The New York Times Reportedly Killed a Story On Weinstein’s Sexual Misconduct in 2004

While The New York Times may have broken the story on Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual harassment accusations, one former Times reporter is now saying the paper could have exposed the sins of the Hollywood titan over a decade ago. Sharon Waxman, the former Times journalist in question, wrote a first-person piece for The Wrap asserting that no news outlet was willing to drop the hammer on Weinstein’s record of sexual misconduct — not even the Times. In 2004, Waxman began investigating the unpleasant rumors about Weinstein that many apparently talked about behind closed doors, but never published. The then-Times reporter attempted to change that, tracking down Weinstein’s shady procurer and finding a woman who was paid-off to keep her mouth shut about sexual harassment at the hands of the film mogul. And yet, despite her work on the story, Waxman’s facts were never published by the outlet Continue reading "The New York Times Reportedly Killed a Story On Weinstein’s Sexual Misconduct in 2004"

Harvey Weinstein’s Brother May Have Fed the New York Times Their Bombshell Story

Earlier this week, the New York Times released a blockbuster expose on Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein that alleged that the man behind Oscar-winning hits like Pulp Fiction and Shakespeare in Love was a serial sexual harasser who had settled eight lawsuits for sexual wrongdoing over the past 30 years. Well, if Page Six’s sources are to be believed, the person who fed the Times their bombshell report is very close to Harvey — his brother Bob.
“Bob’s wanted Harvey out for years,” said a former staffer, who added that the two brothers are becoming increasingly suspicious of each other. Insiders believe that Bob may have helped concoct the explosive New York Times story that exposed the harassment allegations from Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan and other former employees. “Bob may have even fed this story” to the Times, the insider said.
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In the Immediate Aftermath of the Weinstein Bombshell, NBC News Largely Ignored the Story

Yesterday, the entertainment world was rocked by the New York Times’ blockbuster on Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s lengthy history of sexual harassment. The bombshell report revealed that Weinstein had settled at least eight lawsuits related to sexual harassment over the past three decades and provided all kinds of sordid details of the movie producer’s alleged behavior. While there was a lot of other news going on revolving around the Las Vegas shooting, the Rex Tillerson-Donald Trump drama, and Puerto Rico, this was still a story that demanded a lot of attention from the mainstream news media, largely due to it revolving around extremely inappropriate behavior committed by a powerful person. And, for the most part, the networks covered it. With one very notable exception. As highlighted the Huffington Post’s Yashar Ali, in the 24 hours following the NYT dropping their huge report, NBC News barely devoted any coverage to Continue reading "In the Immediate Aftermath of the Weinstein Bombshell, NBC News Largely Ignored the Story"

What Exactly Does NY Times Mean By Saying Harvey Weinstein ‘Initiated’ a Massage ‘Himself’

The New York Times dropped an absolute bombshell story on the media world this afternoon, reporting on decades of sexual harassment accusations leveled against film mogul Harvey Weinstein. The jaw dropping report delves deep into the extent of Weinstein’s alleged misconduct, citing “dozens” of current and former employees who described salacious incidents — including a number in which the mogul offered career help in exchange for sexual favors. The disturbing allegations contained within the Times report aside, there is one specific detail that — in the way it is cautiously described by reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey — begs further scrutiny. They write (emphasis mine):
“In interviews, eight women described varying behavior by Mr. Weinstein: appearing nearly or fully naked in front of them, requiring them to be present while he bathed or repeatedly asking for a massage or initiating one himself.”
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Conservative NY Times Columnist Calls For Repealing 2nd Amendment After Vegas

“I have never understood the conservative fetish for the Second Amendment,” New York Times columnist Bret Stephens opens his latest op-ed, titled “Repeal the Second Amendment.” Stephens, a conservative writer who joined the Times from the Wall Street Journal this year to much consternation from the Gray Lady’s more liberal-minded readership, provides in his column a step-by-step refutation of various pro-gun arguments. His call to repeal the 2nd Amendment comes after a gunman opened fire on a Las Vegas concert Sunday night, using a large arsenal of semi-automatic weapons modified to work like machine guns, killing 58 people and wounding more than 500 others. Stephens cited a number of statistics to back up his points that “more guns means more murder” and “more guns means less safety.” He also dismissed the notion that a “well-regulated militia” could protect the U.S. from attack, as well as Continue reading "Conservative NY Times Columnist Calls For Repealing 2nd Amendment After Vegas"

The Blurring Line Between Editorial and Native Ads at the New York Times

The following is a guest post for MediaShift, and doesn’t necessarily represent the views of the publication. Read more here about guest posts. Native advertising, which Forbes defines as “ads…designed to fit so closely with a publication’s content that they appear to be part of a publication,” is often described as a tool news organizations need to maintain a steady revenue stream. While the practice is lucrative, it also jeopardizes the editorial independence of newsrooms as journalists become aware of what advertisers want them to discuss. Today, brands are able to work with journalists in unprecedented ways that are difficult to regulate, because very few people know how such partnerships between advertiser and publisher are negotiated. I worked at the New York Times’ branded content studio, T Brand Studio, for two years. During this time, I found that native ads felt hackneyed to the people creating them. When the practice
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Transparency is the New Objectivity

I have an acquaintance on Twitter, @conradsy, who is a Trump supporter. So committed is he to the cause that anything that appears on CNN is for him, by definition, fake news. Conrad might be an extreme case. But the cynicism runs deep. (In Pew Research Center’s 2017 poll, 11% of Republicans say they trust national news outlets.) He mentioned something else during one of our exchanges: “Whatever happened to journalism? A cat was in a tree. A cat fell out of the tree. Period.” The media he claims he misses is the one written in a rigidly objective voice. The one where Walter Cronkite could sign off a broadcast, without a hint of irony, “And that’s the way it is.” Objectivity, or at least the widespread perception of journalistic objectivity as a professional value, was once the news media’s anchor of trust. Newspapers and the
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