‘High-tech’ harassing

Andrea Tantaros accuses Roger Ailes and Fox News of ‘digital character assassination’ in lawsuit

Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros (YouTube).

Another day, another accusation of workplace hostility against the Fox News network. Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros has filed a new lawsuit against a host of top players at the cable network, claiming that she was subjected to “digital character assassination.”

As The Wrap reports, the lawsuit is leveled at co-president Bill Shine, PR executive Irena Briganti, social media consultant Peter Snyder, and former CEO Roger Ailes. Tantaros contends that she became the target of a “highly complex and extremely high-tech” harassment campaign in retaliation for a previous lawsuit, which accused Ailes of sexual harassment. That suit is currently in arbitration.

The recently-filed court papers claim that Tantaros’ personal computer was hacked, and that “sock puppet” social media accounts were created to harangue her online. The suit also claims that this conduct began while Tantaros was still an employee of Fox News, after she first complained about Ailes in 2015. The online harassment, the suit says, was intended to to “cryptically let her know that she was under surveillance.”

Fox News executives “flatly deny that they conducted any electronic surveillance of Ms. Tantaros,” according to a statement. But her claims may not be as wild as they seem. According to a 2016 New York magazine story by Gabriel Sherman, Ailes used company funds to hire “consultants, political operatives, and private detectives” who waged PR and surveillance campaigns against the executive’s personal and political foes.

Ailes was fired from Fox News in August of last year, amidst a flurry of sexual harassment allegations.

Read the full story at The Wrap.


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