Accuracy in Media

Sen. Al Franken’s (D.-Minn.) resignation announcement on Thursday sparked a number of conservatives to complain that he had been “railroaded” and was the victim of a “lynch mob” while warning that this could open up the floodgates to other politicians being forced from office without having received due process.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich blasted Franken’s ouster on Laura Ingraham’s show on Thursday night.

“What you saw today was a lynch mob,” he said. “Let’s not have due process. Let’s not ask anybody any questions. Let’s not have any chance to have a hearing. Let’s just lynch him because when we are done, we will be so pure.”

Ingraham warned viewers about joining any “lynch mobs” on this issue.

“Because tomorrow, it could be coming for your husband, your brother, your son, and yes, even your president,” she said.

Earlier in the day, Gingrich pointed out that it was a small group calling for his resignation, not the voters.

Conservative radio host John Ziegler also defended Franken.

Byron York, chief political correspondent for the conservative Washington Examiner compared Franken to former Oregon Senator Bob Packwood who was accused of sexual misconduct in the early 1990’s and resigned in 1995 before the Senate could take an expulsion vote.

The media could help slow down this “lynch mob” mentality if they would vet the accusations before making them public, but that wouldn’t be as good for ratings as letting the accusations fly.

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