On October 12, 2017, ANP reported on the existence of list of 70 men within the media industry, that was privately being shared among some women in the industry, which highlighted allegations against the men named on what was called the "Sh*tty Media Men" list. While some of the allegations were no more than listing men on the spreadsheet for "flirting," and "weird lunch dates," other accusations were much more serious, such as rape, assault, stalking, harassment, and physical violence.
When BuzzFeed first reported the existence of this list, they did not publish any of the names on the list, but did highlight some of the liberally slanted news outlets where the men named on the list worked, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, Mother Jones, and BuzzFeed, although they did not list what type of allegations were leveled against members of those outlets.
(VICE 'male feminist' writer, Sam Kriss, accused of sexual assault)
THE FIRINGS HAVE BEGUN
This morning I ran across a piece at The Awl written by Silvia Killingsworth, who wrote "Last week when the spreadsheet was still circulating, several women I know remarked at the lack of Vox representation on it, especially given the outsize number of Buzzfeed employees who were named," in an article highlighting a very high level firing of Lockhart Steele, Vox Media’s Editorial Director (formerly the editorial director for Gawker Media), calling it "what appears to be the first and probably not the last repercussion of last week’s Sh*tty Media Men list."
Killingsworth also quoted a statement sent from Vox to their team:
Hi team, I am writing to let you know that earlier this evening Lockhart Steele was terminated effective immediately. Lock admitted engaging in conduct that is inconsistent with our core values and will not be tolerated at Vox Media.
Our investigation into issues raised by a former employee in a post on Medium continues. Anyone with information should contact our external investigation leads, [redacted].
Vox Media is committed to fostering a safe and welcoming community, and appreciates everyone who has been willing to speak up and share information during the course of this investigation.
According to an update after the initial article was published, Vox's CEO Jim Bankoff told his staff that despite the termination, there was still an ongoing investigation and "There are still people coming forward," and he encouraged others with complaints to come forward.
Interestingly Steele's firing was not a direct repercussion of the Sh*tty Media Men list, but more of an indirect one as after the existence of the list was exposed, (the list itself has since been taken offline), a former Vox employee wrote a lengthy Medium post detailing alleged sexual misconduct by more than one employee at the company, which spawned the investigations occurring now.
Seeing news of Steele's firing and how Vox is moving forward made me curious as to whether outlets that were actually listed and noted by the original BuzzFeed article, had fired anyone and/or were announcing any investigations, and I found none, but I did run across others in the industry that have been terminated since the existence of the list was revealed.
“How can I get away without pissing him off? Sam [Kriss] and I know lots of mutual people, we both exist on the Marxist far-Left. He’s a writer for Vice, the Guardian, various other lets, he circulates around Momentum, and I didn’t want ‘any trouble’ then or later. Sam is, by his own words, from an incredibly wealthy, well-connected background, and therefore compared to me, very powerful.”
Kriss then privately sent the woman who made the allegations an apology, and then he offered his apology publicly and his version of events in a Medium post:
Today an allegation of sexual harassment and aggression was made against me, and I want to address it here. My behaviour was absolutely unacceptable, beneath both me and especially the person involved, and there’s no excuse for it. I’ve apologised privately to her, and I’m apologising, publicly, now.
I’d like for a moment to add some conext to the events described, which I hope will make them more explicable if not more excusable. By the time of the night described in the accusation, she and I had, as she mentions, previously met twice and we had an existing sexual relationship. The behaviour she describes was informed by that fact. I wasn’t fully aware of how unwelcome my advances were at that point: we had been messaging intimately and frequently up until then, and I went into the evening thinking it would be a continuation of the relationship we had already established. Had I known the extent to which I was making her uncomfortable at this point I would not have pursued it further. Again, this is entirely my fault, for not being properly attentive and not picking up on her signals. I crossed a line from persistence to aggression; I’m fully responsible, and I’m sorry.
After the incident, she continued to message me amicably for months, including suggesting that we might meet again, until other divisions became apparent. Because of this I had no idea that I might have hurt or upset her. If I had, I would have apologised immediately. Again, this is not to suggest that she misled me, but that I did not realise the impact of my actions.
According to BuzzFeed, a source at VICE has indicated they would no longer commission pieces from Kriss and no calls were returned from the liberal website The Atlantic.
Another "male feminist," the UK political correspondent for GQ (formerly Gentlemen's Quarterly), Rupert Myers, who has also written at the Guardian and the Independent, and was part of The Spoon team, has been terminated from GQ, following sexual assault allegations made against him publicly, again on Twitter:
“Ok, here goes. I haven’t told this story because I listened to the voice that told me it ‘wasn’t that bad’ or ‘worth talking about,’” Leaver wrote. “When I moved to London, I wanted to make friends. I met @RupertMyers on Twitter and agreed to go for what I thought was a friendly drink.”
She continued: I was very clear about not being romantically or sexually interested in him, once the subject was raised. I suggested we be mates … He said ‘I’ve got enough mates, I’d rather f--k you’ and forced himself on me outside a pub in Fitzrovia.”
The liberal journalist has written at length against U.S. President Donald Trump, Brexit, and a host of other folk devils of the Left, and once penned a lengthy article condemning the objectification of women, commenting sagely that “it is impossible to ignore the disparity between my experience and those of women who have suffered the inhibiting attentions of men treating women as objects”.
The next "sh*tty media man" is another VICE writer, Michael Hafford, who wrote male feminist content, and has also written for Refinery 29, Playboy, and Rolling Stone is facing multiple allegations of abuse and rape, which started with former VICE News employee Helen Donahue, after she posted images of her bruised body on Twitter, at first saying she wasn't ready to name her abuser, then subsequently did.
In a post on Twitter, writer Deirdre Coyle also claimed Hafford “physically forced me to do cocaine during sex,” while another account added, “This is the same guy who choked me at the foot of his stairs until I passed out and then repeatedly punched me in the face.”
The dominoes are starting to fall on liberal media outlets and it has only been a little over a week since the existence of the sh*tty media men list was exposed.
BOTTOM LINE - THE IRONY
The irony here is that the outlets named in the original Sh*tty Media Men list, are liberally biased, always pushing for today's brand of feminism, social justice, and the men shown above, that have just publicly admitted to sexual harassment are "male feminist" liberals supposedly supportive of womens rights and issues, yet they appear to be the worst of offenders of sexual harassment against women.
Just as the majority of Hollywood celebrities that are the loudest voices for feminism and liberal ideology, protected Harvey Weinstein for decades. The so-called feminists all stayed quiet, complicit in allowing the sexual assault of more and more young women, and the media protected him.
What I would like to know is when will the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, Mother Jones, and BuzzFeed, be starting their internal investigations into the names of the list associated with their outlets?
Are they too going to wait until they are called out publicly on Twitter before pretending to care?