The Sexual Misconduct Witch-hunt
By David Walsh, 17 August 2019
On August 13, the Associated Press posted an article by Jocelyn Gecker alleging that Spanish opera singer Plácido Domingo had sexually harassed a number of women over a period of several decades.
A blow to the #MeToo sexual witch-hunt: The ignominious collapse of the case against actor Kevin Spacey
By David Walsh, 19 July 2019
Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe in Massachusetts announced Wednesday that his office was dropping its sexual assault case against Spacey.
By Kayla Costa, 15 July 2019
The dismissal of the case would be a blow to the witch-hunt as a whole, which has ruined or threatened dozens of artists’ careers, creating an atmosphere of censorship and intimidation.
By David Walsh, 13 July 2019
The resignation of Alexander Acosta, Donald Trump’s secretary of labor, is the latest development in the widening scandal surrounding American financier and “money manager for the super-rich” Jeffrey Epstein.
Washington Post’s Richard Cohen comes to the defense of Linda Fairstein, overseer of the Central Park Five prosecution
By Kate Randall, 3 July 2019
Cohen gushed over Colin Powell’s infamous February 4, 2003 presentation of lies at the UN that formed the justification for the Iraq War.
By Andre Damon, 8 June 2019
Thirty years after the New York Times and Washington Post helped railroad five innocent teenagers to prison, these newspapers continue to wage a campaign against the presumption of innocence.
By Patrick Martin, 4 June 2019
The historian and King biographer David Garrow has unleashed a #MeToo-style slander campaign against the martyred civil rights leader.
By Linda Tenenbaum, 25 May 2019
The Oscar-winning actor was granted a total of nearly $2.9 million, in general and special damages, due to the Murdoch media’s defamatory articles.
By David Walsh, 15 April 2019
Vega Gil, born in Mexico City, was a bassist and a co-founder of Botellita de Jerez, one of the more influential Mexican rock ’n’ roll bands. He was also the author of novels, short stories and volumes of poetry.
By David Walsh, 6 April 2019
Lawyers for Amazon Studios filed a motion in federal court in New York City on Wednesday seeking to dismiss a lawsuit launched by filmmaker Woody Allen. Their arguments were extremely revealing.
By Niles Niemuth, 30 March 2019
Vague allegations of sexism and racism have been utilized to oust the leadership of the prominent civil rights organization and justify the hiring of Obama confidante and #MeToo leader Tina Tchen.
By Oscar Gray, 26 March 2019
The Farrow event, ostensibly held to celebrate “excellence in journalism,” instead celebrated self-promotion and contempt for due process.
By David Walsh, 22 March 2019
Kevin Tsujihara, one of the American film industry’s most powerful executives, resigned March 18 after texts were made public indicating he had promised to promote an actress’ career in exchange for sex.
A reply to a commenter
By Eric London, 25 February 2019
A commenter wrote that the WSWS was hypocritical in calling Jussie Smollett a liar while defending his presumption of innocence in the criminal case against him.
By Eric London, 18 February 2019
Within hours, the music industry began erasing Adams’ nearly 30-year footprint as a pioneer of popular Americana music.
By David Walsh, 9 February 2019
Amazon’s refusal to distribute Allen’s film and honor its contract with him is a brazen act of censorship that is the direct product of the #MeToo witch hunt.
By Richard Phillips, 7 February 2019
Gold Logie-winning actor Craig McLachlan’s career has been “effectively destroyed” by the #MeToo allegations.
By Steve James, 26 January 2019
Whatever the outcome of the legal case against Salmond, the SNP is being torn apart by factional infighting.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at Portland State University, 17 January 2019
Despite threats of dismissal by Portland State University, Grievance Studies “hoaxer” Peter Boghossian is respected by students for his principled stand against postmodernist philosophy.
By David Walsh, 12 January 2019
Nothing that has come to light so far demonstrates that Tyson is guilty of wrongdoing. On the contrary, the published material suggests he is the victim of a virulent strain of political hysteria.
By David Walsh, 9 January 2019
Spacey’s brief courtroom appearance on Monday, during which he hardly spoke, was the occasion for another media frenzy.
Actor Kevin Spacey releases defiant video: “It’s never that simple, not in politics and not in life”
By David Walsh, 28 December 2018
In the course of his three-minute video, Spacey (while in character as House of Cards ’ Frank Underwood) urged viewers not to “believe the worst without evidence” and not to “rush to judgment without facts.”
By James Cogan, 19 December 2018
Rush, as he waits for a ruling on legal action he took in late 2017 to defend himself, now faces a new attack on his character.
By David Walsh, 14 December 2018
In the song, as it is generally performed, a man encourages a woman to stay the night and she expresses concerns about what her family and the neighbors will think if she does.
By Matthew Taylor, 10 December 2018
The billionaire hedge fund manager avoided human trafficking charges due to his vast wealth and political connections.
By a reporter, 20 November 2018
Christopher Precopia faced life in prison on false charges of assault on a former girlfriend.
By Linda Tenenbaum and Richard Phillips, 15 November 2018
Bruce McClintock SC likened the methods of the Daily Telegraph to those of newspapers published by Lords Rothermere and Beaverbrook, as described by British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin in 1931.
By Joanne Laurier, 10 November 2018
The sixth and final season of House of Cards is now streaming on Netflix. The firing of lead actor Kevin Spacey along with the #MeToo and anti-Russia campaigns have had a considerable impact on the series.
By Linda Tenenbaum, 6 November 2018
Justice Wigney sharply warned that the presence of a previously unheard of witness would “egregiously prejudice Mr Rush.”
By Linda Tenenbaum, 27 October 2018
Over the past nearly 50 years, Rush has won numerous awards, including the “Triple Crown;” helped establish the Australian Academy of Cinema, Theatre and Acting Arts; and in 2014 received an Order of Australia for Service to the Arts.
By David Walsh, 25 October 2018
The article inadvertently points toward an important truth: the #MeToo campaign is fundamentally an effort by a layer of upper-middle class women to advance their economic interests at the expense of their male rivals.
By David Walsh, 19 October 2018
The ostensible aim of this movement is to combat sexual harassment, i.e., to bring about social progress. However, the repressive means resorted to give the lie to the campaign’s “progressive” claims.
By Eric London, 18 October 2018
The WSWS spoke to one of the authors of a recent study exposing the charlatanry that dominates postmodern-obsessed academic circles.
By David Walsh, 15 October 2018
Judge James Burke took the action after it came to light that a New York City police detective had failed to report an interview with a friend of one of the complainants, Lucia Evans, which casts doubt on her version of events.
By Eric London, 13 October 2018
Helen Pluckrose, James A. Lindsay and Peter Boghossian have struck a well-timed blow against postmodernism, a reactionary obstacle to the development of scientific socialist consciousness.
By Joseph Lorenz, 10 October 2018
John Rubadeau, who has more than three decades at the university, was fired by the English Department on the basis of unspecified allegations.
By Patrick Martin, 8 October 2018
The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh marks a further major step to the right by the highest US court.
By Eric London, 6 October 2018
Friday’s 51–49 cloture vote all but secures the confirmation of the arch-reactionary to what will be the most right-wing court in over a century.
By Patrick Martin, 5 October 2018
The Democratic Party is focusing solely on unproven allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, as the Republicans move forward to a vote on the right-wing nominee.
By David Walsh, 3 October 2018
The New York Times published an opinion piece by journalist Rebecca Traister headlined “Fury Is a Political Weapon. And Women Need to Wield It.” The piece is one of a number along the same lines that have appeared in recent weeks and months.
By Eric London, 29 September 2018
The focus of the proceedings reflects the political priorities of the Democratic Party and the interests of the affluent social layers to which it is appealing.
By Patrick Martin, 28 September 2018
The Democratic Party has decided to wage its opposition to the reactionary Supreme Court nominee on the most degraded and right-wing basis possible.
By David Walsh, 27 September 2018
Following the press and television news in the US might lead one to believe that a kind of madness has seized hold of the American media, along with sections of the affluent petty-bourgeoisie.
By Eric London, 25 September 2018
The Democrats’ campaign against Kavanaugh aims to bolster their election campaign, silence left-wing criticism of the nominee and eviscerate the presumption of innocence.
By Eric London, 22 September 2018
The Democratic Party’s elevation of Ford’s allegation against Kavanaugh is a political operation aimed at driving the entire political establishment further to the right.
By David Walsh, 22 September 2018
In an extraordinary act of political censorship, Buruma was forced out this week after he published an article by Jian Ghomeshi, the former Canadian radio broadcaster accused of sexual misconduct in 2014.
By David Walsh, 19 September 2018
The New York Times, Washington Post, leading Democrats and other establishment figures are attempting to derail Kavanaugh’s nomination on the grounds of an unsubstantiated allegation of sexual assault.
By Fred Mazelis, 13 September 2018
The ousting of Moonves is part of an ongoing struggle for power and wealth within the media and entertainment industries.
By David Walsh, 4 September 2018
A significant portion of the American media castigated a villainous figure this past weekend, lamenting the fact he had essentially gone unpunished for his crimes. Was it the late Sen. John McCain?
By Julie Hyland, 31 August 2018
Salmond led the SNP for more than 20 years and is identified as the key figure in the push for Scotland’s independence from the UK.
By Tim Avery, 29 August 2018
The Walt Disney company has remained firm in its decision to dismiss director James Gunn over tweets unearthed by right-wing provocateur Mike Cernovich.
By David Walsh, 22 August 2018
The latest episode in the #MeToo drama unfolded earlier this week following the revelation that actress Asia Argento, one of the alleged victims of producer Harvey Weinstein, purportedly paid off a young man who accused her of sexual abuse.
By Richard Phillips, 16 August 2018
The Murdoch media empire is prepared to spend vast sums to defeat Rush’s defamation suit.
#MeToo turns deadly
By David Walsh, 3 August 2018
Anne Sofie von Otter, the famed Swedish mezzo-soprano, is speaking out to the press for the first time about the March 2018 suicide of her husband, Benny Fredriksson.
By David Walsh, 1 August 2018
The New Yorker magazine has posted Farrow’s new article, detailing allegations of sexual misconduct against Leslie Moonves, the chairman, president and CEO of CBS Corporation.
By Richard Phillips, 1 August 2018
Rush’s amended submission documents ongoing detrimental reportage by Murdoch publications.
By David Walsh, 18 July 2018
There is nothing positive or progressive about Johansson’s announcement that she is withdrawing from Rub & Tug, a film project about a transgender massage parlor owner with underworld connections.
Emmanuelle Seigner, Roman Polanski’s wife, calls invitation to join movie Academy “insufferable hypocrisy”
By David Walsh, 11 July 2018
In her open letter, Seigner angrily writes, “This proposal is one insult too many. I cannot remain silent any longer. You offend me while claiming to want to protect women!”
By Kimie Saito, 10 July 2018
The rapid removal of Ayala from his position at the University of California has provoked opposition from academics in the US and Europe.
By David Walsh, 27 June 2018
The New York Times discovers nuance in sexual behavior when it involves a reporter and a valuable source.
By Sandy English, 26 June 2018
Following a controversy that erupted in May, MIT recently completed an investigation into the conduct of Díaz, who teaches at the university, and cleared him of any sexual misconduct.
A welcome development:
By Richard Phillips, 14 June 2018
Rush, the target of unsubstantiated allegations by Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, will play Malvolio in Twelfth Night.
By Niles Niemuth, 31 May 2018
The attorney’s letter sent Tuesday describes last week’s report as “the product of malicious intent, falsehoods, slight-of-hand , an absence of editorial control, and journalistic malpractice.”
By Will Morrow, 29 May 2018
Freeman released a statement noting that “80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports.”
New York Times whips up lynch-mob atmosphere
By David Walsh, 26 May 2018
The surrender to police and charging of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein have provided a further opportunity for the American media to exhibit its hypocrisy, deceit and bloodlust.
By Stefan Steinberg, 21 May 2018
An examination of recent movies by prominent women filmmakers reveals that they share the problems of their male counterparts.
By David Walsh and Eric London, 12 May 2018
On the basis of a May 7 feature article in the New Yorker magazine, “Four Women Accuse New York’s Attorney General of Physical Abuse,” the twice-elected Schneiderman resigned as of the following day.
By Tom Carter, 30 April 2018
The media seized on Bill Cosby’s conviction Thursday to attack the presumption of innocence and demand an intensification of the reactionary crusade over sexual allegations.
“I Want to Be Rich and I’m Not Sorry”
By David Walsh, 30 April 2018
Los Angeles novelist Jessica Knoll spells out her credo in her NYT article: “Success, for me, is synonymous with making money …”
By Richard Phillips, 23 April 2018
Friday’s ruling is another legal setback for the Murdoch-owned Daily Telegraph and the #MeToo campaign’s contempt for democratic principles.
By Eric London, 19 April 2018
The Washington Post and New York Times won prizes for their role in the anti-Russia campaign, while the Times and the New Yorker won an award for promoting the #MeToo campaign.
Political censorship in the name of #MeToo
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Canada), 16 April 2018
The Canadian Union of Public Employee’s resort to political censorship goes hand-in-hand with its determination to isolate and suppress working class struggles whenever they break out.
By Thomas Scripps, 12 April 2018
The NUS’ report claiming rampant sexual harassment by UK academics adds fuel to the media furor against the UK lecturers’ strike.
By Richard Phillips, 12 April 2018
#MeToo campaigners want “reform” of Australia’s defamation laws making it easier to take down anyone via unsubstantiated media allegations.
By John Braddock, 31 March 2018
The media has deliberately inflated an apparently minor incident into a major national issue as a warning to Labour to press ahead with an agenda of austerity and war preparations.
By Richard Phillips and James Cogan, 22 March 2018
A judge ruled that the Murdoch media could not substantiate the allegations of sexual misconduct it made against acclaimed Australian actor Geoffrey Rush.
Former Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine files suit against “McCarthyite” sexual harassment charges and firing
By David Walsh, 21 March 2018
The lawsuit accuses the Met of organizing a “kangaroo court” instead of an impartial investigation and using “McCarthyite tactics,” including refusing to reveal the names of any of the famed conductor’s accusers.
By Kayla Costa, 19 March 2018
A critically acclaimed author and youth educator, Alexie now faces serious consequences from the vague and unsubstantiated allegations of sexual misconduct.
By Joanne Laurier, 17 March 2018
Woody Allen’s newest film, Wonder Wheel, set in the 1950s, involves four characters whose unhappy lives become entwined in Coney Island—New York’s iconic amusement park.
“A Weinsteinian sex pest”?
By Paul Bond, 15 March 2018
The ahistorical middle-class moralizing of the sexual misconduct campaign has perhaps reached a new low with an attack on the great Scots poet Robert Burns (1759-1796).
By Eric London, 14 March 2018
The Yale Daily News does not understand that “Not guilty” most certainly does mean “innocent.”
By David Walsh, 14 March 2018
The New York Times Sunday Review prominently featured an article by Susan Chira, a senior correspondent and editor on gender issues, headlined, “Money Is Power. And Women Need More of Both.”
68th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 1
By Stefan Steinberg and Verena Nees, 14 March 2018
The 68th Berlin Film Festival, whose 2018 edition ended February 25, is the world’s largest film festival open to the public.
By Eric London, 13 March 2018
Without publishing details, the Met concluded an investigation and found “credible evidence” that Levine “engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct.”
By Eric London, 12 March 2018
Twenty-five-year-old Saifullah Khan’s attorney said the defense team used the case to challenge “the outer limits of the #MeToo movement,” which is “a form of mass hysteria.”
By Katerina Selin, 10 March 2018
The media circus at this year’s Berlinale was all centred on one topic: #MeToo. Virtually every interview, meeting and media report mentioned the sexual misconduct campaign in one way or another.
By Richard Hoffman, 7 March 2018
Recent calls by the New York Times for complaints and exposures of “gray-zone sex” experiences are based on the abandonment of centuries-old legal principles.
By David Walsh, 6 March 2018
The 90th Academy Awards ceremony Sunday night, as one media commentator observed, “passed off without a hitch.” How unfortunate.
The Oscar speech we’d like to hear Sunday night: “Members of the Academy, what hypocrites and conformists so many of you are!”
By David Walsh, 3 March 2018
The 90th Academy Awards ceremony, ostensibly honoring the best films and performances of 2017, will be held Sunday evening at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
By Eric London, 1 March 2018
The Times has issued a call for college students to describe and submit images related to sexual encounters.
By Laura Tiernan, 22 February 2018
The privileged advocates of identity politics at the BBC are not remotely interested in the problems faced by most women in the workforce.
By Katerina Selin, 20 February 2018
The reactionary #MeToo campaign is playing a central role at the 68th Berlinale International Film Festival.
By Francis Dubois, 15 February 2018
The media hysteria that the French government initially helped stir up around #MeToo is now turning against the government itself.
John William Waterhouse’s Hylas and the Nymphs (1896) taken down for a week
By Dennis Moore, 13 February 2018
The removal of Hylas and the Nymphs was never about a “conversation,” as gallery official claimed, it was an open act of censorship. Hundreds of visitors left notes expressing concern. The gallery’s website registered 1,000 comments.
By Andre Damon, 12 February 2018
The Times has made little effort to hide the fact that its record-breaking profits have been driven in large measure by state censorship and media scandalmongering.
By Will Morrow, 12 February 2018
The intervention of Kristof, who has devoted his career to promoting illegal US wars in the name of “human rights,” helps expose the right-wing character of #MeToo.
By Zac Corrigan, 12 February 2018
After allegations of sexual misconduct against Louis C.K. became public, the distributor pulled the film, one week before its scheduled opening in November.
A conversation with film historian Max Alvarez: How the #MeToo campaign echoes the McCarthyite witch hunt of the 1940s and 1950s
“The climate is chillingly similar in terms of the massive capitulation and conformity”
By David Walsh, 8 February 2018
It is “Scoundrel Time” again in Hollywood, complete with denunciations, anonymous informants, humiliating “confessions,” trial by media and the banning of prominent performers.
By Alex Lantier, 5 February 2018
International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde’s interview in Le Monde hailing #MeToo underscores that this movement has the support of the financial aristocracy.
By Ed Hightower and Tom Carter, 1 February 2018
As a sitting Supreme Court justice, Ginsburg's comments granted a quasi-official sanction to the lynch mob atmosphere surrounding the campaign.