During Sunday’s Golden Globes award show, the New York Times debuted a commercial about sexual harassment in honor of the newspaper’s accomplishment in outing Harvey Weinstein as a serial sexual harasser.
The ad consisted of the words “He said. She said,” repeating the screen multiple times before “She said” soon filled the rest of the screen.
The New York Times is highlighting the fact that its reporters broke the story about powerful Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long sexual harassment of actresses. But the paper could have exposed Weinstein back in 2004, in an article by former Times reporter Sharon Waxman. Unfortunately, the story she wrote was watered down by editors after Weinstein paid them a visit and they received calls from two famous Hollywood actors.
Now CEO and Editor-in-Chief of TheWrap, Waxman published an article in October detailing a 2004 incident in which she was given “the green light to look into oft-repeated allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein,” when she was a “fairly new reporter at The New York Times,” but the piece she wrote was hacked up by editors.
The Times has since done more reporting on Weinstein and other sexual harassers, but the newspaper also had to deal with its own scandal after White House reporter Glenn Thrush was accused of making untoward advances against younger political reporters.
The latest scandal involving the Times comes from former staffer James Risen. Now writing for The Intercept as its senior national security correspondent, Risen published a piece last week detailing how Times editors and the U.S. government prevented him from publishing crucial stories in the years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.
Below is the newly-launched ad from the Times.
The truth has a voice.
This commercial for The New York Times premiered during the Golden Globes. pic.twitter.com/bDdSVPgLzf
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 8, 2018