Four staffers at the Guardian, including Ian Prior a senior editor at the left-wing news outlet, have been added to the growing list of people at elite media outlets that are under investigation for sexual harassment.
Sullivan denied the accusation that he groped a female employee.
“He’s alleged to have put his hand underneath a female employee’s shirt, on her torso and abdomen, and in the back pockets of her jeans,” Buzzfeed reports.
Although the Guardian refused to comment, it did announce that nobody has been suspended due to the allegations. Buzzfeed’s sources, however, claim the accused have not been to work in days, and someone is currently performing Prior’s duties.
These accusations add the Guardian to an ever-growing list of progressive news outlets that have been entangled in a large sex scandal that has already marked NBC News, ABC News, NPR and the New York Times.
Veteran political journalist and NBC News analyst, Mark Halperin, has been accused of sexual assault in the early 2000’s.
Three women spoke off the record to CNN, claiming that Halperin, while political director at ABC News, pressed his penis up against them.
“He came up behind me and … pressed his body on mine, his penis, on my shoulder,” one woman claimed while another alleged “he just kissed me and grabbed my boobs.”
“I excused myself to go to the bathroom and he was standing there when I opened the door propositioning [me] to go into the other bathroom to do something,” a third woman told CNN. “It freaked me out. I came out of the ladies’ room and he was just standing there. Like almost blocking the door.”
Halperin admitted to pursuing “relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me” and that “my behavior was inappropriate,” although he denies accusations that he touched anyone inappropriately.
Washington bureau chief David Corn has been accused of sexual harassment in two emails written by former staffers at the hard-left Mother Jones magazine.
According to one of the accusers, Corn “came up behind me and put his hands and arms around my body in a way that felt sexual and domineering.”
Politico reports that one of the emails claims Corn “regularly gave [several women] unwelcome shoulder rubs and engaged in uninvited touching of their legs, arms, backs, and waists,” and “made inappropriate comments about women’s sexuality and anatomy.”
Mother Jones admitted that Corn was investigated three years ago for “inappropriate workplace behavior” and was “warned about touching female staffers and insensitive descriptions of sexual violence[.]”
Although the magazine claims Corn has since behaved himself, it announced the new accusations have pushed them to “probe the allegations further[.]”
Although the list also contains Leon Wieseltier and Hamilton Fish of the New Republic, and Michael Oreskes of NPR and the New York Times, the most disgusting revelation comes from Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone.
Curiously enough, Taibbi has not been accused of sexual harassment but has actually admitted to it in a memoir published in 2000.
Breitbart reports that in the memoir titled The Exile: Sex, Drugs, and Libel in the New Russia Taibbi describes some disturbing events featuring himself and co-author Mark Ames.
One excerpt shows Taibbi and Ames threatening Russian women by telling them “if they wanted to keep their jobs, they’d have to perform unprotected anal sex with us.”
Breitbart reports Taibbi, after 17 years, now claims the book was a fabulist work, arguing the misogynistic and criminal events, such as his co-author saying a 15-year-old girls vagina was “as tight as a cat’s ass,” are “not a biographical reality.”
However, within the first few pages of The Exile, the authors state “This is a work of non-fiction. While all of the characters and events depicted in this book are real, certain names and identifying details have been changed.”
Whether Taibbi was lying then, or lying now, is irrelevant as for 17 years he peddled the memoir as truth.
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