Misogynists shaped the media
The Washington Post
Women who’ve been sexually assaulted or harassed are not the only victims of the media’s powerful misogynists, said Margaret Sullivan. As the stories emerging about CBS demonstrate, “a media figure doesn’t have to show up for a business meeting in an open bathrobe to do harm.” Producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason had just landed a $50 million writing contract in 1992 when the “power-happy” Les Moonves, who has finally left CBS, became the network’s “head honcho.” Last week, she told the “enraging story” of how Moonves “stomped out her work,” sabotaging her shows for seven years. CBS was the “gold standard” for news; how would America have been different if men like Moonves and Jeff Fager, the 60 Minutes chief fired for threatening a colleague, hadn’t worked there? Toxic misogyny infects coverage, and not just at CBS. What if Bill O’Reilly, later fired by Fox News over sexual misconduct charges, “hadn’t been the biggest cable TV star in the nation” when Hillary Clinton ran for president? Or Mark Halperin hadn’t been a network news commentator? America would be very different today if men like these hadn’t been running the show for so many years.