During an interview with Sky News on Thursday, 21st Century Fox co-chairman Rupert Murdoch brushed off the sexual assault and harassment scandals that shook the network this year, saying the revelations were politically motivated nonsense.
“It’s all nonsense,” he said. “There was a problem with our chief executive, sort of over the year, isolated incidents.”
Murdoch's reference was to the late Roger Ailes, who had been accused by Fox News hosts Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly of sexual harassment.
“As soon as we investigated, he was out of the place in hours. Well, three or four days,” he said. “And there has been nothing else since then.”
Fox News' most watched host, Bill O'Reilly, was also ousted this year following allegations of sexual misconduct, and host Eric Boling left the network after a sexting scandal became public.
But Murdoch believes accusations against his network hosts have been politically motivated, unlike the 'legitimate' allegations against powerful liberal men:
“That was largely political because we are conservative,” Murdoch told Sky. “The liberals are going down the drain. NBC is in deep trouble. CBS, their stars,” he said, referencing the firings of network TV stars like “Today” host Matt Lauer and PBS host Charlie Rose, whose show was broadcast on CBS and was similarly dismissed over misconduct allegations.