Sexual harassment settlement for Dem lawmaker ignored by mainstream news outlets

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CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times have neglected to report on the outrageous news that taxpayers were saddled with paying a $220,000 settlement to a woman staffer who launched sexual harassment allegations against Democratic Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings in 2014.

A report in The Daily Caller calls attention to the fact that most mainstream news outlets have yet to report on the huge settlement paid to Hastings’ accuser, former committee staffer Winsome Packer, since the story broke on December 8.

Packer accused Hastings of making sexual advances, touching her legs and threatening her job. The former staffer said she was “blackballed” after speaking out.

Claiming that he was unaware of the settlement, Hastings on Friday called the sexual harassment allegations “ludicrous.”

Hastings has the support of Florida Democratic Reps. Frederica Wilson and Lois Frankel, who have said that they will stand by their colleague, in light of the fact that he was cleared by an ethics committee investigation in 2014.

Hastings is one of four congressmen (including three Democrats) who have indicated that they will remain in Congress, despite allegations that they engaged in or covered up sexual harassment or assault, the Daily Caller pointed out. They further noted that the lack of interest from news organizations like WaPo, the NYT and CNN have allowed Democrats to avoid talking about Hastings’ allegations.

Democratic New York Rep. Gregory Meeks has similarly avoided scrutiny from the establishment media after The Daily Caller revealed that he allegedly fired a staffer in retaliation after she reported being sexually assaulted at a campaign donor’s business.

According to the whistle blower organization, the staffer, Andrea Payne, settled with Congress in 2006 after suing over her firing.

CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times have ignored that settlement, too.

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