CNN reporter apologizes for 'embarrassing' tweet on 'drain of talent' after harassment scandals

CNN senior reporter Dylan Byers apologized (sort of) Tuesday night after launching one of the more memorably bad takes on the current epidemic of sexual harassment.

“I’ve deleted my previous tweet.,” he wrote. “It was poorly worded and didn’t properly convey my intended observation”

“Beyond the pain/humiliation women have endured (which is of course the paramount issue), it’s worth taking stock of the incredible drain of talent from media/entertainment taking placeright now. Never has so much talent left the industry all at once.”

The walk-back was swift — coming after just about two hours — but not swift enough to prevent a fusillade of criticism from fellow Internet blue checks and the peanut gallery who accused him of focusing his attention on the perpetrators instead of victims.

See reactions to his tweet: 

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CNN reporter Dylan Byers apologizes for 'embarrassing' tweet
RIP Dylan’s terrible tweet. May the screenshots last forever.
Easy to make fun of the horrible Dylan Byers take. But it also reveals the very pernicious assumption that prominen…
Beyond the pain/humiliation Dylan Byers has endured (which is of course the paramount issue), it's worth taking sto…
it’s nuts how many talented, unemployed journalists i know while dylan byers will always have a six figure job
@DylanByers Dylan do you need a woman to explain to you why this was a bad tweet
@DylanByers This tweet is the most embarrassing thing I've seen this week, and I saw a dog wearing a full rain suit today.
No, the idea that these guys were indispensable is what protected them for so long. Journalism will be just fine wi…
What Dylan Byers meant to say is that it sucks that sexual predators are finally getting punished for their actions…
Journalism as an industry has lost 250,000 jobs in the past two decades or so. I'm concerned with that. I am not co…

The week leading up to Thanksgiving has been unusually chock-full with disastrous news for powerful men in media, politics and entertainment and saw the New York Times’ Glenn Thrush suspended, CBS’s Charlie Rose fired, and Disney’s John Lasseter forced into a leave of absence.

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