Opinion Weinstein scandal leaves a trail of hypocrisy

00:06  12 october  2017
00:06  12 october  2017 Source:   msn.com

Harvey Weinstein Lawyers Up for Bombshell New York Times, New Yorker Stories

  Harvey Weinstein Lawyers Up for Bombshell New York Times, New Yorker Stories Harvey Weinstein has hired a high-powered team of attorneys to push back on soon-to-be-published bombshell stories from the New York Times and the New Yorker detailing sexual allegations and improper workplace behavior against him. Some women making the charges are believed to be on the record. Weinstein, the indie mogul and founder of the Weinstein Company, has retained star litigator David Boies, as well as attorneys Lisa Bloom and Charles Harder in an effort to rebut the claims.

If hypocrisy were a greenhouse gas, the ice caps would be gone by now. Let's start with the obvious: Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein wasn't fired for Fear of the Left : The Most Powerful Force in America Today. Townhall. 44 Mueller questions for Trump: Russia, Manafort, and Comey, oh my.

If hypocrisy were a greenhouse gas, the ice caps would be gone by now. Let’s start with the obvious: Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein wasn’t fired Is it the new standard of the tribalized Right that so long as “our” guys don’t sink to the lowest standards of “their” guys, it’s OK? Is the rule for the Left

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2011 file photo, producer Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, appears during an interview in New York. Weinstein faces multiple allegations of sexual abuse and harassment from some of the biggest names in Hollywood. © (AP Photo/John Carucci, File) FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2011 file photo, producer Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, appears during an interview in New York. Weinstein faces multiple allegations of sexual abuse and harassment from some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

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If hypocrisy were a greenhouse gas, the ice caps would be gone by now.

Let's start with the obvious: Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein wasn't fired for being a pig, he was fired for being exposed as one. The Weinstein Co. board members probably didn't know everything, but they surely knew enough. The only relevant "new revelation" was public outcry.

Harvey Weinstein Forced Out of His Own Company

  Harvey Weinstein Forced Out of His Own Company Harvey Weinstein has been forced out of the independent film company he co-founded and catapulted to Oscar glory, felled by a mushrooming sexual harassment scandal that has hobbled his status as a media mogul and left his future in Hollywood in jeopardy. The Weinstein Company’s board of directors has voted to remove Weinstein from the studio, leaving control of the company in the hands of Weinstein’s brother, Bob Weinstein, and chief operating officer David Glasser, it was announced in a statement from the company Sunday.

If hypocrisy were a greenhouse gas, the ice caps would be gone by now. Let’s start with the obvious: Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein wasn’t fired for being a pig, he was fired for being exposed as one. The Weinstein Co. board members probably didn’t know everything, but they surely knew enough.

If hypocrisy were a greenhouse gas, the ice caps would be gone by now. Let's start with the obvious: Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein wasn't fired for being a pig, he "Back in 1980, in that movie, we refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot," explained Jane Fonda.

The New York Times, which broke the story, knew what was going on long before the publication date, too. Former Times reporter Sharon Waxman claims she had the goods on Weinstein in 2004. The Times "gutted" the piece after Weinstein, who was not just a Hollywood player and political rainmaker but also a major advertiser, visited the paper "to make his displeasure known," Waxman said. Now some at the paper are denouncing the media's long silence about Weinstein, even though it was part of the problem for years. Still, they're heroic in this story compared with everyone else.

Consider Hollywood itself. If God punished hypocrisy with lightning bolts, that town would be in smoldering ruins. Even as various insiders condemned Weinstein, they admitted that his alleged wrongdoing had long been an "open secret."

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  Here's how much the Clintons and Obama received from Harvey Weinstein Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has given the three biggest names in Democratic politics more than $75,000 directly since the mid-1990s. Weinstein contributed $3,000 to former President Bill Clinton's reelection campaignHollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has given the three biggest names in Democratic politics more than $75,000 directly since the mid-1990s.

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Why didn't they speak up earlier? Perhaps because attacking Weinstein had downsides, while attacking, say, Donald Trump promised only rewards.

At last month's Emmys, the stars of "9 to 5" -- an old feminist-lite flick about sexual harassment in the workplace -- reunited. "Back in 1980, in that movie, we refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot," explained Jane Fonda.

"And in 2017, we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot," Lilly Tomlin added.

The crowd roared with approval. Take that, Trump!

How many people in that room knew about Weinstein? How many refused to speak up -- even after he was fired? "Saturday Night Live" went silent when it came to Weinstein. "It's a New York thing," executive producer Lorne Michaels explained.

So far, many right-wing readers are probably nodding along to this column. Well, stop. If you never spoke up about Trump, or if you responded to those accusations with a dismissive, "What about Bill Clinton?" you should probably just sit this one out.

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  Obama speaks out on Harvey Weinstein allegations The former president has attended a number of fundraisers over the years that were hosted by Weinstein"Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein," Mr. Obama said in the statement. "Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status. We should celebrate the courage of women who have come forward to tell these painful stories. And we all need to build a culture -- including by empowering our girls and teaching our boys decency and respect -- so we can make such behavior less prevalent in the future.

If hypocrisy were a greenhouse gas, the ice caps would be gone by now. 29. Wodek Szemberg 169d ago. Excellent bi-partisan take on the Weinstein scandal .

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Because if you decry piggish behavior only when it helps your side, or if you think accusers are telling the truth only when they speak up about people you hate (or don't need professionally), then you don't actually care about sexual harassment.

Steve Bannon's Breitbart.com reported this week that Weinstein had visited the Obama White House 13 times. The horror! This is the same Bannon who insists that the first and greatest test of loyalty to Trump was whether you supported him after the "Access Hollywood" video was released.

I can't wait for Sean Hannity to ask Bill O'Reilly -- ousted from Fox for his crude sexual behavior -- to opine on the latest news about those pervs in Hollyweird.

It may be that liberals Weinstein, Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby together have a worse rap sheet than Trump, ousted Fox News head Roger Ailes and O'Reilly. But, my God, who cares?

Is it the new standard of the tribalized right that so long as "our" guys don't sink to the lowest standards of "their" guys, it's OK?

Is the rule for the left that you can be a personal and professional pig so long as your public politics are correct? I still remember Gloria Steinem dismissing Bill Clinton's exploits, leading wags to proclaim a "one free grope rule." No wonder Weinstein thought he could buy off Hollywood by promising to attack the National Rifle Association.

That brings me to the one group that has understandably been spared any criticism at all: the victims. I don't condemn their silence when young and powerless. But there's a real problem: Many stayed silent for decades, happily pocketing money from people they were willing to denounce only after it was safe -- or even profitable -- to do so.

That hypocrisy may be the most dangerous, because it sends the signal to young women that such compromises pay off and you can buy indulgences after you're successful. That's not a message I want my teenage daughter to hear.

(Jonah Goldberg is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a senior editor of National Review. You can write to him in care of this newspaper or by e-mail at goldbergcolumn@gmail.com, or via Twitter @JonahNRO.)

France will expel illegal immigrants who commit crime: Macron .
Illegal immigrants who commit crimes in France will face deportation, President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday, in an interview in which he also confirmed disgraced Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein will be stripped of he prestigious Legion d'Honneur.In the wide-ranging interview, only the sixth Macron has given at home or abroad since his election in May, he said that even without new legislation "we can take tougher measures" and expel illegal immigrants if they commit a crime, "whatever it may be".

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