The Biggest TV Controversies Of 2017: From Donald Trump & Sexual Harassment To “Fake News”, The NFL — And Trump

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Like the DNA test you gave your dog to learn how many noble breeds came together to create one dumb mutt, the spit test on this year’s wide variety of TV controversies seem to all lead back to Donald Trump.

Attacks on TV news? NFL ratings slump? Relentless march of powerful TV industry men accused of grabbing, groping, sexual assault and harassment?

Trump, Trump, and Trump.

Here is a look at some of the big TV controversies of 2017:


In October 2016, the Washington Post published the Access Hollywood tape in which Donald Trump boasted he was so famous he could grab women “by the p*ssy” with impunity. He acknowledged its authenticity, dismissed his sexual assault boast as “locker room talk.” One month later, he was elected President of the United States.

Not coincidentally, journalists began looking into persistent grapevine rumblings of other powerful men who had gotten away with sexual harassment/assault for years. One year later, The New York Times published its blockbuster report about Harvey Weinstein having paid off sexual harassment accusers for decades, followed closely by a New Yorker article in which additional women made similar claims against the Hollywood producing mogul. Weinstein has denied all claims and has not been charged with any crimes. The #MeToo hashtag, launched a decade earlier by activist Tarana Burke, blew up as other women came forward with their own reports of sexual harassment and abuse.

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