Why the Me­dia Cov­ered for Har­vey We­in­stein

Hil­lary, Michelle Obama and Planned Par­ent­hood’s won­der­ful friend

The Jewish Voice - - OP-ED - By: Daniel Green­field

Ev­ery­one knew Har­vey We­in­stein was a bad guy. The bloated, greasy movie mogul slimed his way through count­less ball­rooms, suites and restau­rants trail­ing lies, threats and prom­ises.

But he had the right pol­i­tics. At the 100th an­niver­sary of Planned Par­ent­hood, hon­or­ing Hil­lary Clin­ton, the re­cently de­feated can­di­date, drinks named “Toxic Mas­culin­ity” were be­ing served. Also on the scene was Har­vey We­in­stein. And Har­vey had his thick wal­let open to the tune of $100K for the abor­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Har­vey was sit­ting with Hil­lary. Not to men­tion Meryl Streep and Shonda Rimes.

The A-list celebs in at­ten­dance knew ex­actly what and who Har­vey was. His habits were no se­cret. If you look care­fully enough at cer­tain TV shows and movies, they are ref­er­enced and winked at. (The FOX TV se­ries Ac­tion de­picted the We­in­steins as the preda­tory Roth­steins.) But his money was good. And his con­nec­tions were even bet­ter. The in­ter­sec­tion of me­dia, en­ter­tain­ment and pol­i­tics cli­maxed with CNN giv­ing Har­vey We­in­stein an hour to in­ter­view Bill Clin­ton in the '12 elec­tion sea­son.

Does any­one even need to ask why no­body would run the story?

The myth is that Har­vey has been outed and ex­posed be­cause pro­gres­sive pol­i­tics is mak­ing us bet­ter peo­ple. Tell that to the at­ten­dees sip­ping “Toxic Mas­culin­ity” cock­tails while Har­vey sat with Hil­lary: a preda­tor with the wife of an­other preda­tor whose spe­cialty in­clud­ing cov­er­ing up his sex­ual abuses.

Har­vey fell be­cause his in­flu­ence had slipped.

The New York Times had the story in '04 and buried it. But back then Har­vey came pack­ing Michael Moore's Fahren­heit 9/11 and Tarantino's Kill Bill. Good luck find­ing any­thing Har­vey's got in the­aters now that you can name. His slate tells the story. Se­quels to Shake­speare in Love, Sin City, Kill Bill and even Fahren­heit 11/9, a des­per­ate Moore hit piece against Pres­i­dent Trump.

Har­vey never needed se­quels when he was at the top of his game. The New York Times brought down the ham­mer when it was safe and when it didn't need him anymore. That's what it's about.

It's why Meryl Streep waited un­til Har­vey had been fired from his own com­pany to put out a state­ment de­nounc­ing him. The "dis­grace­ful news" had "ap­palled" her and "those of us whose work he cham­pi­oned, and those whose good and wor­thy causes he sup­ported."

But they didn't ap­pall that name­less “us” un­til he was no longer in a po­si­tion to sup­port us.

That's quite a come­down from the Golden Globes and her in­fa­mous line, “I'd like to thank my agent and God, Har­vey We­in­stein.”

"Not ev­ery­body knew," Streep in­sists. And you can prac­ti­cally hear her trade­mark stilted enun­ci­a­tion in the lines. "If ev­ery­body knew, I don't be­lieve that all the in­ves­tiga­tive re­porters in the en­ter­tain­ment and the hard news me­dia would have ne­glected for decades to write about it."

Not ev­ery­one knew. If ev­ery­body knew, they would have writ­ten about it. Wouldn't they?

Meryl Streep is in­no­cent be­cause the me­dia is in­no­cent. It's a neat mu­tual alibi. And it must be in­no­cent be­cause the al­ter­na­tive is unthinkable. Ei­ther Streep or her pals are in­no­cent. Or when Hil­lary and Meryl were guz­zling “Toxic Mas­culin­ity” cock­tails with Har­vey to cel­e­brate Planned Par­ent­hood, they knew.

And there was a con­spir­acy of si­lence.

“Such was the power of Har­vey We­in­stein in 2000 that de­spite the dozens of cam­era flashes that went off on that side­walk that night, cap­tur­ing the sight of an enor­mously fa­mous film ex­ec­u­tive try­ing to pound in the head of a young news­pa­per re­porter, I have never once seen a photo,” a New York Mag­a­zine writer rec­ol­lects.

You can find copies of that photo right next to Obama's Kha­lidi tape and all the other news that's un­fit to print. Some things go on the front page. Oth­ers end up in­side the me­dia's im­pen­e­tra­ble vault.

The ac­tivists be­hind the in­ves­tiga­tive videos that nearly brought down Planned Par­ent­hood are on trial in Cal­i­for­nia. Did At­tor­ney Gen­eral Xavier Be­cerra show any in­ter­est in Har­vey's shenani­gans?

Xavier was on stage with Har­vey when the lat­ter was pro­mot­ing an­other of his gim­micks.

Be­cause it's not about “toxic mas­culin­ity” or “sex­ism”. It's about power. And power is in­her­ently cor­rupt­ing. It's in­her­ently cor­rupt­ing when it's be­ing wielded by white men or black women, by gay or straight, by street cor­ner pimps or by big donors to Planned Par­ent­hood. Power al­ways punches down.

That's what the left re­fuses to ad­mit. It de­mands un­lim­ited power. And then when you turn over a rock, a Har­vey We­in­stein, a Bill Clin­ton or a Ted Kennedy comes crawl­ing out. Be­hind all the virtue sig­nal­ing, is un­lim­ited vice. And the more virtue sig­nal­ing you see, the more vice is rot­ting un­der­neath.

In '15, the We­in­stein Com­pany was ped­dling “The Hunt­ing Ground”: a dis­cred­ited doc­u­men­tary push­ing fake statis­tics and alarmism about cam­pus sex­ual as­saults. Mean­while the real “hunt­ing ground” was in Har­vey's ho­tel room. That same year, Lau­ren O'Con­nor, a We­in­stein em­ployee, had writ­ten a memo warn­ing about Har­vey's abuses, and a model had ac­cused him of grop­ing her. Man­hat­tan DA Cyrus Vance chose not to pros­e­cute and got a ma­jor do­na­tion from We­in­stein's lawyer.

That's just the way it goes. In '12, Har­vey We­in­stein hosted a fundraiser for Obama at his Man­hat­tan place (pre­sum­ably the $14.9 mil­lion eight bed­room town­house) and then an­other at his West­port es­tate (pos­si­bly the 1.9 acre es­tate next door to a place rented by the Clin­tons.) The co-hosts were Aaron Sorkin and Anne Hath­away.

Malia Obama got a prized in­tern­ship with the We­in­stein Com­pany. Michelle praised Har­vey as a “won­der­ful hu­man be­ing” and a “good friend”.

Now Michelle, Meryl, Hil­lary and the gang will put on their shocked faces. But why bother?

Har­vey used power the way that Bill Clin­ton and the Kennedys did. Leftist heroes have

al­ways abused women. Just ask Ira Ein­horn, Maulana Karenga, Chair­man Mao or Lavren­tiy Be­ria.

The only real crime that Har­vey is guilty of in his cir­cles is let­ting his ego out­pace his achieve­ments. If he had still been able to drive money and ac­cess to the me­dia, and po­lit­i­cal nar­ra­tives for the left, he could have gone on hav­ing his way with any­one and any­thing. In­stead Har­vey couldn't de­liver anymore.

The only real sin in leftist cir­cles is fail­ure.

Re­mem­ber Michael Moore and Har­vey We­in­stein ag­it­prop like Sicko and Cap­i­tal­ism? Ex­actly. (Moore's Twit­ter ac­count is quite vo­cal about Pres­i­dent Trump and the an­them protests. It doesn't seem to have much to tweet about Har­vey.) The Hunt­ing Ground quickly fell apart. So much for the nar­ra­tive.

The left doesn't just eat its own for ide­o­log­i­cal rea­sons. Though in­deed it does. And the rit­ual can­ni­bal­ism of a top lefty like We­in­stein is a prime piece of virtue sig­nal­ing. But it's also just busi­ness.

To quote a movie that Har­vey didn't pro­duce, “Busi­ness bad? F___ you, pay me. Oh, you had a fire? F___ you, pay me. Place got hit by light­ning, huh? F___ you, pay me."

Ei­ther you de­liver money, ac­cess and nar­ra­tive. Or your own crimes will be used to bring you down.

The cor­rup­tion and abuses so preva­lent on the left are part of the priv­i­leges of power. But those same priv­i­leges be­come a noose around your neck when the hour comes. The left en­cour­ages its own to steal, to abuse and to gorge on the priv­i­leges of power. But that means they can eas­ily be brought down.

And then there's a scan­dal. And the next guy in the ma­chine takes their place.

In Hol­ly­wood's abuse cir­cles, there are those who have their uses. And those who don't. It's why Ro­man Polan­ski still gets plenty of cover. Har­vey still had money, but he wasn't pulling his weight anymore.

And so he had to go.

In '09, Har­vey We­in­stein wrote an ed­i­to­rial ti­tled, “Polan­ski has served his time and must be freed” in which he de­scribed Polan­ski's bru­tal rape as a “so-called crime”.

Har­vey cov­ered for Ro­man the way that so many in­dus­try and me­dia types cov­ered for him. And now that he's been brought down, the real ques­tion is how many oth­ers are still be­ing cov­ered for.

How many big names and big bundlers who get their pic­tures taken with the Oba­mas and the Clin­tons (and what's left of the Kennedy clan) at fundraisers and lun­cheons are guilty of the same thing and worse? As long as the left's me­dia car­tel re­mains in power, one thing is cer­tain, we will never know.

Ev­ery­one knew about Har­vey. They know all about their own.

Daniel Green­field writes: “Har­vey never needed se­quels when he was at the top of his game. The New York Times brought down the ham­mer when it was safe and when it didn’t need him anymore. That’s what it’s about. It’s why Meryl Streep waited un­til Har­vey had been fired from his own com­pany to put out a state­ment de­nounc­ing him. The "dis­grace­ful news" had "ap­palled" her and "those of us whose work he cham­pi­oned, and those whose good and wor­thy causes he sup­ported."

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