Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Times Is “Torn” About Whether Glenn Thrush Should Lose His Job

By Vanity Fair, Nov. 21, 2017

A month and a half ago, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey’s devastating investigation into Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual predation lit a fuse within the media and entertainment industries, precipitating a deluge of claims from myriad outlets about the foul behavior of public figures ranging from Charlie Rose to Louis C.K. to Mark Halperin. Now, the conflagration has arrived back at the Times’s own doorstep. On Monday morning, Vox published a story with the headline, “Exclusive: N.Y.T. White House correspondent Glenn Thrush’s history of bad judgment around young women journalists,” which contained allegations of inappropriate groping and kissing by Thrush, one of America’s most prominent political reporters. The story detailed incidents depicting Thrush, who is 50 years old and married, making inappropriate advances upon women in their twenties, including some who were his colleagues during the time he worked at Politico. After some of these encounters, one source told Vox, Thrush told colleagues that the women had been the initiators. The story’s author, Vox editorial director Laura McGann, was not only a reporter probing the allegations; she herself had been on the receiving end of what she writes was an unwanted advance by Thrush when she was an editor at Politico. (I, too, used to work at Politico, where I overlapped with Thrush, who I've had a cordial relationship with, and McGann, who I do not know.)
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