Fox News just can’t catch a break these days. The network has been embroiled in controversy for months and it doesn’t look like the situation will be clearing up anytime soon.
The latest scandal involves one of Fox’s most well known liberals, Bob Beckel, who has been fired from the network for making “racist” comments to an African-American member of the IT staff.
Douglas Wigdor, an attorney representing 23 people in a class-action lawsuit against 21st Century Fox for alleged racial discrimination, said Beckel “stormed out of his office” when an African-American IT employee attempted to fix his computer, leaving the office “because he is black.”
The IT staffer is now represent by Wigdor, who claims Beckel “attempted to intimidate our client and persuade him to withdraw his complaint.”
Wigdor continued: “As with our other 22 clients, we intend on holding 21st Century Fox accountable for these actions and will be filing multiple other complaints in other matters next week.”
A Fox News spokesperson issued the following statement: “As Mr. Wigdor knows, Fox News made the decision to terminate Mr. Beckel after a prompt and thorough investigation. His client raised the complaint to Kevin Lord, EVP Human Resources, on Tuesday evening via email and within 7 minutes Mr. Lord responded and began the investigation. Today, Fox News delivered that message to Mr. Beckel and facilitated an apology from Mr. Beckel to the employee minutes after he was terminated. No one tried to persuade Mr. Wigdor’s client to withdraw his complaint.”
Fox News continues to flounder as the onslaught of negative stories continue to pour out of the once king of cable news. Now, with the constant whispers of a”sexist” culture, the ongoing class action lawsuit over racism, and the latest news that this past week, for the first time in almost two decades, they’ve fallen behind MSNBC and CNN in viewership… the network seems ready to collapse.
Fox News needs a turnaround and fast because the network is bleeding money and viewers as more and more conservatives turn away from the “fair and balanced” network and toward online new media. This latest story of racism within the ranks will do nothing to help their rehabilitation.