Well, golly, this is news:

Fox News confirmed to The Daily Beast editor-at-large Lloyd Grove on Tuesday that beleagured chairman and CEO Roger Ailes will depart the cable news network following sexual harassment claims by former anchor Gretchen Carlson. According to a document obtained by the Drudge Report, Ailes will receive at least a $40 million buyout from the network. The news comes hours after New York Magazine reporter Gabe Sherman wrote that Fox News star Megyn Kelly told investigators hired by 21st Century Fox that Ailes had sexually harassed her ten years ago.

Let’s stop and think about this: $40 million to buy this guy out? I suppose the Murdochs believe it will cut their losses in the end, but still. $40 million to make Roger Ailes go away.

There has been no trial and no admission of guilt on Ailes’s part, so we can’t say if the allegations of sexual harassment are true. If they are, though, I hope they all come out now that Ailes is not in a position to hurt anybody’s career at Fox.

Here’s a great tweetstorm from the other day about sexual harassment within Conservatism, Inc.:

Preach it, sister. I hope somebody does write that book. And if Ailes is guilty, I hope that Gretchen Carlson gets a good chunk of that $40 million pile.

As little as I like what feminism has become, I am enthusiastically grateful that it has brought about a world in which powerful men have to worry that they could lose everything for mistreating women this way. Clearly not enough of them do. Yet.

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