Women Rule

Gretchen Carlson: "Stop being so damn nice"

Episode Summary

Before the viral hashtag #MeToo, before the revelations against Harvey Weinstein and other media giants, there was Gretchen Carlson. Back in 2016, Carlson filed a landmark lawsuit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, beginning a wave of sexual harassment allegations at the network. Eventually Ailes was forced out, along with other Fox News big wigs, like Bill O’Reilly and Fox co-president Bill Shine. But at the time, Carlson was a solitary voice against one of the most powerful men in media. In this interview with the former Fox News anchor, POLITICO's Anna Palmer talks with Carlson about that "lonely, fearful" time, her advice for women in the workplace, her winding career path, and what's next for the pageant queen-turned-journalist-turned-women's empowerment advocate.

Episode Notes

Before the viral hashtag #MeToo, before the revelations against Harvey Weinstein and other media giants… there was Gretchen Carlson.

Back in 2016, Carlson filed a landmark lawsuit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, beginning a wave of sexual harassment allegations at the network. Eventually Ailes was forced out, along with other Fox News big wigs, like Bill O’Reilly and Fox co-president Bill Shine. But at the time, Carlson was a solitary voice against one of the most powerful men in media.

In this interview with the former Fox News anchor, POLITICO's Anna Palmer talks with Carlson about that "lonely, fearful" time, her advice for women in the workplace, her winding career path, and what's next for the pageant queen-turned-journalist-turned-women's empowerment advocate.