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One of NPR's most powerful people, Michael Oreskes resigned Wednesday after two women came forward with sexual harassment allegations against him.
His response to the Associated Press, “My behavior was wrong and inexcusable, and I accept full responsibility.”
Yeah, that is kind of where we are ALL at, at this point. And where we should be; because how many more voices do we need to add for this movement before we make a significant change?!
The accusations against Oreskes were unearthed Tuesday when the Washington Post published the two women’s accounts. Oreskes, who was NPR’s senior vice president of news and editorial director since 2015, was placed on leave hours later.
Both women "allege" that Oreskes nonconsensually kissed them during business meetings in the late 1990s while he was working at the New York Times. They said they didn’t report at the time due to fear because in doing so they would jeopardize their employment opportunities.
Both women brought their allegations to NPR and the company’s attorney told them NPR would look into the matter.
And the world had a few thoughts....
This is how a responsible org deals with sexual harassment problems in its workplace. (And, no, guys who watch porn don't get a pass!)— DC Horror Blog (@HorrorDC) November 1, 2017
This story is only going t grow, along with the rest. Liberal, Conservative? This is clearly a problem for us all.
Several women in the newsroom of NPR havere taken issue with the company's handling of the situation. They’ve drafted a petition signed by some of the outlet’s most well-known female correspondents and hosts, the Post reported.
“We are profoundly concerned by how NPR has handled sexual harassment reports and senior management’s insufficient efforts to create a workplace environment free of harassment and one that ensures equal opportunity for all employees,” the petition reportedly reads.
This story is unfolding....