#MeToo Ousted Liberal Gets 2nd Chance
The move for Lizza is a major career milestone, as the reporter was ousted from his perch at The New Yorker over a sexual misconduct scandal, the details of which have not emerged.
“The New Yorker recently learned that Ryan Lizza engaged in what we believe was improper sexual conduct,” the company said in a statement to TheWrap in December “We have reviewed the matter and, as a result, have severed ties with Lizza. Due to a request for privacy, we are not commenting further.”
Coming during the height of the MeToo movement, Lizza was benched from his other gig as a CNN contributor and lost a teaching position at Georgetown University just hours later.
The announcement of Lizza’s move to Esquire — first reported by network media guru Brian Stelter in his morning newsletter — made no mention of Lizza’s past scandal. He also seems to be back at Georgetown.
Despite the unresolved allegations against him — not to mention numerous accusations of liberal bias — Lizza remains a powerful D.C. insider.