For people who like to lecture us about sexism and rape culture, leftists sure do have a hard time keeping their hands to themselves. No, the right isn’t completely innocent here either (::cough::Ray Moore::cough::). But ever since Harvey Weinstein’s rapey ways became public, it’s been a who’s who in the entertainment industry accused of various sleaziness.
Sexual harassment claims against yet another powerful man in media inspired New York Times White House correspondent Glenn Thrush to post an impassioned note on his Facebook page in October, calling on his fellow journalists to stand by women entering the field.
In the post, which linked to an article about the latest accusations against political journalist Mark Halperin, Thrush wrote, “Young people who come into a newsroom deserve to be taught our trade, given our support and enlisted in our calling — not betrayed by little men who believe they are bigger than the mission.”
This is what we in the business refer to as foreshadowing. Also, protesting too much. Also, a big stupid idiot who should’ve kept his mouth shut knowing his past.
“He kept saying he’s an advocate for women and women journalists,” a 23-year-old woman told me, recounting an incident with Thrush from this past June. “That’s how he presented himself to me. He tried to make himself seem like an ally and a mentor.”
She paused. “Kind of ironic now.”
Quick side note. Leftists reading this will probably chime in “what about the eleventy women accusing TRUMP of sexual harassment?” You’re right. The women accusing Trump of harassing them when he was a New York City liberal, in the entertainment industry, making a lot of money for NBC, should be part of the conversation. And the people leading that part of the conversation? Grabby drunk hypocrites like Glenn Thrush who report on the White House.
If Thrush is acutely aware of what young women face in the business of political journalism, he should also know it’s because he himself is one of the problems women face. Five years ago, when Thrush and I were colleagues at Politico, I was in the same bar as Padró Ocasio’s friend — perhaps the same booth — when he caught me off guard, put his hand on my thigh, and suddenly started kissing me. Thrush says that he recalls the incident differently.
Three young women I interviewed, including the young woman who met Thrush in June, described to me a range of similar experiences, from unwanted groping and kissing to wet kisses out of nowhere to hazy sexual encounters that played out under the influence of alcohol. Each woman described feeling differently about these experiences: scared, violated, ashamed, weirded out. I was — and am — angry.
Details of their stories suggest a pattern. All of the women were in their 20s at the time. They were relatively early in their careers compared to Thrush, who was the kind of seasoned journalist who would be good to know. At an event with alcohol, he made advances. Afterward, they (as I did) thought it best to stay on good terms with Thrush, whatever their feelings.
Thrush, to his discredit, went with the sexual harassers version of “I’m sorry if you were offended.” Basically, he’s sorry if you felt his actions were inappropriate. When he was drunk. And tried to force himself on twenty year olds. Because he’s a feminist, really!
All I can say is if you think Thrush…and Halperin…and Franken…are the only ones, hold on to your butts.
Or, talk to any girl you know who works in Washington DC, let alone in politics.