Kavanaugh’s Accuser May Be Telling the Truth, But There Are Still Big Problems with Her Story

Now that Christine Blasey Ford has come out as Brett Kavanaugh’s high school accuser in the pages of The Washington Post, and Republicans have lost the strongest argument for ignoring the allegation (her remaining anonymous), it is possible to at least start to evaluate the validity of her claim. While we obviously don’t have all the facts as of yet (do such things still matter in this era of instant analysis by the Twitter mob?), we do have enough information to examine what is really going on, and where this is all likely headed. Even to a skeptic of some elements of the #MeToo movement, there are parts of Ford’s story which appear to be highly credible. She has intricate details and she told her therapist about the alleged episode well before Kavanaugh was a nominee to the Supreme Court. She may have even told her husband Continue reading "Kavanaugh’s Accuser May Be Telling the Truth, But There Are Still Big Problems with Her Story"

How the Ghost of Al Franken is Haunting Brett Kavanaugh, Conservative Media, & #MeToo

As one of the few commentators with the gall (foolishness?) to commit blasphemy by expressing consistent skepticism and concern about the #MeToo movement, I have watched mostly in horror, but with some amusement, as the saga involving an ancient allegation of sexual abuse against Brett Kavanaugh has unfolded. Revulsion because it sure looks like a good man is getting unfairly smeared, but gratification because the frailties of both the conservative media and the #MeToo movement have been exposed in different, but significant, ways. Both the political left and right and right have compared — for very different reasons — what is happening now during Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation process to what occurred during the hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas when he was infamously accused of sexual harassment by Anita Hill. While there are obviously parallels here between those two circumstances, however, even more significant context for what is Continue reading "How the Ghost of Al Franken is Haunting Brett Kavanaugh, Conservative Media, & #MeToo"

The New York Times Smears Nikki Haley For the Obama Administration’s Interior Decorating

The Trump administration has been plagued with reckless spending scandals, most notably from EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, HHS secretary Tom Price, and VA secretary David Shulkin, all who have lost their jobs. Now, it’s Nikki Haley who is being accused of such carelessness. The New York Times ran a story with the headline “State Department Spent $52,701 on Curtains for Nikki Haley’s Residence.” Obviously, such a headline does not look good for the Ambassador to the United Nations as it clearly suggests she, or at best her staff, made the decision to splurge like royalty while the State Department experiences cuts. But if you took the time to read the article, there is more to learn than what the headline offers. This comes four paragraphs in:
A spokesman for Ms. Haley said plans to buy the curtains were made in 2016, during the Obama administration. Ms. Continue reading "The New York Times Smears Nikki Haley For the Obama Administration’s Interior Decorating"

Here’s How and Why People like Me Jumped to the Wrong Conclusion About the Broidy/Bechard Scandal

Of all the many loathsome elements of President Donald Trump’s personality, the one that infuriates people like me the most is his abject disregard for the truth. He lies constantly and, even when it is proven that he has lied, he never even takes any responsibility for it, all while insisting that reporters, who make what are usually honest mistakes, be held to full account even after they have admitted having gotten something wrong. In that context, it is paramount that I proactively admit that I was one of those who made a speculative allegation against Trump which now, given more evidence, appears to have been false. I am referring to the theory, first outlined by law professor Paul Campos in New York Magazine, that Trump impregnated former Playboy playmate Shera Bechard while president, and then arranged for former GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy to take the fall for Continue reading "Here’s How and Why People like Me Jumped to the Wrong Conclusion About the Broidy/Bechard Scandal"

The Serena Williams Controversy Exposes How the Media Uses a ‘PC Point System’ To Determine Morality

Now that the dust is finally starting to settle after this past weekend’s massive controversy centered on tennis legend Serena Williamsmeltdown during the final of the U.S. Open tennis championship, we should all take a look at what we might have learned. In the realm of the media’s treatment of this debacle, there is an awful lot of important stuff that got exposed. Since the basics of what actually happened have already been debated quite extensively, though largely unfairly, there are only a few key points that need to be highlighted because they have been lost in the mayhem and extreme pro-Serena media bias. There are:

If The Author of the Op-Ed Has Lied About Writing It, The NY Times Should Expose Them

It has been almost a week since The New York Times published that that blistering op-ed written by an anonymous senior Trump official. Nearly every prominent figure in this administration has publicly gone on-record denying they wrote it. Well, one of the following has to be true: either we still haven’t publicly heard from the real author of the op-ed or someone is lying. On ABC’s This Week, Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl posed the question about whether the The New York Times will “protect somebody” if the senior official is lying to the American people. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie weighed in. “That’s why I say that the denials are important,” Christie told the panel, “because I would assume that The New York Times would be responsible enough that if someone is out there outright lying about their participation in something like this that that would Continue reading "If The Author of the Op-Ed Has Lied About Writing It, The NY Times Should Expose Them"

Trump Will Not Be Brought Down By Cowards and Unfortunately It Appears There Are No Heroes

Our nation’s greatest vulnerability has, at least in the modern era, been its enormous strength, especially in the economic realm. When life, specifically for the elite, is so incredibly sweet, no one ever wants to even risk giving that up,. Consequently, accommodations get made, usually in areas of ethics, which used to be—say during our founding period when just existing was incredibly hard for everyone — considered unacceptably dangerous. This reality has corrupted both our media and our politics, two areas in which moral principles used to be considered a key component to these vital mechanisms of our society functioning properly. Without good people of honor having the courage to at least occasionally endure personal jeopardy to preserve an important value, then it is just a matter of time before the entire system collapses. Thanks to a complete lack of bravery among those currently in power, it appears that we Continue reading "Trump Will Not Be Brought Down By Cowards and Unfortunately It Appears There Are No Heroes"