Since the explosion of the #MeToo movement, several liberal journalists have been accused of sexual harassment and some other crimes of this kind. Recently, the Washington Post announced that the latest case involves one of their most famous reporters. We´re talking about 57-year-old Joel Achenbach, who was suspended by the Post yesterday for three months without pay.
This newspaper said that they made this decision based on what they called “inappropriate workplace conduct,” citing the suspension of New York Times´ White House reporter Glenn Thrush as precedent. Naturally, this seems like a very weak punishment considering the kind of accusations that were made.
In its article, the Post points out that the decision to suspend rather fire this veteran reporter mirrors the New York Times´ disciplinary actions against Thrush. This reporter was suspended for two months and removed from covering President Trump after a lengthy investigation of misconduct that occurred when he worked at the left-leaning magazine Politico.
In addition, the Post´s article revealed that staff writer Achenbach had been deeply involved in harassing former and current female colleagues. The piece pointed out this man is the first journalist of this newspaper to be punished for sexual misconduct after the bombshell allegations against Harvey Weinstein came out.
While the mainstream media has made an impressive effort to keep liberals’ reputation intact, the Weinstein scandal was a massive hit to the left side of the political spectrum. After all, considering the connections between Hollywood and the Democratic Party, what happened with the former Hollywood producer was extremely damaging.
On one hand, Weinstein was one of the most important donors of the Democratic Party, to the point where he had a really good relationship with people as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. On the other hand, this controversy eventually created the #MeToo movement, which has been an unexpected beast for liberal figures not only in Hollywood but also in other areas.
The mainstream media has been affected as well, to the point where several journalists from famous outlets have been fired or suspended over sexual harassment accusations. Of course, while this institution has reported most of the cases, it seems quite incredible how it failed to point out that most of the accused have been liberal figures.
Moreover, some managers from the Washington Post refused to provide detailed comments on the two-month investigation into the veteran reporter´s behavior. Nevertheless, they assured the readers that the newspaper is completely committed to creating the safest workplace for every single employee.
In a prepared statement, Managing Editor Tracy Grant assured that the Washington Post will provide a safe and respectful work environment in order to become a role model in the business. In addition, Grant wrote that the newspaper will continue to investigate any allegation that comes to light and will take the proper actions if necessary.
On his part, Achenbach also provided a statement where he admits he had acted unprofessionally. In addition, the veteran reporter apologized to each of his accusers and says that he admires their “courage.”
In his statement, Achenbach states he feels very sorry for how “badly” he behaved. In addition, he acknowledged that he was suspended by the newspaper for three months for the inappropriate workplace conduct. Furthermore, the veteran reporter says he committed “unprofessional” acts and apologized to the women affected.
According to the Washington Post, they took this decision after interviewing not only Achenbach but also former and current colleagues. Some staff members claimed this was an unexpected decision, considering that they allegedly didn’t know about his behavior.
The Post pointed out that this veteran reporter joined the newspaper back in 1990. Achenbach is credited with starting the Washington Post´s first online-only column. This one was titled “Rough Draft.”
Realizing how much these predators shaped negative Clinton coverage & wondering how many more there are.
Steve Chaggaris (CBS)
Matt Lauer (NBC)
Mark Halperin (NBC, ABC)
Glenn Thrush (NYT)
Charlie Rose (CBS, PBS)
Ryan Liza (New Yorker)
Travis Smiley (PBS)
Joel Achenbach (Wapo)
— mattresstagging (@mattresstagging) January 11, 2018
In the article, the newspaper goes on to praise its content and their “reporting on workplace harassment.” In addition, the article praises their coverage of the Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
The article said that the Washington Post has been among the leading newspapers in reporting on workplace harassment since the Times published its first bombshell piece about Weinstein. In addition, this piece stated that the Post broke a lot of stories regarding misconduct by public figures. Naturally, this piece points out Roy Moore as their greatest achievement.
While the #MeToo movement remains on track, many people wonders who will be the next major figure to be accused.