The media landscape is shifting amid a swell of harassment revelations.
Some journalists have called for this moment—in which women are heard and believed when they come forward to report harassment and sexual misconduct—and high-profile peers now find themselves defending their past actions and, possibly, seeing their careers end.
New York Times White House correspondent Glenn Thrush was suspended Monday after a Vox article reported that five women were accusing him of unwanted advances and inappropriate use of his power to secure one-on-one interactions with young female journalists.
On that night five years ago, I joined Thrush and a handful of other reporters for a few rounds at the Continental, a Politico hangout in Rosslyn, Virginia. At first, nothing seemed strange, until the crowd had dwindled down to Thrush, me, and one other female colleague.
Thrush tossed a $20 bill at her and told her to take a cab and leave us, “the grown-ups,” alone. He slid into my side of the booth, blocking me in. I was wearing a skirt, and he put his hand on my thigh. He started kissing me. I pulled myself together and got out of there, shoving him on my way out.