Wall Street Journal Reporters Demand Action On Newsroom Diversity


The Wall Street Journal’s staff is about as diverse as the business world the paper covers: It’s essentially run by white men. A few star women have risen and departed over the years. And people of color are essentially missing from the top ranks.
The situation is growing increasingly intolerable for Journal staffers, who say journalism at the paper that media mogul Rupert Murdoch owns is suffering from the overwhelming homogeneity of the newsroom.
Earlier this month, a half-dozen female reporters at the outlet emailed Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker and his deputy Matt Murray on behalf of nearly 200 staffers, expressing their growing frustration. The email, obtained by HuffPost, pointedly notes that the leadership hasn’t meaningfully addressed two related issues: the significant pay gap between men and women, and the lack of racial diversity.
“Until our leadership reflects a more diverse population ― the population we are trying to attract as new subscribers Continue reading "Wall Street Journal Reporters Demand Action On Newsroom Diversity"

Advertisers Are Actually Teaming Up To Fight Sexism. For Real.







Yes, sex sells. But sexism, increasingly, seems less and less marketable.
The latest sign: On Thursday, some of the world’s largest companies and advertising agencies will announce a new initiative to banish gender stereotypes from advertising.
The Unstereotype Alliance, which will be launched at Cannes Lions, an industry conference in France, is a partnership between U.N. Women and several major global companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Mattel and Diageo. Facebook, Google and Twitter have also signed on, as well as major ad agencies WPP and IPG.
“Every day, hundreds of millions of people around the world are exposed to the communications our industry creates,” said Martin Sorrell, chief executive of WPP. “That influence can either be used to reinforce negative stereotypes or to set new standards of Continue reading "Advertisers Are Actually Teaming Up To Fight Sexism. For Real."

The Megyn Kelly Outrage Has Gone Too Far


The outrage machine may be careening out of control.
Last Sunday, Delta and Bank of America dropped sponsorship from a production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” because it depicts the assassination of a Trump-like ruler. And the very next day JPMorgan Chase pulled its ads from NBC and its affiliates over displeasure that NBC News anchor Megyn Kelly interviewed Alex Jones, a far-right conspiracy theorist who has spread the abhorrent and false idea that the murders of 20 children in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, in 2012 were faked.  
Advertisers these days are reacting at breakneck speed, distancing themselves from controversy almost as soon as it earns a hashtag on Twitter.
“Right now any time anybody doesn’t like anything, they go to the advertisers and that’s ridiculous,” Angelo Carusone of Media Matters tells HuffPost. As president of the liberal nonprofit, Carusone is intimately involved in the mechanisms at play here. Media Continue reading "The Megyn Kelly Outrage Has Gone Too Far"

The Megyn Kelly Outrage Has Gone Too Far


The outrage machine may be careening out of control.
Last Sunday, Delta and Bank of America dropped sponsorship from a production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” because it depicts the assassination of a Trump-like ruler. And the very next day JPMorgan Chase pulled its ads from NBC and its affiliates over displeasure that NBC News anchor Megyn Kelly interviewed Alex Jones, a far-right conspiracy theorist who has spread the abhorrent and false idea that the murders of 20 children in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, in 2012 were faked.  
Advertisers these days are reacting at breakneck speed, distancing themselves from controversy almost as soon as it earns a hashtag on Twitter.
“Right now any time anybody doesn’t like anything, they go to the advertisers and that’s ridiculous,” Angelo Carusone of Media Matters tells HuffPost. As president of the liberal nonprofit, Carusone is intimately involved in the mechanisms at play here. Media Continue reading "The Megyn Kelly Outrage Has Gone Too Far"

Roger Ailes’ Lasting Legacy: Making Trump President


Roger Ailes may be dead, but the country is now left suffering through his legacy: a politics of resentment fueled by a stream of racist, sexist propaganda made palatable with a populist spin.
Ailes’ baby Fox News, which he founded with media mogul Rupert Murdoch in 1996, fundamentally reshaped conservative politics, radically changed the media landscape and inarguably fertilized the dirty muck out of which grew President Donald Trump.
“The impact of Roger Ailes on American politics and media was indisputable,” said CNN commentator David Axelrod, a senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, on Twitter Thursday morning, when news of the former Fox CEO’s death at the age of 77 became public.
Others were more blunt: “American politics would have been infinitely better off had Roger Ailes gone to barber college,” blogger Charles Pierce tweeted.
It’s not just that Fox News and Ailes gave Trump a Continue reading "Roger Ailes’ Lasting Legacy: Making Trump President"

Fox News Host Makes Seemingly Crass, Sexist Gesture While Talking About Ivanka Trump





Fox News host Jesse Watters made what appeared to be an oral sex joke about Ivanka Trump, at a time when the network is desperate to shed its reputation as a hotbed for sexual harassment, sexism and misogyny.
On a segment of Fox’s The Five on Tuesday night, Watters criticized attendees at a women’s conference in Germany who booed President Donald Trump’s daughter. The negative reaction came after Ivanka, who was speaking on a panel about female entrepreneurship, said that her father is a “tremendous champion” for women. 
“The left says they really respect women and given an opportunity to respect a woman like that they boo and hiss. And I always thought that Europeans were supposed to be so sophisticated and Continue reading "Fox News Host Makes Seemingly Crass, Sexist Gesture While Talking About Ivanka Trump"

Donald Trump’s Rise Laid The Groundwork For Bill O’Reilly’s Fall






Bill O’Reilly weathered sexual harassment charges for more than a decade, but not this time: Fox News has fired the controversial host.
The media company was under extreme pressure from advertisers, protesters and its own employees ― all fed up with a company culture that enabled O’Reilly’s misbehavior for too long.
But behind all that was the growing power of women, more emboldened than ever before, to protest sexual harassment and assault. For this, at least in part, we can thank President Donald Trump
Trump’s surprise victory in November sparked a massive wave of energy among progressives, activists and especially women, outraged that the reality TV star had won office despite more than a dozen sexual assault accusations, a record of strikingly misogynistic comments and insults, and a damning Continue reading "Donald Trump’s Rise Laid The Groundwork For Bill O’Reilly’s Fall"