As allegations of sexual harassment by Donald Trump continued to dominate headlines Thursday, Fox News opinion maker Sean Hannity asked three of former President Bill Clinton's assault accusers if they have been contacted by the same journalists writing about the Republican presidential nominee.
"Considering [what] is in the news today with Donald Trump, has the mainstream media been receptive to asking you three about your stories?" the Fox host asked.
In response, all three women — Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey — said no. "Oh, definitely not," Broaddrick quickly interjected.
When Hannity followed up, saying "nobody called you," Broaddrick clarified, "Not until we went into the Trump spin room" — a reference to the press conference the billionaire businessman held with the accusers ahead of Sunday night's presidential debate with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
The Fox anchor asked the women if they felt that being left out of the media cycle "reeks of politics." They all said yes.
It is important to note, however, that Bill Clinton is not running for president, though questions about Hillary Clinton's treatment of Broaddrick, Jones, Willey and others have undoubtably been raised.
In addition, a few reporters rebuffed the accusers' claim that no one from the media had contacted them. Olivia Nuzzi, a reporter for The Daily Beast, said she tried contacting Willey "repeatedly for a year," but received "no response." A Washington Post reporter who spoke to Willey said she would not go on the record.
Kathleen Willey tells Sean Hannity the mainstream media hasn't reached out to her. I contacted her repeatedly for a year. No response.— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) October 14, 2016
I spoke to her for a half hour in January but she refused to let me quote her for the record https://t.co/edCIliLTpK— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) October 14, 2016
As for Broaddrick, BuzzFeed News reporter Katie Baker published a lengthy profile, "Juanita Broaddrick Wants to Be Believed," in August of this year. And a Time reporter claimed to have contacted Broaddrick and Willey as recently as Tuesday, but has not yet heard back.
Accusers say on #hannity that no mainstream media outlets reached out. I reached out to Juanita Broaddrick in May and then again on Tuesday.— Charlotte Alter (@CharlotteAlter) October 14, 2016
Accusers tell #hannity that no MSM media outlets have reached out to them, but I sent multiple requests to Kathleen Willey on Tuesday— Charlotte Alter (@CharlotteAlter) October 14, 2016