Not amused: Jo Brand.

This Site published an article on November 1 that made clear that sexual harassment is not a joke, and should not be treated as such by certain media representatives.

The article highlighted the front page of the latest edition of Private Eye, edited by Ian Hislop, as an example of offending material.

Yesterday evening (November 3), Mr Hislop was again at the centre of attempts to play down the seriousness of harassing behaviour, in his regular place as a panellist on the satirical quiz show Have I Got News For You.

Along with the other three panellists – all male – he observed that some of the allegations on the so-called Tory Sleaze spreadsheet, naming 36 MPs and listing allegations of questionable sexual activities carried out by them, were not serious.

Fortunately for the dignity of the BBC – and I used the word “dignity” with intent, after Michael Gove’s ill-judged “joke” about Harvey Weinstein last weekend – the show was being chaired by comedian Jo Brand, who put them all straight:

My question is this: Why did these intelligent men need a woman to point out the obvious to them?

Come to that, why did the editors of the BBC’s Newsnight feel the need to inflict on us a debate about sexual harassment involving 14 men and just three women, that has been almost univerally criticised? For details of this and other ways the media have let us all down, you could start by reading this article.

It is, of course, welcome that Vox Political is clearly in line with public opinion on this matter.

It is bitterly disappointing that some of the mainstream media’s most well-known representatives are not.


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