You may have noticed that as this extremely depressing and never-ending “celebrity sex abuser” storyline plays out, there are at least a couple of patterns. One of them, which no one has had the courage to fully examine, is that almost all of the most high-profile alleged abusers from the world of media/entertainment/politics are men who would not be generally considered physically attractive. Some might even be called ugly, and not just because of their behavior. I am always very skeptical of when the media takes a few stray data points and weaves them into a convenient narrative, but there is clearly something to this. Harvey Weinstein, Roger Ailes, Mark Halperin, Louis C.K., Roy Moore, Al Franken, Charlie Rose, Glenn Thrush, John Conyers, John Lasseter, and Jeffery Tambor all clearly fit within this description. So, is this just a Continue reading "Here’s Why Most of the ‘Celebrity Sex Abusers’ Are Unattractive Males"
On Friday morning, I went on HLN TV to discuss my recent column (gasp!) defending a guy I loathe, Al Franken. During the appearance, I made the assertion that President Donald Trump, for whom I also have disdain, is at least strategically smart enough to fight back against the abuse allegations against him, while Franken, handcuffed by his PC liberalism, is rendered impotent to do so. I concluded that this is why Trump survived the Access Hollywood nuclear bomb, while Franken may not do the same with the relative BB gunshot he took this week. This is a reality which should be seen as an embarrassment for our country, but it is, nonetheless, also a very sad truth. I was rather amused then when, later in the day, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked what the difference is between the one allegation against Franken and Continue reading "Here’s How Trump Would Have Handled the Tweeden Allegations If He Was in Franken’s Position"
I loathe Al Franken. As I read his book Rush Limbaugh Is a Big, Fat, Idiot (well before I realized myself that Rush wasn’t who I thought he was) I felt a very real and deep anger towards him. I also disagree with him on almost every political issue. Based on what we currently know, however, it sure seems like he is getting railroaded today based on the story by Los Angeles radio anchor Leeann Tweeden (who works on the show of Doug McIntyre, who I consider a friend). In fact, this is almost exactly the type of story I warned about earlier this week while discussing the new, much lower standards, which the news media suddenly has adopted for reporting allegations of sexual abuse. Let me first say that I don’t think Tweeden is lying. Franken himself has confirmed part of the story. There are many very serious Continue reading "I Loathe Al Franken, But It Sure Seems Like He is Getting Totally Railroaded"
I often refer to the current state of our culture as an “upside-down” world, where nearly everything is the opposite of what it should be. Part of this assessment is based on how increasingly often the perception of person or group’s self-interest is not only wrong, it is literally 180 degrees off the mark. I can think of no better political example of this phenomenon than the current situation involving Alabama Republican senatorial candidate Roy Moore. In my view, Democrats would be foolish, from a purely political standpoint, to do anything to help Moore’s opponent, Doug Jones, to actually beat him. I wrote immediately after Moore’s current scandal broke that, unless something major happened going forward (it has), he was unfortunately still a pretty strong favorite to win. While I am no longer quite as confident in that prediction, the polls still indicate that this bizarre result is Continue reading "Politically, Why in the World Would Democrats Want Roy Moore to Dropout or Lose?"
The ripple effect of Harvey Weinstein finally being exposed as, at best, a sexual pervert/harasser, and, at worst, a rapist, has been the most astonishing development in the news media in recent history (non-Donald Trump division). Literally dozens of high-profile, almost exclusively unattractive white-male members of the Hollywood/Media elite, have been accused of various forms of heinous sexual abuse, with several very significant careers going up in flames like something in the path of a later summer California brush fire fueled by the Santa Ana winds. Knowing how incompetent and corrupt I believe most of the news media is, I get extremely nervous when a story like this gets legs so strong that facts and logic are often left in the dust. At a certain point, when critical mass is reached, it is very easy for very dangerous new “rules” to be set and for innocent people to get badly Continue reading "Is No One Seriously Concerned About Media’s New Standards on Reporting Abuse Allegations?"
We don’t usually think about it, but most of how a relatively free society functions is through unwritten rules. The law is only capable of insuring consequences for a tiny fraction of bad behavior, so our civilization as a whole is pretty much responsible for maintaining social standards the rest of time. In politics, much of the enforcement of these unwritten rules has always been largely through self-policing. If someone was caught in a scandal, even if maybe the evidence against them wasn’t necessarily air-tight, or the violation really all that horrible, they were expected to do the right thing and resign their position, or drop out of a race (Gary Hart leaving the 1988 presidential race under circumstances so beatable that they would make Donald Trump giggle out loud today, immediately comes to mind). If a politician didn’t take the first hints from their own political party, the Continue reading "It’s Pathetic, But Roy Moore Is Still Probably Going to Be a U.S. Senator"
Former President George W. Bush once famously said, “Fool me once, shame on you… fool me, we can’t get fooled again.” He was talking (or at least trying to) about terrorism, but by now the same rule of thumb should be used whenever there is an allegation of overtly racist statements being made, especially if it is in the form of graffiti in an academic setting. For several years now those of us who actually pay attention to the details and follow the conclusion of these types of stories, have noticed a very discernable pattern. Something horribly racist is found on the campus of a college or high school, there is immediate outrage from the media and those in charge of the school, and then later it is quietly admitted, usually begrudgingly and with very little media attention, that the stories weren’t at all as they were first Continue reading "The Media Ignores It, But We Just Learned Two More Major ‘Racism’ Episodes Were Fake"