NPR is the media outlet that you would least associate with sexual harassment. And yet it's taken the most causalities in the #MeToo wars. NPR has seen more top staff embroiled in sexual misconduct allegations than any other media outlet.
So now it's fighting back. By going after the LA Times.
The Los Angeles Times has given prominent coverage to recent revelations of sexual harassment of women by prominent men, particularly in entertainment and media. Yet a review by NPR finds that the newspaper's own CEO and publisher, Ross Levinsohn, has been a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits and that his conduct in work settings over the past two decades has been called into question repeatedly by female colleagues.
The Los Angeles Times has given prominent coverage... it's not hard to pick up the subtext. It's throwing stones while living in a glass office.
Among the accusations:
Levinsohn was sued in separate sexual harassment lawsuits as an executive at two different corporations. By his own sworn testimony, Levinsohn admitted to rating the relative "hotness" of his female colleagues in office banter as a vice president at a digital media company. He also testified that he speculated about whether a woman who worked for him there was a stripper on the side.
Two witnesses say they were shocked to see Levinsohn aggressively kissing and pressing himself against a woman at a glitzy music industry dinner in plain view of his subordinates and his clients. Levinsohn was married at the time.
Levinsohn once told an executive for the Hollywood Reporter he would not stay at the publication's lunch honoring the entertainment business's most influential fashion stylists because he would have to be surrounded by gays — using a vulgar epithet for them, according to the executive.
Only the first of the accusations is even related to sexual harassment. But much of the #MeToo movement has consisted of a jumble of innuendo and accusations. When the media left rose up as one to defend Aziz Ansari, on account of his perceived religion, they forgot that they had been running the same kind of material before. But we've always been at war with the hashtag is the left's usual pattern.
Now we've got NPR, which was mired in sexual misconduct accusations, accusing the LA Times.
In a telephone call he initiated Wednesday with NPR's CEO, Jarl Mohn, Levinsohn called those allegations "lies" and said he would retain legal counsel if he felt NPR had disparaged him. NPR sent detailed questions to Tronc's chief executive and public affairs staffers early Wednesday morning. The crisis management strategist Charles Sipkins issued a statement on Tronc's behalf Thursday afternoon saying Levinsohn had been placed under investigation by the corporation after the story was posted.
It's highly unlikely that the LA Times' parent corp hadn't known about his past record. It's very telling that he called the CEO of NPR. This is a very blatant cross-media feud. And everyone involved in it is a hypocrite.