Fox News' chief DC reporter left after harassment claims


Fox News' former chief Washington correspondent, James Rosen, left the network suddenly in late December after an 18-year career.

But on Wednesday, NPR's David Folkenflik reported Rosen had developed a pattern of "flirting aggressively with many peers" and allegedly made sexual advances toward two Fox News reporters and a producer.

Last spring, Rosen also allegedly tried to kiss a younger female reporter in the elevator, and once she declined, he allegedly tried to "forcibly to kiss her again". According to NPR, it is likely that his departure is a effect of alleged scrutiny he was facing at work-specifically sexual harassment allegations.

Former chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, as well as personalities Bill O'Reilly and Eric Bolling, left the network following sexual misconduct allegations.

Rosen left Fox News just days after 21st Century Fox mogul Rupert Murdoch brushed aside questions about sexual harassment claims at the network. He asked her to keep the incident quiet and then offered to help her get on Bret Baier's evening newscast, "Special Report", the article said.

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Sexual harassment allegations have rocked major networks and publications across the industry, ushering in the abrupt ousters of high-profile media figures.

Rosen, 49, has been with Fox News since 1999, 3 years after the channel launched.

Years later, a then-producer for Fox News covering the State Department alleged that Rosen had "directly sexually harassed her", according to NPR, which cited "several of her former colleagues".

Fox News didn't respond immediately to Salon's request for comment. Attempts to contact Rosen on Wednesday, after the NPR report was published, were unsuccessful, and Rosen declined to comment to NPR.

Mr. Achenbach is the first Washington Post journalist to be punished for workplace misconduct since the #MeToo movement began in October, and his 90-day suspension is one of the harshest penalties the organization has imposed "for violations of its workplace or journalistic standards", The Post reported. Achenbach said in a statement that he was sorry for unprofessional conduct.