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Anti-Trump NYT Reporter Glenn Thrush Suspended Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Another day, another enemy of Donald Trump is hoisted by their own petard.

A top White House reporter for the New York Times and vocal critic of President Trump, Glenn Thrush, has been suspended from duty amid claims of sexual misconduct.

Several young women have accused the married journalist, 50, of unwanted sexual harassment according to Vox journalist Laura McGann – who Thrush says harassed her five years ago when he was working for Politico. McGann writes:

Three young women I interviewed, including the young woman who met Thrush in June, described to me a range of similar experiences, from unwanted groping and kissing to wet kisses out of nowhere to hazy sexual encounters that played out under the influence of alcohol. Each woman described feeling differently about these experiences: scared, violated, ashamed, weirded out. I was — and am — angry.

When Thrush was confronted via text message the day after he allegedly harassed one woman, he was “apologetic but defensive,” stating “I got drunk because I got some shitty health news. And I am acutely aware of the hurdles that young women face in this business and have spent the better part of 20 years advocating for women journalists.”

Vox’s McGann then recounts her own experience with Thrush:

On that night five years ago, I joined Thrush and a handful of other reporters for a few rounds at the Continental, a Politico hangout in Rosslyn, Virginia. At first, nothing seemed strange, until the crowd had dwindled down to Thrush, me, and one other female colleague.

Thrush tossed a $20 bill at her and told her to take a cab and leave us, “the grown-ups,” alone. He slid into my side of the booth, blocking me in. 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.Laura McGann

What makes this particularly ironic is that Thrush has repeatedly held himself out as an “advocate for women journalists,” one victim stated.

“That’s how he presented himself to me. He tried to make himself seem like an ally and a mentor. Kind of ironic now.”

Book deal and future with MSNBC

Thrush’s chronicles of the Trump administration have resulted in a book deal with NYT writing partner Maggie Haberman. No word from publisher Random House on the status of said deal, however political journalist Mark Halperin lost his own book deal following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Thrush ironically said of Halperin at the time “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.”

Thrush also signed a deal earlier in the year to become a contributor to MSNBC after his coverage of the Trump White House became so notable that he was featured in several “Saturday Night Live” sketches. A spokesperson for MSNBC said Monday that the network will wait for the outcome of the Times’ investigation into Thrush before making a decision on his contract, and that he “currently has no scheduled appearances” on the network.

Thrush is a hack

Thrush was thrust into the 2016 Wikileaks election controversy when it emerged that he had sent Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta part of an article he was writing for Politico.

Because I have become a hack I will send u the whole section that pertains to u,” Thrush wrote to Podesta, adding “Please don’t share or tell anyone I did this Tell me if I f****d up anything.”

Thrush’s defense was that he was simply fact checking a portion of a story pertaining to Podesta – however one wonders why he would be doing so “because I have become a hack.”

Thrush apology

Via CNN: 

In an email to CNN, Thrush said of the allegations against him:

“I apologize to any woman who felt uncomfortable in my presence, and for any situation where I behaved inappropriately. Any behavior that makes a woman feel disrespected or uncomfortable is unacceptable.

“My recollection of my interactions with Laura differs greatly from hers — the encounter was consensual, brief, and ended by me. She was an editor above me at the time and I did not disparage her to colleagues at POLITICO as she claims. The assertion that I would rate women based on their appearance is also false.

“I have never offered mentorship or reporting advice to anyone, man or woman, with an expectation of anything in return. To assert otherwise is false.

“The June incident related in the story was a life-changing event. The woman involved was upset by my actions and for that I am deeply sorry.

Over the past several years, I have responded to a succession of personal and health crises by drinking heavily. During that period, I have done things that I am ashamed of, actions that have brought great hurt to my family and friends.

“I have not taken a drink since June 15, 2017, have resumed counseling and will soon begin out-patient treatment for alcoholism. I am working hard to repair the damage I have done.”

There you have it – Thrush is going with “I was drunk because of a health crisis, sorry”

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14 comments

  1. metalleg

    “Several young women have accused the married journalist, 50, of unwanted sexual harassment…”

    His response: How am I supposed to know it’s unwanted? I have to harass first to know whether it’s wanted or not.

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  2. sarcrilege

    Makes one wonder why is all this coming out now, after all these years. Is it something that was waiting for a trigger to happen and is now organic? Or is this artificially driven by the pussyhat feminazis jockeying for better positions in man’s world?

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  3. soupbone

    I doubt there is any legal defense to be found in such cases involving alcohol. So it might be part of his rehabilitation efforts and an attempt to attract some good karma. But the damage is done and so will likely pay a hefty penalty.

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  4. ferd

    Interesting to see some Dem pols, like senator Gillibrand, going back to publicly rethink how Bill Clinton was handled after his blue dress soiling was made public. Made me wonder if there is video evidence of Trump doing something and if, with all this fake um-bridge, they’re just setting him up for the big reveal.

    Then I thought ,bah, they don’t need actual evidence. They can sell any story they want. Anyway, if they have the goods on Trump, it is more likely that they’d just add it to the pile that they use to control him on the things that they really care about. (Hint: the don’t care about pussy grabbing.)

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  5. ferd

    y

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  6. zeropointnow

    If the Trump allegations came out after Weinstein he’d be fucked.

    They blew their wad during the election and most of the accusers either withdrew their cases, were debunked, or admitted they lied. That wouldn’t fly post-Weinstein.

    There’s no video of Trump or it would have been leaked before he wrestled power away from the establishment candidate.

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  7. ferd

    I don’t think the establishment is that unhappy with Trump. Yeah, the distraction/identity politics of the first women president may have been their preference, but look how distracted we are with this guy …and he is still doing their bidding on the things that matter – wars, wealth concentration, tax increases via inflation…

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  8. zeropointnow

    I think he bent the knee the night he started tomahawking Syria during that beautiful chocolate cake with Xi. Now he’s on board with Saudi Arabia’s rebranding as a moderate nation while bombing the fuck out of Yemen, and he doesn’t appear to be pulling anyone out of Afghanistan anytime soon. More of the same so they’ve backed off considerably.

    During the election however they threw everything including the kitchen sink at him.

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  9. traderconfessions

    Which Trump accusers admitted they lied or were debunked? Think its more that most people have such a low regard for his character that the accusations just draw a head shake now. It’s exhausting and impossible to keep up with all the retarded things he does/says and that accrues to his benefit.

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  10. zeropointnow

    The one who said she was 13

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3914012/Troubled-woman-history-drug-use-claimed-assaulted-Donald-Trump-Jeffrey-Epstein-sex-party-age-13-FABRICATED-story.html

    The one on the airplane was debunked, as she said Trump leaned over a first class arm rest in front of everyone to grope her. No armrest on that plane and there was some other inconsistency.

    Most of the other accusers have lurked back into the shadows. I am on the road and can’t look up each one, but wouldn’t now be the time to capitalize on national sentiment towards abusers?

    Also a rule of thumb: claims of sexual misconduct levied a month before an election should always be taken with a grain of salt, whereas an abuser with a long history of rumors and innuendo such as Weinstein are usually the real deal.

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  11. mooby

    THE fly SAID 3 WEEKS AGO TO GET OUT OF SMALL CAP.

    SMALL CAP CLOSED AT ALL TIME HIGHS TODAY…LOL

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  12. Dr. Fly

    The IWM, which is the Russell 2000 ETF, is DOWN 0.33% over the past month. Over the same time period, SPY is higher by 0.44%.

    QED

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  13. ironbird

    Add another scumbag Libtard to the war on men psyop. Douche on steroids. Charlie Rose.

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  14. sarcrilege

    This could also be a thinly veiled attempt to extort a large settlement. Apparently four additional women are accusing Bill Clinton of sexual assault and their attorneys are negotiating a large payout for their silence.

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