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Sexual Harassment Whiplash

In 1991, in the highest of dudgeon, Democrats told us how serious an allegation sexual harassment was, that if a woman (even if unable to corroborate her claim) said a man hinted at finding pubic hairs on a can of soda or just happened to mention a pornographic movie with a title derived from the name of a fictional pirate, then said man was not qualified to sit on the Supreme Court.

A few years later, members of that very party informed Republicans they were prudes for obsessing about the then-Democratic president’s “bimbo eruptions” (an expression coined by a top aide to said Democrat).  His extramarital dalliances were immaterial to his ability to serve.  Few in our media paid much heed to a corroborated story alleging that while Attorney General of Arkansas, said Democrat raped a woman — or made untoward advances on another woman in a private study in the White House.

For the past four days, we have been treated to wall-to-wall media coverage about unspecified allegations against a Republican candidate for president, as if this were an issue more important than the president’s ties to lobbyists, a Wall Street tycoon under investigation raising piles of cash for said president, his administration’s possible cover-up of a government program to sell guns to Mexican drug lords, shenanigans in granting government loan guarantees to favored green energy firms, and the sour economy.

Well, we finally have some specifics of the encounter, with a source “telling PJ Media that she witnessed the woman [alleging harassment] and Herman Cain break away from the large group [of co-workers] as part of a smaller group.

Now, these allegations may indeed be serious, but can you imagine such wall-to-wall media coverage if a conservative news source had published an account alleging a Democrat had sexually harassed employees without specifying the allegations?  On Wednesday, neoneocon wrote

Just take a look at the amount of coverage on memeorandum today, for example, and you’ll see what I mean. All those articles for something that shouldn’t have seen print until (a) the sources were identified; (b) the allegations were specified, including whether there were witnesses to the alleged acts; and (c) the details of what a settlement might mean in terms of a person’s actual guilt or innocence were fully explained.

Now, a few details of the story are dribbling out.  Perhaps, there is indeed a story here.  Only now with these details coming out does it appear to merit publication.  It should not have driven news coverage for the past four days.

As this kerfuffle heats up, one wonders two things:  why were the folks at Politico so intent on pushing the story before having the actual details of the wrongdoing.  And why have our media devoted so much coverage to this when they were so unwilling to cover more credible (and more specific) allegations against a Democratic president?



  1. What’s the benefit of hiring women again?

    Comment by TGC — November 4, 2011 @ 4:40 am - November 4, 2011

  2. […] More information has become available from PJ Media (h/t GayPatriot). Rate this: Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like this […]

    Pingback by The News Isn’t Really News « Canadian Rattlesnake — November 4, 2011 @ 6:34 am - November 4, 2011

  3. BDB – Maybe the folks in the media hope this story will make the Republicans appear to be insensitive to women

    An explanation for the media focus on Cain
    Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:31 am – November 4, 2011.

    TGC – What’s the benefit of hiring women again?

    Comment by TGC — November 4, 2011 @ 4:40 am – November 4, 2011

    Comment by rusty — November 4, 2011 @ 8:38 am - November 4, 2011

  4. The MSM is the Democrat Party are basically using ghosts against Cain; hence, the backlash given they cannot substantiate the claims of “harassment.” Politico had no business publishing the story in the first place until they backed up their open sources. Politico retreated when push came to shove. The MSM is following Politico with much ado about nothing.

    Nice try MSM. We’re on to you.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — November 4, 2011 @ 11:49 am - November 4, 2011

  5. Rusty, I was once accused of sexual harassment for merely being in the same room when a guy and gal were speaking inappropriately (for the workplace) to each other. Came to find out much later that she was going to try a fishing expedition for money. It didn’t work.

    Further, “sexual harassment”, more often than not, is all about getting rid of or shutting up someone a gal doesn’t like. Therefore, a lot of women are rendering it meaningless just like screaming “raaaaaacist” at folks you don’t like.

    You can only cry “wolf” so many times before folks don’t give a rat’s ass anymore.

    Comment by TGC — November 4, 2011 @ 1:51 pm - November 4, 2011

  6. The so-called “mainstream” media is in the tank for the Democrats. Period. That’s all you need to know.

    Caingate functions, for them, as a distraction from the Democrats’ scandals: Solyndra, Fast and Furious, Corzine, Obama’s shocking unemployment rate of 9% going into the FOURTH year of his term, and Obama’s general failure to keep most of his campaign promises.

    BTW, Solyndra is apparently just the tip of the Democrats’ iceberg: the DOE’s Inspector General now has a HUNDRED more investigations going.

    The [level of fraudulent, “stimulus”-related] activity is partially due to the fact that few “shovel ready” projects existed in 2009, Feldman said. “The concept of ‘shovel ready’ projects became a Recovery Act symbol of expeditiously stimulating the economy and creating jobs. In reality, few actual ‘shovel ready’ projects existed,” he said.

    The stimulus funding DOE received — more than $35 billion — was greater than previous annual budgets for the entire agency, most notably its $27 billion in funding for fiscal 2011.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — November 4, 2011 @ 2:07 pm - November 4, 2011

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