CNN’s Smerconish on Glenn Thrush Report: Is Pendulum ‘Swinging Too Far’ on Harassment Stories?

CNN’s Michael Smerconish brought up Glenn Thrush this morning to express his concern about the pendulum “swinging too far” in the ongoing reports about sexual harassment.

Earlier this week, the New York Times suspended Thrush following a report from Vox headlined “Exclusive: NYT White House correspondent Glenn Thrush’s history of bad judgment around young women journalists.”

The report cites women alleging Thrush engaged in behavior “from unwanted groping and kissing to wet kisses out of nowhere to hazy sexual encounters that played out under the influence of alcohol.”

Smerconish said all the big recent reports about harassment and worse have been important, “but as the press continues to uncover stories of disturbing, inappropriate, and actionable male behavior, I worry that the pendulum may be swinging too far.”

He said the Thrush report “gave me pause” and said Vox‘s headline was “telling about the thin nature of the story”

“Have we reached a point,” Smerconish asked, “where bad judgment is worthy of a professional death sentence?”

He said that the Times is likely on high alert because they’ve been doing big exposés of their own and didn’t want to risk “any credibility” on the issue, but added, “This case doesn’t seem the equivalent of the many others where men were forceful with women, some of whom working in a subordinate capacity.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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