Read Opinion | The Post’s misguided suspension of Felicia Sonmez over Kobe Bryant tweets (Washington Post)
A veteran reporter tweets out a news story about Kobe Bryant. What's the problem?
There is an odd standard here. I’m hoping she’ll be reinstated quickly when the editors realize they’re idiots.
Listened to The Weinstein Trial Begins from On the Media | WNYC Studios

As Harvey Weinstein faces trial, we discuss the essential role of gossip and whisper networks in protecting the vulnerable and spreading news that threaten the powerful.

In New York this week, jury selection began in the trial of former Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein. News of his alleged sexual predations launched the movement in October 2017, through investigative reporting from both The New York Times and The New Yorker. Even as he prepares to stand trial in New York, sexual assault charges were filed against him in Los Angeles. To date, over eighty women in the film industry have accused him of rape and sexual assault and abuse. Weinstein claims they were all consensual acts. 

The reporting has been groundbreaking in its detail, laying out the allegations for the public. But in Hollywood, Weinstein’s abuses already were an open secret. In 2017, Brooke spoke with Buzzfeed senior culture writer Anne Helen Petersen about the essential role of gossip and whisper networks in protecting the vulnerable and spreading news that threatens the powerful.

👓 Donald Trump Assaulted Me, But He’s Not Alone on My List of Hideous Men | The Cut

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“I made a list of hideous men in my life. It includes the president — who assaulted me in the dressing room of Bergdorf Goodman 23 years ago.”

📺 Weinstein | Watch S36 E6 | FRONTLINE | PBS

Watched Weinstein from FRONTLINE
SEASON 36: EPISODE 6
FRONTLINE investigates how Harvey Weinstein allegedly sexually harassed and abused dozens of women over four decades. With allegations going back to Weinstein’s early years, the film examines the elaborate ways he and those around him tried to silence his accusers.

🎧 Episode 53: Himpathy (MEN, Part 7) | Scene on Radio

Listened to Episode 53: Himpathy (MEN, Part 7) by John Biewen and Celeste Headlee from Scene on Radio

Several years after Janey was sexually assaulted by her former boyfriend, Mathew, she told some of her closest friends, and her mother, what Mathew had done. Janey was so troubled by her loved ones’ responses, or lack thereof, that she went back to them years later to record conversations about it all. In this episode: Janey’s story, and philosopher Kate Manne, who coined the term “himpathy” in her 2017 book, Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny. With co-hosts John Biewen and Celeste Headlee.

To hear more of Janey Williams’ story and the conversations she had with friends, check out her podcast, “This Happened”, available on most podcast apps and at thishappenedpodcast.com.

This is a painful and rough story, but very revealing about how our culture covers up for men who perpetrate sexual assault.

🎧 Episode 51: More Than Paper Cuts (MEN, Part 5) | Scene on Radio

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The Movement has shed a harsh light on sexual harassment in the workplace. Just how bad, and how pervasive, is sexism on the job in the U.S., from day-to-day expressions of disrespect all the way to rape? Spoiler: It’s bad.

Reported by Ibby Caputo. With researchers Hannah Riley Bowles of Harvard Kennedy School, Meg Bond of UMass Lowell, Peter Glick of Lawrence University, and Mily Treviño-Sauceda of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas.

👓 Someone bought BrettKavanaugh.com and made it a forum to help sexual assault survivors | CNN

Read Someone bought BrettKavanaugh.com and made it a forum to help sexual assault survivors (CNN)
Don't go to BrettKavanaugh.com looking for information about the nation's new Supreme Court Justice.
I read this article and want to coin the term “domain gilding” as a sub-category of domain squatting. I’m curious if others can think of examples?

Domain gilding: using the method of domain squatting with the intent of helping a potentially corporate or personal branded website accomplish more good in the world than if it were to be used by the person, company, or concept that might otherwise be broadly associated with the name.

🎧 ‘The Daily’: A High School Assault | New York Times

Listened to ‘The Daily’: A High School Assault from New York Times
The allegations against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh prompted Caitlin Flanagan, a writer for The Atlantic, to share her own story.

What a great story this is with a fantastic moral. This gives me some hope for the world.

🎧 ‘The Daily’: The F.B.I.’s Kavanaugh Investigation | New York Times

Listened to ‘The Daily’: The F.B.I.’s Kavanaugh Investigation from New York Times
How the agency’s findings could affect the confirmation vote on the Supreme Court nominee, and why the tone of the controversy has shifted.

🎧 ‘The Daily’: The Anguish of Jeff Flake | New York Times

Listened to ‘The Daily’: The Anguish of Jeff Flake from New York Times
The Republican senator’s 11th-hour decision to delay a vote on a Supreme Court nominee could wind up defining his legacy.

👓 FBI has not contacted dozens of potential sources in Kavanaugh investigation | NBC News

Read FBI has not contacted dozens of potential sources in Kavanaugh investigation (NBC News)
With the investigation winding down, multiple individuals who have tried to contact the bureau have not heard back.

👓 Dear Christine Blasey Ford: I, too, was sexually assaulted — and it’s seared into my memory forever | Washington Post

Read Dear Christine Blasey Ford: I, too, was sexually assaulted — and it’s seared into my memory forever by Connie Chung (Washington Post)
I, too, was sexually assaulted — not 36 years ago but about 50 years ago. I have kept my dirty little secret to myself. Silence for five decades. The molester was our trusted family doctor. What made this monster even more reprehensible was that he was the very doctor who delivered me on Aug. 20, 1946. I’m 72 now.

🎧 ‘The Daily’: The Blasey-Kavanaugh Hearing | New York Times

Listened to ‘The Daily’: The Blasey-Kavanaugh Hearing by Michael Barbaro from New York Times

In an extraordinary day of testimony, Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh came to embody a fractured nation.

🎧 ‘The Daily’: Today’s Hearing: Trial or Job Interview? | New York Times

Listened to ‘The Daily’: Today’s Hearing: Trial or Job Interview? by Michael Barbaro from New York Times

Republicans and Democrats are expected to take very different approaches to the questioning of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

🎧 ‘The Daily’: The Conservative Divide Over Kavanaugh | New York Times

Listened to ‘The Daily’: The Conservative Divide Over Kavanaugh by Michael Barbaro from New York Times

We look at three stances taken on the accusations against the Supreme Court nominee.