Where all the harassment is above average

The Man From Lake Woebegon has fallen:

Garrison Keillor, the former host of “A Prairie Home Companion,” said Wednesday he Citing “inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him,” Minnesota Public Radio has terminated its relationship with Garrison Keillor, the former host of “A Prairie Home Companion” who helped build MPR into a national powerhouse.

Keillor told The Associated Press that he was fired over “a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard.”

He didn’t give details of the allegation.

Keillor retired last year from his longtime radio show, but still produced “The Writer’s Almanac” for syndication.

In a statement, MPR said it was notified last month of the allegations, “which relate to Mr. Keillor’s conduct while he was responsible for the production of A Prairie Home Companion (APHC). MPR President Jon McTaggart immediately informed the MPR Board Chair, and a special Board committee was appointed to provide oversight and ongoing counsel. In addition, MPR retained an outside law firm to conduct an independent investigation of the allegations. Based on what we currently know, there are no similar allegations involving other staff. The attorney leading the independent investigation has been conducting interviews and reviewing documents, and the investigation is still ongoing. We encourage anyone with additional information to call our confidential hotline 1-877-767-7781.”

MPR and its parent company, St. Paul-based American Public Media (APM) said it will:

• Change the name of “Prairie Home,” which is now hosted by Chris Thile.

• End distribution and broadcast of “Writer’s Almanac” and rebroadcasts of old Keillor-hosted “Prairie Home” shows.

• Separate itself from the Pretty Good Goods online catalog, which sells Keillor merchandise, and the PrairieHome.org website.

Coincidentally, Keillor wrote a column for the Washington Post this week defending Sen. Al Franken amid calls for his resignation after a report of sexual harassment.

Beautiful. Simply beautiful. What a lovely end to a career of a talented man who was crippled by his lack of integrity and his inability to accept the faith of his fathers.

UPDATE: Burn, Hollywood, burn!

The Flash and Supergirl producers Warner Bros. Television has cut all ties with Andrew Kreisberg following sexual harassment claims from multiple women involving the showrunner. Kreisberg, who executive produced The CW’s DC Comics-inspired dramas Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow, was suspended by WBTV weeks ago following multiple allegations of sexual harassment. The studio launched an internal investigation into the accusations. Kreisberg has now been terminated from all four series, as well as CW Seed’s Vixen, and has lost his overall deal with the studio.


Frankengroper

Apparently ol’ Feel-Em-Up Fish Lips likes to grab women by the buttocks too:

Lindsay Menz, a 33-year-old woman who now lives in Frisco, Texas, reached out to CNN on Thursday hours after Tweeden made her story public. Menz said she wanted to share an “uncomfortable” interaction that left her feeling “gross.”

According to Menz, she attended the Minnesota State Fair with her husband and father in the summer of 2010, almost two years after Franken was elected to the Senate. Her father’s small business was sponsoring a local radio booth, and she spent the day meeting various elected officials, political candidates and celebrities and taking photos with them as they stopped by the booth.

When Franken walked in, Menz and her husband, who also spoke with CNN, said they recognized him right away. Menz said she had a brief and cordial exchange with the senator.

Then, as her husband held up her phone and got ready to snap a photo of the two of them, Franken “pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear,” Menz said. “It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek.”

“It wasn’t around my waist. It wasn’t around my hip or side. It was definitely on my butt,” she said, recalling that the brazen act lasted three or four seconds. “I was like, oh my God, what’s happening.”

“He reached around her and kind of pulled her into him,” said her husband Jeremy Menz, who didn’t see what happened behind his wife. “He pulled her in and pushed his head against her head. It was over pretty quick.”

Lindsay Menz told CNN that she walked away as soon as the photo was taken, without saying anything to the then-first term senator. When she reconnected with her husband moments later, she told him: “He totally grabbed my butt.” Jeremy Menz described that conversation the same way to CNN.

BELIEVE THE WOMEN! WOMEN DON’T LIE ABOUT BEING GROPED BY SENATORS!

It’s amusing how CNN uses mildly distancing language for these articles about Democrats behaving badly. It’s always “Woman Says” instead of “Franken Grabbed Woman”. But we know they believe her, or it would have been “Woman Claims”.

The Frankengroper must resign!

Now we have a pretty good why the media isn’t holding these sexual assailants responsible:

Charlie Rose, host of the “Charlie Rose” show and a “60 Minutes” correspondent, was accused by multiple former employees of sexual harassment in a report released Monday afternoon. The Washington Post reported that eight women told reporters that Rose made unwanted advances toward them, including groping them and exposing himself. 


Resign, Frankenstien

The Democratic wall begins to crack. Two DFL officials call for (((Al Franken)))’s resignation for sexually harassing Leeann Tweeden:

Two prominent members of Minnesota’s Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party are calling on Sen. Al Franken to resign his Senate seat following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Although many other Democrats have called the former comedian’s actions disturbing, state auditor Rebecca Otto and Megan Thomas, president of the party’s official Feminist Caucus, say he should leave office.

The allegations were made Thursday morning by radio host Leeann Tweeden, who said Franken harassed her during a 2006 USO trip to the Middle East, before he was elected to the Senate in 2008.

Tweeden said Franken wrote a play to be performed in front of troops featuring a kiss, and then forced his tongue into her mouth after insisting on practice. A photo also shows a grinning Franken’s hands over Tweeden’s breasts while she was asleep.

Otto, a candidate for governor in Minnesota, said in a statement that “I believe it’s in the best interest of Minnesotans and of women everywhere for Senator Franken to resign, and to set an example to powerful men across America that sexual harassment will not be tolerated.”

Thomas, meanwhile, told the Washington Examiner that Franken’s misconduct was “every woman’s nightmare on a bus.” In a Facebook post, the longtime party organizer wrote that while she appreciated his progressive vote record, the fear Franken will instill in women is enough reason for his departure.

“The ‘political’ answer is to wait and not overreact. But I also know that the next time I see him in person I will, however fleeting or unneeded, be afraid because of what he is doing in that picture. No one should fear their elected representatives, so, sadly, for me, I think the Senator should resign,” she wrote.

After the initial allegations, Franken called for an ethics investigation into himself, and many Democratic colleagues called the allegations disturbing, but stopped short of demanding his resignation.

Otto’s statement was the first from a major officeholder to demand his resignation. Many state Democratic officials are standing by Franken for now, while expressing concern about the allegations.

Fish Lips Franken has to go. I don’t see any way he can reasonably survive that photograph and the credible details of the accusation by Tweeden. And, of course, there are already other credible accusers coming forward, so there will probably be more material evidence forthcoming. The difference between the Franken case and the Moore case is that Franken’s accusers have evidence and are credible, while Moore’s accusers have nothing but “evidence” that was clearly faked and are not credible.

Moreover, the accusations of Franken are consistent with his known public behavior, whereas the accusations of Moore are not.

That being said, the craven response of the Democrats, especially the female Democrats who talk such a big game about feminism and sexual harassment, is going to hurt them. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, in particularly, looks pathetic and cowardly.

The God-Emperor, on the other hand, has got this one down cold.

“The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?”


A lesson in corporate chaos

This is a fascinating clash of two tech CEOs on Twitter, both of whom are quite clearly unready for prime time and are perfectly willing to blow up their own enterprises in defense of their ideologies.

Vinay Gupta‏ @leashless
I don’t deny your right to do what you want with your own tools in your own time. But I’m telling you this, and I am not to be fucked with: most of us will not rest until we figure out how to fuck you if you colonize our platform. We are hostile to your goals. Be elsewhere.

Vinay Gupta‏ @leashless
If you try to twist our work into a weapon for your cultural war, it will damage our attempt to transform the global economy. You will be in our way, and we will fuck you. We are smart: in all probability it can be done without platform changes. Get your own toys. Get off ours.

Vinay Gupta‏ @leashless
Go and build your own infrastructure, you dumb motherfuckers.

You want to parasitize our hard work with your massively bigoted political project, and you expect us to just roll over?

Don’t be fucking stupid. We have backbone. We have will. We will fight back. Lots of Jews too.

Vinay Gupta‏ @leashless
We did this work, on Ethereum, to make a better world. If you force us to figure out how to defend our vision of a better world against people who try and use our own tools against is, we will find ways to fight back.

And we are the ones with the power here. Make your plans.

Vinay Gupta‏ @leashless
By all means, put your entire life’s work into the hands of people who hate a d oppose you at every level. You’ll find it goes as well as running a city when the power station staff go on strike. We do infrastructure. You depend on us.

We will find ways. Count on it.

Gab @getongab
Well folks this is how “open,” “decentralized,” and “inclusive” the Ethereum project is. If you’re thinking about building on top of it, think again.

Vinay Gupta‏ @leashless
I am proud that this has gone viral. I did not work on cryptography to empower racists, but normal, good people.

Ivan Throne‏ @DarkTriadMan
Why, it is almost as if @voxday had a point about from-the-ground-up vulnerabilities once, isn’t it?

At this point, I think one can make a very good case about social media potentially doing more harm than good for the average company. I wasn’t interested in using Etherium, but after seeing how these literal communists intend to use it to transform the global economy, I’ll go out of my way to support their competitors.

You have to be pretty stupid to go on Gab and volunteer yourself for the targeted harassment and libel that will be directed your way in the name of free speech. And you’d have to be an utter moron to even consider putting your livelihood in the hands of the out-of-control SJWs at Etherium. Both Gab and Etherium observably fail to grasp that providing confidence to the consumer is the single most important factor in corporate success.


The Great Reckoning

I rather like that name for the ever-expanding Hollywood Values revelations. Hollywood and the media are in serious trouble and they know it.

‘Fear is everywhere’: a quiet paranoia haunts post-Weinstein Hollywood
The industry is on edge as allegations of sexual misconduct reach dizzying heights. The question on everyone’s mind is: ‘Who will be next?’

Week five of the great reckoning and Hollywood is frightened and lost, drifting deeper into uncharted waters with no script, no direction and no sense how it will end.

Scandal was always part of the entertainment industry, a ritualised process of rumours, denials and hush money, publicists and fixers, banishment and redemption. But the vortex of sexual abuse allegations which started with Harvey Weinstein spins ever faster, whirling beyond control of the studios.

Who is next, asks the reporter in the Guardian? Apparently two Guardian editors.

The Guardian’s digital editor Ian Prior has been absent from work after female staff members reported harassment allegations to management, BuzzFeed News has learned. Guardian sources say Prior — the UK news organisation’s digital editor and former head of sport — is away from work while management investigate the allegations, made in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations that have created shockwaves across Hollywood, the media industry and politics…. The latest allegations against Guardian editors come after BuzzFeed News revealed earlier this year a complaint had been filed against former deputy Guardian US editor Matt Sullivan.

Meanwhile, ESPN’s great experiment in attempting to SJW-converge American sports is collapsing.

ESPN will lay off more than 100 staffers after the Thanksgiving holidays, multiple sources tell Sports Illustrated. The layoffs, which were described by a person briefed on the plans, will hit positions across ESPN including front-facing talent on the television side, producers, executives, and digital and technology staffers. The SportsCenter franchise is expected to be hit hard—including on-air people—given the frequency of the show has lessened considerably on main network ESPN.

The network declined comment to SI on Thursday afternoon.

Though hiring has continued and the network remains one of the great destinations for jobs in sports media, ESPN has experienced significant layoffs over the last two years. In Oct. 2015 the company laid off roughly 300 employees, about 4-5{666e5e86189a1fe5e2247551e7a4443f43206d2d8b82140cfc9efd38c8e16ed5} of its workforce—a particularly brutal act of gutting given the long tenures of many of those who were cut.

These are glorious days indeed. Drive on through the false narratives, punch through the flimsy armor of distractions and dissimulations, and find the truth! Hunt the witches without mercy. Encourage those who have been victimized to Be Brave and Be the First! The God-Emperor wills it!

UPDATE: DC is going down hard. It’s not even a little bit surprising that some of the most SJW-converged shows on television were being run by a (((gamma))) given to sexual harassment:

Andrew Kreisberg, co-creator and executive producer of the CW/Warner Bros TV DC series The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow, has been suspended from his duties by the studio today over allegations of sexual harassment. Tonight, WBTV also say they are launching an investigation into the accusations.

“We have recently been made aware of allegations of misconduct against Andrew Kreisberg,” Warner Bros. TV Group said in a statement Friday night. “We have suspended Mr. Kreisberg and are conducting an internal investigation. We take all allegations of misconduct extremely seriously, and are committed to creating a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions.

Kreisberg has been one of the top lieutenants of Greg Berlanti, the boss of the CW/DC universe. He has been a key auspice on all DC series, with primary focus on serving as showrunner of The Flash.

“We were recently made aware of some deeply troubling allegations regarding one of our showrunners,” Berlanti Prods.’ principals Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter said in a statement. “We have been encouraging and fully cooperating with the investigation into this by Warner Bros.

“There is nothing more important to us than the safety and well-being of our cast, crew, writers, producers and any staff,” they added. “We do not tolerate harassment and are committed to doing everything we can to make an environment that’s safe to work in and safe to speak up about if it isn’t.”

According to people familiar with the situation, several staffers on The Flash have complained about Kreisberg’s behavior.

15 women and 4 men registering complaints. Shut them all down.


Closing in

Remember what I said about the big Hollywood dam starting to crack the other day? This would appear to be a very large fissure developing.

Anyway, on this particular show, there was a special guest star. A very special guest star. Still not a tween, everyone knew who she was. Executives flocked to the studio that day to see her. She was first molested when she was 5 or 6 and had continued to be molested throughout her hit movies and also on a previous show.

One of the stars of the show who has spent her life bouncing in and out of rehab because of what she saw, and who was actually nominated for awards from the show, described the atmosphere that day.

“A bunch of f**king pigs. I had just turned 12 or 13. I was the same age as the actress coming in. Maybe a little older. We had been shooting for months and I was old news. They knew I would do what they wanted, but they always wanted someone new. This was someone new and someone they all knew. They had it set up like a peep show almost. She had finished shooting that morning and they brought her out on a stage. The stage was used most of the time for a game show that was taped there. That game show is still on today. I can’t watch it knowing what happened to her there. They brought her out and the front four rows of this theatre were filled with guys who were already rubbing themselves. The girl was wearing a bikini. The show took place around a beach just so they could make these girls wear next to nothing. They had her walk around under the lights. The lights were focused on her and she couldn’t really see out to the audience. She was squinting. It must have been blinding for her. They had her walk back and forth. Then they had her start dancing. All of these guys were doing what another star at that same studio got busted for. This went on for about 20 minutes. Then three of the guys took her to a different area of the studio.”

Item: “She was first molested when she was 5 or 6.”

Item: “Heather O’Rourke was discovered by director Steven Spielberg when she was visiting MGM’s studios.”

Item: “That crap story ended up killing the girl because the parents believed the executives.”

Item: “Heather O’Rourke died at the age of 12 of cardiac arrest and septic shock.”

Item: Do you believe Steven Spielberg is an ideal guide and influence for our culture? Do Steven Spielberg’s films question our culture? What do Steven Spielberg’s films question? Does Steven Spielberg focus much of his fantasy life on young people? Did he portray children wallowing in sewers filled with fecal matter in Schindler’s List? Did he use children to finger paint an adult in Hook? Does he collect the illustrations of Norman Rockwell, such as the one showing a young boy in his underwear examined by a doctor? Are the inclinations of Steven Spielberg above suspicion by the media-fed culture? Was Steven Spielberg very friendly with Michael Jackson? Wasn’t Michael Jackson supposed to play Peter Pan in Steven Spielberg’s version of the story? Now that Michael Jackson is no longer held in favor by the mass media, does Spielberg associate with him? Do Michael Jackson and Steven Spielberg share similar opinions about the sexuality of young boys?
Crispin Glover

It’s only a matter of time now. I have always disliked Spielberg’s movies, even since I was in elementary school. There was always a wrongness about them, as if they gave off a repellent odor that one could detect even from the trailers. To this day, I haven’t seen many popular Spielberg movies, including Close Encounters, ET, Poltergeist, and Gremlins; after reviewing a comprehensive list of his filmography, it turns out that I’ve seen a total of nine movies in which he has played some role.

And now it appears we have a pretty good idea of exactly what that wrongness was.

UPDATE: I think we now have a clue as to why my Twitter account was suspended. Remember the meme about Indiana Jones being a pedophile? Unlike all of my other tweeted images, including the mock Beard covers, it is no longer available. As is the recent /pol/ thread on Spielberg’s List.


Louis CK is up to bat

The next Hollywood Values guy to be thrown to the wolves is Louis CK:

The New York premiere of Louis C.K.’s upcoming film, I Love You, Daddy, set for Thursday, has been canceled. Reps for the premiere, due to take place at the Paris Theatre, cited “unexpected circumstances.” A source tells The Hollywood Reporter that a New York Times story on the comedian is about to break, and the premiere was canceled in case it is damaging. Additionally, Louis C.K.’s planned appearance on CBS’ The Late Show With Stephen Colbert was also canceled, with William H. Macy taking his place.

I wonder what was going on there?

The film generated controversy following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. TIFF programmers had screened it and given I Love You, Daddy a world premiere after C.K. surprised Toronto organizers, letting them know the film existed. Controversial dialogue appears throughout the film, including the use of the N-word by C.K.’s character and multiple jokes about child rape.

Ah, there we go. As a rule of thumb, if a Hollywood Values guy is joking about something, or making a movie about something, he’s probably doing it. Good riddance. I never thought he was funny anyhow.

UPDATE: Louis C.K. Crossed a Line Into Sexual Misconduct, 5 Women Say

After being contacted for an interview this week about the on-the-record accusations of sexual misconduct — encounters that took place over a decade ago — Louis C.K.’s publicist, Lewis Kay, said the comedian would not respond. “Louis is not going to answer any questions,” Mr. Kay wrote in an email Tuesday night.

Neither Louis C.K. nor Mr. Kay replied to follow-up emails in which the accusations were laid out in detail, or to voice messages or texts. On Thursday, the premiere of Louis C.K.’s new movie “I Love You, Daddy,” was abruptly canceled, and he also canceled an appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

The stories told by the women raise sharp questions about the anecdotes that Louis C.K. tells in his own comedy. He rose to fame in part by appearing to be candid about his flaws and sexual hang-ups, discussing and miming masturbation extensively in his act — an exaggerated riff that some of the women feel may have served as a cover for real misconduct. He has all but invited comparison between his private life and his onscreen work, too: In “I Love You, Daddy,” which is scheduled to be released next week, a character pretends to masturbate at length in front of other people, and other characters appear to dismiss rumors of sexual predation.


More harassment at NPR

The head of National Public Radio tried to bury the harassment charges against his top editor.

The left-wing Washington Post reports that NPR “leaders were aware of at least four complaints against” Michael Oreskes, NPR’s top editor, prior to his resignation last week after two allegations went public. With charges of a cover-up floating about, NPR chief Jarl Mohn has taken a four-week leave for what he says are medical reasons.
The brewing NPR scandal comes down to the left-wing news outlet’s decision to keep Oreskes on, even though top management knew of four harassment allegations against him, according to the Post.

To make matters worse, the Post reports that in just the last ten days, five more NPR staffers claim to have been harassed by Oreskes.

Going forward, the problems for Mohn and the taxpayer-subsidized NPR are quite obvious. By not acting appropriately and/or effectively enough to end Oreskes’s alleged behavior — meaning serious disciplinary action or termination — the alleged victims piled up. The possible liability issues ramifications here are the stuff of trial lawyers’ dreams…and taxpayer nightmares, for we subsidize this apparent den of executive harassers and enablers.

The details of the seven(!) NPR allegations are not yet known. We do, however, know something about Oreskes’s alleged M.O. via reporting last week from the Post. This includes unwanted kisses, proposals for a “room service lunch, a creepy personal ad, and using the promise of employment to keep the women on the hook.

For the overall national, establishment media, this is also bad news. In just a month, no fewer than eight members of the elite media have been hit with allegations that range from harassment to misconduct to assault. In many of those cases, we have been told that “everyone knew,” but no one did anything.

On top of NPR and the New York Times, other news outlets embroiled in this growing scandal include NBC News, MSNBC, ABC News, Rolling Stone, the New Republic, and Mother Jones. The prominent names include Matt Taibbi, Mark Halperin, David Corn, and Leon Wieseltier.

While this very same establishment media excoriate Fox News over that network’s alleged harassment problems, they were all covering up much, much worse behavior allegedly committed by their very own over the course of decades.

I believe a brilliant, bestselling political philosopher has written, bestsellingly, about the tendency of a certain class of individuals to cast aspersions on others that would, by rights, more accurately describe their own behavior.


The sex suicides begin

Although apparently as a result of the Pestminister scandal rather than the Hollywood Values meltdown:

Top Welsh Labour politician Carl Sargeant is found dead days after being suspended by the party over ‘shocking’ sex allegations. A senior Labour politician has been found dead in apparent suicide today just days after he was suspended from the party over claims of sexual misconduct. Former Welsh Government minister Carl Sargeant, 48, is believed to have taken his own life at home in Connah’s Quay, North Wales.

I do wonder, however, about the recent suicide of actor Brad Bufanda. He had a pretty serious case of gayface and “began his acting career before his teens”. One wonders how close he was to the power centers of the Hollywood Values crowd.

In the meantime, the New York Times is VERY unhappy about their lawyer David Boies running interference for Harvey Weinstein in order to kill stories by New York Times reporters.

“We learned today that the law firm of Boies Schiller and Flexner secretly worked to stop our reporting on Harvey Weinstein at the same time as the firm’s lawyers were representing us in other matters,” the statement read. “We consider this intolerable conduct, a grave betrayal of trust, and a breach of the basic professional standards that all lawyers are required to observe. It is inexcusable and we will be pursuing appropriate remedies.”

How very shocking to learn that a lawyer representing the New York Times would not be a paragon of ethical or professional behavior! No one finds it harder to believe he has been robbed than a thief.


South Texas church shooting

27+ shot at a small Baptist church. Multiple fatalities. FFS, why aren’t people a) carrying in church and b) posting security guards?

KENS5 reports police took down the gunman at the Baptist church in Sutherland Springs after he shot and killed multiple people.

No word on who is responsible, but sounds more like something personal than jihad.

UPDATE: 26 dead, ~20 wounded.

UPDATE: No, this attack will not support the gun control narrative. Quite the contrary:

Today’s mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was only halted after an armed Texan “engaged” the killer and put an end to the rampage, the Texas Rangers reported.

Freeman Martin, a major in the Texas Rangers and a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, says the suspect dropped his rifle and fled after being confronted by a local man who had grabbed his rifle.Freeman provided a timeline of the tragedy in a press briefing Sunday evening.

“At approximately 11:20 this morning a suspect was seen at a Valero gas station in Sutherland Springs, Texas,” Martin said. “He was dressed in all black. That suspect crossed the street to the church, exited his vehicle and began firing at the church.”

“That suspect then moved to the right side of the church and then continued to fire,” he continued. “That suspect entered the church and continued to fire. As he exited the church, a local resident grabbed his rifle and engaged that suspect. The suspect dropped his rifle, which was a Ruger AR assault-type rifle and fled from the church.”