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Media face challenges in rush to misconduct reckoning

FILE - In this April 27, 2016 file photo, Tavis Smiley appears at the 33rd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles. Smiley said that he isn't jus...

FILE - In this April 27, 2016 file photo, Tavis Smiley appears at the 33rd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles. Smiley said that he isn't jus...

NEW YORK (AP) — Talk-show host Tavis Smiley isn't just angry at PBS for firing him on sexual misconduct charges; he's angry about his depiction in the media.

Smiley says that if he hadn't spoken about his romantic relationships with subordinates, the public would make little distinction between them and men who have been accused of sexual assault or rape.

Conflation of different forms of misbehavior is one of the issues facing news organizations reporting on the fast-moving story about sexual misconduct. Even the idea is controversial. Many women say that even behavior that seems less egregious still humiliates and victimizes victims.


Updated : 2021-03-01 22:02 GMT+08:00