Bill Shine, the White House's new director of communications, has a long history at Fox News--which apparently includes covering up sexual misconduct.

Former Fox News executive Bill Shine was fired for improper handling of sexual misconduct allegations. Photo: Shutterstock

On July 5, 2018, the White House announced its new director of communications: Bill Shine.

“He brings over two decades of television programming, communications, and management experience to the role,” the White House said in a statement.

But one look at Shine’s past makes it clear why President Trump wanted to hire him. The former Fox News executive was ousted from the network in May of 2017 after mishandling sexual harassment allegations.

Civics Lesson: The #MeToo Movement

Activist Tarana Burke started the #MeToo movement to shed light on the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault.Activist Tarana Burke started the #MeToo movement as a way to shed light on the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault. The term went viral after actress Alyssa Milano—inspired by the Harvey Weinstein scandal—encouraged victims to put “me too” as their social media status in an effort to demonstrate the magnitude of the problem. 

Donald Trump has made no secret of how he feels about the #MeToo movement. During a Montana rally on July 5, 2018, the president mocked the movement while suggesting that Senator Elizabeth Warren take a DNA test to prove her ethnicity:

“I’m going to get one of those little kits and in the middle of the debate, when she proclaims she’s of Indian heritage—because her mother said she has high cheekbones, that’s her only evidence. We will take that little kit, but we have to do it gently, because we’re in the ‘Me Too’ generation, so we have to be very gentle.” 

According to The Daily Beast, Shine acted as a “henchman” for the late Roger Ailes, who was forced to step down from his role as chairman and CEO of Fox News after several women accused him of sexual misconduct.

According to Vox, Shine also acted as an ally to Bill O’Reilly, the now-disgraced Fox News host who tried to silence the women who accused him of sexual misconduct.

At least three separate lawsuits claim that Shine helped to facilitate—and in some cases, even cover up—a work culture of sexual harassment.

It’s not hard to imagine why President Trump would want someone like this on his team. According to CNN, at least 11 women have accused the commander-in-chief of sexual harassment.

That’s not to mention the infamous 2005 Access Hollywood tape, in which Donald Trump boasted about groping women. Even after the recording went viral, the president offered little in the way of an apology, and instead blamed it on “locker room talk.”

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