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30 April 2017, 01:27 | Nina Hammond
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Kelly Wright, a black reporter and anchor who has been with Fox News since 2003, joined the class-action suit as a plaintiff, claiming that he "has been effectively sidelined and asked to perform the role of a "Jim Crow"-the racist caricature of a Black entertainer".
But Shine, who is named in at least four lawsuits or allegations related to alleged sexual harassment or racial discrimination at the network, is also Fox's most vulnerable player.
Fox News faces renewed legal claims that it mistreated non-white employees, a week after network parent Twenty-First Century Fox Inc severed ties with its biggest star over unrelated sexual harassment complaints.
The 20-year veteran of Fox News is named as a defendant in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros, and considered a hold-over from an Ailes era tarred by scandal. O'Reilly has denied the allegations, noting that his status made him a target.
The plans for this bold idea came to fruition following a bombshell report from the New York Times last weekend that highlighted the ever-changing landscape at Fox News.
Separately on Tuesday, a former Fox News accounts payable specialist, Adasa Blanco, filed a lawsuit in federal court in NY claiming her complaints about racial discrimination were ignored and she was forced to quit in 2013 as a result.
"Maybe if he had said something maybe he wouldn't have gotten fired", she said. Shine has denied the allegations.
According to reports from Mediaite, a source has confirmed to them that serious discussions are now underway to create an alternative conservative cable network given that many believe Fox News has moved too far to the left with its coverage.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Murdochs are bent on sending out a strong message about their commitment to keeping Fox News' working environment "a workplace based on the values of respect and trust" as they had outlined in previous public statements - and what better way to signal their intent than to hire a woman at the very top? "I prey this is NOT true because if it is, that's the total end of the FNC as we know it".
And Fox News has had even more issues since O'Reilly - and Roger Ailes - left the network. He added that he knew someone high up was "trying to get an innocent person fired".
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