Response is right, but raises questions


Response is right, but raises questions

You can’t turn on a television or log into a news or social site anymore without hearing of some new person of influence being fired or accused of sexual impropriety.

The latest last week, Matt Lauer of the NBC Today Show, seemingly came on abruptly, and ended with his unceremonious canning.

And rightly so.

I’m gonna get this out of the way early: there is no reason whatsoever to justify the sexual predation of subordinates, and anyone proven to have done so should face the maximum penalties, which should involve some sort of torture banned by the Geneva Convention.

I’m puzzled, though, that this is happening kind of all-of-a-sudden, since in many instances — John Conyers, Harvey Weinstein, etc. — the harassment had been perpetrated for years.

That leads me to wonder what’s happening. Why hasn’t this been reported before? Why was this allowed to continue?

Some women I know have stated that they’re too strong and would fight back immediately, which in this day and age should be the case. So have we as a society come to allow people in power to hold a sway over us? I thought that type of stuff went out when we booted the royals out in the Revolutionary War.

Granted, each person deserves their day in court, as that’s American too. But it’s not our way to suffer these indignities. All of my HR training has told me that harassment was in the eye of the victim. If you feel uncomfortable, say something. If you have been a victim, report it. There is no reason to work in a place that is hostile.

People in power treating the others like subjects is serfdom, pure and simple, and we as Americans never should have to put up with that.

•This week’s foray into ridiculous news can only be described as, well, poop.

The headline, courtesy of, “Amazon courier caught on tape defecating on customer’s driveway.”

I’ve been in the news business more than 25 years, and I have never found a time when someone’s body functions were newsworthy, even on a local level. This, however, is being pushed out on a national level by a national news organizations.

It’s the latest example of what happens when you try to fill up a 24-hour news cycle, and an Internet crowd that is online round the clock.

But it’s not news, not really. It’s salaciousness, scatological information presented as information. This does nobody any good. It certainly makes me scratch my head in puzzlement.

Tony Farkas is publisher of the Madisonville Meteor.