Matt Lauer is not the only sexual-harassment news today. Not by a long shot.
From Merrit Kennedy’s article for KEDM-Public Radio, we have this:
NPR Chief News Editor David Sweeney has left the company following allegations of sexual harassment filed against him by at least three female journalists.
“David Sweeney is no longer on staff,” Chris Turpin, acting senior vice president of news, said in an email to staff.
“This is a difficult time for our newsroom and I’m committed to supporting all of you as we move forward. I know you appreciate that there are some questions I cannot answer in keeping with our practice to not comment on personnel issues, but I will do my best to address those I can,” Turpin added.
In the email to staff, Turpin says that senior manager Edith Chapin will resume her role as executive editor, assuming duties that Sweeney held most recently.
The email did not directly state the cause for Sweeney’s departure. But this follows a formal internal review into his conduct, after three current and former NPR journalists made formal complaints against him.
The complaints against Sweeney were filed after Michael Oreskes, NPR’s senior vice president of news and editorial director, was forced to resign on Nov. 1 over sexual misconduct allegations.
How do I feel about this? To repeat from my previous blog:
The movie, TV news and music industries all have very large cesspools within them. And, seemingly every day, we find out that more and more people in those industries reside in their cesspools…
…which makes it that much more bothersome that so many of these cesspool dwellers have piously moralized to us about the same behaviors they either personally engage in, or look the other way as others around them do.
Expect more to come. A lot more.