Accuracy in Media

Zephyr Teachout, a liberal activist who lost to Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), recently wrote a column taking Franken’s side.

Teachout lost in a primary election to serve as the state’s senator, and said Franken’s eventual resignation — Franken had not given a resignation date when he made the announcement a couple weeks ago — exposed a lack of due process in politics.

Teachout said the following in the op-ed:

Due process means a fair, full investigation, with a chance for the accused to respond. And proportionality means that while all forms of inappropriate sexual behavior should be addressed, the response should be based on the nature of the transgressions.

Both were missing in the hasty call for Senator Franken’s resignation. Some might point out, rightly, that Congress doesn’t have good procedures for dealing with harassment accusations. In fact, the congressional process to date has gone something like this: Lift up the rug and sweep the accusations underneath. It’s delay, deny, pay hush money and avoid the consequences.

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  • theGOONIES

    Lol that’s rich.

  • samo war
  • Seamus Carty

    Al Franken did not need due process. He admitted what he did and resigned. Maybe it was because he wanted to do the right thing or maybe it was to prevent more damaging accusations to come to light….

  • disqus_dYob1RKXDL

    He really did not resign. He said he would be resigning in the next few weeks, which I saw as a red flag that he was NOT going to leave. Now his fellow democrats are saying he should not resign. This was a play for the Democrats to get to Trump. Roy Moore did not have due process…Indeed, they found that Gloria Alred’s client had altered the year book

  • Seamus Carty

    Maybe Franken can get a larger pension if he is in office in January… Might count as another year …