In 40 years, will somebody make a movie called “The Cut” about a brave female journalist savaged for trying to warn other women about “shitty media men”?
Steven Spielberg’s Katharine Graham in “The Post” is far from an exact analogue of Moira Donegan, the late-20s woman who outed herself Wednesday as creator of a viral, crowd-sourced document of allegedly abusive men.
— Moira Donegan (@MoiraDonegan) January 11, 2018
But reactions to Donegan’s nearly 3,000-word essay in “The Cut” — a website tied to New York Magazine — seem to parallel how The Washington Post publisher was viewed by the Nixon administration in the early 1970s.
Also, Donegan says she lost her job — not something Graham dealt with.
CNN said: “Donegan didn’t specify what job she lost. She is listed on the site of the New Republic as a former assistant editor of the magazine. She has also written for publications like the New Yorker and the London Review of Books.”
A New Republic rep told CNNMoney: “While we don’t comment publicly on the specific circumstances around any employee’s departure, we can confirm that Moira Donegan was employed by TNR for just over six months in 2017. We can also confirm that she did not leave because of the spreadsheet.”
The spreadsheet was live for less than a day before it was taken offline, and reportedly had 70 names on it.
But it lived on with repostings in Reddit and elsewhere.
“I was incredibly naïve when I made the spreadsheet,” Donegan writes. “I was naïve because I did not understand the forces that would make the document go viral. I was naïve because I thought that the document would not be made public, and when it became clear that it would be, I was naïve because I thought that the focus would be on the behavior described in the document, rather than on the document itself.
“It is hard to believe, in retrospect, that I really thought this. But I did.”
She took pains to warn people to be skeptical about the document.
“The document was indeed vulnerable to false accusations, a concern I took seriously,” she writes. “I added a disclaimer to the top of the spreadsheet: ‘This document is only a collection of misconduct allegations and rumors. Take everything with a grain of salt.'”
But in one of the most tweeted quotes from the article, Doengan said: “This, too, is still seen as radical: the idea that women are skeptical, that we can think and judge and choose for ourselves what to believe and what not to.”