Wednesday's HOT MIC

Wednesday's HOT MIC

Today's media figure sexual harassment allegations scorecard is a busy one, and being dominated by the Matt Lauer story. But if we've learned anything, these things keep happening. Deadline Hollywood reports that NPR's Chief News Editor is stepping down:

NPR Chief News Editor David Sweeney has left the public broadcasting company amid sexual harassment allegations.

Chris Turpin, acting senior vice president of news, announced Sweeney’s departure in an an email to staff Tuesday.

“David Sweeney is no longer on staff,” Turpin wrote. “This is a difficult time for our newsroom and I’m committed to supporting all of you as we move forward. I know you appreciate that there are some questions I cannot answer in keeping with our practice to not comment on personnel issues, but I will do my best to address those I can.”

Sweeney’s departure follows a former internal review, after three current and former NPR journalists made formal complaints against him. Sweeney had been on paid administrative leave as NPR investigated the allegations.

This is the second scandal at NPR this month. Senior VP of news Michael Oreskes resigned under pressure after allegations were made against him.

That Hollywood is so rife with sleazebags really wasn't surprising. Who in the non-journalism world ever suspected the news business to be such an unsafe space for women though?