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NEW: WaPo Spiked Story on CBS Sexual Misconduct Allegations

A long form story of WaPo’s dealings with Jeff Fager, the former “60 Minutes” boss.

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According to a report published by New York Magazine’s The Cut, the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post spiked a months-long investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against a former “60 Minutes” executive producer and chairman of CBS News.

Irin Carmon was a freelance investigative reporter in March of 2018, when she and Amy Brittain were set to publish a follow-up story after they had exposed longtime CBS and PBS reporter Charlie Rose for sexual harassment, leading to his termination. They were investigating whether there was a culture of maltreatment of female employees as CBS, which led them to Jeff Fager, the former “60 Minutes” boss. At least one source, who would not go on record, told the pair that she had been groped by Fager.

According to Carmon, after months of investigation, Martin Baron, Washington Post’s executive editor, along with other members of the paper’s editorial board, refused to run the story. Carmon’s tale involves details about The Post’s alleged moving of editorial goalposts, stern warnings from CBS attorneys, and ultimately, the buckling of the paper’s editorial team, which chose to gut the story of the allegations against Fager, and only run new allegations against the already-terminated Rose.

Ultimately, Ronan Farrow of The New Yorker would run a story about sexual misconduct allegations against Fager. Several women accused the powerful news executive of touching them inappropriately at company parties. One of the women, Sarah Johansen, went on record accusing Fager of groping her at a party when she was an intern.

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The report said:

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Johansen said that she had contact with Fager on only two occasions. The first, she said, was at a work party at a bar near the CBS News offices in Manhattan. She was in a group of co-workers when, “all of a sudden, I felt a hand on my ass,” she said. “The hand belonged to an arm which belonged to Jeff Fager.” Another producer told her it was colloquially referred to by women on the team as “the Fager arm,” which several said they were mindful to avoid at parties. “I was shocked,” Johansen said. “His hand should not be anywhere near his intern’s ass.” She said the contact was “more like a stroke. It wasn’t just a ‘Hey, what’s up?’ ” She didn’t think Fager was propositioning her, and interpreted the move as “a power trip.” She told me, “When he grabbed my ass, it was just, like, ‘Welcome to “60 Minutes.” You’re one of us now.’ ” She recalled making eye contact with Fager, laughing and walking away quickly. But she was troubled enough by the incident that, shortly afterward, she told a male producer, who corroborated her story.

Throughout Carmon and Brittain’s investigation, the pair was not able to convince any of their sources to go on record, which became a contingency of publishing the report, per Baron himself. Carmon said that throughout most of the investigation, the anonymity of the sources had not been questioned by lawyers or editors.

The Washington Post told Big League Politics that the story was spiked because it did not meet the paper’s editorial standards. VP of Communications Kris Corratti blasted The Cut’s story, calling it “imcomplete,” claiming it “sidesteps essential truth,” and that the decision to spike the Fager portion of the story was made by “five senior editors” in part because it “did not meet our standards for publication.”

Corratti also claimed Ronan Farrow “did not publish what was left out of our story.”

But The Washington Post is beginning to face questions about a burying stories of sexual misconduct in relation to high-profile Democratic Party politicians.

Earlier today, Big League Politics reported that the paper downplayed former Vice President Joe Biden’s creepy interactions with several women and girls, which have become a topic of national conversation after a former Democratic Party nominee for lieutenant governor of Nevada accused Biden of grabbing her shoulders from behind, kissing the back of her head, and smelling her hair before a campaign rally. WaPo described Biden’s well-documented history of such behavior as his “affectionate” style.

Two months ago, after Virginia’s Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, a Democrat, was accused of sexual assault, the public learned that his accuser, Vanessa Tyson, had brought her claims to The Washington Post. The paper dismissed them, alleging that they did not meet editorial standards, despite the fact that Tyson offered Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) as a corroborating witness, at least according to The New York Times. 

“She said she had told no one what happened,” said part of statement from Baron explaining why The Post ran the the sexual assault allegations against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, but not the allegations made by Tyson against Fairfax.

Big League Politics has reached out for further comment. This story is developing.


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Democrats’ Expert on Misinformation is CNN Hack Soledad O’Brien Who Has Pushed Fake News Incessantly for Years

The Democrats are shamelessly Orwellian.

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CNN propagandist Soledad O’Brien appeared before Congress on Wednesday as the Democrats’ expert on combating “misinformation.”

During the hearing, she called for her competitors to be censored and for alternative perspectives from the globalist-mandated consensus to be crushed.

“When news organizations make decisions based on ratings rather than responsible reporting, disinformation flourishes in dangerous ways,” O’Brien said while appearing before Congress.

“Cover the fact that lies and propaganda are being disseminated, but do not book people to lie on your show, because it elevates them and presents a lie as another side. Stop posing every story as having two sides, some stories, in fact, have many many sides, and are more complicated. And also, lies don’t have a side,’ she added, describing her vision for how news should be covered.

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However, if O’Brien’s advice were taken by newsrooms, she would never be allowed on anymore due to her record of spreading reckless conspiracy theories about Trump being a Russian asset and other nonsense.

News aggregator @amuse posted some of O’Brien’s greatest hits on the fake news leader over the past few years:

Big League Politics has reported on other times in which O’Brien humiliated herself by posting falsehoods:

As usual, members of our esteemed media were caught lying on Wednesday, this time about the motivations for President Donald J. Trump’s visit to Iraq to visit troops.

Much ado was made when Trump did not visit Iraq on Christmas Day. NBC said that he was the first president not to visit the troops as Christmastime, only to correct themselves after Trump left for Iraq late Tuesday night. This led leftists conclude that the media had “shamed” Trump into visiting our fine soldiers.

“Shaming him seems to work,” CNN’s Soledad O’Brien said in reply to a Tweet by Brit Hume.

Hume had noted that by the time left-wing actress had blasted Trump for not visiting the troops, he had already visited them. Hume blasted O’Brien for her apparent lack of understanding of the concept of time.

“Yes Ma’am,” he said. “Trump read this Tweet when it was posted and time-traveled himself back to yesterday and flew to Iraq. Genius take.”

… What was wrong was the assumption that Trump had to be “shamed” to visiting the war zone. Embarrassingly, these leftists were proved wrong by leftist POLITICO.

“According to a White House official, the Trump administration had been planning the trip for more than six weeks,” said a Wednesday POLITICO piece.

Of course, the piece chided Trump for not being able to keep his trip a secret, citing two of Trump’s remarks about a potential trip to a war zone. 

The Democrats are shameless in pushing their Orwellian agenda. They are at war with objective reality and will stoop to unfathomable depths to achieve absolute power.

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