Accuracy in Media

If Harvey Weinstein is going down, why not President Trump?

The Washington Post published a story over the weekend that insisted Trump face the same treatment.

“Almost a year after New Yorker Jessica Leeds and other women stepped forward with harrowing accounts of being sexually assaulted by a powerful man, another scandal with similar elements exploded,” the Post’s Karen Tumulty, Mark Berman and Jenna Johnson wrote.

“Only this time, the punishment was swift and devastating.”

The story then related reactions from women who accused Trump of inappropriate sexual conduct.

“It’s hard to reconcile that Harvey Weinstein could be brought down with this, and Trump just continues to be Teflon Don,” said one.

“What pisses me off is that the guy is president,” another said. “My pain is every day with bastard Trump as President,” tweeted one. “No one gets it unless it happens to them. NO one!”

These two women were among 11 who came forward in the 2016 campaign to accuse Trump of sexual misdeeds and his vehement denials, which were backed up by witnesses in some cases. But, as the Post reported, the “claims did not stop [Trump] on his climb to the most powerful office in the world.”

Since Trump took office, Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes and Weinstein have all been brought low by sexual abuse allegations. Now, there’s a #MeToo Twitter campaign for women to share their stories of being abused.

“The Weinstein scandal, which has featured graphic accounts of assault from a string of celebrity accusers, has sparked a national debate about sexual harassment,” the Post wrote.

“‘Teflon Don’ – After the falls of Weinstein, O’Reilly and Ailes, Trump’s accusers wonder why he’s still president,” tweeted Post White House reporter Philip Rucker.

Because Weinstein, O’Reilly and Ailes had been outed for unwanted sexual advances since Trump was elected, and because there was a Twitter campaign that “sparked a national debate about sexual harassment,” the Post called Trump’s accusers and asked them to them recount their stories.

It’s not that people think Trump is innocent of all these charges – a poll three weeks before the election found almost two-thirds of registered voters and almost half of Republicans assumed Trump had made some kind of unwanted advances to women over the course of his life.

It’s not that the women’s claims should be dismissed. They are a civil issue for the president now – one woman has sued him for defamation for calling her a liar after she accused him of an unwanted sexual advance. They are not a criminal issue at this time. They were a political issue in the last election and probably will be in the next.

It’s not that unwanted sexual advances by a president are not a legitimate topic for debate and for stories in newspapers. Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, said on CNN that Trump’s alleged offenses were “not even comparable” to Weinstein’s. The public can weigh information and decide on that in 2020 or earlier if the situation warrants.

But there was no news on the Trump sexual harassment front. No new woman has come forward. No news has emerged in the lawsuit, although some may come soon. There had been no resurrected claim nor a new denial.

All there had been was a story about another man sexually abusing women, in many cases demanding sex to further their careers. The man happened to be a donor to Democrat political candidates, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The people he abused happen to be famous in their own rights in many cases. This, according to the Post, created a national momentum to attack President Trump.

What this demonstrates is when the Washington Post looks at virtually any national story – especially one where the villain is a donor to the Post’s pet causes and candidates – its looks not at the story’s viability or timeliness or fairness but simply to how it can be used to attack President Trump. 

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  • John Cunningham

    They have to fluff up the puff piece a little. It’s getting harder and harder to pin a tail on Trump. Just think how hard it will be in a couple years or five?

  • J. Glenn

    Most women are granted immediate credibility today when accusing most any man, and the gals seldom face any liability such as false accusation charges. So what do they have to lose by accusing Trump? Most of them are probably unstable and dishonest Democrats, too. Weinstein, however, seems to have many colleagues in Hollywood who say he is guilty, though here, too, women will jump on the lawsuit bandwagon falsely. Maybe there’ll be sleazier-than-Harvey lawyer ads soliciting women like they do for talcum powder and you name it.

  • Washington Post does not want to go after the real criminals which is Obama, DOJ, FBI and Hillary and Bill Clinton all conspired to give Russia 20% of our uranium and big bucks given to the Clintons, who are probably funneling to Obama somehow because he is a sleeze bag. All should be in jail and loose their pensions from the government. Tax payers should not be paying crooks retirement pay. Also Hillary sent top secret information over a non secured site and should be in jail for that also.

  • hap46

    What about bastard Bill Clinton; another scumbag? Let’s call him “teflon Bill”. It goes both ways, Washington Post. Just ask Hillary for the sordid details of his sexual antics and abuse towards other women.

  • Bertharina Rina

    ( Global iniquity ) This national unorthodox contemporary politically crippled mud-slapping of confederated idiots– rascals in Congress, rob, loot, and plunder innocent souls, when sworn into this nest of coagulated sycophants. Naturally, their fellow travelers, stymied mobocrats, are low-level ghetto hermits well sewn throughout fifty states. But, astoundingly; we have nine colloquially opinionated Homo Sapiens being appointed to the Supreme Court. Suddenly, and frightfully, one is dispatched into the hereinafter; while another is legislated, as a to be a walk-in. Sophistry is the brainchild of a plant to be flushed into this chamber of hell on high water,

    Peradventure, this rogues gallery in robes will actually lord it over three-hundred and fifteen-million individuals. As cosmetic we have a lop-sided collectivity gang of individual religiously obligated lists, insiders, nourishing a political salad of Gods. Presently, a one God angle is favorited. This is the so-called monopolistic view of our 1948 Israel, that taxpayers literally pump billions into every year. This is through PAC moneys used to bribe Congress. Now we must also allow protestantism and Catholicism along with the religious drifters from Asia and the Middle East to come a shore and set up gospel entities. The basis for spurious allied political religious whoredoms santuary of lost souls actually depend on the human riff-raff.

    Hermits, voters, by the millions, that make up our national pseudohallucination of deceptive Democracy. All-in-all, the religious equation is the root ambition of political affronty. It is a willing bet that hands lay on the Old Testament when sworn in. We are facing a meltdown as to the next appointee to this court. For sure, some hackerderpus renowned sycophant will do a few brounies. as a pundit in the hands of a Wall St. and the Federal Reserve; thats if the sitting King maker short circuits the Constitution, in appointing another seat warmer to the bench. This brings us back to the late Huey P. Long : Every man a king, and no man wears a crown. But, this nation swells from an ant hill unto a mole hill right aside a kingdom of regimented fools right into the paws of a global conspiracy : being wire-pulled as the catfish consisting of all mouth and no brains. Indeed, a homemade manarchists institution.

    Gassing profoundly, being intoxicated with double speak, between the court and the dome is to dodge the lawful decree of Corpus delecti at will. The late Abraham Lincoln bypassed this act in order to to save the union. The ruling elite attempts the same to plant a tool amongst the brethren. In fact, the sitting monarchist is a blind-bat with a single eye to further the Marxist theory of connivance. Here, political gangsterism ruling via a hidden hand is crumbling. But, if avoided, one must recall ancient days, when the Gentile / Jewish machine whored after Judges and kings to chain mankind into serfdom and mental slavery. For many years taxpayers have been abused through deadly taxation. Citizens losing homes and living on streets. This is under the present administration. There is no different today as of olden times. King Solomon taxed people to death. King Rehobaum took over. My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. This brought on a division of Israel into two tribes, Judah and Israel. Religious and political whoredom in national government has fallen into the strange gods of the Middle East. In all probability, a liberalized commie fed political gangster is to be seated on the bench— Mohammedanism will be the new rulership against christians of whom bowdown to man-made religions. America reels back and forth, of mandated communism. Many children are in the hands of peddophiles. God save innocent children coming forth into a revolving system of sexual privation. Fate is holding out its hand. Our Republic is bankrupt by a trilateral interstate gambling network reaching back into ancient Venice.

    These commercial bandits have no mercy for mankind. It is a question as to they having a soul. Actually, this meanace controls the religious empire nationwide; too, setting up minor governments across this land. One is the City / county Management system. This gang has brought innocent souls within America into a modern day Babylonia. The spirit of iniquity is manifested through wicked alien investors blood-lined back to ancient Esau. The only thing standing is crime, corruption, poverty, and disease. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. This is the put up scheme of the ballot box. Most politicians suffer from diarrhea of the mouth when speaking. What previously stated could be bundled up for the nearest dumpster.

  • Paul Anderson Ed.D.

    So many accusations leveled at President Trump: but so little if any proof. Vladimir Lenin, the Communist known for killing millions once said: A lie told often enough becomes the truth. ( How sad ) In the end the heart has become deceptive, leaving the individual empty and worthless.
    William Shakespeare has said: No legasy is so rich as honesty…

  • TED

    Ask Bill Cosby if it EVER gets to be “old news” !!!

    There are currently eleven women claiming that Trump assaulted or molested them. Why wouldn’t that carry the same weight as the complaints about Cosby, Ailes, O’Reilly, Weinstein … or any other similar male chauvinist pig?

    Trump should be made to pay the piper on many, MANY accounts!