Following the news of the death of former Fox News Head Roger Ailes the former out of favour, Bill Clinton aide was quick to condemn the deceased for exploiting her alleged affair with the 42nd President.
“Mr. Ailes huddled with his employees at Fox News, dictating a lineup of talking heads to best exploit this personal and national tragedy,” Lewinsky writes in the piece, in which she admits to having contemplated suicide over the life changing scandal that press brought her way. “Ailes, a former Republican political operative, took the story and the trial that followed and made certain his anchors hammered it ceaselessly,” it read.
However, Lewinsky credits her unfortunate story for having helped Fox expand its base as ratings exploded after the scandal. She also expressed that the manner in which the case was covered “pioneered this new style of reportage,” that other networks have since adapted in a “race to the bottom,” concerning such stories. She termed her bid to expose Ailes, signified some sort of “an obituary for the culture [Ailes] started.”
“The comments on television and online were excruciating. I ceased being a dimensional person. Instead, I became a whore, a bimbo, a slut and worse,” she wrote. “Just days after the story broke, Fox asked its viewers to vote on this pressing question: Is Monica Lewinsky an ‘average girl’ or a ‘young tramp looking for thrills’?”
Lewinsky went ahead to acknowledge Fox for having seemingly begun to turn a new leaf with the laying off of Bob Beckel and Bill O’Reilly, and giving credits to Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly for exposing the scandals that ruined Ailes a year ago, she finished her piece by writing, “farewell to the age of Ailes. The late Fox chief pledged Americans fair and balanced news. Maybe now we’ll get it.”