Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” veteran broadcaster Cokie Roberts said something that, if true, means the Washington press corps covered for Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., who has recently been accused of being a sexual predator. Regarding Conyers, Roberts said, “Don’t get in the elevator with him, you know, and the whole— every female in the press corps knew that, right, don’t get in the elevator with him. Now people are saying it out loud. And I think that does make a difference.” You need to see it to believe it.
Wait, what? Roberts is admitting that at the very least she “knew” it wasn’t safe to be in an elevator alone with Conyers. Roberts covered Congress for ABC News primarily 20 years ago in the 1990s. Conyers has been in Congress for 52 years. Roberts’ job at ABC was to hold members of Congress accountable. If we are to believe Roberts, she knew that Conyers was a danger to women and she did nothing about it. Why? Is it because he held views she liked? This is a stunning admission of bias.
“Pelosi is that woman” … In the wake of Nancy Pelosi’s “Meet the Press” appearance this weekend, in which she stuck up for John Conyers, Vox’s Laura McGann took Pelosi to task. McGann argues that Pelosi is the reason that “women don’t come forward about sexual harassment.” Vox is a leftist outlet, co-founded by the same person who founded the leftist blog The Daily Kos. You would expect the publication to obfuscate for Pelosi, like others in the mainstream media have. As important as it is to show when the media is blatantly biased, it is also important to highlight when they go against the grain.
Case in point … Media coverage of how Democrats are responding to the mounting accusations of sexual misconduct lacks the punch that often accompanies similar stories about Republicans. Over the weekend, there were laughable stories like Time’s “Democrats Borrow From the GOP Playbook on Sexual Misconduct Response.” It’s like Bill Clinton doesn’t exist. But the real bias is more subtle, like this gentle take from Bloomberg via Twitter: “Democrats in Congress are struggling with how to calibrate their response to sexual-harassment claims.” Really, “how to calibrate”? That’s a really nice way to say “how to sweep them under the rug.”
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Rape hoaxing isn’t journalism … James O’Keefe is a conservative media icon. His investigations have led to real change in the way government and the media operate. Project Veritas has great potential. That is why it is so discouraging to see that according to the Washington Post, his team tried to proffer a rape hoax regarding Judge Roy Moore to the paper. It wasn’t journalism when Rolling Stone published a rape hoax, and it’s not journalism to try to get a false story published. The National Review’s Jim Geraghty has more.
Peer pressure … Susan Sarandon has been a harsh critic of Hillary Clinton. She didn’t support Clinton in the primary, and her criticism came from the Left. The way progressives and especially progressive media reacted shows why those in Hollywood toe the groupthink line. Case in point: this Salon piece that tries to shame Sarandon into admitting that the country would be better off with Clinton, a position Sarandon still doesn’t believe.
Why it’s FAUXcahontas not Pocahontas … I cringe every time I hear President Trump utter the word “Pocahontas.” No, it isn’t because I think he’s picking on Elizabeth Warren; as a veteran of the Brown vs. Warren 2012 campaign, I know the proper word is Fauxcahontas. The reason is that she claimed throughout her academic career — without evidence — that she is part Cherokee. She did this to advance her career by claiming to be a person of color.
The media fails to adequately cover that part of the story. Here’s a case in point via a tweet by NBC News, in which the organization claimed that Trump commented on Warren’s “heritage.” The Boston Herald’s Howie Carr — who coined the term Fauxcahontas in 2012 — has it right. It is time for Warren to prove her claims once and for all or admit she was living a lie.
Mea culpa … Yesterday, I incorrectly listed Huber Heights, Ohio, as the residence of the Hovaters, the subjects of the New York Times “Nazi sympathizer next door” profile. The Hovaters reside in nearby New Carlisle, Ohio. I apologize for the error.
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