Just ten days ago, James Rosen appeared to abruptly resign his post as the chief Washington correspondent for Fox News. According to NPR, Fox has confirmed Rosen left the network before Christmas. NPR’s independent reporting shows that the separation was due to numerous harassment claims against Rosen, who has been married since 2004.
NPR (which is part of the public broadcasting kingdom that itself is dealing with more than a half-dozen sexual misconduct scandals) says it spoke with eight staffers at Fox News who claim that he “had an established pattern of flirting aggressively with many peers and had made sexual advances toward three female Fox News journalists.”
The accusations including groping and “grabbing the breast” of a colleague during a cab ride in 2001 and then retaliating by damaging her career after she turned him down. Years later, another woman claims Rosen “directly sexually harassed her” and that Fox News cut a deal with her if she would agree not to go public. Just last spring, a woman alleged Rosen repeatedly attempted to kiss her in an elevator.
If NPR’s reporting is accurate, Rosen is the fourth marquee name at Fox News to lose his job over accusations of sexual misconduct. Although they all denied any wrongdoing, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, and Eric Bolling were the first three to fall.
Rosen is the 53rd member of the elite media to be accused of misconduct.