Unscripted: The Epic Battle for a Media Empire and the Redstone Family Legacy

From the new book:

* “One of the mysteries we confronted was why Moonves would have unleashed a corporate civil war knowing (as he did) that his predatory sexual past was at great and imminent risk of being publicly revealed.
Of course, the great media moguls—from Louis B. Mayer, Adolph Zukor, Ted Turner, John Malone, Rupert Murdoch, and Redstone himself—had never worried about such issues. They were all white men whose power and authority went unquestioned no matter how unbridled their outbursts of temper or insensitive or even bigoted their treatment of women and minorities.”

Where do the authors get the idea that Louis B. Mayer, Adolph Zukor, Ted Turner, John Malone, Rupert Murdoch, and Redstone were never questioned or challenged? Even Hitler and Stalin and Mao got questioned and challenged.

“Their boards of directors, charged with protecting all shareholders, were little more than window dressing for their autocratic control. Sumner boasted that the Viacom board had never defied his wishes.
In their world, sexual indiscretions were as routine as deals cut on the eighteenth tee at the Bel Air Country Club. Though hardly confined to the business of media and entertainment, the notion of the “casting couch”—sex in return for a job or a part—got its name in Hollywood.”

And non-white men are less likely to engage in this behavior? On what basis would you argue that?

“The veteran Hollywood producer and CBS board member Arnold Kopelson seemed baffled by concerns over Moonves’s alleged sexual advances in the workplace. “ We all did that,” he said dismissively.”

If men did not make sexual advances on women, the human race would go extinct. Why would you think that the one place where most people of working age spend most of their time would be exempt from this evolutionary compulsion?

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see Amazon.com). My work has been covered in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and on 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (Alexander90210.com).
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