Washington Post Critic to Boycott Disney Films in Solidarity With LA Times

Washington Post opinion writer Alyssa Rosenberg announced, Monday, that she would no longer review Disney films or those put out by their subsidiaries, Lucasfilm or Marvel.

Rosenberg wrote that she was boycotting their widely held media advance screenings out of solidarity with the Los Angeles Times, whose journos were banished after some critical reporting over Disney’s relationship with the city of Anaheim, California.

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“As long as Disney is blocking the critics from the Los Angeles Times from press screenings, I can’t in good conscience attend similar showings or write reviews in advance,” she wrote. “Until the Times’ critics are treated like everyone else and welcomed back to press screenings, I’ll write about Disney movies, including ‘Star Wars’ and Marvel movies, after their premieres — generally that will mean writing about them on the Monday after their release to a general audience.”

As Rosenberg points out, advance screenings can be enormously valuable for reporters, allowing them more time to formulate their thoughts and get reviews out the moment an embargo is lifted. Forcing journalists to buy a ticket and see films with the general audiences delays final publication and puts them at a competitive disadvantage in Google search results.

In a statement last, Disney defended their decision. saying the act Times coverage

We regularly work with news organizations around the world that we don’t always agree with, but in this instance the L.A. Times showed a complete disregard for basic journalistic standard. Despite our sharing numerous indisputable facts with the reporter, several editors, and the publisher over many months, the Times moved forward with a biased and inaccurate series, wholly driven by a political agenda-so much so that the Orange County Register referred to the report as ‘a hit piece’ with a ‘seemingly predetermined narrative.’ We’ve had a long relationship with the L.A. Times, and we hope they will adhere to balanced reporting in the future.”

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Washington Post opinion writer Alyssa Rosenberg announced, Monday, that she would no longer review Disney films or those put out by their subsidiaries, Lucasfilm or Marvel.

Rosenberg wrote that she was boycotting their widely held media advance screenings out of solidarity with the Los Angeles Times, whose journos were banished after some critical reporting over Disney’s relationship with the city of Anaheim, California.

“As long as Disney is blocking the critics from the Los Angeles Times from press screenings, I can’t in good conscience attend similar showings or write reviews in advance,” she wrote. “Until the Times’ critics are treated like everyone else and welcomed back to press screenings, I’ll write about Disney movies, including ‘Star Wars’ and Marvel movies, after their premieres — generally that will mean writing about them on the Monday after their release to a general audience.”

As Rosenberg points out, advance screenings can be enormously valuable for reporters, allowing them more time to formulate their thoughts and get reviews out the moment an embargo is lifted. Forcing journalists to buy a ticket and see films with the general audiences delays final publication and puts them at a competitive disadvantage in Google search results.

In a statement last, Disney defended their decision. saying the act Times coverage

We regularly work with news organizations around the world that we don’t always agree with, but in this instance the L.A. Times showed a complete disregard for basic journalistic standard. Despite our sharing numerous indisputable facts with the reporter, several editors, and the publisher over many months, the Times moved forward with a biased and inaccurate series, wholly driven by a political agenda-so much so that the Orange County Register referred to the report as ‘a hit piece’ with a ‘seemingly predetermined narrative.’ We’ve had a long relationship with the L.A. Times, and we hope they will adhere to balanced reporting in the future.”

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Fox News Pulls Donald Trump Impeachment Ad After Audience Outrage

Fox News will no longer run an ad from billionaire Tom Steyer calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment.

“Due to the strong negative reaction to their ad by our viewers, we could not in good conscience take their money,” said Fox News co-president Jack Abernethy in a statement obtained by TheWrap on Monday.

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According to Steyer, a prominent Democratic donor and Trump critic, the network abruptly and unfairly pulled the ad on October 31.

The TV spot is part of Steyet’s campaign to pressure Congress to file articles of impeachment against Trump.

“I’m funding this effort to raise our voices together and demand that elected officials take a stand on impeachment,” said a grave Steyer looking directly into the camera.”A Republican Congress once impeached a president for far less, yet today people in Congress and his own administration know that this president is a clear and present danger who’s mentally unstable and armed with nuclear weapons.”

The ad included a link to Steyer’s website, NeedToImpeach.com — just in case anybody was still unsure.

In a trollish flourish, Steyer not only bought airtime on Fox News but specifically on “Fox & Friends” to ensure that Donald Trump — a regular viewer of the program — would see it.

The strategy worked, with Trump issuing a denunciation less than an hour after watching the commercial on Oct. 27.

Wacky & totally unhinged Tom Steyer, who has been fighting me and my Make America Great Again agenda from beginning, never wins elections!

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2017

In a lawyer’s letter to Abernethy, team Steyer accused Fox News of bowing to Trump’s criticism.

“It is no coincidence that the Cancellation of the Advertisement, in the second week of its run came on the heels of a tweet from President Trump, criticizing the spot and Mr. Steyer personally,” said Steyer counsel Brad Deutsch. “The only possible explanation seems to be that Fox News capitulated to political pressure from the Trump administration itself. President Trump has threatened retaliation against broadcasters who provide him with negative coverage and Fox News appears to have answered these threats with servility.”

Representatives for Steyer did not immediately return request for comment from TheWrap.

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Fox News will no longer run an ad from billionaire Tom Steyer calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment.

“Due to the strong negative reaction to their ad by our viewers, we could not in good conscience take their money,” said Fox News co-president Jack Abernethy in a statement obtained by TheWrap on Monday.

According to Steyer, a prominent Democratic donor and Trump critic, the network abruptly and unfairly pulled the ad on October 31.

The TV spot is part of Steyet’s campaign to pressure Congress to file articles of impeachment against Trump.

“I’m funding this effort to raise our voices together and demand that elected officials take a stand on impeachment,” said a grave Steyer looking directly into the camera.”A Republican Congress once impeached a president for far less, yet today people in Congress and his own administration know that this president is a clear and present danger who’s mentally unstable and armed with nuclear weapons.”

The ad included a link to Steyer’s website, NeedToImpeach.com — just in case anybody was still unsure.

In a trollish flourish, Steyer not only bought airtime on Fox News but specifically on “Fox & Friends” to ensure that Donald Trump — a regular viewer of the program — would see it.

The strategy worked, with Trump issuing a denunciation less than an hour after watching the commercial on Oct. 27.

In a lawyer’s letter to Abernethy, team Steyer accused Fox News of bowing to Trump’s criticism.

“It is no coincidence that the Cancellation of the Advertisement, in the second week of its run came on the heels of a tweet from President Trump, criticizing the spot and Mr. Steyer personally,” said Steyer counsel Brad Deutsch. “The only possible explanation seems to be that Fox News capitulated to political pressure from the Trump administration itself. President Trump has threatened retaliation against broadcasters who provide him with negative coverage and Fox News appears to have answered these threats with servility.”

Representatives for Steyer did not immediately return request for comment from TheWrap.

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Milo Yiannopoulos Column Canceled by Daily Caller, Opinion Editor Also Fired

The conservative website The Daily Caller has canceled a planned “regular column” by conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos after just one post and fired its opinion editor over the matter.

In a statement, Daily Caller co-founder and publisher Neil Patel distanced himself from the entire Milo venture and insisted that the regular column idea was never official.

“Contrary to some recent news reports The Daily Caller did not hire Milo Yiannopoulos,” Patel told TheWrap. “He is not working for us. He has never worked for us. He does not have a regular column with us. Yiannopoulos published a single op-ed on The Daily Caller.”

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Patel’s remarks, however, contradict a statement which initially appeared at the bottom of Milo’s essay which originally indicated that the column would be regular.

The language was later updated to remove that promise.

Yesterday, the Daily Caller said Milo had been given a weekly column. That sentence has since been deleted. pic.twitter.com/Swt5ENuA81

– John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) November 4, 2017

The imbroglio also resulted in the firing of opinion editor Robert Mariani, who took to Twitter to denounce his former employers, saying Editor in Chief Geoffrey Ingersoll had been hot for the idea, and that Patel was an  “unscrupulous” and “emotionally imbalanced” man.

For anyone wondering, the Milo column I ran was
1. a top editor’s idea at an editorial meeting
2. cleared with the editor-in-chief

– Robert Mariani (@robert_mariani) November 4, 2017

my innovation was getting Milo to give me a regular, weekly contribution. other editors were notified about the submissions being regular

– Robert Mariani (@robert_mariani) November 4, 2017

My job was to maximize opinion section traffic and I got someone to give us regular 100k~ pageview pieces *for free*

– Robert Mariani (@robert_mariani) November 4, 2017

“columnist” doesn’t denote an official capacity at the DC. Other writers for me had the title and were just like any other contributor

– Robert Mariani (@robert_mariani) November 4, 2017

in fact it specifically denotes that they have no position as DC staff

– Robert Mariani (@robert_mariani) November 4, 2017

the publisher is an unscrupulous man and emotionally imbalanced man, pretty much everyone that’s worked there says so

– Robert Mariani (@robert_mariani) November 5, 2017

I mentioned it to the EIC that I would be receiving regular submissions from Milo, that was met with enthusiasm

– Robert Mariani (@robert_mariani) November 5, 2017

Mariani did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Yiannopoulos, for his part, responded to the cancellation with a full scorched-earth denunciation of Daily Caller, saying the site had promised him a weekly column but caved to political pressure.

He also published emails which seemed to suggest that site had initially been hot for the idea.

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“The Daily Caller has caved to pressure and cancelled my weekly column after a day, claiming, falsely, they never planned to run weekly contributions from me,” Yiannopoulos said in a Facebook statement. “The Daily Caller is also throwing its opinion editor Rob Mariani under the bus: we are told he has just been fired. I’m disappointed, to put it mildly.”

“Neil Patel is a cuck,” Yiannopoulos added in comments to TheWrap, using a common slur for a less-than-true conservative in alt-right circles.

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The conservative website The Daily Caller has canceled a planned “regular column” by conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos after just one post and fired its opinion editor over the matter.

In a statement, Daily Caller co-founder and publisher Neil Patel distanced himself from the entire Milo venture and insisted that the regular column idea was never official.

“Contrary to some recent news reports The Daily Caller did not hire Milo Yiannopoulos,” Patel told TheWrap. “He is not working for us. He has never worked for us. He does not have a regular column with us. Yiannopoulos published a single op-ed on The Daily Caller.”

Patel’s remarks, however, contradict a statement which initially appeared at the bottom of Milo’s essay which originally indicated that the column would be regular.

The language was later updated to remove that promise.

The imbroglio also resulted in the firing of opinion editor Robert Mariani, who took to Twitter to denounce his former employers, saying Editor in Chief Geoffrey Ingersoll had been hot for the idea, and that Patel was an  “unscrupulous” and “emotionally imbalanced” man.

Mariani did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Yiannopoulos, for his part, responded to the cancellation with a full scorched-earth denunciation of Daily Caller, saying the site had promised him a weekly column but caved to political pressure.

He also published emails which seemed to suggest that site had initially been hot for the idea.

“The Daily Caller has caved to pressure and cancelled my weekly column after a day, claiming, falsely, they never planned to run weekly contributions from me,” Yiannopoulos said in a Facebook statement. “The Daily Caller is also throwing its opinion editor Rob Mariani under the bus: we are told he has just been fired. I’m disappointed, to put it mildly.”

“Neil Patel is a cuck,” Yiannopoulos added in comments to TheWrap, using a common slur for a less-than-true conservative in alt-right circles.

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Trump Blames Texas Shooting on Shooter’s Mental Health: ‘This Isn’t a Guns Situation’

Trump says he believes the Texas shooting was caused by a “mental health problem,” not an issue with US gun laws https://t.co/6PR3NU9yOy pic.twitter.com/Q1MZqvO96q

— CNN (@CNN) November 6, 2017

President Donald Trump is weighing in on Sunday’s massacre at a Texas church which left 26 dead.

Speaking during a press conference in Japan, the president cited the shooter’s “mental health” and stressed his belief that “this isn’t a guns situation.”

“Mental health is your problem here. This was a very — based on preliminary reports — a very deranged individual. Lot of problems over a long period of time. We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, as do other countries,” he said. “This isn’t a guns situation, we could go into it, it’s a little bit soon to go into it.”

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Trump also made sure to note reports that the shooter, identified as former Air Force serviceman Devin Kelley, had been chased off by a good Samaritan armed with a rifle.

“Fortunately somebody else had a gun who was shooting in the opposite direction otherwise it would have been much worse,” Trump said. “This is a mental health problem at the highest level. it’s a very, very sad event. These are great people and a very, very sad event, but that’s the way I view it.”

The comments from Trump reflect the boilerplate GOP response to non-terrorism-related mass shootings in recent years and suggests the president does not plan to use the incident to push any specific legislation surrounding gun violence.

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President Donald Trump is weighing in on Sunday’s massacre at a Texas church which left 26 dead.

Speaking during a press conference in Japan, the president cited the shooter’s “mental health” and stressed his belief that “this isn’t a guns situation.”

“Mental health is your problem here. This was a very — based on preliminary reports — a very deranged individual. Lot of problems over a long period of time. We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, as do other countries,” he said. “This isn’t a guns situation, we could go into it, it’s a little bit soon to go into it.”

Trump also made sure to note reports that the shooter, identified as former Air Force serviceman Devin Kelley, had been chased off by a good Samaritan armed with a rifle.

“Fortunately somebody else had a gun who was shooting in the opposite direction otherwise it would have been much worse,” Trump said. “This is a mental health problem at the highest level. it’s a very, very sad event. These are great people and a very, very sad event, but that’s the way I view it.”

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‘Morning Joe’ Blasts GOP’s Guns Double Standard: ‘If a Guy Named Mohammed Blew Up That Church’

‘Morning Joe’ Blasts Guns Double Standard: ‘If a Guy Named Mohammad Blew Up That Church’ pic.twitter.com/gn9NWzzJwU

— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) November 6, 2017

On the set of “Morning Joe”on Monday, hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski bemoaned the latest gun massacre that left 26 dead in a Texas church on Sunday.

Scarborough said that if the shooter had been Muslim, the response from GOP politicians and our national conversations would be very different.

“If Southern Baptist churches were blowing up, if a guy named Mohammed blew up that church yesterday, oh, my God. Oh, my God. This morning Washington would be on fire,” said Scarborough.

“After these gun incidences that happen so much more often than acts of terrorism and kill so many more people,” he added. “All we get is, ‘Let’s pray,’ and ‘I feel so bad’ and ‘We can’t talk about it,’ and ‘Well, this is a mental health issue.’ We wouldn’t put up with this with any other epidemic.”

The team also cited President Donald Trump’s markedly different response to the mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas compared to the truck attack in New York City last week.

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Scarborough, a former gun-friendly Republican Congressman from Florida, said that the party and the NRA had gone off the deep end with firearms, forcing current GOP members into absurd positions.

“We have one apologist after another apologist after another apologist, it’s been going on since Sandy Hook and before coming on here going ‘oh, there’s nothing we can do. We’re weak. We’re helpless. We have to tell our children you may got shot in churches, you may get shot in concerns, you may get shot in school. We’re helpless.”

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On the set of “Morning Joe”on Monday, hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski bemoaned the latest gun massacre that left 26 dead in a Texas church on Sunday.

Scarborough said that if the shooter had been Muslim, the response from GOP politicians and our national conversations would be very different.

“If Southern Baptist churches were blowing up, if a guy named Mohammed blew up that church yesterday, oh, my God. Oh, my God. This morning Washington would be on fire,” said Scarborough.

“After these gun incidences that happen so much more often than acts of terrorism and kill so many more people,” he added. “All we get is, ‘Let’s pray,’ and ‘I feel so bad’ and ‘We can’t talk about it,’ and ‘Well, this is a mental health issue.’ We wouldn’t put up with this with any other epidemic.”

The team also cited President Donald Trump’s markedly different response to the mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas compared to the truck attack in New York City last week.

Scarborough, a former gun-friendly Republican Congressman from Florida, said that the party and the NRA had gone off the deep end with firearms, forcing current GOP members into absurd positions.

“We have one apologist after another apologist after another apologist, it’s been going on since Sandy Hook and before coming on here going ‘oh, there’s nothing we can do. We’re weak. We’re helpless. We have to tell our children you may got shot in churches, you may get shot in concerns, you may get shot in school. We’re helpless.”

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Milo Yiannopoulos Launches Daily Caller Column, Takes Swipe at Ex-Benefactor Robert Mercer

Milo Yiannopoulos is proving to critics that he’s a hard man to get rid of.

On Friday, the conservative Daily Caller launched the first in what they promised would be a regular series of columns from the conservative provocateur.

In the piece, “A Round of Applause for Kevin Spacey,” Yiannopoulos — in his typical fashion — “applauded” Kevin Spacey for dispelling what he said were left-wing myths about LGBT people as paragons of moral rectitude.

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Buried in the last paragraph, however was a cutting shot at Bob Mercer, the billionaire hedge fund recluse and Breitbart moneyman. Mercer severed ties with Yiannopoulos in a letter to his employees earlier this week, and accused the former Breitbart tech editor of causing “pain and divisiveness.”

Though Yiannopoulos wished Mercer well in a statement to TheWrap on Thursday, he pushed back forcefully on the billionaire’s critique in his essay.

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“This week I have been accused of causing ‘pain and divisiveness.’ I should hope so. A terminal disease in contemporary American culture is niceness. Appropriateness and earnestness are this country’s cardinal sins,” Yiannopoulos wrote. “The Left can only win by forcing us onto the uneven playing field of political correctness and constructive dialogue. I choose war.”

In addition to the usual controversies that swirl around him, Yiannopoulos has been dogged by comments he made which seemed to excuse pedophilia and revelations in a BuzzFeed report detailing his connections to white nationalists.

Daily Caller editor-in-chief Geoffrey Ingersoll said that did not concern him.

“If NYT can publish the likes of Vladimir Putin and a Hamas terrorist (without informing their audience of his conviction), then we can entertain opeds from Milo, the value of which you can read for yourself,” Ingersoll told TheWrap in an email. “Also, he’s not reporting for us. There’s a distinct difference between the opinion section here and the news section, like most other media outlets.”

“Nobody uses Putin’s oped to call into question the credibility of Maggie Haberman’s reporting. We expect the same standard from our media colleagues,” he added.

“I’m delighted to join the Daily Caller as a Friday columnist! It’s been too long since I wrote a weekly missive,” Yiannopoulos told TheWrap. “Milo on Fridays at TheDC will be one of America’s most widely read and universally loved columns in no time.”

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Milo Yiannopoulos is proving to critics that he’s a hard man to get rid of.

On Friday, the conservative Daily Caller launched the first in what they promised would be a regular series of columns from the conservative provocateur.

In the piece, “A Round of Applause for Kevin Spacey,” Yiannopoulos — in his typical fashion — “applauded” Kevin Spacey for dispelling what he said were left-wing myths about LGBT people as paragons of moral rectitude.

Buried in the last paragraph, however was a cutting shot at Bob Mercer, the billionaire hedge fund recluse and Breitbart moneyman. Mercer severed ties with Yiannopoulos in a letter to his employees earlier this week, and accused the former Breitbart tech editor of causing “pain and divisiveness.”

Though Yiannopoulos wished Mercer well in a statement to TheWrap on Thursday, he pushed back forcefully on the billionaire’s critique in his essay.

“This week I have been accused of causing ‘pain and divisiveness.’ I should hope so. A terminal disease in contemporary American culture is niceness. Appropriateness and earnestness are this country’s cardinal sins,” Yiannopoulos wrote. “The Left can only win by forcing us onto the uneven playing field of political correctness and constructive dialogue. I choose war.”

In addition to the usual controversies that swirl around him, Yiannopoulos has been dogged by comments he made which seemed to excuse pedophilia and revelations in a BuzzFeed report detailing his connections to white nationalists.

Daily Caller editor-in-chief Geoffrey Ingersoll said that did not concern him.

“If NYT can publish the likes of Vladimir Putin and a Hamas terrorist (without informing their audience of his conviction), then we can entertain opeds from Milo, the value of which you can read for yourself,” Ingersoll told TheWrap in an email. “Also, he’s not reporting for us. There’s a distinct difference between the opinion section here and the news section, like most other media outlets.”

“Nobody uses Putin’s oped to call into question the credibility of Maggie Haberman’s reporting. We expect the same standard from our media colleagues,” he added.

“I’m delighted to join the Daily Caller as a Friday columnist! It’s been too long since I wrote a weekly missive,” Yiannopoulos told TheWrap. “Milo on Fridays at TheDC will be one of America’s most widely read and universally loved columns in no time.”

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Donald Trump Is First Result in Twitter Search for ‘Hitler’

Is Twitter trolling Donald Trump? A Twitter search for “Hitler” shows @RealDonaldTrump’s account as the first result both both for both computer and mobile results.

But don’t take our word for it — try it yourself.

TheWrap discovered the oddity a day after Twitter admitted that a rogue employee had deleted the president profile for 11 minutes Thursday.

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A spokesperson for Twitter declined to comment on the “Hitler” search result, but a person familiar with the matter attributed the result to an “organic issue” and not a deliberate decision by the company.

The company initially said the deletion of Trump’s account was human error, before admitting that it was intentional.

The “Hitler” results and the account deactivation play into accusations from conservatives that the social network is biased towards liberals and routinely holds them to a lower standard of content.

“I have been inundated on Twitter with bloggers threatening to kill me, my wife my kids and even my dogs yet Twitter seems unconcerned about that,” Trump adviser Roger Stone told TheWrap shortly after he was suspended from the platform. He added that the company was part of an “effort to silence conservative voices.”

Conservatives and others have also long complained about the difficulty of getting verified on Twitter. The social network still refuses to grant the coveted blue check to Julian Assange — who has responded by affixing his own faux-verification blue diamond emoji to his account.

Even if the result is due to an “organic issue” — it seems hard to believe the company couldn’t fix the issue if it wanted to.

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Is Twitter trolling Donald Trump? A Twitter search for “Hitler” shows @RealDonaldTrump’s account as the first result both both for both computer and mobile results.

But don’t take our word for it — try it yourself.

TheWrap discovered the oddity a day after Twitter admitted that a rogue employee had deleted the president profile for 11 minutes Thursday.

A spokesperson for Twitter declined to comment on the “Hitler” search result, but a person familiar with the matter attributed the result to an “organic issue” and not a deliberate decision by the company.

The company initially said the deletion of Trump’s account was human error, before admitting that it was intentional.

The “Hitler” results and the account deactivation play into accusations from conservatives that the social network is biased towards liberals and routinely holds them to a lower standard of content.

“I have been inundated on Twitter with bloggers threatening to kill me, my wife my kids and even my dogs yet Twitter seems unconcerned about that,” Trump adviser Roger Stone told TheWrap shortly after he was suspended from the platform. He added that the company was part of an “effort to silence conservative voices.”

Conservatives and others have also long complained about the difficulty of getting verified on Twitter. The social network still refuses to grant the coveted blue check to Julian Assange — who has responded by affixing his own faux-verification blue diamond emoji to his account.

Even if the result is due to an “organic issue” — it seems hard to believe the company couldn’t fix the issue if it wanted to.

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Glenn Beck Slams Fox News for ‘Stupid’ Attacks on CNN’s Jake Tapper

During a recent interview with Bill O’Reilly, radio host Glenn Beck blasted Fox News over what he called their “stupid” attack on CNN’s Jake Tapper and his description of the phrase “Allahu Akbar.”

Beck, who was once a star anchor at the network before founding his own media shop, TheBlaze, said the incident was motivated by people “blinded” by “hate.”

“It was a stupid and completely wrong thing. But people spread it. Agreed with it. And it’s because of an unreasonable hatred of the media,” he told O’Reilly. “Hatred is the problem. We can’t be blinded by our hate for the media.”

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On Wednesday, Tapper spoke about the arabic phrase in its historical context. In a tweet they later deleted, Fox News erroneously reported that Tapper was saying the expression was “beautiful.” That led to a nasty tweetstorm from the CNN host against the network.  The issue was revived later that night by Sean Hannity.

On his program, Beck said he liked Tapper and insisted he was one of the only mainstream media reporters who regularly asked tough questions of President Obama.

“On CNN the only one was Jake Tapper,” said Beck. “I think he’s getting a raw deal now.”

O’Reilly conceded the story — which Beck pointed out originated on the conspiracy-oriented website InfoWars — was dumb but said Beck was pushing a dangerous moral equivalency by comparing the matter to O’Reilly’s broader indictment of the anti-Trump media.

“You’re doing a moral equivalency here and it’s not even close and I would warn you, if you have a national media that is dominated by people who want to destroy the presidency that pales, that pales to people reacting to people against it.”

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During a recent interview with Bill O’Reilly, radio host Glenn Beck blasted Fox News over what he called their “stupid” attack on CNN’s Jake Tapper and his description of the phrase “Allahu Akbar.”

Beck, who was once a star anchor at the network before founding his own media shop, TheBlaze, said the incident was motivated by people “blinded” by “hate.”

“It was a stupid and completely wrong thing. But people spread it. Agreed with it. And it’s because of an unreasonable hatred of the media,” he told O’Reilly. “Hatred is the problem. We can’t be blinded by our hate for the media.”

On Wednesday, Tapper spoke about the arabic phrase in its historical context. In a tweet they later deleted, Fox News erroneously reported that Tapper was saying the expression was “beautiful.” That led to a nasty tweetstorm from the CNN host against the network.  The issue was revived later that night by Sean Hannity.

On his program, Beck said he liked Tapper and insisted he was one of the only mainstream media reporters who regularly asked tough questions of President Obama.

“On CNN the only one was Jake Tapper,” said Beck. “I think he’s getting a raw deal now.”

O’Reilly conceded the story — which Beck pointed out originated on the conspiracy-oriented website InfoWars — was dumb but said Beck was pushing a dangerous moral equivalency by comparing the matter to O’Reilly’s broader indictment of the anti-Trump media.

“You’re doing a moral equivalency here and it’s not even close and I would warn you, if you have a national media that is dominated by people who want to destroy the presidency that pales, that pales to people reacting to people against it.”

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‘Ferguson’ Playwright Defends Play Debunking Myths About Michael Brown Killing

On Sunday, Phelim McAleer managed to mount a New York City production of his play “Ferguson,” a dramatic re-enactment of the grand jury deliberations surrounding police officer Darren Wilson’s 2014 shooting of teenager Michael Brown in suburban St. Louis.

By relying solely on the actual testimony that resulted in the decision not to bring criminal charges against Wilson, McAleer also debunked a lot of widely believed but factually unsubstantiated details about the case, including famously, that Brown had attempted to surrender by putting his hands up but was shot anyway.

“I just felt that the truth wasn’t being told,” McAleer told TheWrap. “I care a lot about the truth.”

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The first production — a staged reading in Los Angeles in 2015 — did not go nearly as well, with nine members of the cast walking out. One of those actors was Philip Casnoff, who said at the time that he didn’t trust McAleer’s motives. 

“It felt like the purpose of the piece was to show, ‘Of course he was not indicted — here’s why,’” Casnoff told the Los Angeles Times.

Casnoff’s representatives did not return request for comment from TheWrap. Two other actors involved in the original production did not immediately respond to request for comment.

McAleer, a conservative who has co-directed documentaries challenging climate science and anti-fracking activists, said that the L.A. actors were more concerned about preserving a false narrative than truth.

“It’s a very interesting psychological phenomenon. They are so attached to that narrative, that story,” he said. “Actors aren’t as brave as they’d like to think they are.”

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Indeed, the U.S. Department of Justice has challenged the widely held belief that Brown said, “Hands up, don’t shoot.”

Per the Department of Justice:

Although there are several individuals who have stated that Brown held his hands up in an unambiguous sign of surrender prior to Wilson shooting him dead, their accounts do not support a prosecution of Wilson. As detailed throughout this report, some of those accounts are inaccurate because they are inconsistent with the physical and forensic evidence; some of those accounts are materially inconsistent with that witness’s own prior statements with no explanation, credible for otherwise, as to why those accounts changed over time. Certain other witnesses who originally stated Brown had his hands up in surrender recanted their original accounts, admitting that they did not witness the shooting or parts of it, despite what they initially reported either to federal or local law enforcement or to the media. Prosecutors did not rely on those accounts when making a prosecutive decision.

“Wilson was justified in shooting Brown,” the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart said after the report was released in 2015.

“I am a journalist, I grew up in Northern Ireland. Human rights and civil rights were a thing when I was growing up,” said McAleer. “I also have some experience with excessive paramilitary-style policing.”

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To create “Ferguson,” McAleer spent six weeks analyzing the known facts in the case, synthesizing nearly 5,000 pages of actual grand jury testimony.

The New York premiere, which played to a small but packed house, went largely without a hitch.

“No one dropped out. We are a pretty tight knit cast, headed by our director Jerry Dixon, who brought a real sense of leadership and purpose to this production,” Ian Campbell Dunn who played Darren Wilson, told TheWrap. “Everyone was together in seeking out how to portray that truthfully for ourselves as actors, and as human beings.” 

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On Sunday, Phelim McAleer managed to mount a New York City production of his play “Ferguson,” a dramatic re-enactment of the grand jury deliberations surrounding police officer Darren Wilson’s 2014 shooting of teenager Michael Brown in suburban St. Louis.

By relying solely on the actual testimony that resulted in the decision not to bring criminal charges against Wilson, McAleer also debunked a lot of widely believed but factually unsubstantiated details about the case, including famously, that Brown had attempted to surrender by putting his hands up but was shot anyway.

“I just felt that the truth wasn’t being told,” McAleer told TheWrap. “I care a lot about the truth.”

The first production — a staged reading in Los Angeles in 2015 — did not go nearly as well, with nine members of the cast walking out. One of those actors was Philip Casnoff, who said at the time that he didn’t trust McAleer’s motives. 

“It felt like the purpose of the piece was to show, ‘Of course he was not indicted — here’s why,'” Casnoff told the Los Angeles Times.

Casnoff’s representatives did not return request for comment from TheWrap. Two other actors involved in the original production did not immediately respond to request for comment.

McAleer, a conservative who has co-directed documentaries challenging climate science and anti-fracking activists, said that the L.A. actors were more concerned about preserving a false narrative than truth.

“It’s a very interesting psychological phenomenon. They are so attached to that narrative, that story,” he said. “Actors aren’t as brave as they’d like to think they are.”

Indeed, the U.S. Department of Justice has challenged the widely held belief that Brown said, “Hands up, don’t shoot.”

Per the Department of Justice:

Although there are several individuals who have stated that Brown held his hands up in an unambiguous sign of surrender prior to Wilson shooting him dead, their accounts do not support a prosecution of Wilson. As detailed throughout this report, some of those accounts are inaccurate because they are inconsistent with the physical and forensic evidence; some of those accounts are materially inconsistent with that witness’s own prior statements with no explanation, credible for otherwise, as to why those accounts changed over time. Certain other witnesses who originally stated Brown had his hands up in surrender recanted their original accounts, admitting that they did not witness the shooting or parts of it, despite what they initially reported either to federal or local law enforcement or to the media. Prosecutors did not rely on those accounts when making a prosecutive decision.

“Wilson was justified in shooting Brown,” the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart said after the report was released in 2015.

“I am a journalist, I grew up in Northern Ireland. Human rights and civil rights were a thing when I was growing up,” said McAleer. “I also have some experience with excessive paramilitary-style policing.”

To create “Ferguson,” McAleer spent six weeks analyzing the known facts in the case, synthesizing nearly 5,000 pages of actual grand jury testimony.

The New York premiere, which played to a small but packed house, went largely without a hitch.

“No one dropped out. We are a pretty tight knit cast, headed by our director Jerry Dixon, who brought a real sense of leadership and purpose to this production,” Ian Campbell Dunn who played Darren Wilson, told TheWrap. “Everyone was together in seeking out how to portray that truthfully for ourselves as actors, and as human beings.” 

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Mother Jones’ David Corn Investigated for Inappropriate Conduct

Mother Jones Washington Bureau chief David Corn is facing his second investigation for inappropriate conduct in three years, Politico reported Friday.

Reps for the left-skewing magazine told Politico that they had investigated Corn three years ago over allegations of inappropriate physical contact between him and female staffers and charges of making inappropriate jokes.

In addition, Mother Jones management will look at a new set of emails containing additional allegations against Corn.

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Representatives for Mother Jones were not immediately available for comment.

“What we heard about in the past were concerns about nonsexual touching (patting on the shoulder, slapping on the back, poking in the arm),” Mother Jones editor-in-chief Clara Jeffery and CEO Monika Bauerlein told Politico. “At no time did anyone claim that any kind of sexual touching occurred. In fact, the people who raised concerns about touching told us that they did not consider it sexual, but simply didn’t want any physical contact at all.”

Corn also issued his own statement categorically denying misbehavior but conceding that his past actions may have been misinterpreted.

“I am an exuberant person and have been known to pat male and female colleagues on the shoulder or slap them on the back, but always in a collegial or celebratory way,” he told Politico. “I have never touched any work colleague in a sexual manner. Once concerns were raised about this type of contact, I have been mindful to avoid it to prevent any misperception. If anyone ever perceived any of this as ‘sexual’ or ‘domineering,’ I am sorry — that was never my intent.”

The Corn troubles are only the latest in a string of allegations against powerful men in media and entertainment that has roiled the industries.

Since the New York Times’ explosive Harvey Weinstein exposé last month, NBC contributor Mark Halperin, actor Kevin Spacey, NPR’s top editor Michael Oreskes and many others have all faced consequences after accusations of professional misconduct.

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Mother Jones Washington Bureau chief David Corn is facing his second investigation for inappropriate conduct in three years, Politico reported Friday.

Reps for the left-skewing magazine told Politico that they had investigated Corn three years ago over allegations of inappropriate physical contact between him and female staffers and charges of making inappropriate jokes.

In addition, Mother Jones management will look at a new set of emails containing additional allegations against Corn.

Representatives for Mother Jones were not immediately available for comment.

“What we heard about in the past were concerns about nonsexual touching (patting on the shoulder, slapping on the back, poking in the arm),” Mother Jones editor-in-chief Clara Jeffery and CEO Monika Bauerlein told Politico. “At no time did anyone claim that any kind of sexual touching occurred. In fact, the people who raised concerns about touching told us that they did not consider it sexual, but simply didn’t want any physical contact at all.”

Corn also issued his own statement categorically denying misbehavior but conceding that his past actions may have been misinterpreted.

“I am an exuberant person and have been known to pat male and female colleagues on the shoulder or slap them on the back, but always in a collegial or celebratory way,” he told Politico. “I have never touched any work colleague in a sexual manner. Once concerns were raised about this type of contact, I have been mindful to avoid it to prevent any misperception. If anyone ever perceived any of this as ‘sexual’ or ‘domineering,’ I am sorry — that was never my intent.”

The Corn troubles are only the latest in a string of allegations against powerful men in media and entertainment that has roiled the industries.

Since the New York Times’ explosive Harvey Weinstein exposé last month, NBC contributor Mark Halperin, actor Kevin Spacey, NPR’s top editor Michael Oreskes and many others have all faced consequences after accusations of professional misconduct.

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Trump Taunts ‘Pocahontas’ Elizabeth Warren, Threatens Clinton: ‘The FBI, Must Do What Is Right’

President Donald Trump opened the news cycle Friday morning with a Twitter fusillade. The president primarily focused on allegations by former DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile that Hillary Clinton and the DNC “rigged” the nomination in her favor with a financing deal in August 2015.

Trump suggested the matter may warrant FBI attention.

“Everybody is asking why the Justice Department (and FBI) isn’t looking into all of the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary & the Dems,” Trump tweeted. “New Donna B book says she paid for and stole the Dem Primary.

“What about the deleted E-mails, Uranium, Podesta, the Server, plus, plus, people are angry,” he continued. “At some point the Justice Department, and the FBI, must do what is right and proper. The American public deserves it!”

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Everybody is asking why the Justice Department (and FBI) isn’t looking into all of the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary & the Dems..

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017

…New Donna B book says she paid for and stole the Dem Primary. What about the deleted E-mails, Uranium, Podesta, the Server, plus, plus…

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017

….People are angry. At some point the Justice Department, and the FBI, must do what is right and proper. The American public deserves it!

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017

The president even got Pocahontas — his perennial nickname for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) —  into the act.

“The real story on Collusion is in Donna B’s new book. Crooked Hillary bought the DNC & then stole the Democratic Primary from Crazy Bernie!” he said.

“Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept.”

The real story on Collusion is in Donna B’s new book. Crooked Hillary bought the DNC & then stole the Democratic Primary from Crazy Bernie!

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017

Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept.

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017

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In an excerpt from her upcoming book published on Politico on Thursday, Brazile described a fundraising agreement that was made in August 2015 — long before the first primaries were held — in which the Hillary Victory Fund and Hillary for America would help pay off the DNC’s outstanding debt. In exchange, the Clinton campaign would oversee the “party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised.”

According to Brazile, a bankrupt DNC allowed itself to be totally controlled by the Clinton campaign in exchange for funding, and formalized the agreement in writing.

And while news of the deal was reported on at the time, the depth and details of the arrangement had not been widely understood.

Still, Brazile herself wrote, that no laws appear to have been broken that would warrant an FBI investigation. “This was not a criminal act,” she wrote, “but as I saw it, it compromised the party’s integrity.

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President Donald Trump opened the news cycle Friday morning with a Twitter fusillade. The president primarily focused on allegations by former DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile that Hillary Clinton and the DNC “rigged” the nomination in her favor with a financing deal in August 2015.

Trump suggested the matter may warrant FBI attention.

“Everybody is asking why the Justice Department (and FBI) isn’t looking into all of the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary & the Dems,” Trump tweeted. “New Donna B book says she paid for and stole the Dem Primary.

“What about the deleted E-mails, Uranium, Podesta, the Server, plus, plus, people are angry,” he continued. “At some point the Justice Department, and the FBI, must do what is right and proper. The American public deserves it!”

The president even got Pocahontas — his perennial nickname for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) —  into the act.

“The real story on Collusion is in Donna B’s new book. Crooked Hillary bought the DNC & then stole the Democratic Primary from Crazy Bernie!” he said.

“Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept.”

In an excerpt from her upcoming book published on Politico on Thursday, Brazile described a fundraising agreement that was made in August 2015 — long before the first primaries were held — in which the Hillary Victory Fund and Hillary for America would help pay off the DNC’s outstanding debt. In exchange, the Clinton campaign would oversee the “party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised.”

According to Brazile, a bankrupt DNC allowed itself to be totally controlled by the Clinton campaign in exchange for funding, and formalized the agreement in writing.

And while news of the deal was reported on at the time, the depth and details of the arrangement had not been widely understood.

Still, Brazile herself wrote, that no laws appear to have been broken that would warrant an FBI investigation. “This was not a criminal act,” she wrote, “but as I saw it, it compromised the party’s integrity.

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Why Human Resources Departments Seldom Have Teeth in Sexual Harassment Cases

During an event last month promoting her new book, “Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back,” former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson took a pointed shot at a workplace institution — Human Resources.

Despite its traditional role as a mediator of workplace complaints, Carlson blasted HR departments at Fox and many other large corporations as ineffective.

“I actually believe that reporting sexual harassment should go to a different part of the company. In fact, it shouldn’t even be a part of the company,” she said. “Remember who is signing the paycheck, because that’s who you’re beholden to. And if the harasser is the boss, then forget it. You as the employee have no chance.”

As the political and media worlds deal with near daily allegations of sexual misconduct, HR has emerged as a familiar boogeyman, at best looking the other way and at worst actively enabling the behavior they are supposed to prevent. In many cases, individuals like Mark Halperin at ABC News and Bill O’Reilly at Fox News who have become the targets of sexual misconduct accusations never received a single HR complaint.

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“Sexual harassment claims are obviously amongst the most sensitive for all parties involved. The stress that an employee has about reporting it cannot be underestimated,” Glen Loveland, a veteran HR manager now working for China Central Television, told TheWrap. “It really is up to HR to create an environment in which employees feel safe to speak with them.”

Loveland added that too many industry professionals were disconnected from the day-to-day realities of employees.

“HR leaders have a responsibility to be more visible in the workplace. Building those relationships and bridges is so important to help ward off issues in the first place,” he noted.

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There are other issues too. During an appearance on “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” another former Fox News host, Megyn Kelly, summed up the dilemma many women face when deciding whether to file a complaint.

“Even if HR is a real option, it doesn’t always go your way,” Kelly told Meyers during an October appearance. “If you take a shot at the king you better kill him, you’ve heard that saying. If you don’t win this showdown, you know what’s going to happen to you.”

Indeed without the a smoking gun — damning evidence like emails or text messages — too many HR complaints devolve into a he said, she said argument with no end result except the residue of bad blood. In many cases, too, HR professionals fail to close the loop by explaining to accusers how their original complaint was resolved.

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Rob Toole, a partner with the HR outsourcing firm, Kona HR Consulting, agreed with Kelly’s assessment.

“The big issue is, if you go to HR and you want to make a complaint against Bill O’Reilly, the first thing you tell the person is, ‘We have to tell Bill O’Reilly you are making complaint,’” said Toole, citing procedures required by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

In Toole’s experience, that disclosure to the accused dissuades roughly half of employees from filing complaints in the first place.

Failure to “kill the king” also raises the real issue of retaliation from the company or the accused.

While workplace retaliation over sexual harassment charges is specifically forbidden by the 1964 Civil Rights Act, it does happen, with Toole and Kelly both saying it can be conducted in subtle ways that are almost impossible to prove.

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Toole said if you truly had the goods on a sexual harasser, it might be best to bypass HR altogether and get a lawyer.

“If you have concrete evidence things have been done, I would quit my job and get a lawyer and cash out,” he said.

And with news of high dollar dollar settlements emerging on a seemingly daily basis, it seems a growing number of accusers have come to the same conclusion.

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During an event last month promoting her new book, “Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back,” former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson took a pointed shot at a workplace institution — Human Resources.

Despite its traditional role as a mediator of workplace complaints, Carlson blasted HR departments at Fox and many other large corporations as ineffective.

“I actually believe that reporting sexual harassment should go to a different part of the company. In fact, it shouldn’t even be a part of the company,” she said. “Remember who is signing the paycheck, because that’s who you’re beholden to. And if the harasser is the boss, then forget it. You as the employee have no chance.”

As the political and media worlds deal with near daily allegations of sexual misconduct, HR has emerged as a familiar boogeyman, at best looking the other way and at worst actively enabling the behavior they are supposed to prevent. In many cases, individuals like Mark Halperin at ABC News and Bill O’Reilly at Fox News who have become the targets of sexual misconduct accusations never received a single HR complaint.

“Sexual harassment claims are obviously amongst the most sensitive for all parties involved. The stress that an employee has about reporting it cannot be underestimated,” Glen Loveland, a veteran HR manager now working for China Central Television, told TheWrap. “It really is up to HR to create an environment in which employees feel safe to speak with them.”

Loveland added that too many industry professionals were disconnected from the day-to-day realities of employees.

“HR leaders have a responsibility to be more visible in the workplace. Building those relationships and bridges is so important to help ward off issues in the first place,” he noted.

There are other issues too. During an appearance on “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” another former Fox News host, Megyn Kelly, summed up the dilemma many women face when deciding whether to file a complaint.

“Even if HR is a real option, it doesn’t always go your way,” Kelly told Meyers during an October appearance. “If you take a shot at the king you better kill him, you’ve heard that saying. If you don’t win this showdown, you know what’s going to happen to you.”

Indeed without the a smoking gun — damning evidence like emails or text messages — too many HR complaints devolve into a he said, she said argument with no end result except the residue of bad blood. In many cases, too, HR professionals fail to close the loop by explaining to accusers how their original complaint was resolved.

Rob Toole, a partner with the HR outsourcing firm, Kona HR Consulting, agreed with Kelly’s assessment.

“The big issue is, if you go to HR and you want to make a complaint against Bill O’Reilly, the first thing you tell the person is, ‘We have to tell Bill O’Reilly you are making complaint,'” said Toole, citing procedures required by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

In Toole’s experience, that disclosure to the accused dissuades roughly half of employees from filing complaints in the first place.

Failure to “kill the king” also raises the real issue of retaliation from the company or the accused.

While workplace retaliation over sexual harassment charges is specifically forbidden by the 1964 Civil Rights Act, it does happen, with Toole and Kelly both saying it can be conducted in subtle ways that are almost impossible to prove.

Toole said if you truly had the goods on a sexual harasser, it might be best to bypass HR altogether and get a lawyer.

“If you have concrete evidence things have been done, I would quit my job and get a lawyer and cash out,” he said.

And with news of high dollar dollar settlements emerging on a seemingly daily basis, it seems a growing number of accusers have come to the same conclusion.

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Trump Backer Robert Mercer Sells Stake in Breitbart News, Severs Ties With Milo Yiannopoulos

Robert Mercer, the reclusive billionaire and major donor to conservative political causes, announced Thursday that he is selling his stake in Breitbart News.

Mercer made the announcement in a letter to employees at his hedge fund Renaissance Technologies, where he plans to relinquish his managerial duties by January. He has served as co-CEO since 2010.

“For personal reasons, I have also decided to sell my stake in Breitbart News to my daughters,” he said in the letter, in which he also said he was “mistaken” to have supported former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos and that he is “in the process of severing all ties with” the right-wing firebrand.

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“In my opinion, actions of and statements by Mr. Yiannopoulos have caused pain and divisiveness undermining the open and productive discourse that I had hoped to facilitate,” he wrote.

While there is no indication that Mercer’s daughters plan a new direction for Breitbart, the news is highly significant for Yiannopoulos. Since leaving Breitbart earlier this year, the provocateur attempted to launch his own media venture, Milo Inc., whose financing was never publicly disclosed.

But in July, BuzzFeed’s Joseph Bernstein reported, “Leaked documents, including a promissory note and emails, as well as conversations with several people familiar with the matter, strongly imply that the Mercers funded Yiannopoulos following his resignation from Breitbart News.”

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Yiannopoulos abruptly left Breitbart in February after he made glib comments about the Roman Catholic pedophilia scandal and seemed to endorse sex with boys as young as 13.

In his letter, Mercer also denied that he “marches in lockstep” with Breitbart editor and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. “I make my own decisions with respect to whom I support politically,” he wrote. “Those decisions do not always align with Mr. Bannon’s.”

Mercer also stridently denied any assertion that he was a white supremacist or a member of some other noxious group.” “Discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, creed, or anything of that sort is abhorrent to me,” he wrote. “But more than that, it is ignorant.”

 

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Robert Mercer, the reclusive billionaire and major donor to conservative political causes, announced Thursday that he is selling his stake in Breitbart News.

Mercer made the announcement in a letter to employees at his hedge fund Renaissance Technologies, where he plans to relinquish his managerial duties by January. He has served as co-CEO since 2010.

“For personal reasons, I have also decided to sell my stake in Breitbart News to my daughters,” he said in the letter, in which he also said he was “mistaken” to have supported former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos and that he is “in the process of severing all ties with” the right-wing firebrand.

“In my opinion, actions of and statements by Mr. Yiannopoulos have caused pain and divisiveness undermining the open and productive discourse that I had hoped to facilitate,” he wrote.

While there is no indication that Mercer’s daughters plan a new direction for Breitbart, the news is highly significant for Yiannopoulos. Since leaving Breitbart earlier this year, the provocateur attempted to launch his own media venture, Milo Inc., whose financing was never publicly disclosed.

But in July, BuzzFeed’s Joseph Bernstein reported, “Leaked documents, including a promissory note and emails, as well as conversations with several people familiar with the matter, strongly imply that the Mercers funded Yiannopoulos following his resignation from Breitbart News.”

Yiannopoulos abruptly left Breitbart in February after he made glib comments about the Roman Catholic pedophilia scandal and seemed to endorse sex with boys as young as 13.

In his letter, Mercer also denied that he “marches in lockstep” with Breitbart editor and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. “I make my own decisions with respect to whom I support politically,” he wrote. “Those decisions do not always align with Mr. Bannon’s.”

Mercer also stridently denied any assertion that he was a white supremacist or a member of some other noxious group.” “Discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, creed, or anything of that sort is abhorrent to me,” he wrote. “But more than that, it is ignorant.”

 

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Donna Brazile Says DNC ‘Rigged’ Primary for Hillary Clinton and Twitterverse Erupts

Longtime Democratic operative Donna Brazile dropped a bomb Thursday morning, writing in Politico that she had found “proof” that the Democratic National Committee “rigged the nomination process” in favor of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Brazile describes a fundraising agreement that was made in August 2015 — long before the first primaries were held — in which the Hillary Victory Fund and Hillary for America would help pay off the DNC’s outstanding debt. In exchange, the Clinton campaign would oversee the “party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised.”

According to Brazile, a bankrupt DNC allowed itself to be totally controlled by the Clinton campaign in exchange for funding, and formalized the agreement in writing.

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According to Brazile:

The agreement–signed by Amy Dacey, the former CEO of the DNC, and Robby Mook with a copy to Marc Elias–specified that in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised. Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the party communications director, and it would make final decisions on all the other staff. The DNC also was required to consult with the campaign about all other staffing, budgeting, data, analytics, and mailings.

“When you have an open contest without an incumbent and competitive primaries, the party comes under the candidate’s control only after the nominee is certain,” Brazile added. “This victory fund agreement, however, had been signed in August 2015, just four months after Hillary announced her candidacy and nearly a year before she officially had the nomination.”

The news supports longstanding claims by supporters of Clinton’s primary rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, that the DNC and former chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz helped fix the contest in favor of Hillary Clinton during the bitter 2016 contest between the two candidates.

On Twitter, critics of Hillary Clinton on both sides of the political spectrum were out in force.

Donna Brazile just threw Hillary Clinton, the DNC, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz under the bus.

Me:#DonnaBrazile #IAmHillary pic.twitter.com/OIpiimYOq0

– #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) November 2, 2017

The revelations from Donna Brazile this morning are both really, really insane and really, really self-serving https://t.co/lFGWMWYr3S

– Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) November 2, 2017

Remember that time media said Bernie was being conspiratorial and grumpy about Hillary stealing the nomination? Yeah. Me too.

– Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 2, 2017

Damning stuff from @donnabrazile. https://t.co/5URdi5PMxS

– Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) November 2, 2017

Bernie never had a chance. Astonishing new revelations from inside the DNC about how HRC bought the nomination.https://t.co/jjyN225iUr

– Geoffrey Miller (@primalpoly) November 2, 2017

Donna Brazile comes clean about the DNC being under Hillary’s control. This is huge. https://t.co/ieBpigSJTd via @politicomag

– Secular Talk (@KyleKulinski) November 2, 2017

Donna Brazile comes clean about the DNC being under Hillary’s control. This is huge. https://t.co/ieBpigSJTd via @politicomag

– Secular Talk (@KyleKulinski) November 2, 2017

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Longtime Democratic operative Donna Brazile dropped a bomb Thursday morning, writing in Politico that she had found “proof” that the Democratic National Committee “rigged the nomination process” in favor of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Brazile describes a fundraising agreement that was made in August 2015 — long before the first primaries were held — in which the Hillary Victory Fund and Hillary for America would help pay off the DNC’s outstanding debt. In exchange, the Clinton campaign would oversee the “party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised.”

According to Brazile, a bankrupt DNC allowed itself to be totally controlled by the Clinton campaign in exchange for funding, and formalized the agreement in writing.

According to Brazile:

The agreement–signed by Amy Dacey, the former CEO of the DNC, and Robby Mook with a copy to Marc Elias–specified that in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised. Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the party communications director, and it would make final decisions on all the other staff. The DNC also was required to consult with the campaign about all other staffing, budgeting, data, analytics, and mailings.

“When you have an open contest without an incumbent and competitive primaries, the party comes under the candidate’s control only after the nominee is certain,” Brazile added. “This victory fund agreement, however, had been signed in August 2015, just four months after Hillary announced her candidacy and nearly a year before she officially had the nomination.”

The news supports longstanding claims by supporters of Clinton’s primary rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, that the DNC and former chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz helped fix the contest in favor of Hillary Clinton during the bitter 2016 contest between the two candidates.

On Twitter, critics of Hillary Clinton on both sides of the political spectrum were out in force.

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‘Morning Joe’ Says Sean Sean Hannity Could Derail Murdoch Plan to Buy Sky News

On the set of “Morning Joe” Thursday, host Joe Scarborough seemed keen on reviving his famously nasty feud with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

On set with Vanity Fair’s Gabe Sherman, Scarborough opted for a little concern trolling, speculating about whether conspiracy-minded hosts like Sean Hannity might derail Rupert Murdoch’s dream to acquire European media giant Sky News.

“We have heard that Rupert Murdoch is very concerned,” said Scarborough. “What are the Murdochs thinking when they’re seeing Sean Hannity or other people? Are they not concerned anymore that this is going to impact Sky?”

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Unlike a normal purchase, the Sky deal must be approved by the British regulatory agency Ofcom, which has been considering Fox News’ sexual harassment allegations as part of its approval process.

Sherman said the sharp right turn at Fox News over the last several weeks might be an attempt to curry favor with President Donald Trump in hopes he might influence the U.S. Justice Department’s own investigation of the network’s personnel practices.

“There is an open federal investigation into Fox News looking at the way they perhaps used company money to cover up Roger Ailes’ sexual harassment settlement. That is a major problem,” Sherman said.

“Perhaps is [Hannity] cozying up to Trump with this completely over-the-top coverage,” he continued. “Perhaps because he hopes that the Trump White House will shut down this federal investigation.”

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On the set of “Morning Joe” Thursday, host Joe Scarborough seemed keen on reviving his famously nasty feud with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

On set with Vanity Fair’s Gabe Sherman, Scarborough opted for a little concern trolling, speculating about whether conspiracy-minded hosts like Sean Hannity might derail Rupert Murdoch’s dream to acquire European media giant Sky News.

“We have heard that Rupert Murdoch is very concerned,” said Scarborough. “What are the Murdochs thinking when they’re seeing Sean Hannity or other people? Are they not concerned anymore that this is going to impact Sky?”

Unlike a normal purchase, the Sky deal must be approved by the British regulatory agency Ofcom, which has been considering Fox News’ sexual harassment allegations as part of its approval process.

Sherman said the sharp right turn at Fox News over the last several weeks might be an attempt to curry favor with President Donald Trump in hopes he might influence the U.S. Justice Department’s own investigation of the network’s personnel practices.

“There is an open federal investigation into Fox News looking at the way they perhaps used company money to cover up Roger Ailes’ sexual harassment settlement. That is a major problem,” Sherman said.

“Perhaps is [Hannity] cozying up to Trump with this completely over-the-top coverage,” he continued. “Perhaps because he hopes that the Trump White House will shut down this federal investigation.”

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Condé Nast Axes Teen Vogue Print Edition, 80 Jobs

Publishing behemoth Condé Nast will end Teen Vogue’s print magazine and slash 80 jobs company-wide, an individual familiar with the matter told TheWrap.

The New York-based media company will instead focus resources on the growth of Teen Vogue’s digital brand under the direction of Digital Editorial Director Phil Picardi.

It’s unclear at this time how many of those 80 layoffs will come from TeenVogue — or whether the site’s firebrand political columnist Lauren Duca is among those pink-slipped.

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In an additional cost-cutting move, the individual said that Condé Nast media properties such as Architectural Digest, GQ, Glamour, Allure, Bon Appétit, W, and Condé Nast Traveler will all trim the number of issues printed each year.

The news was first reported by  WWD’s Alexandra Steigrad.

A spokesperson for Condé Naste declined to comment.

During the 2016 election, Teen Vogue has emerged as a place for politically interested millennials and generation-Z readers.

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The site’s political coverage, in particular from contributing columnist Lauren Duca, has connected with large numbers of this cohort.

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Publishing behemoth Condé Nast will end Teen Vogue’s print magazine and slash 80 jobs company-wide, an individual familiar with the matter told TheWrap.

The New York-based media company will instead focus resources on the growth of Teen Vogue’s digital brand under the direction of Digital Editorial Director Phil Picardi.

It’s unclear at this time how many of those 80 layoffs will come from TeenVogue — or whether the site’s firebrand political columnist Lauren Duca is among those pink-slipped.

In an additional cost-cutting move, the individual said that Condé Nast media properties such as Architectural Digest, GQ, Glamour, Allure, Bon Appétit, W, and Condé Nast Traveler will all trim the number of issues printed each year.

The news was first reported by  WWD’s Alexandra Steigrad.

A spokesperson for Condé Naste declined to comment.

During the 2016 election, Teen Vogue has emerged as a place for politically interested millennials and generation-Z readers.

The site’s political coverage, in particular from contributing columnist Lauren Duca, has connected with large numbers of this cohort.

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Trump Demands ‘DEATH PENALTY’ for NYC Attacker After Fox News Segment

On Wednesday evening, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to call for the death penalty for New York City terror suspect  Sayfullo Saipov.

“NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!,” he said.

NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2017

The tweet suggests that Donald Trump may be a fan of Fox News’ new 11:00 p.m. “Fox News @ Night” which opened the program with a segment from reporter Eric Shawn which mentioned that tidbit about the ISIS flag.

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“We are told he remains unrepentant tonight and defiant, court papers saying that he wants to hang the ISIS flag in his hospital room and that he also was glad and happy that he killed eight innocent people,” said Shawn

At the end of the segment Shawn also mentioned the death penalty.

“Saipov,” he said “could potentially get the death penalty.”

Of course — as many pointed out Wednesday evening — Trump’s public weighing in on the matter will likely make a compelling case for any defense lawyer looking to convince a judge to spare Saipov’s life.

Why are you tainting the jury pool this way? We all agree the guy should fry, but what are you thinking?https://t.co/of5R4Djsdp

– Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 2, 2017

The president however didn’t seem to mind and reiterated his call again on Thursday morning.

“Would love to send the NYC terrorist to Guantanamo but statistically that process takes much longer than going through the Federal system,” he tweeted. “There is also something appropriate about keeping him in the home of the horrible crime he committed. Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY!”

Would love to send the NYC terrorist to Guantanamo but statistically that process takes much longer than going through the Federal system…

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2017

…There is also something appropriate about keeping him in the home of the horrible crime he committed. Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY!

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2017

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On Wednesday evening, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to call for the death penalty for New York City terror suspect  Sayfullo Saipov.

“NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!,” he said.

The tweet suggests that Donald Trump may be a fan of Fox News’ new 11:00 p.m. “Fox News @ Night” which opened the program with a segment from reporter Eric Shawn which mentioned that tidbit about the ISIS flag.

“We are told he remains unrepentant tonight and defiant, court papers saying that he wants to hang the ISIS flag in his hospital room and that he also was glad and happy that he killed eight innocent people,” said Shawn

At the end of the segment Shawn also mentioned the death penalty.

“Saipov,” he said “could potentially get the death penalty.”

Of course — as many pointed out Wednesday evening — Trump’s public weighing in on the matter will likely make a compelling case for any defense lawyer looking to convince a judge to spare Saipov’s life.

The president however didn’t seem to mind and reiterated his call again on Thursday morning.

“Would love to send the NYC terrorist to Guantanamo but statistically that process takes much longer than going through the Federal system,” he tweeted. “There is also something appropriate about keeping him in the home of the horrible crime he committed. Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY!”

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders Denies That White House Supports Slavery (Video)

Sarah Sanders Denies White House Supports Slavery pic.twitter.com/0JfMaa7PEv

— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) November 1, 2017

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took some heated questions at the White House press briefing on Wednesday, but the toughest might have been from American Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan.

“Does this administration believe, does this president believe slavery was wrong?” asked Ryan.

The question met with a swift rebuke from Sanders, who called the implication “disgusting and absurd.”

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“I think it is disgusting and absurd to suggest that anyone inside of this building would support slavery,” she said.

Ryan’s question was likely related to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s recent interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, in which he seemed to defend Robert E. Lee and said that the Civil War was a result of a failure to compromise.

“Robert E. Lee was an honorable man. He was a man that gave up his country to fight for his state, which 150 years ago was more important than country,” Kelly said Monday in an interview on the debut edition of Laura Ingraham’s new Fox News show, “The Ingraham Angle.”

“The lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War and men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had them make their stand,” he added.

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took some heated questions at the White House press briefing on Wednesday, but the toughest might have been from American Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan.

“Does this administration believe, does this president believe slavery was wrong?” asked Ryan.

The question met with a swift rebuke from Sanders, who called the implication “disgusting and absurd.”

“I think it is disgusting and absurd to suggest that anyone inside of this building would support slavery,” she said.

Ryan’s question was likely related to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s recent interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, in which he seemed to defend Robert E. Lee and said that the Civil War was a result of a failure to compromise.

“Robert E. Lee was an honorable man. He was a man that gave up his country to fight for his state, which 150 years ago was more important than country,” Kelly said Monday in an interview on the debut edition of Laura Ingraham’s new Fox News show, “The Ingraham Angle.”

“The lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War and men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had them make their stand,” he added.

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Mark Halperin Dropped From CAA Client List in Wake of Harassment Scandal (Exclusive)

Former MSNBC contributor and political guru Mark Halperin has been dropped from the client list of his talent firm, Creative Artists Agency, a person close to the matter told TheWrap on Wednesday.

“It’s true that he’s not a client anymore,” said the individual, who declined to get into the specifics of the matter, but did say that the departure took place after news of Halperin’s sexual harassment allegations became widely known last week.

Halperin declined to comment.

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Halperin, who once bestrode a mini-media empire, saw his career swiftly implode last week after a bombshell CNN report came out, detailing multiples anonymous allegations of sexual misconduct while he was employed at ABC News more than a decade ago.

In the following days, multiple new on-the-record accounts surfaced in additional publications.

After the CNN story broke, Halperin was terminated as a contributor at NBC and saw his saw a forthcoming book with Penguin Press canceled. Showtime, which produced his program “The Circus,” also announced that should the program continue, it would do so without Halperin.

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Halperin, for his part, acknowledged the gravity of the charges against him in a lengthy public apology issued via Twitter over the weekend.

Please read my statement below. pic.twitter.com/8ld8k8DC6O

– Mark Halperin (@MarkHalperin) October 27, 2017

“I am profoundly sorry for the pain and anguish I have caused by my past actions. I apologize sincerely to the women I have mistreated,” he wrote. “For a long time at ABC News, I was part of the problem. I acknowledge that, and I deeply regret it. As I said earlier in the week, my behavior was wrong. It caused fear and anxiety for women who were only seeking to do their jobs.”

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Former MSNBC contributor and political guru Mark Halperin has been dropped from the client list of his talent firm, Creative Artists Agency, a person close to the matter told TheWrap on Wednesday.

“It’s true that he’s not a client anymore,” said the individual, who declined to get into the specifics of the matter, but did say that the departure took place after news of Halperin’s sexual harassment allegations became widely known last week.

Halperin declined to comment.

Halperin, who once bestrode a mini-media empire, saw his career swiftly implode last week after a bombshell CNN report came out, detailing multiples anonymous allegations of sexual misconduct while he was employed at ABC News more than a decade ago.

In the following days, multiple new on-the-record accounts surfaced in additional publications.

After the CNN story broke, Halperin was terminated as a contributor at NBC and saw his saw a forthcoming book with Penguin Press canceled. Showtime, which produced his program “The Circus,” also announced that should the program continue, it would do so without Halperin.

Halperin, for his part, acknowledged the gravity of the charges against him in a lengthy public apology issued via Twitter over the weekend.

“I am profoundly sorry for the pain and anguish I have caused by my past actions. I apologize sincerely to the women I have mistreated,” he wrote. “For a long time at ABC News, I was part of the problem. I acknowledge that, and I deeply regret it. As I said earlier in the week, my behavior was wrong. It caused fear and anxiety for women who were only seeking to do their jobs.”

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NPR’s Top Editor Michael Oreskes Resigns After Sexual Harassment Allegations

NPR’s Senior Vice President of News and Editorial Director Michael Oreskes has resigned from the company one day after the Washington Post reported that two women said he had made unwanted sexual contact while employed by the New York Times.

“This morning I asked Mike Oreskes for his resignation because of inappropriate behavior,” NPR CEO Jarl Mohn said in a staff memo. “I have received his resignation, effective immediately.”

Oreskes distinguished career swiftly imploded yesterday after detailed of his alleged impropriety went public. Both of the accusers have elected to remain anonymous.

Per the Post

Both of them told similar stories: After meeting Oreskes and discussing their job prospects, they said he unexpectedly kissed them on the lips and stuck his tongue in their mouths.

 

This is a developing story.

NPR’s Senior Vice President of News and Editorial Director Michael Oreskes has resigned from the company one day after the Washington Post reported that two women said he had made unwanted sexual contact while employed by the New York Times.

“This morning I asked Mike Oreskes for his resignation because of inappropriate behavior,” NPR CEO Jarl Mohn said in a staff memo. “I have received his resignation, effective immediately.”

Oreskes distinguished career swiftly imploded yesterday after detailed of his alleged impropriety went public. Both of the accusers have elected to remain anonymous.

Per the Post

Both of them told similar stories: After meeting Oreskes and discussing their job prospects, they said he unexpectedly kissed them on the lips and stuck his tongue in their mouths.

 

This is a developing story.

Sinclair Broadcast Group on Bill O’Reilly: ‘We Do Not Have Any Interest in Hiring Him’

Bill O’Reilly is not going to Sinclair Broadcast Group after all.

During an earnings call Wednesday, Sinclair Broadcast Group CEO Chris Ripley tamped down fevered speculation that emerged in recent weeks that the disgraced former Fox News host might find a new home at the conservative-leaning news organization.

“We get approached by people all the time, which is probably where these reports were coming from,” said Ripley. “He did approach us. We do not have any interest in hiring him.”

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“Our CEO stated definitively that we have no interest in hiring Mr. O’Reilly on our earnings call this morning,” a Sinclair spokesperson reiterated to TheWrap.

An O’Reilly spokesman declined to comment.

Since his ouster at Fox News over sexual harassment allegations, many have viewed Sinclair as O’Reilly’s best chance to return to the airwaves.

NBC News reported last week that “two sources familiar with the talks” said the company was unfazed by news that O’Reilly paid one of his accusers $32 to resolve a sexual harassment suit.

“They took a pause but it didn’t really change anything for them,” one source told reporter Claire Atkinson.

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Bill O’Reilly is not going to Sinclair Broadcast Group after all.

During an earnings call Wednesday, Sinclair Broadcast Group CEO Chris Ripley tamped down fevered speculation that emerged in recent weeks that the disgraced former Fox News host might find a new home at the conservative-leaning news organization.

“We get approached by people all the time, which is probably where these reports were coming from,” said Ripley. “He did approach us. We do not have any interest in hiring him.”

“Our CEO stated definitively that we have no interest in hiring Mr. O’Reilly on our earnings call this morning,” a Sinclair spokesperson reiterated to TheWrap.

An O’Reilly spokesman declined to comment.

Since his ouster at Fox News over sexual harassment allegations, many have viewed Sinclair as O’Reilly’s best chance to return to the airwaves.

NBC News reported last week that “two sources familiar with the talks” said the company was unfazed by news that O’Reilly paid one of his accusers $32 to resolve a sexual harassment suit.

“They took a pause but it didn’t really change anything for them,” one source told reporter Claire Atkinson.

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