The symmetry is almost mind-boggling.
Candidate Donald J. Trump boasts on tape of forcing himself on women, and women flood the internet with raw memories of when they were groped or assaulted.
Bill O’Reilly, of Fox News, settles two lawsuits alleging sexual harassment, and women flood the internet with raw memories of everyday humiliations at work, from leering bosses to crude attacks. President Trump defends his good friend Mr. O’Reilly, saying he never should have settled and he didn’t do anything wrong.
Six months ago, the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape with Mr. Trump’s comments prompted widespread revulsion and equally widespread predictions that it would doom his candidacy. But women who voted for him either shrugged it off as how men talk among themselves or decided that his promises to create jobs and tighten borders mattered more. And Mr. Trump’s swagger was a dog whistle for those men who felt women’s gains were their losses.
The lesson Mr. Trump apparently drew is that powerful men are not going to be held accountable. That wider sense of impunity is one reason women often decide not to report sexual harassment, even as Mr. O’Reilly cites the lack of such calls to hotlines in his defense.
Fox is a case in point. Multiple lawsuits, accounts of women who worked there and even an internal investigation that resulted in the departure of the chief executive of Fox News, Roger Ailes, all suggested…
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