Accuracy in Media

Within days of an explosive New York Times report that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein paid off multiple women who had accused him of sexual harassment, the New Yorker published a report that named multiple women who alleged Weinstein sexually harassed them.

Three of the women from the New Yorker article said Weinstein raped them. Even more striking was audio obtained from a New York Police Department sting operation, in which Weinstein is heard saying that he is “used to” groping women’s breasts and promising a woman that he “won’t do it again.”

As the evidence against Weinstein mounted further, various media and entertainment figures didn’t miss the opportunity to compare Weinstein with President Donald Trump. While the now-famous 2005 Access Hollywood tape in which Trump talks about grabbing women “by the pussy,” the tape reveals no actual evidence that Trump ever did so, unlike the Weinstein audio recording, which captures Weinstein admitting to groping a woman’s breasts.

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel was among those to compare Trump to Weinstein, even though there is no evidence Trump ever committed sexual harassment — much less, rape.

“So people are pointing to the fact that Harvey Weinstein was a [Hillary] Clinton supporter, and listen, it’s true,” Kimmel said during his show Monday. “I’m not defending Hillary Clinton. The fact is, her campaign did take money from what turned out to be a high-profile man who’s been accused of sexual harassment multiple times. And not just one of them, by the way. She took money from two of them: Harvey Weinstein and Donald Trump, who donated to Hillary’s campaign in 2008.”

Kimmel is far from the only media figure to compare Weinstein with the current president, though.

New York Times columnist Tina Brown wrote , “what I learned about Harvey in the two years of proximity with him at Talk [Magazine] was that nothing about his outward persona, the beguiling Falstaffian charmer who persuaded — or bamboozled — me into leaving The New Yorker and joining him, was the truth.”

“He [Weinstein] is very Trumpian in that regard,” Brown added.

And on Sunday night, HBO’s John Oliver called Trump “the Harvey Weinstein of presidents” and attacking Trump’s decision to reverse an Obamacare regulation requiring most employers to provide contraceptives as part of their health insurance plans.

But Trump, first as a global businessman, then as a presidential candidate, and now as the leader of the free world, has promoted multiple women to high-profile positions. Unlike Weinstein, there is no evidence Trump used his position to sexually harass or rape women.

This is not to downplay the disturbing nature of the Access Hollywood tape, but simply to point out that words are just that — words. Besides, given how much Trump has been accused of lying and embellishing stories, who is to say Trump wasn’t doing the same in the Access Hollywood tape?

Women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct, but no accusation ever stood even cursory scrutiny. Given the liberal mainstream media’s relentless efforts to bring down Trump and his administration, one would think something — anything — would have surfaced by now.

Instead, Trump made history by becoming the first president to have a female campaign manager at the time of his election. Further, Trump’s current White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is only the second woman to serve in the position, and the first mother to have the job.

To compare Trump with Weinstein is not only factually flawed but an insult to the women whom Weinstein allegedly sexually harassed and raped. Those equating the movie mogul, who is now in rehab and whose wife has left him, with the president of the United States, whose family very much supports him and praise him as a many who empowers women, need to acknowledge that this attack line on the president doesn’t measure up.





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Comments

  • samiam

    Isn’t that nice maybe we should call them serial liars and send send them over to Weinstein for assessment!

  • harlansteve@ymail.com

    Goes to show you how corrupt and ignorant the mainstream media is to compare locker room talk to a serial rapist!
    Maybe they made a mistake and meant to compare him to Bill Clinton.

  • oat21

    The media is desperate, now they’ll attempt to drag Trump into their Harvey Weinstein debacle because Trump calls them, (the Media)) out for reporting fake news, how desperate can they get. They, i.e., CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, CNBC, Bill Clinton, NFL, the NBA, and all of the Hollywood morons on the left and in general NBCUniversal are nothing but a bunch of lying left wing protectors of the deep state shadow government Obama put together over the last 8 years who are trying to destroy our country. BOYCOTT them All. BOYCOTT them All. BOYCOTT them All. BOYCOTT them All. BOYCOTT them All.

  • @tedscott4

    As soon as I read the article tittle, I also thought they should be comparing Weinstein to Bill Clinton. Maybe not as many calls of rape for Clinton, but certainly as many abuses of woman over several decades.

  • mioahu

    So now locker room trash talk is on the same level with raping several women ? HOW ABOUT RAPIST BILL ?

  • Lorilu

    Also, how about Chappaquiddick Ted, who let a woman die? He was the “Lion of the Senate” until his death.

  • thesafesurfer

    Isn’t is more accurate to compare Weinstein to Bill Clinton or someone in the Kennedy family?

  • samo war
  • Warren Bonesteel

    Guess who was behind the Polanski petition?

    ‘Release Polanski, demands petition by film industry luminaries’
    https://www.theguardian.com/film/2009/sep/29/roman-polanski-petition

    W/ over 100 signatories from Hollywood. Including actresses

  • UsedToBeGOP

    “even though there is no evidence Trump ever committed sexual harassment — much less, rape.”. There rarely is evidence when complainants are bullied and bribed. It took 30 years to out Weinstein and it took women who had already made their mark. Nobody beauty contestants will never have their days in court against Trump.

    PS: Clinton was a bum, and his wife colluded with him. Now it’s your turn to give Trump’s accusers an honest hearing.

  • Jim_in_SanDiego_56

    Why am I not surprised that the left- ever preoccupied with making everything politically partisan and shoving their politics up and into every orifice of American society- compares Weinstein to Trump? How vulgar it is for the male-dominated media culture in America to turn something as serious and as overwhelmingly prevalent as male sexual abuse into a political football to play with and pass around. As for the left calling out Trump in the face of the Weinstein nightmare- the obvious elephant in the room is the decades of political indiscretion on the left when it comes to male sexual abuse.

    Case in point- former President Bill Clinton admits to a sexual liaison with a 22-year- old woman in the Oval Office. Now then- If there was ever a case of an extremely powerful and dominant man leveraging his power and position to seduce
    and subjugate a much younger female, well, there it stands. And what about the “other woman” involved in that scandal, namely- Mrs. Clinton? What she has continued to present to America as a role model for American women is the idea that it’s perfectly fine to be a victim of men and its’ okay to put up with their degradation and abuse so long as it does nothing to stop a woman from her ascension to self-realization and/or power. And then you have the Obamas, who early on were loved and admonished by none other than Senator Edward Kennedy. Lest we forget, Mr Kennedy had a literal skeleton in his closet by the name of Mary Jo Kopechne- a young woman who was found dead in his car back in 1969, drowned at the tender age of 28.

    I say if these TV talk show hosts and former Presidents’ wives are going to reduce male sexual abuse to a political partisan issue to get the attention away from Weinstein and onto Trump, then let’s get our hands dirty and discuss which Democratic Presidents and politicians have done what and to whom these past 50 years. As for Trump- let the law handle the sexual abuse allegations and let the law do its’ job. After all- the law certainly benefitted Senator Kennedy in the end, now, didn’t it?