CNN hosting town hall about sexual harassment with Anita Hill, Gretchen Carlson 11/9

Gretchen Carlson and Anita Hill will be part of a CNN special pondering if there is a real “tipping point” regarding sexual harassment in America. CREDIT: Getty Images

Posted Tuesday, November 7, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Unless breaking news happens, CNN has scheduled an hour-long town hall Thursday, November 9 at 9 p.m. about whether recent disclosures regarding powerful men sexually harassing women has created a “tipping point” in America.

Two key panelists are Anita Hill, who accused current Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas of harassment during Congressional hearings in 1991, and Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox News anchor who settled a case against Fox News creator Roger Ailes and wrote a book about her experience at the network called “Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back.”

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Others on the panel:

  • #MeToo movement leader Tarana Burke
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who is championing legislation to improve procedures for handling sexual harassment complaints on Capitol Hill
  • Actress Jessica Barth, who recently accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct in 2011
  • Mary Bono, a former U.S. Representative who spoke out about sexual harassment from a current sitting congressman.

CNN’s “New Day” host Alisyn Camerota will host. Like Carlson, Camerota spend many years working at Fox News.

In addition to the TV airings, the town hall will stream live for subscribers Nov. 9 via CNNgo (at CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TV and Android TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android.  The special will also be available Nov. 10 through on demand via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps.


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