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#208 Ahead Of The Times: Jezebel Reporters On Investigating Louis CK
Reporters Anna Merlan and Madeleine Davies were investigating and writing about Louis CK well before the New York Times story came out. And they faced a lot of criticism for it.
Jesse Brown
Host & Publisher
Kevin Sexton
Producer

“The revelation in Thursday’s New York Times that comedian Louis CK acted sexually inappropriate with women comedians was not a revelation to us here at Jezebel,” wrote Jezebel senior writer Madeleine Davies and reporter Anna Merlan.

Their sibling site Gawker ran a blind item about Louis CK masturbating in front of female comedians in 2012, then went on to name him in subsequent coverage. Merlan and Davies have since taken on investigating and writing about CK. They wrote a piece for Jezebel called “On Rumors” about the difficulties and criticism they faced in that process.

They join Jesse to talk about the line between rumour and news, and whether standards have changed around reporting on sexual assault and harassment in the post-Weinstein world.

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