Another liberal bites the dust….and another one gone and another one gone.. Another one bites the dust!
According to NPR’s own reporting, an anonymous former NPR employee accused David Sweeney of “unexpectedly kissing” her after he asked her to pull over a car they were driving on assignment 15 years ago. A second anonymous NPR journalist alleges that five years later, in 2007, Sweeney leaned in for a kiss while the two had drinks at a Washington bar.
Lauren Hodges, a current NPR editor went on the record. Hodges makes no claim Sweeney ever touched her inappropriately but gave her “unwanted attention” and “unsolicited gifts.” These gifts were given, allegedly, “in a way that made her deeply uncomfortable.”
On Tuesday, Hodges circulated an email around the NPR offices, expressing her pleasure with Sweeney’s ouster. “I hope it provides a loud, clear message to anyone struggling with harassment…and, more importantly, to those who think they can get away with it,” an email to NPR staff from their acting senior vice president of news, Chris Turpin, read, continuing:
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.