Samantha Bee presented an "in memoriam" to two still-living people at last night's Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner: Fox News's departed, alleged serial sexual harassers Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly. In the segment, she bemoaned that both were "gone too late" from the conservative-leaning network.
Bee sarcastically credited Ailes for his two major contributions to TV news: the "gam cam" - a widely used camera angle that spotlights the legs of the female reporters and anchors on the network - and the news ticker. "Oh my god, it's so handy for keeping track of sexual harassment allegations at Fox," she quipped. The comedian went in on the network's male leadership, both past and present, in the segment, going on to refer to News Corp media titan Rupert Murdoch as a "sentient liver spot" and O'Reilly as a "Viagra aficionado" who was "400 pounds of sexual harassment allegations in a 200-pound bag."
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Bee's TV special offered a pointed alternative to this year's official White House Correspondents' Dinner. Donald Trump chose not to attend this year, breaking with long-held presidential tradition. Instead, he traveled to Pennsylvania to deliver a speech celebrated by his supporters on site - and described as "divisive" and "disturbing" by former White House adviser David Gergen - at yet another post-election rally.