Today Show Fails to Mention Own Sexual Harassment Scandals During Segment on Roger Ailes Series


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NBC’s Today broadcasted a segment on Monday promoting a new movie about the sexual harassment case against former Fox News honcho, the late Roger Ailes — during which there was much talk about sexual harassment in the workplace, but none about sexual harassment in the NBC workplace. No one, for example, made even a passing reference to the network’s own scandals, even the one involving former Today co-host Matt Lauer, who we stress to immediately repeat hosted this very show. (And has been defended by those still on it.) Most of the segment focused, of course, on the actors and their roles, a typical on-air promotion. But the discussion also covered Ailes and the scandal, as well as Fox News. Actress Naomi Watts said she was attracted to the role of Gretchen Carlson by the courage it took to take down someone “at that level of power.” Continue reading "Today Show Fails to Mention Own Sexual Harassment Scandals During Segment on Roger Ailes Series"

Texts From Kevin Spacey’s Accuser Calling for Help Released in Sexual Harassment Case


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A man who alleged Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted him in a bar when he was 18 texted his girlfriend live updates of the interaction, according to a court filing made public Thursday. The two-time Oscar winner in July 2016 allegedly bought the man drinks after his shift as a bus boy ended at Club Car bar on Nantucket, according to messages obtained by the Boston Globe. “He’s grabbed my dick like eight times,” the accuser texted his girlfriend. The message thread describes the man at first being starstruck to interact with Spacey, then realizing Spacey was hitting on him, then becoming anxious and uncomfortable as Spacey reached down his pants. “like he’s hangin around me in the bar. He got my number and asked me to come out with him,” the accuser wrote. “Sounds like he’s hitting on you….” his girlfriend wrote back. “I think he is” — “He’s
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Dem Congressional Candidate Ruben Diaz Sr: ‘I Won’t Rat Out Sexual Harassers’


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Democratic congressional candidate and New York City Councilor Ruben Diaz Sr. (D-NY) loudly interrupted a sensitivity training meeting Wednesday, reportedly yelling that he wouldn’t “rat” if he saw sexual harassment happening. The councilman, who represents part of the Bronx neighborhood and is running to replace retiring Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY), was attending the annual mandatory meeting with other city politicians when he angrily responded to a hypothetical scenario outlining what to do if they witnesses someone making inappropriate comments to a female staffer in an elevator. “I’m not gonna rat my people out! This place is full of rats!” Diaz reportedly shouted. City Council Speaker Corey Johnson (D-NY) then stood up and attempted to tell Diaz that they have an obligation to report sexual harassment in the workplace prompting a back-and-forth argument between the two until Diaz agreed to quiet down. “The City Council is serious about preventing sexual Continue reading "Dem Congressional Candidate Ruben Diaz Sr: ‘I Won’t Rat Out Sexual Harassers’"

Jill Biden Opens Up to CNN About Joe’s ‘Touching’: ‘The Times Have Changed’ and ‘Joe Has Learned’


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CNN’s Dana Bash interviewed Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Joe Biden, and asked her about the continuing issue of the former Vice President’s history of unwanted contact with women. She told Bash that times have changed and that her husband has learned his lesson about personal space. She said it three times, in fact. In the above clip, Bash first asks Biden why now is the right time for her husband to run for office. Dr. Biden answered that everywhere she goes, people tell her that “Joe has to run.” “I’ve really taken it to heart and thought about it, and is such a unifier. He brings people together,” she said. That led to the next question on touching. “The physical way that your husband expresses himself has gotten a lot of attention. Some criticism from some women,” said Bash. “I was struck that you, in the Continue reading "Jill Biden Opens Up to CNN About Joe’s ‘Touching’: ‘The Times Have Changed’ and ‘Joe Has Learned’"

Mark Halperin Attempts an Explanation for Why He Hasn’t Apologized Directly to His Accusers


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Mark Halperin, the disgraced political commentator, addressed on Sunday a Washington Post report that noted he has yet to apologize to three women who accused him of sexual misconduct. As reports detail Halperin’s attempts at a comeback, the Game Change author took to Twitter to say he hopes “to have a chance to apologize directly to those I treated badly.” “It is the right and necessary thing to do,” he wrote. “I cannot imagine how difficult this experience has been for them.” Halperin’s accusers, a series of women who alleged sexual misconduct when he was political director of ABC News in the 1990s, first came forward in October 2017. Three women who spoke to the Washington Post this week said Halperin never apologized to them.

Hannity Blasts Joe Biden’s ‘Inappropriate Touching’ Moments Before Interview with Trump


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Fox News host Sean Hannity blasted former Vice President Joe Biden‘s “inappropriate touching” just minutes before interviewing President Donald Trump, who has been accused of various forms of sexual misconduct by over 20 women. “Biden enters the race already trying to fend off scandal after scandal,” the host said. “Multiple women have accused him of inappropriate touching, kissing, touching, actual video footage of Biden’s disturbing touching antics. Doesn’t this alone immediately disqualify in the eyes of the Democratic Party?” “If Biden was a Republican, what would they be saying?” he continued. “The double standard is on full display.” Earlier in the segment, Hannity said that “it looks like Biden may not even have the backing of his old boss Barack Obama” and joked that “uncle Joe is trying to spin this, well, uncomfortable truth.” When asked about the lack of endorsement, Biden told reporters, “I Continue reading "Hannity Blasts Joe Biden’s ‘Inappropriate Touching’ Moments Before Interview with Trump"

Mark Halperin Apologizes in First Interview Since Accused of Sexual Harassment, Weighs in on Joe Biden


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Former NBC contributor Mark Halperin apologized on Thursday in his first public remarks since he was fired by the network about a year and a half ago amid sexual harassment allegations. In a SiriusXM interview with CNN’s Michael Smerconish, Halperin began by acknowledging that some people won’t forgive him despite his apologies for the kissing and other charges of inappropriate behavior brought against him. However, he expressed hope that he’ll find a way back into the public conversation if he lives up to his responsibilities and makes a real effort to be better. “I know I’d like to believe we live in a society where if someone does what they think is the right thing to do, what other people advise them to do, that people would be willing to let me be part of our conversation again in some capacity,” Halperin said. “I did things that were wrong Continue reading "Mark Halperin Apologizes in First Interview Since Accused of Sexual Harassment, Weighs in on Joe Biden"

The Absurd Destruction of Joe Biden is a Huge Boost to Trump


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Because the 2020 presidential election is a year and a half away, it is very easy to get lulled into the false presumption that the outcome cannot possibly be currently determined, especially after the shocking result we all witnessed in 2016. However, there is an extremely strong argument to be made that the emerging destruction of Joe Biden, by both his own hands and those of his rivals, could very well end up allowing President Trump to be re-elected. While I am no fan of Joe Biden the politician, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that, if the Democratic Party got behind him early in this process and allowed him to emerge from their primaries unscathed, that, barring a “black swan” event, he would defeat Trump. There is no one else currently likely to run for the Democratic nomination about whom a remotely similar statement could be Continue reading "The Absurd Destruction of Joe Biden is a Huge Boost to Trump"

Lucy Flores Responds to Joe Biden Statement on ‘Inappropriate’ Touching: ‘This Isn’t the First Time’


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Former Vice President Joe Biden released a statement on Sunday in response to the recent allegation of “inappropriate” behavior on his part written about by former Nevada lawmaker and Bernie Sanders supporter Lucy Flores.

In his statement, Biden said that “not once – never – did I believe I acted inappropriately.”

On CNN’s State of the Union, Jake Tapper asked Flores for her reaction.

“Well I certainly think it’s better than his first statement that they released on Saturday,” said Flores, referring to the general statement that was given by a spokesperson. “I’m glad he’s willing to listen. I’m glad he is clarifying his intentions.”

“Frankly, my point was never about his intentions, and they shouldn’t be about his intentions.” Flores continued. “It should be about the women on the receiving end of that behavior.”

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