Media industry under scrutiny for how it handles allegations of sexual harassment
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) —
The media is under the spotlight over how it handles allegations of sexual harassment, after several prominent reporters were either fired or suspended for alleged sexual misconduct.
It's happening as the media tries to cover Hollywood and politicians for the same behavior.
"I think the media are trying to highlight this and really trying to be fair, because they know there are people out there who want to say, 'look it's just the media, the media are behaving badly, the media are being hypocritical, they want to avoid that.' I think they are doing a good and honest job of exposing it equally," said Peter Loge, professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University.
Media expert Peter Loge says that's because we're all in the spotlight.
"You have a relationship with your viewers, They know you they trust you and if you've done something bad they want to know about that. They will feel personally betrayed. Just as we do with elected officials we tend to have different relationships with the guy that changes oil in our car," Loge said.
The problem of sexual harassment is not new, but the amount of attention paid to it is. And since there are so many of these stories in the news, it doesn't matter where you saw it first.
"Just because it was on an outlet I don't like, Fox or MSNBC, it doesn't mean it isn't true doesn't mean it shouldn't be taken seriously, in fact maybe I should take it seriously," said Loge
For many, taking it seriously means doing something about it. Between corporate firings and congressional hearings - what's clear: The issue is not going away.
"No one wants to be the first person to stand in the middle of the room, but no one wants to be the last. Maybe now, finally, enough people have walked to the middle of the room that everyone else will follow and finally hopefully it will change," Lodge said.