The National Public Radio’s news chief, Michael Oreskes, has resigned from his position following sexual harassment accusations, some dating to when he was Washington bureau chief at The New York Times in the 1990’s, reports the Associated Press.
The Washington Post on Tuesday released a report that says two women claim that Oreskes suddenly kissed them when discussing job prospects at the Times, and then another woman currently working at NPR complained about harassment that allegedly occurred during a business-meeting-turned-dinner in 2015.
It seems that liberal institutions like Hollywood and now NPR is getting hit with sexual harassment allegations every day.
“My behavior was wrong and inexcusable, and I accept full responsibility,” Oreskes said in a statement on Wednesday.
NPR’s President and CEO, Jarl Mohn, said on NPR’s “All Things Considered” that the Times reported about the complaint from the two women to NPR last year and the second case last month.
The two women spoke to the Washington Post on the condition of anonymity. Following the Post’s reports, NPR said that Oreskes had been reprimanded after a separate incident in 2015 in which a female producer complained that Oreskes made her feel uncomfortable at a dinner by asking her about sex and her personal life.
Mohn would not give any details to the new case, but he did say on a scale that ranges from the assault and harassment complaints against Hollywood creep, Harvey Weinstein, that the allegations against the NPR VP is more along the lines of an uncomfortable conversation.
Although, apparently if the harassment would have moved into the realm of physical contact, like what happened when Oreskes was at The Times, then that is the appropriate time for Mohn to actually take action.
“Had that happened at NPR we would have had a very different reaction to it,” he said.
Apparently, it takes news publication to actually print the allegations for NPR to take any serious allegations about it, and Mohn was asked why it did take so long.
“The answer is that it did not,” he said. “We have been acting. Some of the steps we took were visible and others weren’t. We have a process in place and we followed that process.”
Oreskes has made his way around to several big-name news organizations, in 2008 he was a vice president and senior managing editor at The Associated Press before joining NPR in 2015. A spokeswoman from the AP would not discuss whether there had been any complaints raised about Oreskes while he worked there.
Apparently, to make sure all their trails were covered, an AP executive editor, Sally Buzbee, went around the newsroom on Wednesday to remind employees about the organization’s policy on sexual harassment and to encourage them to report any incidents of harassment.
This is the most recent in a whole slew of men being accused of sexual harassment allegations from news agencies. Mark Halperin, a political contributor for NBC News was fired on Monday, as well as the President and Publisher of the New Republic, Hamilton Fish, who was put on leave following charges against him.
Leon Wieseltier, a contributing editor at The Atlantic, was dropped after numerous women said they had been sexually harassed by him and we can’t forget Bill O’Reilly who’s show was canceled on Fox amid released information of many settlements he made with women who complained about his behavior towards him.