Sunday Reads: Tweety Gotta Go

 

Last night, around 10:30, I saw a tweet about Tweety (Check out reply number 28)…it was tweeted that:

NBC paid out severance to staffer who accused Chris Matthews of sexual harassment | TheHill

A former MSNBC employee who accused host Chris Matthews of sexual harassment in 1999 was given a separation payment by the network, according to a Daily Caller report.

Two sources told the Caller that a woman who was then an assistant producer on Matthews’ show “Hardball” accused the longtime MSNBC host of making inappropriate sexual comments about her while in the company of others. The sources say the company settled with the woman for $40,000.

However, MSNBC disputed the sources’ claims. The network confirmed to the Daily Caller that while they paid the woman, the money was given as part of a severance package and the amount paid was “significantly less” than $40,000.

A spokesman for MSNBC told the Caller that they “thoroughly reviewed” the situation and “formally reprimanded” Matthews, who has hosted “Hardball” on the network since 1997. He also hosted “The Chris Matthews Show” on the network after the settlement from 2002 to 2013.

NBC is blowing it off as having been dealt with officially at the time, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was reprimanded over comments about woman in 1999 – NBC News

“In 1999 this matter was thoroughly reviewed and dealt with. At that time Matthews received a formal reprimand,” the MSNBC spokesperson said in an email Saturday.

The spokesperson said the woman complained to CNBC executives that Matthews made inappropriate jokes and comments about her in front of others, that the matter was reviewed and it was determined that the comments were inappropriate and in made in poor taste but were never meant as propositions. The show was on CNBC before it was on MSNBC.

Those of us who have seen Matthews in action, with his misogynistic treatment of women guest who appear on his show, and his disdain for strong women in politics or in any other position of power…this news of a settlement is really no surprise.

I know many will remember this comment Matthews made about Hillary:

That was just one of the sentiments he spilled on the air…and hey, let’s take it further a few minutes…Matthews wasn’t the only misogynist with harassment claims to have been responsible for the media “coverage” of Hillary during her campaign for president in 2016.

I posted the author’s twitter feed in case you want to follow her…

 

 

Taibbi is not alone obviously…let’s not forget Glenn Greenwald, or as Mona Eltahawy points out it this tread, Scahill and Blumenthal:

You should read the entire thread…

Quick break:

 

 

I thought this was interesting:

 

By the way:

 

Ending this with a horse’s ass:

What is going on with y’all? This is an open thread…

 


27 Comments on “Sunday Reads: Tweety Gotta Go”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Morning all, I am recovering from an extremely bad migraine that I should have gone to the hospital for…honestly. Anyway, my brain is still not functioning and I’m having trouble putting words together. So I hope my thought pattern is able to be followed via the series of tweets that I have linked to.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      This is or could be juicy:

      • NW Luna says:

        Not to mention every time you turn on a government computer it displays (in small type) a warning that since it’s government property you can have no expectation of privacy and anything transmitted is subject to inspection and BTW the gov’t keeps anything transmitted.

        They were so used to getting their own way that they never considered anything would be different now they were government employees.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Im not watching…but this might be interesting

      • NW Luna says:

        I remember hearing that “no difference” line said about Gore & Bush. Riiiiight. First thing Bush did in office was to take away coverage for women’s reproductive health care (i.e. contraception) for IIRC federal employees or was it “only” for servicewomen? I’d almost fallen for Nader’s lines in the election but my analytical side knew that would only be a vote for Bush.

    • NW Luna says:

      Ouch, sorry to hear about that severe migraine. No need to apologize for that or the after-migraine fogginess.

  2. dakinikat says:

  3. NW Luna says:

    WTAF!

    Putin phoned Trump to thank him for CIA intel that foiled a planned terrorist attack in Russia, the Kremlin says

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday phoned President Trump to thank him for a tip from the CIA that thwarted a terrorist attack being planned in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin said. The unusual call — countries share intelligence all the time, but presidents rarely publicly thank one another about it — was confirmed by White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

    It was the two presidents’ second conversation since Thursday, when they spoke after Putin’s annual four-hour televised news conference, during which the Russian leader mentioned the booming U.S. stock market as an example of Trump’s successes. The White House said Trump thanked Putin for remarks he made “acknowledging America’s strong economic performance.”

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    Habituation.

  9. NW Luna says:

    Maybe I’m paranoid, or maybe Putin says this all the time.

    • quixote says:

      My guess would be that this is largely for domestic consumption. Much like us during the Shrub years when there’d be orange, red, and paisley terror alerts whenever he needed a boost in the polls.

      As for actual war, who would Putin go to war with? He’s not currently arguing with China. North Korea would not require a major national effort (plus it’s unlikely he’d want to stir up China by throwing bombs there). He’s functionally won in Syria, so that’s probably winding down, not up. He’s got some beefs with Turkey, but not the sort you throw bombs about. And as for the US, he’s got his agent in the White House, so he’s got cheaper methods than war to handle that.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Unless he plans to take over the rest of Ukraine. Trump wouldn’t try to stop him.

        • quixote says:

          I would think he’s been planning that all along, but the Russian army is so much huger than the Ukrainian, he hardly needs to issue an all points alert for that. He just needs to be sure of no retaliation from the Europeans. (None from the US is a safe bet at this point. ?)