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Tavis Smiley responds to suspension by PBS following sexual misconduct investigation

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1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 3:42:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
“Effective today, PBS has indefinitely suspended distribution of Tavis Smiley, produced by TS Media, an independent production company,” a PBS spokesperson said in a statement. “PBS engaged an outside law firm to conduct an investigation immediately after learning of troubling allegations regarding Mr. Smiley. This investigation included interviews with witnesses as well as with Mr. Smiley. The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to today’s decision.”

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1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 3:44:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
"I have the utmost respect for women and celebrate the courage of those who have come forth to tell their truth. To be clear, I have never groped, coerced, or exposed myself inappropriately to any workplace colleague in my entire broadcast career, covering 6 networks over 30 years.

Never. Ever. Never." - Tavis Smiley
1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 3:48:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
Another one bites the dust.
1 month ago - Friday 12/15/17 - 3:25:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
Dustin Hoffman is in the firing line too

Tootsie?
1 month ago - Friday 12/15/17 - 10:28:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
"To be clear, I have never groped, coerced, or exposed myself inappropriately to any workplace colleague in my entire broadcast career, covering 6 networks over 30 years. "

Interesting that he qualified it with the 'inappropriately'. Is there a such thing as appropriate an groping or exposing himself in the workplace?

1 month ago - Friday 12/15/17 - 11:00:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
He didn't say "in the workplace" he said to any workplace colleague.

Given the huge number of people who start relationships with people they meet during their time at work I would say that there certainly is a considerable amount of appropriate consentual contact between work colleagues. Bear in mind a lot of the Harvety Weinstein stuff happened in hotels after award ceromonies and such.

What I find a little disturbing about this investigation is the active recruitment of people who might add more complaints to the record, rather than people coming forward on their own intiative. Smacks of a witch hunt.
1 month ago - Friday 12/15/17 - 12:37:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
What disturbs me is that having consensual sex can magically turn into rape accusations 30 years later.

Also, accusations are now enough to ruin a man's career, even though he might be completely innocent.

1 month ago - Friday 12/15/17 - 2:39:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 12/15/17 - 11:00:58 AM Boredofu wrote:
What I find a little disturbing about this investigation is the active recruitment of people who might add more complaints to the record, rather than people coming forward on their own intiative. Smacks of a witch hunt.


I don't agree with that. They engaged an outside firm to investigate the allegations, which uncovered more.
If there were evidence that they were trying to get women to make things up to smear him, then sure, it's a witch hunt. But simply making the first allegations known, and asking anyone with information to come forward, is not the same.

Most people don't want to be the first one to accuse someone of his stature and power of misconduct. Knowing there are others goes a long way toward getting people to tell their stories (as we saw with the avalanche of Weinstein stuff after the initial story broke).
1 month ago - Friday 12/15/17 - 2:48:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
I learned of the investigation when former staffers started contacting me to share the uncomfortable experience of receiving a phone call from a stranger asking whether, I had ever done anything to make them uncomfortable, and if they could provide other names of persons to call.

Cold calling people trying to dig up dirt on him is witch hunting. Asking them for referrals to other people who might be able to add more dirt is witchfinder general stuff.

If women are calling him and telling him that they are being targetted as potential sources of information then it's clearly a shot in the dark.
1 month ago - Friday 12/15/17 - 3:03:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
Or it's investigators following up on leads they've been given by other people. Or just contacting everyone they could find who'd worked under him.

Again, it's not a "witch hunt" unless they're trying to get people to tell them stories that are *not true.* That's what a witch hunt is. False allegations.
1 month ago - Friday 12/15/17 - 4:53:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
« Cold calling people trying to dig up dirt on him is witch hunting. »

I agree with this.
1 month ago - Friday 12/15/17 - 7:23:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm glad neither of you work in HR. Jfc.

Investigating allegations of misconduct and trying to determine if there's a PATTERN of that type of behavior is NOT "witch hunting." It's doing your due diligence.

"Witch hunting" would be trying to coerce women who said they had no issue with him into claiming they had, just because whoever was in charge of investigating it had it out for the guy and wanted him fired. The entire point of the metaphor is that the accusations are *not true.*
1 month ago - Saturday 12/16/17 - 3:03:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
No you need to understand that langague is a fluid thing. What something meant in 1666 isn't how it is used in 2017.

Or in the 50's. The McCarthy era "witch hunts" were not against people who had false allegations made against them. They were against anyone who had the slightest connection with communist affiliation. Then the weakest evidence was used to build a case against them.

The allution to witch hunting isn't that false allegations are made per se. It's that false conclutions are drawn from information recieved. eg. She has a cat and a wart and she floated when we threw her in the village pond. Nothing false about any of that. The problem is when those charicteristics are presented as evidence of witchcraft.
1 month ago - Saturday 12/16/17 - 3:14:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
Blah blah blah.

You just don't like that they've done their due diligence in trying to determine whether the allegations were one-offs, or part of a pattern.

Conducting thorough investigation does not equate to a "witch hunt."
If you haven't figured it out yet, a lot of women are afraid to come forward on their own. If they're actively sought out and *asked* about misconduct on the part of a coworker or superior, they're more likely to actually tell their story. Hence the cold calls.
1 month ago - Saturday 12/16/17 - 3:35:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
Don't assume what I like and don't like because you are just as likely to be wrong as right.

From what I have seen he is accused of having multiple sexual relationships with work colleagues. Does that mean he is a witch?

1 month ago - Saturday 12/16/17 - 7:43:05 AM EST (GMT-5)

'How about a little fire, Scarecrow?'

1 month ago - Saturday 12/16/17 - 8:53:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'll get you and your little dog too.



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