HuffPo still won’t report on its own organization’s covering up of sexual harassment

Senator Al Franken is the latest person to be accused of groping (there’s even a photo), but HuffPo, which reported on that, still won’t report that its own organization, under Arianna, covered up sexual harassment by transferring the harasser to a new post in India. (They even have a sexual harassment page.)

As I predicted, they’ll call out anybody but themselves.  Let’s see what they do if I ask them in a comment on the Franken post. Ten to one they’ll delete it.  Here it is; check back at the Franken link  (click on the “dialogue bubble” icon to the left) to see if they deleted it:

33 Comments

  1. Stephen Barnard
    Posted November 16, 2017 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    We’re in the midst of a full blown moral panic. Anyone who thinks Al Franken is a sexual predator is an idiot.

    • Harrison
      Posted November 16, 2017 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

      Liberal moral scolds have become the right’s useful idiots.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted November 16, 2017 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

      To be honest, until I read this post, I thought that Al Franken was a comedian, not a politician. But I only heard about the case while making my supper, and was paying much more attention to not burning the food than to the radio. I still don’t know which side of the party he’s a comedian for.

  2. Gareth
    Posted November 16, 2017 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    11;11 PST and your post is gone from HP

    • Posted November 16, 2017 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

      LOL! I knew it!

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted November 16, 2017 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

        Do you still have (1) any posts on HuffPo, or (2) an account you can login to?

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted November 16, 2017 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

      Completely unsurprising.

  3. Ann German
    Posted November 16, 2017 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    I suggest that we all send the same query to HuffPo . . . I’ll do it now if I can figure it out . . . (I never look at their stuff so may take a while). Will report results, if any.

    • Ann German
      Posted November 16, 2017 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

      We can add, “asking for a friend.”

      • Paul S
        Posted November 16, 2017 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

        Posted:
        “I’m wondering why, amidst your spate of reports on sexual harassment in the U.S., you haven’t reported on the reports, which are everywhere but here, that the management of this very site covered up sexual harassment by transferring the harasser to India. https://gizmodo.com/arianna-huffington-ignored-sexual-misconduct-at-the-huf-1820389889
        Also, why did you delete the original post asking this question.
        Asking for a friend.”

        I can keep this up all day. I’ve got cut-n-paste skillz

        • Posted November 16, 2017 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

          Just checked and I don’t see a single comment making reference to PuffHo’s hypocrisy. They are diligent little censors, aren’t they?

          • Paul S
            Posted November 16, 2017 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

            Posted again and the original popped up after I posted it.

  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted November 16, 2017 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    This could result in the end for Franken because there is seldom just one.

  5. Posted November 16, 2017 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    I’m a little concerned of what havoc he is creating on the unsuspecting in India.
    Perhaps a rival to Huff & Puff India need a story.

    • Ken Phelps
      Posted November 16, 2017 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

      My understanding is that the women in India are probably anything but unsuspecting. Resigned to it, perhaps.

  6. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted November 16, 2017 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Et tu, Franken, Takei.

  7. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted November 16, 2017 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    I am disappointed in Franken. He looked like above political average intelligent and caring. But I checked the groping photo and the alleged ‘humor’ was not only violating another, but at the level of children just having discovered sex.

    HP on the other hand acts as I expected.

    • rickflick
      Posted November 16, 2017 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

      I was also disappointed in Franken. I find myself searching for a reason for the behavior – not to find excuses, but just to try to understand. It occurs to me that in the case of someone like Franken or Bill Maher or Louis C K, there is something about the practice of their craft which might lead them to act out beyond what is socially acceptable. Their creativity may depend on staying in touch with their inner child, their “Dennis the Menace” alter ego. They were all probably class clowns and find that to excel at the profession of being funny, they have to draw on some pretty juvenile ways of thinking that on occasion get them into trouble.

  8. ploubere
    Posted November 16, 2017 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad that this issue has erupted and that it’s now perfectly clear that such behavior is unacceptable. But one has to understand that a few decades ago it was deemed normal behavior for men to force themselves on women. There are movies from the 50’s and 60’s in which the hero does exactly that, and it’s portrayed as a strong man winning over a woman who obviously wanted it. It was part of the culture, at a time when women were still considered subservient to men.

    So it’s not surprising that past incidents are emerging all over. The question yet to be answered then is what is the appropriate punishment?

    There are important distinctions too. Weinstein and Louis CK did it to women over whom they had power. Roy Moore did it to teenagers, some underage. Franken appears to have done it as a gag, to a woman whose career he doesn’t control. Do they all deserve the same level of approbation?

    CK and Franken are the only ones who have taken full responsibility. Does that count for anything?

    • Posted November 16, 2017 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

      “There are movies from the 50’s and 60’s in which the hero does exactly that, and it’s portrayed as a strong man winning over a woman who obviously wanted it.”

      Clint Eastwood made a career out of it. Charles Bronson, too. Hell, even Marlon Brando.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted November 16, 2017 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

        With Brando, the two films that immediately spring to mind are Streetcar and Last Tango, but he clearly portrayed an antihero in both.

        • Posted November 16, 2017 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

          Antihero or not he is famous for those roles.

          • Ken Kukec
            Posted November 16, 2017 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

            The locus classicus of the genre would be these two scenes of Clint’s from High Plains Drifter:

    • Laurance
      Posted November 16, 2017 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

      I’m old enough to remember when this kind of behavior was no big deal. Men were expected to treat us like possessions.

  9. Richard Sanderson
    Posted November 16, 2017 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Given the wide-reaching nature of this scandal, and the level it has reached, where a grope from 15 years ago is a national scandal, shouldn’t there be questions asked of people like Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer, who are guilty of far worse than a grope?

    • Posted November 16, 2017 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

      Amy Schumer?!?? Oh dear. I’m afraid to google that.

    • Filippo
      Posted November 16, 2017 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

      Has anyone heard – shall one anticipate hearing – of female-on-female sexual harassment?

      • Posted November 17, 2017 at 11:34 am | Permalink

        Not during the recent discussions, but I have read reports about it in the past. I think there’s a discussion about the “supposed it is impossible” doctrine some have adopted in Patai and Kortege’s _Professing Feminism_. (But I don’t trust my memory completely on this.) If so, that’s more than 20 years ago.

        • Filippo
          Posted November 17, 2017 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

          I am also contemplating whether there will be reports of female-on-male sexual harassment (in addition to and other than that regarding female teachers and minor male students). (Or would that possibly be another “impossible”?)

          I’m reminded of a college chum years ago who reported being afflicted with a rather stinging, bracing pinch to his behind by a bold, saucy lassie (with whom he sang in a university choir and with whom up to that point he had been on solely “professional” and arm’s-length terms), not merely of one of his lateral gluteal flanks, but directly at and on (shall one as subtly and clinically as possible describe as) “ground zero,” just dorsal and distal to the perineum.

          He said that, try as he might, he could not muster the least bit of offense at the young lady’s bold gesture, she sporting a wide-eyed ear-to-ear grin when he turned around to investigate the source of this infiltration and violation of his personal space.

          • rickflick
            Posted November 17, 2017 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

            There was a film made back in the 80’s I think which had to do with a female manager of a corporation who seduced the male subordinate. I think she had power over his promotions and so he cooperated reluctantly with her advances. I think Michael Douglas played the seduced one.

            • Filippo
              Posted November 18, 2017 at 11:28 am | Permalink

              ” . . . so he cooperated reluctantly with her advances.”

              Well, as specifically regards engaging in standard “congress,” he couldn’t be too reluctant. I.e., his brain might be very reluctant, but something else might inescapably be not much reluctant, despite his best effort to will it reluctant. Seems it would be hard to feign impotence where none exists. Were he impotent, despite her best efforts to render him otherwise, seems she would search elsewhere and leave him be. But such a movie plot won’t rise to the occasion in the view of studio moguls and the public.

  10. Laurance
    Posted November 16, 2017 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    I have to say I’m really disappointed with Al Franken. I’d looked up to him.

  11. Matthew North
    Posted November 17, 2017 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    Yep, they deleted it.

    Of course.

    I can’t read HuffPo. It makes me grind my teeth.


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