NBC Reportedly Paid Settlement to Former Employee Who Accused Chris Matthews of Harassment

A new report states that NBC paid off a former employee who claimed she was sexually harassed by Chris Matthews when she used to work on his show. According to The Daily Caller, a former assistant producer for Hardball spoke with network executives in 1999 and complained about some sexually-charged comments Matthews made about her. The report states that Matthews was “formally reprimanded” after a review on the matter, but even though his remarks were considered “inappropriate” and “juvenile,” the network determined they were not intended as propositions. Nonetheless, two sources told Daily Caller that the network paid Matthews’ accuser $40,000 to settle the incident. NBC addressed the report by confirming that there was a separation-related compensation involved when the woman left the network. However, the network disputed the $40,000 figure, insisting that the package was actually a lot smaller than that. The news about old accusations against Matthews Continue reading "NBC Reportedly Paid Settlement to Former Employee Who Accused Chris Matthews of Harassment"

Democratic Congressman Ruben Kihuen Won’t Seek Re-Election Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

While denying the accusations that he sexually harassed two women, Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-NV) announced today that he won’t seek re-election next year. “I want to state clearly again that I deny the allegations in question,” Kihuen said in a statement to the Las Vegas Journal-Review. “I am committed to fully cooperating with the House Ethics Committee and I look forward to clearing my name.” He added, “However, the allegations that have surfaced would be a distraction from a fair and thorough discussion of the issues in a reelection campaign. Therefore, it is in the best interests of my family and my constituents to complete my term in Congress and not seek re-election.” Kihuen’s announcement came a day after the House Ethics Committee said that it had opened an investigation after it had been made aware of allegations of sexual harassment made against the freshman Democrat. A former Continue reading "Democratic Congressman Ruben Kihuen Won’t Seek Re-Election Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations"

There Is Now an Official Hollywood Commission on Sexual Harassment, Chaired by Anita Hill

There is now an official Hollywood commission on sexual harassment, following the massive scandals in Hollywood ranging from allegations of harassment to rape. The Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace was officially announced tonight, Variety reports, and it is being backed by big Hollywood names and being chaired by Anita Hill. The meeting was convened by Kathleen Kennedy, Maria Eitel, Nina Shaw and Freada Kapor Klein, and the commission is being supported by other big names in the industry. Per Variety:
“The Commission will not seek just one solution, but a comprehensive strategy to address the complex and inter-related causes of the problems of parity and power,” said Kennedy. “The fact that so many industry leaders—across film, television, music, digital, unions, agencies, ATA, AMPAS, television academy and guilds—came together, in one room, to explore solutions speaks to a new era.”
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MediaShift Podcast #251: Net Neutrality Rollback Could Hurt Local News; Disney Bulks Up to Take on Tech Giants; Nieman Lab’s Laura Hazard Owen

“The Collaboration of the Week” is a new podcast segment highlighting one important media collaboration and explaining how they did it. The series is sponsored by Airtable, the all-in-one collaboration platform for creative teams. Receive $50 in credit by visiting airtable.com/mediashift. In the news this week, the FCC voted to roll back net neutrality rules, which could hurt local and independent news publishers, while giving ISPs cover to throttle and censor content. Disney bought most of 21st Century Fox in a bid to take on the growing strength of tech giants like Netflix, Amazon, Google, Facebook and even Apple in original content. Google spends €20 Million on 102 innovation journalism projects across Europe as part of its Digital News Initiative. Our Collaboration of the Week, presented by Airtable, is Documenting Hate, an effort by 100+ newsrooms to create a database of hate crimes across the country. Our Metric of
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