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Sexgate: 8 men in liberal MSM lose jobs because of sexual misconduct

When the New York Times, for whatever reasons of their own, outed Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein as a sexual assaulter/rapist although the Times had known about the brute for years, the floodgates were opened to a deluge of accusations against other denizens of Hollywood. See:

The Weinstein Effect isn’t confined to Hollywood, but has spread to journalism as well.
In an article that was updated on November 11, 2017, the New York Times names eight men in journalism who deservedly are caught in Weinstein’s undertow. Some of them are major figures in liberal journalism, including Mark Halperin and Leon Wieseltier.
The eight, in alphabetical order, are:
(1) Ken Baker, E! News correspondent:

  • Sexual harassment of two women, including unwanted kissing and inappropriate messages.
  • Baker has been pulled from air while NBCUniversal investigates the charges.
  • Baker’s response: “I am very disturbed by these anonymous allegations, which make my heart ache. I take them very seriously.”

(2) Hamilton Fish, president and publisher of The New Republic and former publisher of The Nation:

  • Complaints by female employees about “certain workplace interactions [with Fish] that have created an uncomfortable environment for them”.
  • Fish was placed on leave, then resigned.
  • Fish: “Women have longstanding and profound concerns with respect to their treatment in the workplace. Many men have a lot to learn in this regard. I know I do, and I hope for and encourage that new direction.”

(3) Mark Halperin, 52, NBC News and MSNBC contributor, author of Game Change:

  • Sexual harassment or assault of at least a dozen women when Halperin was political director at ABC News– that Halperin placed his erect penis on the bodies of women without consent; masturbated in front of a woman in his office; and threw another woman against a restaurant window before attempting to kiss her.
  • Dismissed from MSNBC and NBC News and had upcoming book and HBO adaptation canceled.
  • Halperin: “I am profoundly sorry for the pain and anguish I have caused by my past actions. I apologize sincerely to the women I mistreated.”

(4) Knight Landesman, 67, publisher of Artforum, an international monthly magazine on contemporary art:

  • Sexual harassment of at least nine women, including groping.
  • Resigned.
  • Landesman: “I fully recognize that I have tested certain boundaries, which I am working hard to correct.”

(5) Michael Oreskes, 63, Head of news at NPR (National Public Radio) and former New York Times editor:

  • Sexual harassment of three women.
  • Resigned.
  • Oreskes: “I am deeply sorry to the people I hurt. My behavior was wrong and inexcusable, and I accept full responsibility.”

(6) Robert Scoble, 52, tech blogger and co-founder of the Transformation Group, an “augmented reality” consulting firm:

  • Sexual harassment, including unwanted sexual advances, of as many as 12 women.
  • Fired.
  • Scoble: “I am deeply sorry and I am ashamed.”

(7) Lockhart Steele, 44, editorial director of the multinational digital media company Vox Media:
Sexual harassment of at least one person, including unwanted kissing.
Fired: Vox Media’s chief executive said Steele had admitted to “engaging in conduct that is inconsistent with our core values and will not be tolerated.”
(8) Leon Wieseltier, 64, contributing editor of The Atlantic and former editor of The New Republic:

  • Sexual harassment of several women, including inappropriate advances.
  • Fired from Emerson Collective, which canceled publication of a magazine he was editing.
  • Wieseltier: “For my offenses against some of my colleagues in the past I offer a shaken apology and ask for their forgiveness.”


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Karma is a bitch: MSM now say Obama is a danger to press freedom

The liberal main stream media (MSM) connived to elevate Obama to the presidency in 2008 and to reelect him in 2012. Remember Journolist? (See “Media Conspired to Protect Obama“)
The MSM refused to investigate Obama’s shadowy background and history of associating with known communists, including his childhood mentor Frank Marshall Davis, who was a card-carrying member of the American Communist Party.
Having abdicated their responsibility to investigate this man who has more names and Social Security numbers than a dog has fleas, the MSM then deploy the derisive and dismissive label of “birthers” on Americans who question Obama’s constitutional birth eligibility to be president and why he continues to conceal his school, medical and other records.
Here’s just one glaring example of media bias that you’ve probably forgotten:
In 2013, the media made a BIG thing of Republican Senator Marco Rubio (Florida) taking a sip of water during his delivery of the official GOP response to Obama’s State of the Union address. As Reuters put it: “Across the Web, from Deadspin.com to The New Yorker, and on every cable news channel, the Florida senator’s sip from a small bottle of water as he delivered the official Republican response to U.S. President Barack Obama’s on Tuesday was the moment of the evening.”
And yet the media never even so much as whispered that Obama, the President of the most powerful country in the world, was so uncouth as to PICK HIS NOSE in public on live TV.
Now, 6 years into his presidency, more and more of the MSM are complaining about Obama’s press restrictions and lack of transparency. But not one complainer has expressed remorse for colluding to get this toxic man elected twice as president.
Here are some of those in the MSM who are bitching:
1. On May 14, 2013, New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan wrote, “it’s turning out to be the administration of unprecedented secrecy and unprecedented attacks on a free press.”
2. In June of 2013, as news came of the Obama Justice Department’s surveillance of reporters, New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson said she was “concerned that the process of news gathering is being criminalized.” In January 2014, in an interview with Al Jazeera America, Abramson called the Obama administration “the most secretive” she has ever had to contend with.
3. In October 2013, David E. Sanger, veteran chief Washington correspondent of The New York Times, said, “This is the most closed, control freak administration I’ve ever covered.”
4. Writing in October 2013, Leonard Downie Jr. said that Michael Oreskes, a senior managing editor of The Associated Press, had told him some months ago that “The Obama administration has been extremely controlling and extremely resistant to journalistic intervention. There’s a mind-set and approach that holds journalists at a greater distance.”
5. Frank Sesno, a former CNN Washington bureau chief who is now director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, said the Obama administration imposes limitations on “everyday access necessary for the administration to explain itself and be held accountable.”
6. Financial Times correspondent Richard McGregor said “covering this White House is pretty miserable in terms of getting anything of substance to report on in what should be a much more open system.”
7. CBS veteran television news anchor and chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer said “This administration exercises more control than George W. Bush’s did, and his before that.
8. In November 2013, a large group of news organizations sent a letter to the White House protesting limited access for their photographers at newsworthy events involving the president: “The restrictions imposed by the White House on photographers covering these events, followed by the routine release by the White House of photographs made by government employees of these same events, is an arbitrary restraint and unwarranted interference on legitimate newsgathering activities. You are, in effect, replacing independent photojournalism with visual press releases.”
9. On March 10, 2014, after 21 years with the CBS network as its Washington bureau correspondent and occasional Evening News substitute anchor, Sharyl Attkisson resigned from CBS News, reportedly due to frustration over the network’s liberal bias and lack of dedication to investigative reporting.
10 . On March 21, 2014, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times’ foreign policy reporter James Risen called the Obama administration “the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation,” and warned that the White House seeks to control the flow of information and those who refuse to play along “will be punished.” Risen also said “I think Obama hates the press.”
11. On Oct. 3, 2014, at a recent joint meeting of the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors and the Associated Press Photo Managers, the Associated Press’ Washington Bureau chief Sally Buzbee detailed 8 ways the Obama administration is restricting access to information.
12. On Oct. 25, 2014, speaking at a White House Correspondents’ Association seminar, USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page called the Obama White House not only “more restrictive” but also “more dangerous” to the press than any other in history.

Karma is a bitch!

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