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90 (Politico) stories on Cain kerfuffle and still no specifics*

In a post today on PJmedia, Alexis Garcia notes how in all the media hullabaloo over the Cain kerfuffle, “we’re losing focus on the narrative.” (Well, maybe that’s the point.)  She lists several issues raising issues related to the administration’s actual record in office that have not received the same scrutiny this “scandal” without specifics has generated

Two of the items on Miss Garcia’s list parallel issues on my list of questions for Politico (to see how much attention they devoted to scandals involving Democrats).  Since posting that piece, I’ve begun to wonder about other issues which the left-leaning journal has all but ignored, say, Joe Biden’s fabrications in the 2008 vice presidential debate.  Did Politico address those (some commentators identified those fabrications)–and inquire into the then-36-year Washington veteran’s pattern of making things up?

Now, today, the lawyer of one of the woman accusing Mr. Cain has come forward to tell us that he won’t tell us anything, leading Stacy McCain to quip that “Lawyer ethics” meanings holding “a press conference to announce that you don’t want to discuss your smear-job against your client’s former boss.”  As Jim Geraghty puts it, the lawyer in refusing to specify the charges, “is arguing, ’I won’t say what he did, but trust me, he’s guilty of wrongdoing.’

This is one heckuva way to run a witch hunt.

From the National Restaurant Association (NRA), we learn two (very) salient facts:

  1. “Mr. Herman Cain disputed the allegations in the complaint.”
  2. “The Association and Mr. Bennett’s client subsequently entered into an agreement to resolve the matter, without any admission of liability. Mr. Cain was not a party to that agreement.”

So, we’ve got Cain disputing the allegations, the lawyer for the accuser refusing to specify the allegations and confirmation that Mr. Cain was not party to the agreement, suggesting the NRA was more interested in resolving the matter than in disciplining its then-employee.

Even without specifics, Politico has run 90 stories on the kerfuffle. There are far more specifics on Fast and Furious and Solyndra.  Not to mention the revolving door between this administration and various special interests, including those lobbyists the president loves to decry.  And many can point to Joe Biden’s specific fabrications.

You gotta wonder why Politico has devoted so much time to a story without specifics and has shown so little curiosity for stories with many.

*i.e., we still don’t know what specifically Mr. Cain did that constituted sexual harassment.

UPDATE:  Check this image from AOL’s home page. . .

. . . against the details from the article linked:

“Apart from disclosing that his client alleged more than one incident, [one of the accuser’s lawyers Joel] Bennett’s remarks added little of substance to a controversy that erupted nearly a week ago.”

Added little of substance in an article advertised as telling us “what she claims happened ‘several’ times.”

The article headline tell us that Mr. “Cain Campaigns As Sexual Harassment Allegations Build”. Allegations build? If they’re building, then the Huffington Post should be able to provide us some specifics.

Okay, well maybe the allegations are building, but our information isn’t increasing.

Has any mainstream media outlet ever reported trumped-up charges against a Democratic candidate where the accusers refuse to offer any specifics?

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UP-UPDATE: Over at RedState, Leon H. Wolf writes:

Contrary to the assertions of my esteemed colleague streiff, this has nothing to do with blaming messengers or victims. This has everything to do with the fact that it is impossible to evaluate the credibility of an anonymous accusation that contains absolutely no factual details.

Indeed.  Emphasis added.

UP-UP-UPDATE:  Ace quips,  The accuser “prefers to keep her privacy, but she also prefers to snipe at Cain from that position of privacy?”  Looks like we’ve got a case of she said/he said, but she won’t specify what she’s saying.  Ace wonders further if the accusation might be trumped up:

If this were a trumped up bullshit charge designed to cadge money out of the NRA, we might expect an accuser to file falsely, but then would not re-open the case for the media.

So based on her apparently talking to Politico, I thought at least she really believed there was a strong sexual harassment case here.

But now she says “Nevermind,” essentially.

So now I’m thinking her claim was trumped up.

UP-UP-UPDATE: A diva weighs in:

Very specific instances. Okay. That’s what we need to hear about. What are they?! They don’t become very specific instances because you say “very specific instances”! That’s still completely abstract. Get specific. Get specific to the point where we can judge for ourselves whether the details amount to something that counts against Cain and that exposes you to a defamation lawsuit if the details are false.

Read the whole thing.



  1. This is why the Herman Cain “controversy” isn’t gaining any real traction; the MSM refuses to put out the essence of the story, although they want the anonymous woman to speak to give it more life. Her lawyer did not help her today. The Herman Cain “harassment” story is cotton candy hitting the water. It dissolves away…

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — November 4, 2011 @ 7:45 pm - November 4, 2011

  2. It’s the seriousness of the charge that matters.

    Comment by TGC — November 5, 2011 @ 2:44 am - November 5, 2011


    Herman Cain accused by hundreds of inappropriate behavior

    These incidents include late delivery of pizzas, taking place at hotels during conferences, at other officially sanctioned events and at business offices. Cold pizza and mix-ups on orders. There were also descriptions of physical gestures that were not in keeping with the expectations of a professional pizza delivery person and those who experienced or witnessed them felt uncomfortable with what they regarded as improper in a professional pizza ordering relationship. The gestures were of the delivery person waiting at the door with their one hand out obviously looking to cue the customer for a tip.

    Comment by TGC — November 5, 2011 @ 2:50 am - November 5, 2011

  4. What is particularly amusing about all the attacks on Herman Cain is that it is indicative of the battle within the Republican Party, federalists aside. Left libertarians vs right libertarians in an industry inundated with homosexuals/bisexuals where sexual harassment is commonplace.

    Comment by rjligier — November 5, 2011 @ 3:50 am - November 5, 2011

  5. Remember when the MFM did wall-to-wall coverage of a sexual harassment complaint againt The Rev Jesse Jackson?

    Neither do I.

    Comment by V the K — November 5, 2011 @ 12:18 pm - November 5, 2011

  6. He certainly didn’t handle this very well which made him look bad. Eh, first-timer’s mistake I suppose which actually could be a point in his favor, i.e. that he isn’t an inside the beltway politician with all the requisite handlers. Well, not yet at least.

    Comment by JohnAGJ — November 5, 2011 @ 12:49 pm - November 5, 2011

  7. V, I’d forgotten all about that. Guess that was what the MSM were hoping for. And didn’t Mr. Jackson pay off his mistress with money from his organization, some of which was, um, donated by the federal government?

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — November 5, 2011 @ 1:27 pm - November 5, 2011

  8. He certainly didn’t handle this very well which made him look bad.

    Which seems to be the journolist criticism now that the turd they floated has sunk.

    Comment by TGC — November 5, 2011 @ 1:29 pm - November 5, 2011

  9. It’s time to start branding or repositioning the Democrat media outlets as Democrat, ie Politico Democrat, NYT Democrat, Washington Post Democrat, …

    Its time to remove the vail or impartiality from these organizations.

    Comment by Kid Blue — November 5, 2011 @ 1:35 pm - November 5, 2011

  10. TGC: It wouldn’t surprise me if that’s the meme being floated now, or soon will be. As the saying goes, even a broken clock is right twice a day. I caught a bit of Sean Hannity’s radio show the other day and Tony Blankley laid out a good case for why the allegations didn’t have much “there” there but Cain’s campaign still didn’t handle them well: having to retract or “correct” statements made when more information came out to swinging widely in the blame game beyond just MSM to include even the Perry campaign.

    Comment by JohnAGJ — November 5, 2011 @ 3:01 pm - November 5, 2011

  11. Sooooo…..the problem is, I guess, that Cain doesn’t know how to lie like a politician? The fact of the matter is that there was not “there” there. There was nothing to “prepare” a response for and no real questions to answer. I don’t see how Cain bungled anything.

    Comment by TGC — November 6, 2011 @ 2:29 pm - November 6, 2011

  12. Meanwhile:

    Gay Ex-Staffer Files Sexual Harassment Suit Against Rev. Jesse Jackson

    A former staffer for Rev. Jesse Jackson and his non-profit Rainbow PUSH Coalition alleges in a lawsuit that he was discriminated against because he is gay, allegedly instructed to bring women to Jackson’s hotel rooms and sometimes sexually harassed by Jackson himself.
    Tommy Bennett, who filed a sexual discrimination complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights in 2010, filed a lawsuit alleging “pervasive” sexual harassment during his time as a staffer at Rainbow PUSH, a social outreach group started by Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr.

    Comment by TGC — November 6, 2011 @ 2:33 pm - November 6, 2011

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