Accuracy in Media

If President Trump sarcastically asks the Russians to help recover the 33,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s server that remain secret to this day, it’s everything from a Logan Act violation to evidence of collusion or obstruction of justice.

But if a member of the far-left wing of the mainstream media establishment makes a quite bizarre statement about child rape, he was joking, and we all ought to get over it.

Sam Seder, a correspondent for MSNBC, got the former reaction after he was fired for a tweet that made light of Roman Polanski having been accused of drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl in California in 1978.

“Don’t care re Polanski, but I hope if my daughter is ever raped it is by an older truly talented man w/a great sense of mise en scene,” Seder tweeted on Sept. 29, 2009.

He obviously meant no harm, according to Wonkette, a left-wing humor site.

“Anyone with half a brain should be able to recognize that’s a slam against Polanski supporters, making fun of the very idea that mastery of film technique could possibly excuse doing sex with a 13-year-old girl – and one who’d been drugged up at that. Why, it’s as insane a claim as saying an accused child molester belongs in the US Senate because he’s a reliable vote for tax cuts.”

Right-wing journalist Mike Cernovich seized on the comment and pointed out the hypocrisy of Seder casually remarking in a tweet on Polanski after having been vociferously critical of Roy Moore, the Alabama U.S. Senate candidate who has been accused of dating underage girls when he was in his 30s.

So Cernovich took another page from the handbook of left-wing organizations such as Sleeping Giants, which claims to have pressured more than 1,000 advertisers to demand their content not appear on Breitbart and went after Seder’s advertisers. 

According to Wonkette, Seder claims Cernovich “orchestrated an email campaign aimed at advertisers on Seder’s Majority Report podcast, disingenuously wailing about how Seder supposedly ‘condones’ child rape.”

“I’m aware that you advertise on Sam Seder’s Majority Report podcast and wanted to make you aware of his horrific child rape comments which have recently come to light,” the item, which has no identifiers in the Wonkette story, read. “As somebody with a loved one who was a victim of child sexual assault, I’m deeply disturbed by Mr. Seder’s commentary and will be discussing further action with RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) in addition to my contacts with multiple media outlets.”

Seder’s colleagues on the left came to his defense.

“I reiterate my longstanding position that people shouldn’t be fired for a tweet,” said Chris Hayes, another MSNBC news personality. “ … particularly one that is obviously being read in manifestly bad faith.” Later, he added, “The entire culture and our politics are now dominated by people who have weaponized bad faith and shamelessness.”

Hayes urged viewers to sign the petition to bring back Seder and to support his podcast. And Wonkette piled on.

“Rather than showing a bit of integrity, the gutless cowards at MSNBC gave the boot to a very effective, sharp-witted commentator to appease a horde of venal, lying Donald Trump fans – and to avoid headlines like, ‘MSNBC Stands by Commentator after Rape Joke.”

Seder has tried to backtrack from his remark and amplify the defense his allies have provided that he was merely being ironic. “I will never be ashamed of criticizing those who would excuse the predation of women or girls,” Seder said on his podcast. “And I certainly won’t be quiet about Roy Moore or a conservative movement that would defend his actions so they could get his vote in the Senate.”

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