Twitter Blows Up Over Sexual Misconduct Claims Against NYT’s Glenn Thrush: ‘So Disturbing and Sick’

With the possible exception of his colleague Maggie Haberman, New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush is the biggest star of all the print journalists on the White House beat. He was even lampooned on Saturday Night Live — as a regular target for Melissa McCarthy’s iconic Sean Spicer. And he and Haberman have frequently teamed up to produce scoops which have rocked the Beltway. But now, Thrush finds himself on the wrong end of a blockbuster report. Vox, on Monday, published multiple accounts of women alleging that Thrush made unwanted advances toward them — including a first-person claim from the story’s author, Laura McGann. The Times reacted swiftly, suspending Thrush pending an investigation into the allegations. Twitter reacted even more swiftly, and furiously. Here’s a sampling of the chatter from journalists and others:  

NY Times’s Glenn Thrush Suspended For Numerous Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Another day, another Washington power player embroiled in a sexual misconduct scandal. The New York Times, on Monday, announced the suspension of one of their star White House Correspondents, Glenn Thrush, following the publication of a report by Vox which chronicled multiple allegations of unwanted advances, kissing, and groping. The report’s author, Laura McGann, claims to have been a victim herself. The full report features damning text messages and email exchanges. It also details an incident which occurred on June 15, in which Thrush allegedly kissed a female journalist in her 20s against her will while they were walking to Georgetown. In a statement to Vox, Thrush did not own up to any specific indiscretions, but did offer an apology.
The June incident [described above] was a life-changing event [for me]. The woman involved was upset by my actions and for that I am deeply sorry. Over Continue reading "NY Times’s Glenn Thrush Suspended For Numerous Sexual Misconduct Allegations"

Newsonomics: A call to arms (and wallets) in the new era of deregulation and bigger media

Quibble, if you will, about the level of degeneracy now afoot in the heart of the Old and New Confederacy, as the Roy Moore saga provides yet more sick drama in the country. That’s a sideshow. What’s quickly appearing on the main stage — if it’s still behind the curtain for now — is the beginning of a likely massive movement in news media ownership. You think you’ve seen a politicization of the press? The 2016 election may serve as just its preamble. We’re on the brink — witness several actions this week alone — of a small number of right-leaning companies rapidly buying up, or buying into, the assets of journalism companies. In so doing, the alt-right “fake news” assault may move into a much more insidious phase, as long-trusted brands could take their marching orders from those who believe “fact” is fungible, in service of their political and Continue reading "Newsonomics: A call to arms (and wallets) in the new era of deregulation and bigger media"

Trump Triggered by Op-Ed Calling Out His ‘Attraction’ to Dictators: ‘Naive, Dumb, Failing NY Times!’

In response to the New York Times editorial board publishing a piece suggesting President Donald Trump has an “attraction” to “authoritarian” leaders, the president took to Twitter to go-off on the newspaper. A favorite target for Trump’s tweets, the New York Times is typically referred to as “failing” and “lying” on his Twitter page — but this time the president threw in “naive,” “weak,” and “ineffective” for good measure. While Trump did not mention the op-ed specifically, his attacks were triggered by the paper’s criticism of his new “great relationship” with President Xi Jinping of China. In the piece, the editorial board writes, “Authoritarian leaders exercise a strange and powerful attraction for President Trump. As his trip to Asia reminds us, a man who loves to bully people turns to mush — fawning smiles, effusive rhetoric — in the company of strongmen like Xi Jinping of China, Vladimir Putin of Continue reading "Trump Triggered by Op-Ed Calling Out His ‘Attraction’ to Dictators: ‘Naive, Dumb, Failing NY Times!’"

Newsonomics: The New York Times’ Mark Thompson on regulating Facebook, global ambition, and when to stop the presses (forever)

Five years is a long time, especially in the media business. It was five years ago this week that Mark Thompson took on the top job at The New York Times Company. It was an enterprise still wobbling from the effects of the Great Recession, its new paywall only a year old. The Huffington Post was trumpeting that it had surpassed the Times in digital traffic — a recognition of Google’s market power and of Facebook’s emergence. The Times was a shrinking enterprise. It had shed revenues, profits, staff, and share price. It had also shed its previous CEO, Janet Robinson. Publisher Arthur Sulzberger’s pick of Thompson to replace her surprised many; despite having led the BBC’s ongoing transition to the increasingly digital world, Thompson had no publishing management experience. And he was a Brit, plucked out of London to head America’s flagship newspaper company. Half a decade later, the Continue reading "Newsonomics: The New York Times’ Mark Thompson on regulating Facebook, global ambition, and when to stop the presses (forever)"

How Journalists Are Using New Tools for Collaborative Journalism

Experiments like WikiTribune, the collaborative news outlet created by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, excites me. I love the idea of professional journalists working alongside members of the audience, sharing skills and knowledge. I love the feedback loop between users and creators, and have seen the productivity and partnership that can shine through in the spaces where these two designations meet. Collaborative projects – where news organizations and audiences tell stories in partnership – are also a potential way to address misinformation and build trust. At the Computation and Journalism Symposium, which took place October 13 and 14 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., I sat down with three co-panelists to talk about the exciting new tools they’re building for collaborative journalism. We discussed everything from the New York Times’ new comment moderation software to experiments in more transparent investigation. Below are a few highlights from our conversation. A
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Five Women Come Forward and Accuse Louis C.K. of Sexual Misconduct: ‘He Abused His Power’

Rumors have been swirling all day that the New York Times was set to drop a bombshell story about comedian Louis C.K. And now it’s here. Five women have stepped forward and accused the 50-year-old of sexual misconduct, with several alleging that his modus operandi seemed to be getting naked and masturbating without consent. Comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov told the paper that C.K. asked to take his penis out while they were all hanging out in a hotel room in 2002. The comedy duo thought it was a joke until he actually did it. “He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating,” Goodman said. “We were paralyzed.” “I think the line gets crossed when you take all your clothes off and start masturbating,” Wolov concurred. “Because of this moment, as gross as it is, we feel Continue reading "Five Women Come Forward and Accuse Louis C.K. of Sexual Misconduct: ‘He Abused His Power’"