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Weinstein’s Fall Remains a Stain on Entertainment Journalism

A Hollywood journalist shared a curious Tweet following Harvey Weinstein’s responsible verdict this week.

Veteran reporter Kim Masters flooded her social media account with messages tied to the mogul’s downfall, together with the next reveal:

20 years in the past, Harvey advised me when a girl says the intercourse wasn’t consensual, “Sometimes it’s a must to write a verify.“ Turns out generally it’s a must to go to jail.

— Kim Masters (@kimmasters) February 24, 2020

The message rapidly impressed blowback, together with those that puzzled why Masters stayed quiet when she knew sufficient about Weinstein’s behaviors behind the scenes.

And 20 years in the past, you laughed and did nothing.
Today, you’re NOT ashamed of your complicity?

— Darleen Click #RepealAB5 #PassAB1928 (@darleenclick) February 25, 2020

Masters acquired defensive, steering customers to Ronan Farrow’s account of trying to carry down Weinstein in an advanced media panorama. Farrow doggedly pursued the story, even when his bosses at NBC spiked it.

Farrow deserves loads of credit score, little question, as do the ladies who spoke out in opposition to Weinstein’s monstrous acts.

The Weinstein downfall stays a stain on leisure journalism.

Quite a lot of Hollywood gamers knew Weinstein was a monster. Brad Pitt realized from first-hand accounts from his then-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow. Quentin Tarantino heard comparable tales from Mira Sorvino and Uma Thurman.

“I knew sufficient to do greater than I did,” Tarantino later mentioned. Sound acquainted, journalists?

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“Family Guy” creator Seth Macfarlane knew sufficient about Weinstein to slam him with a reducing joke whereas internet hosting the 2013 Oscars ceremony. 

“Make no mistake, this got here from a spot of loathing and anger,” Macfarlane mentioned later. It additionally didn’t make an iota’s value of change, did it?

It’s additionally value noting how the identical leisure journalists who waited, and waited, to inform the Weinstein story additionally hid his damaging ties to Hillary Clinton.

Some have vaguely pressed the previous First Lady on Weinstein’s contributions to her previous campaigns, however little is claimed of her different ties to Weinstein.

Actress Lena Dunham and journalist Tina Brown each say they tried to warn the Clinton workforce about Weinstein’s vile actions. Clinton, like too many journalists, ignored these warnings.

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Even worse?

Farrow says a Clinton aide tried to nudge him off the budding Weinstein story. Has any journalist doggedly pressed Clinton on these particulars?

It’s ironic that Masters’ Twitter account is flooded with accusations in opposition to President Donald Trump. Sounds like she’s all in favor of investigating the president and ensuring he isn’t allowed to interrupt the regulation or the general public’s belief.’

That’s what a great journalist does.

Yet she’s defensive about her Weinstein protection, suggesting it simply wasn’t doable to carry the person down till sufficient folks spoke out.

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Anyone spot the irony? We’ve seen journalists spend three plus years hurling each doable allegation in opposition to President Trump with out worry of reprisal. The overwhelming majority of these allegations proved both unfaithful or unfounded.

Remember The Mueller Report?

Yet the most important open secret in Hollywood stayed a secret for many years. How many actresses crossed Weinstein’s poisonous path throughout that span?

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Journalists defended the dearth of Weinstein reportage on some credible grounds. The film mogul threatened litigation in opposition to journalists who acquired too close to the reality. That’s a substantial menace, nevertheless it’s just like one a president, any president, can wield when staring down a truth-telling media.

So is it sufficient cause to face down?

Did reporters worry shedding entry to Weinstein’s galaxy of stars in the event that they pushed too arduous? Perhaps. Should which have mattered given the stakes in play?

Of course not.

Open secrets and techniques, such because the media’s comparable inaction concerning the late Jeffrey Epstein, shouldn’t occur in our expansive media panorama. The incontrovertible fact that Weinstein thrived for thus lengthy is a legacy each Hollywood and leisure journalists should reside with, and it’s hardly a time for both group to do a victory lap.

Journalism was largely accountable for maintaining the Weinstein story buried for years.

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— neontaster (@neontaster) February 24, 2020

If “journalism” because the Left practices it mattered, Weinstein would have been stopped many years in the past.

— Nick Searcy, INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) February 24, 2020

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