Today an article by Matthew Boyle in Breitbart, reprinted on Drudge Report, discusses Gretchen Carlson's lawyer, Nancy Erika Smith. The focus is her $45,000 donations to Democratic candidates. Those are characterized as "far left." Of course, the person Carlson is suing, Roger Ailes, is far right.
For folks in public relations, this kind of angle taken on the lawsuit might seem to be "professional hit." That is, it's put together by a top public relations firm. This is not the work of amateurs.
In addition, more employees at Fox are joining the conga line of those defending Ailes.
That brings back the scene of the many Democrats in the legislative branch of government gathering on the White House lawn during Monicagate. It was a show of solidarity for their president who was and is a Democrat.
The beauty of a lawsuit, since it follows set legal procedures, is that, once in court, it is immune from what is happening in the court of public opinion. During gender discrimination trial "Pao v. Kleiner," third-wave feminists championed the plaintiff in person and in social media. The jury acquitted the defendant on all counts.
However, it's unlikely this lawsuit against Ailes will get to trial and the facts examined. He filed a motion in federal court for it to be handled by confidential arbitration. As do many employees, Carlson signed a contract agreeing to submit a dispute with Fox to confidential arbitration. But her lawsuit is against the person of Ailes, not Fox.
Ailes' lawyers may or may not be able to convince the judge that Carlson's lawsuit represents a breach of contract. After all, in many ways, Ailes is Fox.
The other option, if the dispute isn't driven into confidential arbitration, is for Ailes to settle, with a gag order attached. That saves face for him and for Fox.
Meanwhile, an internal investigation of this matter will be conducted by an outside lawyer hired by Fox parent, 21st Century Fox. It's one thing to join the conga line defending your boss. It's another to be deposed under oath about that boss' behavior.