In a wholly ill-advised move, Newsweek published an article featuring former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, an admitted child molester and pedophile who was once second-in-line for the presidency.
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) October 12, 2017
Musical icon John Legend struck back at the news outlets’ grotesquely inappropriate decision.
What are you doing, Newsweek? https://t.co/1PS0yVG662
— John Legend (@johnlegend) 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 not only hypocritical, but horrendously misguided.
The fact that a musician is able to see this blatant overstep more clearly than a major news outlet is decidedly embarrassing for Newsweek and this entirely self-inflicted controversy.