BuzzFeed is just another mainstream media outlet protecting elite sexual harassers.
BuzzFeed’s Doree Shafrir reported Thursday of the existence of a “Sh*tty Media Men” spreadsheet that had circulated amongst various women writers. The document details accusations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape against male members of the mainstream media.
Shafrir wrote that the spreadsheet’s existence encouraged her:
The allegations on the spreadsheet range from “flirting” and “weird lunch dates“ to accusations of rape, assault, stalking, harassment, and physical violence. What these things have in common is that they remind women, particularly vulnerable women, that they are not in power.
“F**king finally,” she wrote at first. “Finally, the grossest men in media will be exposed.”
According to Shafrir, men named in the document come from The New York Times, The Wall Street Jones, The New Yorker, Mother Jones, and BuzzFeed.
But then the BuzzFeed writer said that the issue was “complicated when you start lumping all of this behavior together in a big anonymous spreadsheet of unsubstantiated allegations against dozens of named men — who were not given the chance to respond.” (Emphasis added)
It’s a shame that BuzzFeed did not afford the same courtesy to the president of the United States when they published the “unverified” Trump dossier alleging deep, salacious ties between the president and the Russian government.
BuzzFeed even admitted at the time that the dossier was “unverified” and could not be confirmed. This didn’t stop their desire for web traffic, though, and they published the full document “so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect.”
Clear errors appeared throughout the document, which BuzzFeed noted, but still they found it sufficient to publish – something they were unwilling to do when it came to men committing sexual assault and rape.
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