, and how people in tough positions, whether it’s Suzanne Scott, who runs the news division as vice president at Fox News, or you have Dianne Brani who’s the head of the legal department. You have female heads of Human Resources, Human Relations. You have also a female head of media relations in Irena Briganti. These are strong, powerful women that would not work for a man who was accused of these kinds of allegations if it were true. You get my point? Roger Ailes champions women, whether it’s Paula Zahn, who worked for Fox, Greta Van Susteren—we’ve always had a woman in primetime—Megyn Kelly, myself; I had a primetime show. You move around at Fox depending on where they need you. That’s what team players do. You pitch in. You know, you make it work.
Guilfoyle also added that everyone at Fox News is supportive of Ailes right now.
“The environment at Fox has been very supportive for Mr. Ailes,” she said, concluding:
People are very saddened to see something like this about somebody who’s been so powerful about putting women in positions of importance—and again, all the anchors at Fox News have had good experiences, the ones that I have talked to, like I said, were super supportive. Everybody I’ve spoken to, all of them, have said this has never happened to them. So I have super close relationships with the women at Fox News. We’re a team. We support one another, and that’s why I’m coming forward to tell the truth because the truth should matter.

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