Something remarkable is going on — America is being fumigated.
Along with the outing of sexual creeps and perverts from the Hollywood miasma, the MSM swamp, populated largely by liberals and Democrats, is also being drained.
There were the eight journalists who either resigned or were fired for sexual misconduct. Among them are major figures in liberal journalism, like Leon Wieseltier, contributing editor of The Atlantic and former editor of The New Republic, and NBC News and MSNBC contributor Mark Halperin, said to have masturbated in front of a woman in his office, as well as placed his erect penis on the bodies of women without their consent.
Then came the firing of Charlie Rose, 75, of CBS Morning Show and the longtime PBS Charlie Rose show, after eight women accused him of sexual misconduct, including groping, lewd phone calls, and walking around naked.
The latest draining of the MSM swamp are Matt Lauer, Garrison Keilor and the sale of Time magazine.
(1) Matt Lauer
This morning, saying they were “heartbroken,” Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb of NBC’s “Today” morning show announced that their colleague and 20-year “Today” anchor, Matt Lauer, 59, had been fired “after a detailed complaint about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace,” rumored to have taken place in Russia.
In a memo to employees, NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack said that the complaint, which was made by a colleague of Lauer’s, prompted a serious review and represented a “clear violation of our company’s standards,” and that although it was the first complaint lodged against Lauer since he took over as anchor of the show in 1997, there is “reason to believe” it wasn’t an isolated incident.
(2) Garrison Keillor
The AP reports today, November 29, that Garrison Keillor, 75, said he’s been fired by Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) over allegations of improper behavior.
Keillor is the creator and former host of A Prairie Home Companion, featuring tales of his fictional utopian Minnesota hometown of Lake Wobegon “where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average”. (As with Charlie Rose, I’ve had a visceral revulsion toward Keillor since he first emerged in the public eye.)
MPR confirmed the firing and said it would “end its business relationship with Keillor’s media companies effective immediately,” including ending distribution and broadcast of Keillor’s daily syndicated program The Writer’s Almanac, and rebroadcasts of The Best of A Prairie Home Companion. In addition, Prairie Home Companion, which is now hosted by Chris Thile, will get a new title. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
The firing comes shortly after Keillor, an avowed Democrat, wrote a syndicated column ridiculing the idea that Minnesota Sen. Al Franken should resign over allegations of sexual harassment.
(3) Time Inc.
Three days ago, on Sunday night, November 26, in an all-cash transaction valued at nearly $3 billion, the Meredith Corporation agreed to purchase Time Inc., the publisher of Time, Sports Illustrated and People magazines.
Meredith Corporation, a hardy Midwestern company with a loyal print readership, is the publisher of Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens and AllRecipes. Its purchase of Time Inc. was made possible, in part, by an infusion of $650 million from the private equity arm of conservative billionaire brothers, Charles and David Koch.
Meredith Corp. said that the private equity fund, Koch Equity Development, would not have a seat on Meredith’s board of directors and would “have no influence on Meredith’s editorial or managerial operations.” (New York Times)
Update (Nov. 30, 2017):
Variety has more and very damning details on the accusations against Matt Lauer:
As the co-host of NBC’s “Today,” Matt Lauer once gave a colleague a sex toy as a present. It included an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her, which left her mortified.
On another day, he summoned a different female employee to his office, and then dropped his pants, showing her his penis. After the employee declined to do anything, visibly shaken, he reprimanded her for not engaging in a sexual act.
He would sometimes quiz female producers about who they’d slept with, offering to trade names. And he loved to engage in a crass quiz game with men and women in the office: “f—, marry, or kill,” in which he would identify the female co-hosts that he’d most like to sleep with.
These accounts of Lauer’s behavior at NBC are the result of a two-month investigation by Variety, with dozens of interviews with current and former staffers. Variety has talked to three women who identified themselves as victims of sexual harassment by Lauer, and their stories have been corroborated by friends or colleagues that they told at the time. They have asked for now to remain unnamed, fearing professional repercussions.
UPDATE (Nov. 30, 2017):
Matt Lauer reportedly had a button under his desk in his NBC office which enables him to lock the door.
A former NBC employee told The New York Times that in 2001, Lauer summoned her to his office “to discuss work”. At the time, the employee was in her 40s and both she and Lauer were married (not to each other).
She says Lauer used a button under his desk to lock the door and then told her to unbutton her blouse. Lauer then stepped out from behind his desk, pulled out a chair, bent her over and raped her until she fell unconscious. The woman woke up on the floor of his office with her pants halfway down her legs, prompting Lauer’s assistant to take her to seek medical attention.
She did not tell NBC about the alleged incident at the time because she thought she could have done more to stop Lauer’s actions. She left NBC around a year later.
The NBC investigation that led to Lauer’s spectacular downfall was sparked by an intern who accused him of sexual assault in early 2014 at the Sochi Olympics in Russia. On Monday, the intern informed the human resources and legal departments of NBC News. Lauer was fired 24 hours later because the messages “showed incontrovertible proof of inappropriate sexual behavior on his part”, Page Six reports. (Source: Daily Mail)