On Saturday, CNN’s The Lead and State of the Union host Jake Tapper offered a timely Twitter thread on the importance of holding media organizations accountable for what they cover and don’t cover, specifically as it related to the Harvey Weinstein scandal taking years to be published.
British journalist Andy Marr went there. The BBC presenter hammered Hillary Clinton in a way that most American reporters wouldn’t dare. After asking her about the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Marr didn’t let this bit of hypocrisy go unchecked from the presidential candiate: “But that we recognize that this kind of behavior cannot be tolerated anywhere, whether it’s in entertainment, politics.”
The newest edition of People magazine could barely touch the sex scandal of Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein. Tucked in the top-left corner of the cover were the words “A sexual harassment scandal rocks Hollywood.” Inside, there was not a whole page of copy. By contrast, this week’s People gave three pages to a big article on former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, whose sexual harassment accusations against Fox News chief Roger Ailes created a similar hubbub a year ago.
Who’da thunk? Who would possibly have thought Tennessee Republican and Trump-supporting Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn - a candidate to succeed out-going Senator Bob Corker - would have anything in common with Rose McGowan, the hardworking film, television actress and LGBT activist? Two worlds, and worlds apart.
The Washington Post offered a double dose of creepy on Friday as film critic Ann Hornaday called out Harvey Weinstein as a monster, but one who made such “important” films. She also praised a film on the man who created Wonder Woman. It’s a great “love story” about a man, his wife, the other woman and the sex bondage they all loved!
Every day we learn new, more shocking, revelations about the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Here’s just two from the last 24 hours: Another woman shares an ugly story of how Weinstein sexually harassed her. An A-lister admits she knew Weinstein’s tendencies … and did nothing. (“the stories were everywhere…”)
On February 27, 2016, the entertainment industry gave the Oscar for Best Picture to Spotlight, a fictionalized version of the Boston Globe’s reporting of sexual abuse and coverup in the Catholic Church in Boston. The self-congratulation looks amazing now, after the exposure of decades of harassment and perhaps even rape by Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein. No one will make a movie about Weinstein, or win an Oscar for it.
On Tuesday's Charlie Rose show on PBS, former magazine editor Tina Brown -- who ran The New Yorker, Newsweek, and for a short time a Harvey Weinstein-backed magazine called Talk -- spoke about working with Harvey. Rose barely questioned Brown, and just let her talk. Access Hollywood picked up a piece of this conversation -- about how the movie mogul could buy writers' silence with money, and if he couldn't, he could above their pay grade to editors and kill negative stories that way.
Thursday night on NBC’s media entertainment news program Access Hollywood, a former reporter for The New York Post’s Page Six revealed that many media outlets knew about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault allegations long before they were broken by The New York Times, one week ago.
Leading off Thursday’s Tucker Carlson Tonight, the eponymous FNC host and The Hill’s Joe Concha provided a proverbial beatdown to NBC News for “lying” in their cover-up and reluctance to cover the Harvey Weinstein allegations of sexual misconduct. The focus has largely (and appropriately) remained on the victims, but Carlson noted that it’s worth discussing how NBC News joined with “[m]any powerful people” in ducking “what Harvey Weinstein was doing.”
Director Oliver Stone initially told the press that he refused to condemn Weinstein’s behavior, at the Busan International Film Festival. According to the Hollywood Reporter, he said, “I’m a believer that you wait until this thing gets to trial. I believe a man shouldn’t be condemned by a vigilante system. It’s not easy what he’s going through, either . . . I’m not going to comment on gossip.”
In the aftermath of Harvey Weinstein, the sharks are swimming around other actors and producers in the media. But some people are willing to go too far to make a scandal happen.