She said the meeting with Oreskes took place at the Times’ offices in downtown Washington, DC. Let me know.’The woman says that a week later she received an email from Oreskes asking her why she didn’t respond to the ad.
After the meeting, she said Oreskes took out a personal ad in the Washington City Paper addressed to her.‘Saw you at the Army-Navy Building. She replied that she didn’t see it and needed to look for it.‘What was especially creepy about it was that he put it in the wrong place in the paper,’ she said.
After landing in New York, they shared a taxi cab into the city.
Just before the end of their cab ride, Oreskes allegedly leaned against her, kissed her, and stuck his tongue into her mouth.‘The worst part of my whole encounter with Oreskes wasn’t the weird offers of room service lunch or the tongue kiss but the fact that he utterly destroyed my ambition,’ she said.
Soon afterward, she said she received a voicemail message from Oreskes.
He told her how much he enjoyed meeting her and that he was looking forward to seeing her again.
So he suggested that the meeting be moved to his apartment, she claims. The encounter in his apartment went off without incident, though she did say she felt uncomfortable when he allegedly put his hand in the small of her back as he was showing her around.
She said she arrived in Washington from a small town out West.'When I first went to see him it was after screwing up my nerve to try to be bold and maneuver myself into a better job, and after what happened with him, I never really tried that again,' she said.
That’s not the way I want to get ahead in this business.”‘His jaw dropped. I couldn’t help myself”.’Both women said that they never complained because they feared doing so would harm their chances of one day working for the Times. You should recuse yourself [from NPR stories involving harassment claims].”The Post also spoke to two former co-workers of Oreskes who confirmed that he engaged in ‘pestering’ behavior toward a female colleague in the Times’ Washington bureau.‘It made [the woman] really nervous,’ one editor said.‘There was excessive phone calling [by him to her] and messages that he wanted to meet her outside the office.’Jill Abramson, who was Oreskes’ deputy at the time, confirmed the allegations. One of the women said she thought she saw Oreskes at her local gym a few months ago.‘I just about had a heart attack,’ she said.‘I fled the building feeling sick.
They said that the recent scandal involving film mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of either rape or sexual harassment by over three dozen women, inspired them to come forward.‘The idea that he’s in charge of that coverage is just so hypocritical to me,’ one woman said. Abramson would go on to become editor-in-chief at the Times, though she told the Post she regretted not confronting Oreskes about his behavior.‘If I had to do it again, I would have told him to knock it off,’ said Abramson.‘I think I should have raised this with [the Times’ human resources department]. I’m not sure I would want to talk to him long enough for him to apologize even if he wanted to.’When asked to comment on the complaints, NPR told the Post: ‘We take these kinds of allegations very seriously.‘If a concern is raised, we review the matter promptly and take appropriate steps as warranted to assure a safe, comfortable and productive work environment.‘As a matter of policy, we do not comment about personnel matters.’Both the Times and Oreskes declined comment.
The Weinstein scandal has also led to allegations against prominent names in the world of political journalism. Oreskes has worked at NPR since 2015 after stints as a senior editor at the Times and the Associated Press.
NBC News said Monday it has terminated its contract with Mark Halperin, the political journalist who was accused of sexual harassment by several women when he worked at ABC News more than a decade ago‘It’s sickening. The Weinstein scandal has also led to allegations against prominent names in the world of political journalism.