#MeToo: Harvey Weinstein Scandal Produces Disinfecting Sunlight On Systemic Problems

There is nothing good or virtuous about any part of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Weinstein, by a staggering number of stomach-turning accounts, used his position of power and influence to objectify many aspiring actresses. And given a wildly viral #MeToo grass-roots social media campaign which has taken off amid the scandal, Weinstein was obviously not alone acting this way. Actress Alyssa Milano may not have started this campaign, but she is largely credited for acting as catalyst with this tweet: What is #MeToo? If you aren’t on Facebook or Twitter it’s the simple manner in which users of social media platforms can announce that they have been a victim of sexual harassment. As one can probably imagine, the vast majority of those speaking out Continue reading "#MeToo: Harvey Weinstein Scandal Produces Disinfecting Sunlight On Systemic Problems"

Harvard Law Professor Imagines Scenario in Which Hillary Clinton Becomes President…This Term

Lawrence Lessig’s standing in the world of legal and constitutional theory presents a bit of a conundrum. The Harvard Law Professor is a highly regarded legal mind and scholar but as a proponent of largely progressive positions, he is often disregarded by his political opponents. So his recent posting in which he postulates how Hillary Clinton could be named president during this term has something for everyone: Clinton supporters still aggrieved about “what happened” in the 2016 general election will love this hypothesis, while conservatives will see it as a quixotic and delusional scenario that will likely never ever see the light of day. Lessig’s post opens with the unchallenged assertion of rumors in the “chatterati” that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is ostensibly very close to making charges of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia intelligence operators eager to see Trump become elected. Lessig writes:
There’s a bunch Continue reading "Harvard Law Professor Imagines Scenario in Which Hillary Clinton Becomes President…This Term"

Julian Assange Hits Back at ‘Constant Lying’ and ‘Cold Creepiness’ of Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton’s press tour promoting her new book What Happpened appears to now be in its international phase of interviews and appearances. This weekend saw her discuss with Channel 4’s Matt Frei the alleged sexual assaults of President Donald Trump (which she said he had admitted to) and today we see she recently sat down with Australia’s Sarah Ferguson, host of news program Four Corners.

One of the most newsworthy moments of that interview to emerge is Secretary Clinton’s dismissal of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Clinton offered a remarkably unsparing description of Assange, saying that he played a key role in undermining her recent run president by colluding with Vladimir Putin and, quite possibly, the Trump campaign.

Tucker Carlson Delights in NBC’s Weinstein Coverage, Neglecting Fox News’ Own Sordid Past

If there is one common trait among nearly all cable news outlets, it is the eagerness to celebrate when the competition makes a misstep. As I’ve written about before, schadenfreude is not an admirable quality in the news media, but it’s a quality that even the most disciplined hosts and analysts seem unable to avoid. The latest example? Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, who appears to be barely holding back a smile as he lays into NBC’s widely accepted journalistic miscue in passing on Ronan Farrow‘s bombshell story outlining Harvey Weinstein’s disgusting behavior. As more details have emerged, it seems fairly clear that NBC executives spiked the negative story on Weinstein, which has emboldened critics of many political stripes to ridicule NBC’s situational journalistic standards. But lest we forget that another notorious and outrageously powerful media figure just endured a similar set of accusations: Roger Ailes, aka Continue reading "Tucker Carlson Delights in NBC’s Weinstein Coverage, Neglecting Fox News’ Own Sordid Past"

Were NBC Top Execs Andy Lack or Steve Burke Involved In Burying Harvey Weinstein Story?

If there is one good thing that has emerged from the scandalous and disgusting behavior of now disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein, it is the high level of journalism that has brought disinfecting sunlight to his horrible behavior. The NY Times initially broke the story last week, then The New Yorker followed suit with Ronan Farrow’s thorough — and thoroughly disgusting — report, complete with audio. But a new report suggests that NBC News first had this story and chose not to report it, which leads to some important questions. Who at NBC News passed on this story. Why would they chose not to cover such an enormous and important story? And was there some sort of mandate from above? Yashar Ali continued his amazing recent run in breaking news and inside dope in the media world, with a report claiming that NBC News first had Farrow’s Continue reading "Were NBC Top Execs Andy Lack or Steve Burke Involved In Burying Harvey Weinstein Story?"

Sharon Waxman Was Aware of Harvey Weinstein’s Reputation, But Still Considered Him ‘A Friend’

The abhorrent story surrounding the once powerful and now thoroughly disgraced movie studio executive Harvey Weinstein has served as a damning indictment of not just his political allies, but also the entertainment journalism industry charged with covering him. Harvey Weinstein is a pig. This conclusion is unavoidable given the allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault — and especially in light of audio recently posted by The New Yorker. The published audio reveals Weinstein trying to convince a young woman to join him in his hotel room — ignoring her pleas of feeling uncomfortable, clearly unconvinced by his insistence that he wouldn’t touch her. It’s deeply disturbing to hear, but it demands listening so That everyone knows what has occurred, and what is likely still is going on. But this story has served as a troubling commentary on the entertainment journalism industry, given all the talk of the “open secret” of Weinstein’s misconduct Continue reading "Sharon Waxman Was Aware of Harvey Weinstein’s Reputation, But Still Considered Him ‘A Friend’"

Coaching Legend Mike Ditka on NFL Protests: ‘No Oppression in the Last 100 Years’

Mike Ditka is not only the former Head Coach of the World Champion Chicago Bears, but he’s also a cigar aficionado, steak house proprietor, AND something of an expert on U.S. race relations over the past century. At least that’s the takeaway after he was interviewed by Westwood One’s Jim Grey and asked to opine on the current culture role between those irate that NFL players taking a knee in protest during the playing of the national anthem, and those sympathetic with the issue of oppression and racial inequality that those are protesting. Ditka said:
I think that you have to be color blind in this country. Have you got to look at a person for what he is and what he stands for. And how he produces. All of a sudden it’s become a big dealing now about oppression. There has been no oppression in the Continue reading "Coaching Legend Mike Ditka on NFL Protests: ‘No Oppression in the Last 100 Years’"