Controversy has brewed for weeks over the portrayal of journalist Kathy Scruggs in Clint Eastwood’s upcoming movie, “Richard Jewell,” which characterizes the late Atlanta Journal-Structure reporter as buying and selling intercourse for scoops.
However in response to Fox Information host Jesse Watters, it is all a lot ado about nothing, as a result of it is a common incidence each in Hollywood and in actual life.
“This occurs on a regular basis,” he stated Wednesday on “The 5,” a Fox speak present. “Ali Watkins was a reporter for a lot of, a few years at many distinguished publications. She slept with one in every of her sources, allegedly, for 4 years and broke loads of scoops in response to this Politico report right here.”
Having supplied that instance – of a New York Occasions reporter who, data seized by federal investigators revealed, had a relationship with a senior Senate Intelligence Committee aide – Watters insisted it is one thing that “occurs quite a bit.”
His feedback had been condemned by some as sexist, an accusation he is confronted prior to now.
“This can be a actually disgusting, baseless cost, and one Fox ought to denounce for the sake of its personal feminine reporters,” conservative CNN host SE Cupp wrote on Twitter.
In April 2017, lower than per week after Invoice O’Reilly’s ouster from Fox amid sexual harassment allegations, Watters made what was broadly considered as a unclean joke about Ivanka Trump. After saying of the president’s daughter, “I actually preferred how she was talking into that microphone,” Watters spent a number of days off the air for what he referred to as a household trip.
On Wednesday, preliminary criticism of Watters’ remarks about feminine journalists got here from a co-host seated beside him.
“I do have an issue with what you stated,” liberal commentator Juan Williams advised Watters. “I do not assume that the majority girls reporters – “
“I do not say most ladies reporters,” Watters interjected. “Male reporters might do it, too. I am simply saying, it occurs. I am saying it is occurred many occasions prior to now.”
There isn’t a proof to recommend that Scruggs had a sexual relationship together with her sources, and her former colleagues have bristled on the suggestion, in response to a Journal-Structure story recounting her profession and difficult her depiction in “Richard Jewell.”
“My concern is they’ll flip her into some type of femme fatale who would do something to get a narrative,” former reporter Ron Martz, who can also be portrayed within the movie, advised the newspaper.
He added, “If that they had really contacted me it may need ruined their concept of what they needed the story to be.”
The film relies on the eponymous safety guard who found a bomb on the 1996 Summer time Olympics in Atlanta. Initially hailed a hero, Jewell spent three days within the highlight earlier than Scruggs broke the information that the FBI thought-about him a high suspect.
An FBI investigation cleared him inside months, however the safety guard and the reporter’s lives had been each derailed by the story and the prolonged authorized battle that adopted.
Neither is alive to see the way in which they’re portrayed within the new movie. Scruggs died in 2001 at 42 years previous, adopted by Jewell in 2007 at 44.
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