Accuracy in Media

After the recent spate of sex assault claims against Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, several journalists are calling for a reevaluation of the claims made against Bill Clinton during his presidency.

Clinton was accused of sexual assault by three women — Kathleen Willey said Clinton groped her without her consent, Paula Jones publicly stated that Clinton exposed himself to her and harassed her — she eventually settled her claims out of court, and Juanita Broaddrick, who leveled a charge of rape against him.

Now, more than 16 years since Clinton left office, some liberal journalists are feeling guilty for dismissing these claims so easily.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes was one of the first to chime in with his thoughts, which seems to have started the ball rolling.

Hayes isn’t alone.  Michele Goldberg wrote in the New York Times that while she remains skeptical of Willey’s and Joneses accusations, she believes Broaddrick.

Of the Clinton accusers, the one who haunts me is Broaddrick. The story she tells about Clinton recalls those we’ve heard about Weinstein. She claimed they had plans to meet in a hotel coffee shop, but at the last minute he asked to come up to her hotel room instead, where he raped her. Five witnesses said she confided in them about the assault right after it happened. It’s true that she denied the rape in an affidavit to Paula Jones’s lawyers, before changing her story when talking to federal investigators. But her explanation, that she didn’t want to go public but couldn’t lie to the F.B.I., makes sense. Put simply, I believe her. (emphasis added)

CNN’s Jake Tapper summed it up Monday, saying that “the accusers of Bill Clinton back in the ’90s were never given the credence and treated with the same respect that these women are being treated and I think that there is something to be said about how society has evolved since then.”

“But it’s hard not to look back at that period and think, ‘You know what? The media treated those women poorly.’”

 

 

 





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Comments

  • Mesa Mike

    There is a vast and dangerous epidemic of false sexual abuse accusations that encourages women who want their 15 minutes of fame (and book and movie rights, perhaps). Of course, the entire legal system is insane, but feminists changed the court of public opinion so that men are guilty unless — and IF — they can prove themselves innocent. I guess we can count on the Muslims to change all that one day soon, though.

  • Realist

    All focus – 100% – Should be on those who willingly aided and abetted the Klintoon Konspiracy, that being primarily Big Media.

    And yes, that would be the same Big Media that is NOW, at this incredibly late date, is sort-of demanding that their former hero of corruption, Bilbo, be reexamined and judged according to the current day (and oh so convenient) libcult “standards”.

    Try to get your head around the unbelievable hipocrisy of that while listening to those same Big Media operatives (Some of whom apologized to their audiences at the time for “having” to cover Billy Boys Public Pecadillos!) demanding that, long after the fact, after they got what they wanted, after institutionalizing the corruption and degrading filth and sleaze that was the Klintoon admin, that NOW his crimes can must examined in a new light, because, well, it is now convenient for the libcult to do so and it suites the libcults purpose, so there!