Tag: MeToo

The Reputation Rape of Brett Kavanaugh and his family, or Time to Revitalize Slander

 

Senator Diane Feinstein and Christine Blasey Ford have direct responsibility for the trauma, abuse and harm that will follow Brett Kavanaugh and his family from now on. They have perpetrated a malicious character assassination attempt that will do a lot of direct and collateral damage to people and to institutions of this Republic. They did […]

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Then I Joined the Case … Now I’m An Abuser!

 

I’m going to begin with a confession. I’m an abuser of women.

In the Spring of 1979, my law enforcement fraternity went to a national conference in Sacramento. At the pool party after, one of my fraternity Brothers picked up one of my fraternity Sisters and threw her in the pool. (Yes, there were women in my chapter. It was an academic fraternity.) While he was carrying her, I tickled her feet, even though, or maybe because, I knew she didn’t like to have her feet touched.

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Kavanaugh in the #MeToo Era

 

In the wake of the revelation of Christine Blasey Ford’s identity, some have suggested that her allegation against Brett Kavanaugh will be handled more sensitively than such accusations once were thanks to the #MeToo movement. That may turn out to be true, but only if at least one other woman comes forward with similar charges.

#MeToo gave courage to women, and some men, to speak up about sexual harassment and abuse. It helped to clarify that gross sexual misconduct is not a perk of power. It revived a sense of shame. Whereas for too long, many women felt powerless in the face of this abuse, the movement offered strength in numbers. Once one victim of a brutish man found her voice, others summoned the courage to come forward.

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Norm MacDonald, #MeToo, and the Fatal Flaw in the New Morality

 

Twitter is a cesspool. As if we needed more evidence, legendary comedian and acclaimed author Norm MacDonald was targeted for saying words to a reporter that a microscopic minority of humorless scolds didn’t care for. That’s all the pretext needed to subject a person, famous or not, to Twitter’s two-hour hate.

The Hollywood Reporter interviewed MacDonald on Tuesday to preview his upcoming Netflix show. The affable Canadian politely spoke his mind. For better or worse, his mind works differently than the rest of ours, which is one of the reasons he’s so funny.

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Today on the Daily Standard Podcast, managing editor Christine Rosen joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss her story about the dangers of #MeToo hypocrisy, and elections analyst David Byler talks about his how-to guide to throw a winnable race. Plus, a chat about what libertarian republican Rand Paul sees in… Russia?

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The Most Powerful Woman in the World Is a Man

 

The #MeToo movement may be on the verge of claiming its biggest scalp to date. On Friday, The New Yorker published allegations of misconduct against the Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of CBS, Les Moonves.

Unlike Harvey Weinstein’s company, CBS is a publicly traded behemoth. Moonves has led CBS to huge profits, $13.7B in revenue in 2017 and healthy 4 percent increase from the previous year. People like having Moonves where he is, atop the television network with the most viewers in the nation. So it will be interesting to see where this leads. According to the article, Moonves’ egregious behavior spanned from the 1980s to the late 2000s. Perhaps he learned the lessons of the Clinton years well, lessons that the American Left is only now beginning to regret.

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Is Eric Greitens the 2018 Version of Ted Stevens 2008? Another False Political Prosecution?

 

The day after Memorial Day, we learned that Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has stepped down “[a]fter months fighting a growing sex and corruption scandal, and his own party leaders calling for his resignation.” This news, and the reporting around it, should be treated with some skepticism. As a reminder, Senator Ted Stevens was falsely prosecuted and convicted, with Senator McCain and Governor Palin demanding his resignation, a week before the 2008 election.

Senator Stevens was prosecuted, by career prosecutors, during President George W. Bush’s administration. After the politically useful damage had been done, replacing a senior Republican Senator with a junior Democrat, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan not only overturned the conviction, but also took the extraordinary step of ordering the federal prosecutors, involved in the case, be investigated.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein charged for rape but they already see signs that Weinstein plans to portray himself as the victim. They also react to new reports of U.S. diplomats suffering from brain injury due to a possible sonic attack, this time in China. And they unload on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for spending $70,000 on a conference table and trying to hide it from lawmakers by redacting the purchase from a report to Congress.

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Making Sense of Eric Schneiderman

 

The former attorney general of the state of New York had a pattern of slapping and choking women with whom he was intimate. He also spat at them, demanded threesomes, insulted them, threatened them, and called one (who had dark skin) his “brown slave.” Without warning, he slammed a girlfriend so hard that he broke her eardrum. In another case, his palm left a red welt on a woman’s face that remained visible the following day.

These and other details about Eric Schneiderman were disclosed by Ronan Farrow and Jane Meyer in The New Yorker. Keep that in mind the next time someone suggests that the liberal media are untethered to reality and serve only partisan purposes. Schneiderman is not only a Democrat, he was a key Trump antagonist, and a champion of the MeToo movement.

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club number 174 it’s the Trump Pulls Out edition of the podcast with your ever so charming hosts, Todd Feinburg radio guy and Mike Stopa nanophysicist!

This week we discuss the demise of the Iran Deal, the near-end of the Obama legacy, and the next phase of Trumpian disruption. Does this really make any sense? What is the point here? Get Iran to stop with the terrorism? Did they or did they not stop their nuclear program already?

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50 Shades of Schneiderman?

 

Ronan Farrow, whose New Yorker article broke the Harvey Weinstein scandal, just published another explosive investigative piece with his co-author Jane Mayer. The target this time is a powerful New York Democrat, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Schneiderman, if guilty, was especially brazen in praising the earlier New Yorker article.


And look who called this one in 2013.

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Dr. Huxtable

 

The jury has spoken, but I don’t know how to process the Bill Cosby verdict with the image I’ve had of him my whole life. https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/celebrity/bill-cosby-defense-lawyers-say-that-a-verdict-has-been-reached-in-his-sexual-assault-retrial/ar-AAwnQzw?OCID=ansmsnnews11 More

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The Double Standard of Miller/Delgado

 

I tend to change the channel when former Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller appears on a CNN panel. This is not due to his opinions or dedication to an administration I abhor, but because it’s difficult to separate his on-air commentary from the knowledge of his affair with fellow Trump staffer AJ Delgado. His continued presence in the public eye is a pointed reminder that despite the adage “it takes two to tango” — in this case, it appears that only one participant is forced to suffer the professional consequences.

At this point, many lurid details of their relationship have become public knowledge. Delgado says that Miller claimed he was separated from his wife when they began their relationship. He has kept mostly quiet regarding the specific circumstances, though now-published text messages indicate ongoing involvement rather than a one-night stand (as initial rumors suggested). Whatever the circumstances may be, it resulted in the birth of a baby boy who did not ask to be the center of a public custody dispute with both parents demanding the other receive mental health screenings amid accusations of libel and abuse.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Virginia Del. Nick Freitas, who is also running for U.S. Senate, for his powerful arguments in defense of the second amendment, pointing out the hypocrisy and real goals of the left, and doing so in a calm and measured manner. They also roll their eyes as the Academy Awards telecast only addresses the sexual assault and harassment crises with vague euphemisms, as Hollywood pats itself on the back for changing without ever explaining what’s changed. And they shudder yet again at revelations that all Broward deputies at the site of the Florida school shooting were ordered to stand down.

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Dixie Dolls, episode 3: Look What You Made Me Do

 

After a holiday hiatus, Julie and I finally return to catch up with each other and discuss Rob Porter’s resignation, the #MeToo movement and feminism, and Mustangman getting stabbed in downtown Portland (he’s ok, folks) by a man who said Taylor Swift told him to do it. More

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Feminism and Just Desserts of Choosing Victimhood

 

Well ladies, what did you expect? The latest Michael P. Ramirez cartoon aptly depicts the consequences of #MeToo; turning yourself into a victim can affect how people treat you. The great D.C. McAllister will be talking to Whiskey Politics Podcast with Dave Sussman later today on this, and other topics. Be sure to check it out. More

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Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America give a quick preview of what they look forward to at the spectacle known as State of the Union before dishing out martinis. Then, they shake their heads as New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand first demands that President Trump resign over sexual harassment allegations and then immediately starts waffling when Meghan McCain brings up the Clintons. They also express disgust at Hillary Clinton after Clinton’s 2008 campaign manager reveals that she recommended that Clinton fire her faith adviser following credible accusations of harassment in 2007, only to have Hillary reject that idea and give the adviser a slap on the wrist. And they point out that stories of President Trump’s pettiness are driving away people who might otherwise be inclined to support him, the latest example being an ugly and pointless exchange between Trump and the recently ousted Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

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