No, not many are putting the knock on the unique accomplishments of film producer Harvey Weinstein or media builder Roger Ailes. But, those executions of brilliance no longer protect the human beings who had blessed with unusual gifts.
After the allegations of sexual harassment, both the court of public opinion and the company he co-founded turned on Weinstein. Likely his obit in The Economist will not start out with praise. Instead it will headline with this scandal. Then there will be a laundry list of his breakthrough films.
His superlawyer Charles Harder may or may not be able to get him off the hook in the court of law.
The sturdy foundation on which Ailes established Fox News endures. The alleged sexual harassment and banana-republic values still are being covered in the media. However, the cable right-leaning empire has regained its top ratings. Head of 21st Century Fox Rupert Murdoch seemed to make that a priority.
However, once Ailes was forced out of Fox News, he quickly seemed to give up his vision of a comeback. Instead of continuing to call in favors, he sold his assets in the New York Metro area. He and his family packed up and set up a life in Florida. Soon enough, he was dead.
A key supporter during the crisis legal analyst Greta Van Susteren fared little better. After a short time at MSNBC, she was fired. Her ratings were low.
Reflection: Could pragmatic America be returning to a respect for old-fashioned values? Will we demand our innovators not abuse power?
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