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Monday, November 07, 2011

On Politicians & How The Press Treats Them

We know* that one particular Democrat exposed himself to a female employee and propositioned her.  The date was May 8, 1991.  The accuser was Paula Jones.  The politician was President Bill Clinton.  The charges were graphic and specific.

The press chose to ignore the story when it broke.

We've also heard the story regarding Republican Herman Cain's alleged ... what? ... directed toward ... whom? ... when? ... where? ... that has been aired by that same press in fifty different news segments.

The bias here is not even arguable.

Nor is the fact that it will continue.  It's what these snakes do.

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It looks like the effort on the part of the press to destroy Herman Cain may have - in the end - helped his candidacy.  I'm lovin' this!
American Way: A funny thing happened on the way to the Herman Cain lynching
By Toby Harnden, Telegraph of London

By any normal rules of politics, Cain should be toast. So what’s going on?

Simply put, the media and Cain’s detractors have over-played their hand. By Friday night, Politico, which broke the original story, had published 94 articles on the allegations in under six days. Every other major publication had followed suit. Every time he stepped out of a room, Cain was mobbed by reporters.

Yet despite the maelstrom, Cain’s accusers remain anonymous and the details of the allegations oddly vague. With many conservatives believing that sexual harassment lawsuits are an industry and that frivolous cases are often settled to avoid more expensive litigation, there was a growing sense that Cain was being treated unfairly.

Cain’s very amateurishness became almost endearing. Rather than mouthing slick talking points, Cain got angry with the journalists (a profession loathed by most Republican activists) and claimed that he was the victim of a “high-tech lynching”.

With the case against him thin and the accusation so incendiary, Cain’s predicament is prompting more sympathy than opprobrium.

Those who leaked the details of the 1990s sexual harassment cases might have thought that they’d destroy Herman Cain and leave his campaign dangling from a tree. But, as befits this strange and unpredictable election campaign, a funny thing happened on the way to the lynching. [link] [emphasis mine]
Now those who leaked the story in order to damage Mr. Cain - including the geniuses at Politico - find themselves in a quandary out of which they're unable to extricate themselves.  Their effort to keep the information vague has backfired.  Because there is no there there.  But - I'm guessing - if they release the details of the allegations that were filed against Cain, they - and his accusers - will be laughed out of the room.

So they're stuck.

And they may have just put Herman Cain over the top.

Slick move, smart guys.

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To call this the most egregious example of media bias in the history of the Republic ignores another even more egregious example - Tea Party terrorism vs. Occupy Wall Street's Gathering of Angels.

These people make me sick.

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* We know Paula Jones was harassed because Bill Clinton - without admitting guilt - paid the woman and her attorneys $850,000 after her case had been dismissed by the court in which it had been filed.