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if PBS publicly or privately acknowledged he was let go for the sexual allegations

and Smiley knows they are untrue, he has a good case against PBS for breach of contract

and I hope he goes after them and wins.

That said I do not know if the accusers went after PBS or Smiley.

If PBS, that would change everything but thanks for that link.
 

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fairly shocking article on Tennessee Senator Bob Corker if true-

Basically zero net worth when he entered congress in Jan. 2007 to a net worth of 70 million now


https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/taibbi-bob-corker-corrupt-what-a-surprise-w514493

Bob Corker, Corrupt? What a Surprise

The Tennessee senator's mysterious financial success has been one of

Washington’s worst-kept secrets for years

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So Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is in trouble now, because he flip-flopped to vote for Donald Trump's tax bill after a provision was included that reportedly helps him personally.

Color me not shocked. I spent most of this past summer investigating Corker, whose personal finances have been an open scandal for years. Everything you need to know about the Senator can be discerned from this chart.

Click on that link and you'll see: Corker went from having an estimate net worth of zero when he entered the Senate in 2007, to being (as of 2015) the fourth-wealthiest man in the Senate, worth $69 million.

How do you increase your net worth by 69 million dollars while you're working full-time as a Senator? That is not an easy story to explain.

Moreover, Corker didn't just enter the Senate without any money. He entered it carrying, according to his own disclosure forms, a mountain range of huge loans.

Corker took office in January, 2007, during the last gasp of the Bush/Rove political juggernaut. The Iraq war had gone south and the Republicans had just been routed in midterms. The financial crisis was just around the corner. And nobody paid attention to the smooth-talking freshman Senator from Tennessee, who turned out to have some financial issues.

The former Chattanooga mayor's election was not without controversy. Corker was a country-club Republican who used an old Southern formula to get elected. He benefited from a lurid race-baiting RNC ad that showed a white woman winking and asking Corker's African-American opponent, Democrat Harold Ford, to "Call me!"

But no one knew about Corker's private peccadilloes.


It wasn't until Corker took office and filled out disclosure forms that his finances became public – sort of. Few in the media seem ever to have read the "liabilities" section of Corker's first disclosure, where the former mayor and construction magnate listed a series of massive outstanding loans. At the low end, Corker appeared to owe a hair-raising $24.2 million. At the high end, $120.5 million.

He took office in debt to some of the nation's biggest lenders – including somewhere between $12 million and $60 million in debt to GE Capital alone.

Corker had been a construction magnate in Tennessee before taking office, a sort of mini-Trump. Before he ran for office, he sold off his business to a local developer named Henry Luken.


It has always been Corker's contention that when he sold his business, his debts were also sold, meaning he was not technically in debt when he went to Washington. Still, he continued to list the loans as liabilities.

This is what Corker spokesman Micah Johnson told me this summer, about Corker's outstanding loans back then, and why they were listed on his Senate disclosure:

"On January 4, 2006, in preparation for his run for the Senate and to avoid conflicts, Senator Corker sold the majority of his commercial real estate portfolio. The loans… were transferred with the properties," Johnson wrote. "While the sale took place in January, 10 months before he was elected and one year before he took office, they still would have been listed on his 2007 financial disclosure since the sale took place in 2006."

Many of Corker's critics have disagreed with this interpretation of events. But even if the loans were discharged when he sold his company, it's what happened after Corker got elected that boggles the mind.

Ten years before reporters would swarm over Trump for (among other things) raising fees at his Mar-a-Lago resorts before making a series of taxpayer-funded visits, Corker tested the limits of the profiteering possibilities in the legislative branch, essentially becoming a full-time day-trader who did a little Senator-ing in his spare time.

In the first nine months of 2007, Corker made an incredible 1,200 trades, over four per day, including 332 over a two-day period.

When I asked Johnson about this, and asked if Corker was making those trades himself or through a broker, Johnson gave a curious answer.

"Soon after taking office in January of 2007, rather than continuing to have a broker make discretionary transactions on his behalf throughout the day or week on a wide range of stocks in various companies, the senator felt it would be prudent to eliminate this arrangement," Johnson said. "The closing out of this arrangement would have added substantially to the number of trades normally made in the broker's discretionary account."

Johnson seems to be saying that Corker would have made substantially more trades if he had executed them through a broker. So, he didn't. I can offer no commentary shedding light on what this means, except to say that at the bottom of all of this is the still-incontrovertible fact that Corker made a truly awesome number of financial transactions while in office.

By 2014, when Corker sat on the Senate Banking Committee, a position that gave him regular access to prime information about the future direction of the markets, the Tennessee Senator still had his foot on the gas. He made 930 stock trades that year.


Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee members Sen. Richard Shelby (left) and Sen. Bob Corker joke before a hearing on Capitol Hill February 6, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla/Getty
Of his colleagues on the committee, Rhode Island's Jack Reed made 39 trades, Pennsylvania's Patrick Toomey 26, and nobody else made any – meaning Corker made 93.5% of all trades made by the legislators most plugged-in to the country's finances.

When I asked about that extraordinary volume of trading in 2014, when Corker sat on the Banking Committee, Johnson answered thusly: "In 2014, Senator Corker entered a separately managed account (SMA), which is a portfolio managed by a professional asset management firm. Since he had not previously been in a SMA, he asked the Senate Ethics Committee for a ruling on how they should be reported," he said.

He went on: "The Senate Ethics Committee studied the issue for several weeks, and out of an abundance of caution, advised us to report all underlying positions of the account, even though the senator was making no investment decisions."

A Separately Managed Account is not the same thing as a blind trust. That the Senate Ethics Committee advised Corker to continue reporting his positions even if the senator was making "no investment decisions" was noteworthy. And no matter what, it continued to be true that Corker was making a dizzying number of financial moves while sitting on the Senate Banking Committee.

Corker's activities didn't go completely unnoticed. A few ethics groups cried foul over the years.

Anne Weismann, director of the Campaign for Accountability, which filed a complaint against Corker in 2015, described Corker's trading history in damning terms.

"Senator Corker's trades followed a consistent pattern," she said. "He bought low and sold high. It beggars belief to suggest these trades – netting the senator and his family millions – were mere coincidences."

One financial analyst I know said Corker's trading patterns looked more like the work of "an office of multiple analysts all grinding at least 60 hours a week" than like the work of "one guy moonlighting as a Senator."

Johnson's responded on behalf of Corker, stating that they were "yet another baseless accusation by this political special interest group. These claims are categorically false and nothing more than a smear campaign. When amending the senator's financial disclosure report, our office worked directly with the Senate Ethics Committee to ensure items were reported accurately and in line with Senate guidelines."

Corker's name sometimes comes up in stories about other members of Congress who trade auspiciously and often. There are conflicting views on the propriety of such activities, and Corker has never been formally censured.

Until this week, Corker's history has been scrutinized only occasionally, and most often because of the role he's played in an unrelated controversy known colloquially as #Fanniegate.

This monstrous dispute over the future of the "government sponsored entities" Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, in which Corker played a loud and conspicuous part, made him enemies among investors who are embittered over the unilateral seizure of the two companies' profits six years ago, on August 17th, 2012. Corker supported that controversial and unprecedented move, known as the "revenue sweep."

But other than that affair, few paid attention to Corker over the years. There was some guffawing when it was reported last winter that Donald Trump may have passed over Corker for the Secretary of State job because of his height.

Six months or so later, Corker was seen playing golf with Trump and Peyton Manning. No hard feelings. This, too, is in keeping with Corker's bio. As much as any politician in America, he likes to keep his options open, politically and ideologically.

When Corker took on Trump this fall – saying the White House was "an adult day care center" and that Trump's behavior threatened "World War III" – he suddenly became a darling of sorts in the liberal media.

Now he's a bad guy again, for reportedly doing what he's always done, acting in his own financial interest while earning a paycheck as a U.S. Senator.

The Corker story to me is a classic example of why it's always dangerous to overlook a politician's failings because he happens to be on the right side of some partisan debate at a given moment in time. The reason is obvious: these types eventually revert to form, and soon enough, a politician's flaws will be working against you again, rather than for you.
 

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Just a heads up. The Baltimore Sun displays a very liberal bias and is roundly reviled by the state's conservative media outlets. Given that recent harassment outings have been of people on the left, it almost seems as if some groundwork is being laid.
 

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Speaking of the media...


Vice Media apologizes for 'boys club' culture following sexual harassment report


Vice Media CEO and co-founder Shane Smith has vowed to change the "boys club" atmosphere at his organization that led to inappropriate behavior documented in an investigative report released Saturday.

Smith and co-founder Suroosh Alvi said in a statement to The New York Times following publication of the in-depth article that “from the top down, we have failed as a company to create a safe and inclusive workplace where everyone, especially women, can feel respected and thrive.”

Smith and Alvi said the issues documented in the piece “happened on our watch and ultimately we let far too many people down. We are truly sorry for this.” They also expressed “extreme regret for our role in perpetuating sexism in the media industry and society in general.”
The Times reported that it found four legal settlements involving allegations of sexual harassment or defamation against Vice employees, including the current president, Andrew Creighton.

Reporters spoke to more than two dozen women who say they experienced or witnessed sexual misconduct at the company, episodes that included groping and forced kisses.

On Nov. 30, after a report in The Daily Beast on Vice's culture, the company announced that it had terminated three employees "for behavior that is inconsistent with our policies, our values, and the way in which we believe colleagues should work together.”

Vice also announced in November it had formed a Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board, which includes feminist icon Gloria Steinem, whose Woman series on Viceland was nominated for an Emmy in 2016.

Vice told the Times it has hired a new head of human resources, updated its sexual harassment policies and clarified sexual harassment reporting procedures.
 

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And the bus rolls on...


Miss America CEO Sam Haskell resigns with other top brass amid leaked email scandal


Three Miss America Organization leaders have resigned following an email scandal in which vulgar, offensive language was used to describe former Miss America contestants, USA TODAY confirmed Saturday.

The resignation of its Executive Chairman and Chief Executive, Sam Haskell, who was suspended from the organization Friday as he was put under investigation, will be effective immediately, according to a statement from interim chairman Dan Meyers.

The board further accepted the resignation of chairman Lynn Weidner along with President and Chief Operating Officer Josh Randle. The two will remain in their current positions for several more weeks to "facilitate a smooth transition," according to Meyers' statement.

The organization said its board of directors accepted Randle's resignation Saturday "in light of recent events and new developments."
Haskell forwarded the email to Miss America telecast lead writer Lewis Friedman and noted, “Not a single day passes that I am not told some horrible story about Mallory.”

Friedman replied, “Mallory’s preparing for her new career … as a blimp in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. As she continues to destroy her own credibility, her voice will attract less and less notice while she continues her descent to an unhappy pathetic footnote.”

Friedman ended the email with this: “P.S. Are we four the only ones not to have (slept with) Mallory?”

Haskell replied, “It appears we are the only ones!”

Haskell had been suspended pending the investigation.

"Much of what was reported is dishonest, deceptive, and despicable," he said in a statement released Friday. "The material is based on private emails that were stolen three years ago by ex-employees. The story is so unkind and untrue, and hurts me, my family, and the stewardship of this non-profit."
 

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Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that casino mogul Steve Wynn, the Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee, had engaged in serial sexual harassment and assault. The report was based on dozens of interviews in which people described how Wynn engaged in a “decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct” including “pressuring employees to perform sex acts.”

For 24 hours, the Republican Party said nothing. The silence was particularly remarkable in light of the GOP’s reaction to reports in October that Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted numerous women. The same day the first report was publish, the Republican Party demanded the Democratic Party and all Democratic officials return money from Weinstein, who was a major donor to Democrats.

On Saturday afternoon, Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel released a statement. Here it is, in its entirety:

Today I accepted Steve Wynn’s resignation as Republican National Committee finance chair.
The statement was released to press but does not appear on the GOP website or Twitter account. It was also not posted to Twitter by McDaniel.

It is notable, mostly, for what it does not include.

The GOP’s statement on Wynn does not mention women

The GOP’s statement about Wynn makes no mention about the extremely serious allegations of sexual abuse contained in the Wall Street Journal article. It doesn’t even make an oblique mention to the importance of women to the Republican Party.

Compare that to the statement by McDaniel, posted on the GOP website and distributed through all its social media channels, on Weinstein:

During three-decades worth of sexual harassment allegations, Harvey Weinstein lined the pockets of Democrats to the tune of three quarters of a million dollars. If Democrats and the DNC truly stand up for women like they say they do, then returning this dirty money should be a no brainer.

The allegations against Wynn also stretch decades and his donations to Republicans dwarf Weinstein’s donations to Democrats.

The GOP’s statement does not mention anything about Wynn’s money

Since 2012, Wynn has given $2.5 million to the Republican Governors Association, $411,000 to the National Republican Senate Committee, $248,000 to the Republican National Committee, and $100,000 to the National Republican Campaign Committee.

Wynn also donated $729,217 to Trump’s inauguration. Wynn gave millions more to outside groups supporting Trump and other Republicans.

Just last weekend, Wynn was headlining a fundraiser at Mar-a-lago for Trump. Tickets to the event, which was expected raise millions for Trump, started at $100,000. (“Steve Wynn, I want to thank you,” Trump said in a recorded message played at the event, which he missed due to the government shutdown.)

The GOP demanded Democrats return every cent from Weinstein. A video produced by the GOP chided Democrats to “put your money where your mouth is.”





Thus far Republicans are keeping Wynn’s money — and keeping their mouths shut.
 

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WSJ is realizing their constituents, true conservatives are leaving the new trumpub party in droves.

they get better every day.
 

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Jill Messick, Producer And Studio Exec, Dead Of Suicide At 50

Jill Messick, Producer And Studio Exec, Dead Of Suicide At 50 | Deadline

Interesting account from someone who was actually there :

“Over the past few months, many women have come out with allegations against Harvey Weinstein, including Rose McGowan, who has repeatedly spoken with the press, striking out against not only her alleged attacker, but a great many others. One of them was Jill, who chose to remain silent in the face of Rose’s slanderous statements against her for fear of undermining the many individuals who came forward in truth. She opted not to add to the feeding frenzy, allowing her name and her reputation to be sullied despite having done nothing wrong. She never chose to be a public figure, that choice was taken away from her.” (Read the full statement below.)
Jill was victimized by our new culture of unlimited information sharing and a willingness to accept statement as fact. The speed of disseminating information has carried mistruths about Jill as a person, which she was unable and unwilling to challenge. She became collateral damage in an already horrific story.

Jill believed in the Movement. She supported every woman finally coming forward to share their dark truths and expose those who had committed previously unspeakable deeds. She was loyal. She was strong. Jill was many things, but she was not a liar.

Over the past few months, many women have come out with allegations against Harvey Weinstein, including Rose McGowan, who has repeatedly spoken with the press, striking out against not only her alleged attacker, but a great many others. One of them was Jill, who chose to remain silent in the face of Rose’s slanderous statements against her for fear of undermining the many individuals who came forward in truth. She opted not to add to the feeding frenzy, allowing her name and her reputation to be sullied despite having done nothing wrong. She never chose to be a public figure, that choice was taken away from her.

Now that Jill can no longer speak for herself, it’s time to set the record straight.

In January 1997, Jill was an entry level manager at Addis Wechsler. One of her first clients was Rose McGowan, and one of Jill’s first duties was to set up a breakfast meeting with Harvey Weinstein during the Sundance Film Festival. Following the meeting, Rose told Jill what had happened – that she made the decision to remove her clothes and get in the hot tub with him — a mistake which Rose immediately regretted. Rose never once used the word rape in that conversation. Despite this, Jill recognized that Harvey had done something untoward to Rose, if not illegal. She immediately went to her bosses, the partners of Addis Wechsler, to recount Rose’s story and to insist that they address the situation. They told Jill that they would take care of it. The ensuing arrangements between Rose and Harvey were then negotiated, completely without Jill’s knowledge. At that time, all Jill knew was that the matter was settled and that Rose continued making films with the Weinsteins. She never knew any details until recently, when Rose elected to make them public.

Reminds me of the joke where a call girl accepts a check from a longtime 'customer.' When the check bounces the next day, she proclaims 'I have been raped.'
 

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Jill Messick, Producer And Studio Exec, Dead Of Suicide At 50 | Deadline

Interesting account from someone who was actually there :

“Over the past few months, many women have come out with allegations against Harvey Weinstein, including Rose McGowan, who has repeatedly spoken with the press, striking out against not only her alleged attacker, but a great many others. One of them was Jill, who chose to remain silent in the face of Rose’s slanderous statements against her for fear of undermining the many individuals who came forward in truth. She opted not to add to the feeding frenzy, allowing her name and her reputation to be sullied despite having done nothing wrong. She never chose to be a public figure, that choice was taken away from her.” (Read the full statement below.)



Reminds me of the joke where a call girl accepts a check from a longtime 'customer.' When the check bounces the next day, she proclaims 'I have been raped.'
I wonder how, after waiting so long to speak up, some of these women feel about having let so many more women get the same abuse by their delay speaking out? What was described above sounds a lot like a transaction - very obviously a disgusting proposition but rather than tell the guy to fuck himself and go to the police and report him, she consciously became a willing part of the transaction and let it eat at her for a decade or more. Some of the women who were abused afterward should consider how her role, and likely their role since he was doing this for many years, in the transactions has enabled the fuckwad to continue to harm women without any apparent (until now after countless reruns of this proposition) consequences. If Harvey is going to be sued and prosecuted, I am finding the logic behind those who were also part of the transaction continuing to be free of any legal repercussions incongruous. Kind of how prostitution, where it is illegal, is illegal for both parties and therefore the John and the prostitute are typically considered to have broken the law.

Harvey Weinstein had no power given to him to do anything of the sort from anyone but the women who let him. Yes, he is disgusting. But to endure that pig sweating on you for a settlement or a movie career makes you part of the problem even if you now regret it. Others have been put in the same situation because no one stopped him when he was just a little schmuck in the business and started his shit.

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Even 20 or more years after now publicized transgressions are alleged to have occurred, the allegation seems enough to convict people in the court of public opinion. Guilty until the accused can prove their own innocence is not the way our societies are supposed to work.
While there are plenty of guilty bastards in Hollywood, I suspect that some of the actresses coming forward are looking for a bit of exposure, and others who have 'made it' are trying to edit and rewrite their personal histories.

Terry Gillam:
Director Terry Gilliam believes that the #MeToo movement that has taken over Hollywood has become a “mob rule.”

While speaking with AFP on Friday, the director acknowledged that many women have suffered in regards to sexual harassment in Hollywood. But, he said, others are using Harvey Weinstein’s downfall as a way to improve their careers.

Gilliam referred to Weinstein as “a monster,” though he is not the only person in the film industry guilty of sexual harassment and misconduct. The director said that there are “plenty of monsters out there… There are other people (still) behaving like Harvey.” Gilliam also shared that he believes the Weinstein allegations finally came to light because he “is an asshole and he made so many enemies.”

His opinion on the #MeToo movement is that it has become “silly.” He said, “People are being described in ridiculous terms as if there is no real humanity left anymore.”

Gilliam called out some of the vocal Hollywood actresses involved in the movement for playing victim. “I think some people did very well out of meeting with Harvey and others didn't. The ones who did knew what they were doing. These are adults; we are talking about adults with a lot of ambition,” he said. "Harvey opened the door for a few people, a night with Harvey — that's the price you pay.”

While the director lacks sympathy for Weinstein, he believes other men in the industry have been unfairly dragged into the movement. "I feel sorry for someone like Matt Damon who is a decent human being,” he said. “He came out and said all men are not rapists, and he got beaten to death. Come on, this is crazy!”

He added that the reactions to many women coming forward about their experiences with sexual harassment are “simplistic.” He said, “People are frightened to say things, to think things.”

"It's crazy how simplified things are becoming. There is no intelligence anymore, and people seem to be frightened to say what they really think. Now I am told even by my wife to keep my head a bit low," said Gilliam. "It's like when mob rule takes over, the mob is out there. They are carrying their torches and they are going to burn down Frankenstein's castle."

Gilliam also acknowledged that there has always been an abuse of power in Hollywood. “I don't think Hollywood will change. Power always takes advantage, it always does and always has,” he said. "It's how you deal with power — people have got to take responsibility for their own selves."

The director also called out what he sees as the hypocrisy of the Trump administration during this politically charged time in Hollywood. “I find it funny that [while this is going on] a self-confessed pussy-grabber is the president of the U.S. and is just walking around,” he said.
 

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Old time Hollywood heavy

At a private gathering a long time Hollywood maker and shaker:
"Don't believe all the bs about artistic integrity and standards, the whole activist crap. Name any actress, I'll tell you where she started and I guarantee it was on her knees. Guys too for that matter. Its all about the money. Fame seekers invented the bottom line."
 

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Well he sits up there on his leatherette
Looks through pictures of the ones
That he hasn't had yet
When he thinks he wants a closer look
He gets out his little black telephone book

Come sit down here beside me honey
Let's have a little heart to heart
Now look at me and tell me darlin'
How badly do you want this part?

Are you willing to sacrifice
And are you willing to be real nice
All your talent and my good taste
I'd hate to see it go to waste

We gon' get you an apartment, honey
We gon' get you a car
Yeah, we gon' take care of you, darlin'
We gon' make you a movie star

For years I've seen 'em come and go
He says, "I've had 'em all, ya know"
I handled everything in my own way
I made 'em what they are today

After 'while, nothing was pretty
After 'while, everything got lost
Still, his jacuzzi runneth over
Still, he just couldn't get off

He's just another power junky
Just another silk-scarf monkey
You'd know it if you saw his stuff
The man just isn't big enough
 
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