Friday, July 15, 2016

Banking On Transparency 

This former Fox news anchor is hoping to get her sexual harassment case tried in public.The titillation and revelations are sure to embarrass Fox and its chief, Roger Ailes and could cost Ailes' job.  Transparency works on her side of the case, as I'm sure her attorney has told her.  Whether or not she settles or wins, the damaging information is out there for the world to see.  This is why Fox news will work hard to bring the case to arbitration where allegations remain secret.  The case is an example of how lawyers use the media to their advantage and why over the years programs like 60 Minutes have depended on the tort bar for many of their juicier stories.  Even if a defendant is innocent, he is smeared before a trial begins.  His reputation is in tatters.  Is it fair?  No, but that is how the system works.


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