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Media, including Globe, walk fine line in the age of #MeToo

The new Boston Globe newsroom and business offices are located at 53 State Street.
The new Boston Globe newsroom and business offices are located at 53 State Street. –Craig F. Walker / The Boston Globe

In the two months since uncovering explosive accusations of sexual misconduct against filmmaker Harvey Weinstein, the media have maintained a starring role in the spiraling sexual harassment scandal that has brought down dozens of powerful men.

In many prominent cases, the industry has turned its piercing spotlight on men in its own ranks, including Mark Halperin of NBC News, Leon Wieseltier, formerly of the New Republic, and “CBS This Morning’’ host Charlie Rose, each accused of harassment. On Nov. 29, NBC sacked “Today’’ co-host Matt Lauer in the morning after a serious allegation of inappropriate sexual behavior, and by lunchtime, news broke that Minnesota Public Radio had cut ties with humorist Garrison Keillor.

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Even as they ramp up investigations into sexual harassment, media leaders — at The Boston Globe and other newsrooms – are looking inward, reassessing the media’s history as a male-dominated industry, and examining the current climate of their own workplaces.