March 31, 2023

CONTEMPT: What Rupert Murdoch really thinks about Kimberly Guilfoyle

CONTEMPT: What Rupert Murdoch really thinks about Kimberly Guilfoyle

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The hasty exit by Donald Trump’s soon-to-be daughter-in-law, Kimberly Guilfoyle, from Fox News amid 2018 allegations of sexual misconduct reportedly raised a red flag with the right-wing media outlet’s owner, Rupert Murdoch.

Murdoch “insisted” that Guilfoyle be fired for behaving inappropriately during her time with the company after an assistant accused the former San Francisco assistant district attorney of sexual harassment, according to emails presented during the Dominion Voting System’s defamation lawsuit against Fox News.

The accusations reportedly cost Fox News $4 million to cover up the damning allegations and keep them out of court.

Murdoch had less than nice things to say about his then-employee in an email regarding her new gig as a contributor to the emerging right-wing media outlet, Newsmax.

Newsmax not good people! Being advised by Don jr’s girlfriend Kimberly Strassel who I insisted we fire for inappropriate behavior. Not one of our people will join her. Newsmax desperate for money. Scoured the world, so far without luck,” Murdoch wrote.

Though confusing Guilfoyle with The Wall Street Journal‘s Strassel, it isn’t difficult to realize who the 91-year-old was referencing.

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Previously married to California’s Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, the couple divorced in 2006 — the same year Guilfoyle started working at Fox News.

Guilfoyle’s tenure at Fox News is something that Gov. Newsom says radicalized his ex-wife, who claimed that “she was a different person back then.”

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Guilfoyle was a San Francisco prosecutor when the couple was married — Newsom was mayor of San Francisco back then — and vehemently denies that she’s done anything untoward during her decades-long career.

“In my 30-year career working for the SF District Attorney’s Office, the LA District Attorney’s office, in media and in politics,” she wrote in a statement, “I have never engaged in any workplace misconduct,” The Mercury News reported.

In 2020, journalist Jane Mayer at The New Yorker, shared details of the sexual harassment complaint when a former assistant alleged that Guilfoyle not only spoke openly about her sex life at the office but went so far as to share unsolicited sexually explicit photos of men’s private parts.

Currently engaged to Donald Trump Jr., Guilfoyle is also accused of asking the assistant to critique her nude body and of encouraging them to acquiesce to the sexual demands of another Fox News employee.

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While the attention-seeking Trump acolyte is known for many things, shame and modesty don’t appear to be one of them these days.

With Fox News distancing itself from the ex-President, Murdoch’s scathing criticism of Guilfoyle should come as no surprise.

The Dominion lawsuit against Fox News has only confirmed what many already knew, that hypocrisy is the name of the game when it comes to the right-wing propaganda-pushing network, along with its owner and most popular hosts.

Original reporting by Martha Ross at The Mercury News, and Max Tani at Semafor.

Follow Ty Ross on Twitter @cooltxchick

Ty Ross

News journalist for Washington Press and Occupy Democrats.

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