Draining of the Swamp: PBS suspends Tavis Smiley for multiple sexual misconduct

I knew it!

As with Charlie Rose, I had a visceral reaction to PBS late-night talk show host Tavis Smiley when I first saw him many years ago. For Rose, my reaction was an inexplicable revulsion; for Smiley, who was a light-weight compared to Rose, my reaction was “just” dislike.

See “Sexgate: CBS & PBS fired Charlie Rose after 8 women accused him of sexual misconduct, incl. walking around naked” .

Although Smiley is not a PBS employee, since 2004 PBS member stations have aired his half-hour interview program Tavis Smiley, while Public Radio International had distributed Smiley’s radio program, The Tavis Smiley Show, from 2005 to 2013.

And, as in the case of Charlie Rose, now comes news that Smiley has also been fumigated from PBS.

Daniel Holloway reports for Variety that PBS announced yesterday, Dec. 13, 2017, that:

“Effective today, PBS has indefinitely suspended distribution of ‘Tavis Smiley,’ produced by TS Media, an independent production company. PBS engaged an outside law firm to conduct an investigation immediately after learning of troubling allegations regarding Mr. Smiley. This investigation included interviews with witnesses as well as with Mr. Smiley. The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to today’s decision.”

Sources close to the production told Variety that PBS hired attorney Sarah Taylor Wirtz of the firm MSK to oversee an investigation into Smiley’s behavior after receiving allegations of misconduct by Smiley’s misconduct. The investigation:

  • Took reports from 10 witnesses, a mix of men and women of different races and employment levels in Smiley’s organization, most of them former staffers.
  • Found credible allegations that Smiley had engaged in sexual relationships with multiple subordinates. Some witnesses interviewed expressed concern that their employment status was linked to the status of a sexual relationship with Smiley. In general, witnesses described Smiley as creating a verbally abusive and threatening environment that went beyond what could be expected in a typical high-pressure work environment. Several expressed concerns about retaliation.

Please note that although Smiley’s sexual relationships appeared to be consensual, the fact that (1) they were with his authority subordinates, (2) who fear that their jobs depended on sex with him, qualifies Smiley’s conduct as on-job sexual harassment and a hostile work environment as defined by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

In a statement posted on Facebook, Smiley said:

“I have the utmost respect for women and celebrate the courage of those who have come forth to tell their truth. To be clear, I have never groped, coerced, or exposed myself inappropriately to any workplace colleague in my entire broadcast career, covering 6 networks over 30 years.” Blah, blah, blah.

In a February piece in the Observer, Jacques Hyzagi, a former producer on Smiley’s television show, wrote that Smiley’s “misogyny is always creeping around, barely camouflaged by Midwestern good manners,” that he denigrated PBS executives, and that Smiley once picked up a woman at the Orlando airport and brought her along on a reporting trip as a “fuck buddy”.

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H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV


16 responses to “Draining of the Swamp: PBS suspends Tavis Smiley for multiple sexual misconduct

  1. interesting…another liberal whose actions prove the opposite of his crap ideologies…hypocrite.
    I wonder why no one ever sued or filed complaint?
    was he like the obama of pbs or something?

    looks like the MSM is freeing up space for feminazis and trannies

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  2. so who complained? They took it upon themselves to suspend him cause he slept with subordinates. There are lots of women who actively seek to sleep with the boss; so now when that agree to have sex it is now a form of harassment….


  3. “Another One Bites The Dust”

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  4. “To be clear, I have never groped, coerced, or exposed myself inappropriately…”

    Oh, good. So, like, only when it was appropriate, or in an appropriate manner. Cool!

    But have to wonder at this point:
    Is this the new weapon of choice for both sides to take out their opponents?

    Or is this some long-planned scheme by feminazis (et al) to rid the power structure of men generally? Because it’s taking prisoners on both sides of the political spectrum, and both black and white. But to date, they’re all MEN. And it seems to be all about AGE, not homosexuality, so it’s all PC. Just as with the accusations against priests back when. And it has the full support of the MSM, as well as those in gov’t afraid to stand up to it… “Get them out! We don’t want the taint of apparent evil! The facts be damned! It’s our image! We can’t appear to be enablers, or to condone this sort of misdeed! Gah!”

    And all for allegations of abuse that “happened” years, even decades ago. Why now? And why has our society decided to toss the Constitution out the window for these allegations, mostly without absolute physical evidence? Whatever happened to Due Process, or “Innocent until found guilty” by a jury of one’s peers? It’s very troubling. It could become a (hopefully) bloodless Coup. And it could be based on lies that ruin lives and destroy our nation.

    Tavis isn’t one of my favorites, but he’s also not gone nearly as looney-left as Charlie Rose had in the past decade or two. He had been known to criticize Obama for his failed (even liberal) policies while he was in office… Like Rose, he had a pretty well-rounded, decent talk show years ago. Cool intro music as well… But both got sucked in by the temptation to appear cool by the company they kept and the language they used on screen. That lost me.

    FWIW, here’s Tavis’ brief side of the story (and I despise TMZ):

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    • “Or is this some long-planned scheme by feminazis (et al) to rid the power structure of men generally? ”

      There was a feminazi on Tucker last night who said this (I’m paraphrasing):

      Since some men commit rape, all men cannot engage in harmful behaviors, like talking about how women are “hot.”

      Your question does seem to be the feminazi goal. Control all men and they behaviors based on actions of a few.

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  5. Kevin J Lankford

    Seems to me, with all these now being exposed (thrown under the bus, if you like), that they themselves would have much insight into the whole scope of disgusting behavior that permeates the rot of hollywood to the back rooms of every government establishment.

    This is beginning to appear to me like some well considered scheme of which most of us could not imagine, and can only guess where it is leading.

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  6. Hey look over there! Watch the rich and famous bite the dust while we fill your communities with every evil Sodom could imagine and make you accept it! We’re going to radically transform your outdated concept of life into our warped version of utopia. You just get angry about these straw men in entertainment and sports and ignore everything else. In the end you will be one of us, embracing every twisted value we can conceive until you believe our reality is the only reality. This is no longer a matter of right vs left. It is actually good vs evil, politics and social concerns be damned. Evil is sucking us into its embrace and showing its taint all around us! Very little is not being affected by this assault while we simply stand by like slack jawed spectators. These cretins do not need our attention but their underhanded actions demand our reaction. We fund them, ironically. They take our dollars in advertising, in taxes and subsidiaries, as well as support through various indirect methods. Cut the flow or at least reduce it to a trickle. Bombard office holders with your opinion. Avoid even their physical presence. I don’t know how to begin to counteract this avalanche of rot but I do know I won’t feed it. And I am sure, very sure, I am not alone here.

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    • Youghn . . . Your comments are fight on! I particularly agree with flooding the offices of government officials with scathing calls. I personally called the office of Al Franken when the first woman came forth; then I called again when it was revealed that his behavior was not a “one time thing.” I am angry that although he has resigned, his butt is still sitting in the Senatorial seat at DC. I guess it is about time to make another call.

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  7. Ain’t it funny that Smiley didn’t think this was a ‘witch hunt’ until he got snagged.

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  8. Uuuhhhhh I like this! It’s like popcorn popping!

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  9. These people that are suddenly being charged of sexual misconduct like it’s open season with no libs coming to their defence….why now, why are the dems distancing themselves from the likes of Franken and others when they went to bat for Bill Clinton over his transgressions…. my thought (speculation of course) – the ‘fall guys’ are guilty of a much more sinister behavior and when it comes out (the truth some day) the dem’s want to be VERY far away. I think this has somethign to do with the 100 or so sealed indictments which I suspect is linked to rampant pedophila – I can only hope. Oh and Strzok… the FBI,NSA,DOJ,DHS all need an enima soon. The crumbling of the roman… er I mean american empire is here. GLTA.

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  10. I guess Tavis will have to change his name now, from Tavis Smiley 😀 to Tavis Sadly, 😦 po’ wittle boy! haha!

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  11. FWIW, I’ve been over at a black forum tonight reading their versions of the Omarosa story (they are rabid Trump-haters over there, but they don’t like their own “sister,” Omarosa, either, as they feel she’s a traitor).

    But while there I saw two threads re Tavis Smiley, one longer (which I have not read), & a second short one in which they say that Tavis has always been a homo/bi, that it’s old news, but because he is a “Bible thumper” of the black church he’s had to stay in the closet; & that it was a male who made (at least one of) the complaints against him, one of his subordinates/lovers who thought Tavis would “come out of the closet” for him, but when he didn’t, that guy got the complaints ball rolling.

    Lipstick Alley is the forum & the two thread titles, if interested, are:

    “Tavis Smiley Did Not Commit Sexual Misconduct Scorned Lover Planted Stories” (short thread).

    “PBS Suspends ‘Tavis Smiley’ Following Sexual Misconduct Investigation” (longer thread).


    As an aside, they also have a Politics section. They refer to THEIR WhiteHouse insiders (& their inhouse “psychics”) scoop as “Tea” in their headlines re Trump & his entire Admin. (all of whom they vehemently despise) & they are absolutely CERTAIN/convinced they they are all going down any time now! They use incognito names for all the Repub players so that their threads will not be picked up by searches nor govt. “spies.” Fence is Pence, Eddie Munster is Paul Ryan (I think!), etc. They say all of them, Manafort, Ryan, Priebus, etc., have all been taking Russian payoffs for some years & will be indicted.

    Funny, because CTH blog is convinced of the opposite, that it’s the DEMS going down any time now!


  12. In another “white guy” sexual abuse story I learned about at the above forum, a Kentucky Repub Congressman committed suicide two days after an investigative report was published about him:

    12/13/17: “Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson Commits Suicide In Bullitt County”:

    The link to the investigative report on Johnson, published by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, is included in the first paragraph of the above story re his death. He was 57, married, with 4-5 kids. He shot himself on a local bridge.

    He was also a pastor at a very freaky type church (bikers, rednecks, etc.) that had its own bar/hang-out in a separate building where a lot of drinking & other unsavory things went on, called the Pope’s House (because Johnson referred to himself as The Pope). The night before his suicide, he had told his congregation that he was innocent of the charges.

    Johnson evidently had grandiosity as a personality problem his entire life. Per the investigative report, he’s been lying for decades about his heroic acts during 9/11, the LA Riots, & other major “disasters.” He’s been lying about his money problems forever as well, several times trying to burn things up/down in order to claim the insurance money, including burning down his own church. He was charged with selling booze at his Pope’s House bar without a license several times. It seems the only thing he’s been “good at” was using his mouth, ie, “preaching” in churches &/or in politics.

    The sex abuse allegations come from a friend of his daughter’s who was also a member of his church. The two girls (victim 17 at the time) were sleeping at the pastor/Johnson’s house one New Year’s Eve when he came home drunk & molested her.

    I’m thinking maybe he read that full report sometime between telling his congregation Tuesday night that he was not guilty, & Wednesday when he killed himself on the bridge, & decided it was a hopeless case, or guilt caught up with him when he saw it all in print.

    Either way, a tragedy for his wife & kids, & for the victim who will never get an honest confession from him.

    BTW, he was also known as the Golden Boy because he had blond-reddish hair (similar to Trump’s!)


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