On Friday, Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo bluntly declared that President Donald Trump is facing “no allegations” of sexual harassment. Pundits and media watchers widely mocked the segment with former Obama administration deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu, generally labeling it a disaster.
Now Bartiromo is hitting back, blocking major media figures on Twitter who had the temerity to comment. Over the weekend, CNN’s “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter reported being blocked by Bartiromo after tweeting about the segment.
Bartiromo also cut off her former Fox News colleague Gretchen Carlson, who has now become icon of the broader movement against workplace sexual harassment.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 18, 2017
— Gretchen Carlson (@GretchenCarlson) November 18, 2017
Throughout the weekend, Bartiromo continued to shut down followers who criticized her. In addition to blue checks, the morning anchor unleashed the block button on random Twitter users as well.
Maria Bartiromo blocked me yesterday, but that one I get: I told her she’s embarrassing ????
— Joe Remi (@JosephRemiB) November 18, 2017
Interesting. I have never directly tweeted to or in response to Maria Bartiromo, but made comments about her to some fellow who seems to idolize her and tweeted incessantly about her to me (14 times in one day). But, now it seems she has blocked me.
— Peter McNally (@FnMcNally) November 19, 2017
Bartiromo declined to apologize for the Trump allegations falsehood on Monday, and rather insisted she had been taken out of context.
Bartiromo has used her block button liberally in the past as well.
Stelter and Carlson now join Yashar Ali, Stephanie Ruhle, Roland Martin — and probably many others — on the Bartiromo blacklist.
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) November 18, 2017
You are not alone @brianstelter, after the TrumpTower “many sides in Charlottesville”speech, the few who applauded:David Duke,Anne Coulter &Maria Bartiromo. The next day, I said on air that I’ve looked up to her for 20years & her tweet broke my heart. Then she blocked me. https://t.co/MJXr66xEpH
— Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) November 19, 2017
Maria Bartiromo, who came out publicly against Gretchen Carlson when she filed her lawsuit against Roger Ailes, has now blocked her. This is after she said on Fri that there are no allegations against Trump. She's now blocked Gretchen, Brian Stelter, & Me. What happened to her? https://t.co/wpkYQwbg7Y
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) November 18, 2017