Sometime yesterday afternoon (Pacific time), after reading a brief summary of the details of Sharon Bialek’s accusation, but before finding out about f the affidavits, I wondered how much due diligence Gloria Allred had done. Had Bialek named friends or acquaintances who could corroborate her story? Had Miss Allred obtained affidavits from said individuals? (Only when I learned she had did I begin to consider that there might be some truth to this tale.)
Had the female publicity hound contacted the hotel in Washington to see if Miss Bialek had rented a room? Had Mr. Cain called to upgrade it? Did she ask for flight records, etc.?
Now, to be sure, this happened fourteen years ago and most people don’t keep records that old, but still did she even try to track them down? Well, seems a conservative blogger is doing the work she has apparently failed to do. Jim Geraghty reports that he
put in a call to the Washington Hilton; one aspect of Bialek’s story should be fairly easy to verify, presuming the Hilton Corporation holds records from 1997: did Herman Cain rent a suite at the Capital Hilton in Washington D.C.?
As the multiple updates to my post yesterday indicate, I remain skeptical about Bialek’s credibility, neither convinced that she’s lying nor that she’s telling the truth.
If the charges are true, we do know that he behaved better than Bill Clinton had in similar circumstances. When the woman said, “No,” he acceded to her request. Mr. Clinton did not show such respect for the wishes of several women. And yet feminists and women in the media rewarded him with their votes, support and enthusiasm while the media pillory Mr. Cain. Mercilessly.
As to how this changes my views of Mr. Cain, well, I think he should have been better prepared to respond to the intense scrutiny which any prominent Republican should come to expect. But, I hadn’t even been considering voting for him in the California primary, so this won’t change my vote.
All that said, the whole story does provide further evidence of the bias of the mainstream media, “The Perfect Storm of Media Hypocrisy“, as one blogger called it. Hypocrisy matched only by the double standard when it comes to coverage of #OWS and the Tea Party.