What's this blog really about?

You may notice a variety of topics here - from business, to charity promotion, even to local news, but the primary reason this blog was created was to alert readers to the hostile atmosphere and sexual harassment at The Danville Register & Bee. The readers and creator of this blog want a FULL FRONT PAGE apology in the Danville Register & Bee, plus the disciplining of those individuals involved. Until then, we'll continue to post regular updates. To tolerate THIS kind of behavior by a major media network is intolerable. And this isn't just ONE instance. Media General has been sued nationwide for racism and sexism, yet they CONTINUE to keep the offenders employed. Why? And why am I doing this? TRUTH compels me.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

The great scheme of things....

In the great scheme of things, how big a deal is this? Not so much considering what's happening in the rest of the world. There are, indeed, much worse atrocities. Rape, Muslims cutting off the hands of people who steal a loaf of bread, murder, war....it's all out there. So why bother making a big deal over the humiliation of a couple of business women and the on-going bullying of employees for a media giant? PRECISELY BECAUSE IT IS A MEDIA GIANT.

When it become acceptable behavior for a newspaper - an organization that's supposed to be a community watchdog - to behave like this, it impacts the community. Any of you know, or should know that once someone starts abusing you and gets away with it - it only escalates. They don't wake up and say, "Gee, what a jerk I've been. I'd better stop this sort of behavior." Nope. That's not human nature. When a reporter can go out and film women's bodies, come back to the newsroom and make fun of them and be rude to co-workers and his bosses not only ignore it but encourage it, do you really think he's going to stop? C'mon.

So what happens? They're like roaches...one manager - whom employees referred to as "Mr. Hormone" for his behavior....ends up in Florida....married, with child, but still "Mr. Hormone" and willing to risk his publishing reputation to post to this blog and rant...and to probably answer later to how many women he was involved with in the newsroom...we'll see....so he took this attitude and poor management skills to his new paper. Mac has moved onto another paper where his boss doesn't seem to care either.

So it grows. And how many other newspapers and television stations tolerate the same behavior? Most of them from what I know. You know what happens. It escalates. The behavior gets worse. Why should you care? Well, it may be YOU or your child or your wife or sister or mother being treated like that one day. Most people hate their jobs anyway (unless they're one of the protected ones who DON'T complain about their workplace and are left alone until they do). But one day it WILL be you. It may take a little longer, but when you don't speak out against sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination, it grows. And it will keep growing.

The sad thing is Media General - with all of the talent it does have nationwide - has failed its employees.
The men who run it, who sit on its board - don't respect women or their employees enough to enforce the policies they have. And that's just sad. Because in the great scheme of things that's the attitude the rest of the world has when they kill, maim, rape and pillage - they're just further along than we are - but given time....I'm sure Media General will have everyone up to speed on total abuse too...

I've already spoken with so many former employees who were bullied, shamed, mistreated and abused by these same people I'm talking about. There's no reason for it. Each and every one has said they "LOVE" this blog because finally, the bullies are being exposed for what they are - bullies, weak, untalented, incompetent jerks. People are feeling more empowered and more hopeful. This blog is being read by more than 5,000 people and the numbers are growing. People who are tired of being bullied and the people who bully them are seeing - this is what can happen

Again - I urge you - if YOU are being bullied - start a blog. If you're too afraid to name names and document things online - then make up names like "Evil boss" but blog. Write about how bullies make you feel, what you're doing. Link to www.bullyoffline.org and sites like this one. STOP THE BULLIES. Because we can spread and grow just as fast if not faster - because there are more people being bullied than bullying. And if we work at it - we can stop it.

The media should be STOPPING abuse, not promoting it.

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