In a decidedly misguided move, Newsweek published an article featuring the opinion of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, an admitted child molester and pedophile.
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) October 12, 2017
Hastert, who was called a “serial child molester” by a federal judge and was forced to register as a sex offender after admitting to abusing boys as a high school wrestling coach, was released from prison this summer after serving a 13-month sentence for a bank fraud conviction for hush money to buy the silence of a former child abuse victim.
Newsweek’s decision to feature a sexual abuser is especially egregious given the recent bombshell surrounding Harvey Weinstein. For the magazine to condemn Weinstein and then seek normalize Hastert in the same breath is horrendously misguided.
Twitter, for its part, instantly struck back at Newsweek for its tacit support of a child molester.
Newsweek, he raped children. I will not read this. He is still in jail right? What's next? Sandusky's opinion on the 4-3 defense?
— David F Arena (@darena28) October 12, 2017
Unbelievable. And we have people caught with weed rotting away for years.
— miss speech (@miss_speech) October 12, 2017
"Hannibal Lecter explains what's wrong with Walgreens"
— JürgenSoftballman (@peterock141979) October 12, 2017
This is exactly what white male privilege looks like.
— TittleTag (@PollardtyTy) October 12, 2017
Hillary needs to shut up but Newsweek seeks out pedophile Hasterts' thoughts?? The world has gone mad. And nothing's gonna fix it.
— RDeVan (@robin_devan) October 12, 2017
If it's not related to pedophilia why are ppl talking to Hastert?
— Benjamin Fearnow (@BFearnow21) October 12, 2017
A pederast who went to prison for his crimes — now the sensible voice of Republican elder statesmen. https://t.co/1XLXp60GhU
— Eric Kleefeld (@EricKleefeld) October 12, 2017
Newsweek should delete this tweet and apologize immediately for contributing to #RapeCulture
— Yardyspice ?? ?? (@ABlackTweeter) October 12, 2017
Let's hear what the child rapist has to say
Oh wait let's not
— Amy "???" Dentata (@AmyDentata) October 12, 2017
What the actual fuck is wrong with you Newsweek? Hastert? Was Charles Manson unavailable for comment?
— Marky Mark Twain (@OldManRiver1800) October 12, 2017
Who will you trot out next… Tom Delay on govt ethics…
— MJR jnr (@onetruebritt) October 12, 2017
Are you going to have Jared Fogle review Subway sandwiches next? pic.twitter.com/zr5zCJNaOs
— P A T • L E E (@pat_lee) October 12, 2017