Sexual harassment claims against yet another media elite inspired New York Times White House correspondent Glenn Thrush to post an impassioned note on his Facebook page in October, calling on his fellow journalists to stand by women entering the field.
In the Facebook post, which linked to an article about the latest accusations against political journalist Mark Halperin, Thrush wrote, “Young people who come into a newsroom deserve to be taught our trade, given our support and enlisted in our calling — not betrayed by little men who believe they are bigger than the mission.”
It was a noble statement — but some Washington journalists I spoke to say it rings hollow, given Thrush’s own behavior with young women in the industry.
“He kept saying he’s an advocate for women and women journalists,” a 23-year-old woman told me, recounting an incident with Thrush from this past June. “That’s how he presented himself to me. He tried to make himself seem like an ally and a mentor.”
She paused. “Kind of ironic now.”
Here’s a screenshot of 23-year-old journalist Bianca Padró Ocasio confronting Thrush over his behavior with her 23-year-old friend, who is also a journalist, the night before:
The words of Julian the Great come to mind:
Vox interviewed multiple women who alleged sexual misconduct against Thrush, including unwanted groping and kissing.
Laura McGann, the editorial director at Vox and the author of the story, described an incident at a bar five years ago, when she and Thrush were colleagues at Politico.
“He slid into my side of the booth, blocking me in,” she wrote. “I was wearing a skirt, and he put his hand on my thigh. He started kissing me. I pulled myself together and got out of there, shoving him on my way out.”
She wrote that she found a “pattern” in Thrush’s behavior through interviews with other women.
“All of the women were in their 20s at the time. They were relatively early in their careers compared to Thrush, who was the kind of seasoned journalist who would be good to know,” she wrote.
“At an event with alcohol, he made advances. Afterward, they (as I did) thought it best to stay on good terms with Thrush, whatever their feelings.”
Thrush in a statement to Vox apologized if he made any women feel uncomfortable.
“I apologize to any woman who felt uncomfortable in my presence, and for any situation where I behaved inappropriately,” Thrush said.
“Any behavior that makes a woman feel disrespected or uncomfortable is unacceptable.”
“Over the past several years, I have responded to a succession of personal and health crises by drinking heavily,” he wrote. “During that period, I have done things that I am ashamed of, actions that have brought great hurt to my family and friends.”
Thrush said he hasn’t taken a drink since June 15 and is “working hard to repair the damage I have done.”
What a perfect portrait of an MSM shill.
It sounds like this is what actually happened:
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