I am late getting to this because I was away yesterday, but I have to at least note Ohio University being so ashamed of its connection to former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes that it is taking a $500,000 hit so it can remove the alumnus' name from a newsroom at the campus.
Half a million dollars is a lot of shame to have associated with your name. Ailes always did do things in a big way.
If you didn't think Ailes had graduated to the realm of monster alongside the likes of Bill Cosby in the court of public opinion, the news that his name will no longer be on the WOUB newsroom should correct that.
"In recent weeks our campus community has been disrupted by the indirect impact of the Roger Ailes controversy," Roderick McDavis, Ohio University president, said in a statement. "Given the allegations against Mr. Ailes and the circumstances surrounding his departure from Fox News, I have decided that the most appropriate action is to return Mr. Ailes' gift and to remove his name from the WOUB newsroom. I have directed Facilities to begin the process of physically removing his name."
The allegations the statement refers to are of sexual harassment, most notably involving former Fox News show host Gretchen Carlson, who reached a settlement last week with Fox for $20 million after suing Ailes. The settlement included an apology for the way she was treated while employed at Fox News.
The "circumstances surrounding his departure" include 21st Century Fox, the news channel's parent company, getting rid of Ailes despite the fact that Fox News made $1.1 billion in profits last year.
Ailes denies the allegations of sexual harassment by Carlson and other women who have worked at Fox. But the actions of Fox in getting rid of him and now Ohio University returning his $500,000 gift so it can take his name off a newsroom tell a more powerful story — one of cultural erasure.
Congratulations to the Ohio University students who voted last week to have the school remove Ailes' name from their newsroom.
And congratulations to the school's leaders for coming to understand that the students were the ones who had the wisdom to impart in this case.