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#METOO IS SO YESTERDAY, ESPECIALLY SINCE THE PRESS HAS TO RUN INTERFERENCE FOR JOE BIDEN: Cathy Areu’s Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Tucker Carlson is Imploding. Her photo is . . . something.

WHY UIGHUR LIVES DON’T MATTER TO YOUNG EUROPEANS.

Yet the global adoption of US causes has a more explicitly political function as well. As James Hunter, the first theorist of the “culture war” has argued, a culture war is also a class war, built around the controversial accumulation of status by educated and urban representatives of cognitive-cultural capitalism. Some form of contest will always occur when industry and agriculture decline, and when higher education swells in response, as there is so much status, and wealth, waiting to be claimed. But American media directs these contests onto battlegrounds of cultural values.

#MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter are essentially memes, and the US culture war provides effective memes around which international members of the progressive classes are able to construct their identity. When a twenty-something European representative of the creative industries attends BLM protests, they are not just explicitly supporting black people but implicitly defining themselves against elements of society associated with parochialism and neophobia. It is an expression of self-image as much as a meaningful protest.

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SEGREGATION NOW, SEGREGATION TOMORROW, SEGREGATION FOREVER: Biden Voted to Protect Segregated Private Schools’ Tax-Exempt Status. “Biden’s vote is one of multiple instances in which the then-senator actively opposed federal school desegregation efforts in the 1970s and 1980s, a position that has raised problems for him at a time when the Democratic Party is grappling with unrest over historical racial inequalities. During the Democratic primary, Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.), now a prospective vice-presidential candidate, took aim at Biden’s history on busing and called his work with pro-segregation senators ‘hurtful.’ And while black southern voters helped propel Biden to the nomination, that support could be upended by the protest movement for racial justice sweeping the nation.”

Hey, they memory-holed #MeToo for Biden, so this is just another crap sandwich they’ll eat to keep the old guy going.

#METOO IS SO 2018: Nebraska Dem Refuses to Bow Out of Senate Race Amid Sexual Harassment Scandal.

WASHINGTON POST: Let’s cancel all the cop shows on TV.

Writing at the Washington Post, author Alyssa Rosenberg has a unique solution for the problems with our policing: Cancel all the cop shows on television. She argues we need to do that because there’s a “reactionary streak” behind the “surface liberalism” in these shows.

● October, 2018: Steve Carell: The Office Would Be Too Offensive Today. If So, What’s Left?

● January, 2018: The post-Pervnado era has made a lot of classic TV cringeworthy.

I’m not expecting sitcoms and cop shows to vanish from TV anytime soon, as those are the genres that have defined American network television since its inception in the late 1940s. Regarding the latter format, as lefty academic Todd Gitlin wrote in his 1983 look at the American TV industry, Inside Prime Time (which served as a textbook at my college, and presumably, loads of others), in the early 1970s, David Gerber, the producer of the NBC series Police Story and Police Woman, “took to cop shows not only because the police were society’s blue line but because they could be the networks’. In the industry jargon, they afforded a franchise — a hero’s right to interfere every week in the lives of others. ‘In television there are a certain amount of franchises,’ Gerber points out. ‘What do you got? You got doctor, lawyer, and chief. Throw in some Indians, for westerns. So doctor, lawyer, and police; the westerns are gone. You try to do something offbeat — White Shadow, Paper Chase, American Dream — and you get shot down. So you stay with the franchise or you take a chance. In June the networks have patience with anything. The flowers are blooming, hooray, hooray. Come September, they lose patience, because they’re in a competitive race.’”

But the left’s desire, whatever the struggle session du jour, whether it’s #metoo or #blacklivesmatter, to airbrush out offending swatches of pop culture is telling, and will slowly take its toll. (See also: Messrs. Woody Allen and Bill Cosby, who were omnipresent in American culture until becoming unpersons.)

As I wrote in May of 2018, the Great Purge of 20th Century Mass Culture will be astonishing to watch, a much more insidious version of the way the arrival of the Beatles to America completely pushed swing music, America’s pop music from the 1920s through the early 1960s, into the dustbin of history

ILHAN OMAR DECLARES #METOO MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. Ilhan Omar: I Will Vote for Biden Even Though I Believe Tara Reade.

NOT SO LONG AS BIDEN IS THE PRESUMPTIVE NOMINEE, BECAUSE #METOO WAS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT HELPING DEMOCRATS WIN: Will We Investigate Tara Reade’s Claim? Survivors Are Watching.

OCEANIA HAS NEVER BEEN AT WAR WITH EASTASIA: Feminists Who Now Claim They Never Meant ‘Believe All Women’ Are Gaslighting Us.

For a perfect example, see the journalist Susan Faludi in The New York Times: “‘Believe All Women’ Is a Right-Wing Trap,” reads the headline on her article. Faludi accuses conservatives of inventing the idea that feminists were demanding that all women be believed. According to her, “the preferred hashtag of the #MeToo movement is #BelieveWomen. It’s different without the ‘all.’ Believing women is simply the rejoinder to the ancient practice of #DoubtWomen.”

“Good luck finding any feminist who thinks we should believe everything all women say—even what they say about sexual assault,” Faludi continues. This directly contradicts her earlier admittal that she had in fact “encountered some feminists who seemed genuinely to subscribe” to the more extreme interpretation of the hashtag.

Faludi is narrowly right that “believe women” was the more popular phrasing among #MeToo activists, and that contrarians were more likely to introduce the word “all” as a means of pointing out how silly the concept was. But whether the phrase contains “all” is unimportant: It means the same thing, regardless. The command to believe group X is straightforwardly and obviously a plea to have faith in the entire collective entity. Faludi claims in her piece that “believe women” is actually the opposite of “believe all women,” but this is absurd. She is, to use a term beloved by victims’ rights advocates, gaslighting her readers.

Those #metoo torpedoes were supposed to take out Trump and Kavanaugh, not circle around and blow up our people!

#TIMESUP: Dem Congressman Admits to Decade-Long Affair with Former Intern. “The Nevada congressman is the second Democrat of the 116th Congress to be accused of sexual impropriety while in office. Former congresswoman Katie Hill of California’s 25th district resigned from Congress in October after revelations about her ‘throuple’ relationship with her husband and a campaign staffer. She denied a separate report she had a sexual relationship with her legislative director.”

But luckily for him, nobody cares about #MeToo stuff anymore so long as Joe Biden is the nominee.

UPDATE: In Soviet America, the future is certain but the past is always changing.

NOW THAT JOE BIDEN HAS FINISHED OFF #METOO, BUBBA IS BACK! Bill Clinton is alive and well and speaking again.

And with Biden’s camp employing Chris “Waitress Sandwich” Dodd to help in the female veep selection process, the gang’s all here!

TO BE FAIR, THEY’RE MOSTLY INTERESTED IN THE PROBLEMS OF WELL-OFF WHITE WOMEN: Women’s Magazines Will Cover #MeToo But Stay Silent About Female Sex Trafficking Victims. “Is this perhaps the reason why women’s publications like Cosmo and Refinery29 rarely cover stories about child sex abuse? Because digging deeper into the topic will uncover the uncomfortable truth of how women are just as capable as men of being the abuser?”

WHEN #METOO IS SOLD OUT FOR #ORANGEMANBAD: It sure seems like AOC thinks Joe Biden is a sex criminal and plans to vote for him anyway.

ROGER SIMON: Pelosi Redefines Hypocrisy and Destroys #MeToo for… Biden?

I keep thinking Biden won’t be the nominee, but then I see all these Dem heavyweights taking a bullet for him.

SO ALL THAT KAVANAUGH #METOO POSTURING WAS JUST BULLSHIT LIKE I THOUGHT. I Believe Tara Reade. I’m Voting for Joe Biden Anyway.

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ROGER SIMON: Pelosi Redefines Hypocrisy and Destroys #MeToo for… Biden?

But the other unintended victim is something more significant — feminism. We have gone from “Sisterhood is powerful!” to “Screw you, sister!” in a heartbeat, thanks to the first female Speaker of the House.

The irony of all this is that it is happening because of Joe Biden. He is what we used to call in show biz Fifth Business, that is, extraneous. (cf. the Robertson Davies’ wonderful novel with that title). As I wrote earlier, he is the Chauncey Gardner presidential candidate, straight out of Jerzy Kosinksi’s accurately titled novel (and then film) “Being There.”

Or is he the human embodiment of Gertrude Stein’s oft-quoted description of Oakland, Calif.—“There’s no there there”?

If #MeToo and feminism itself can be thrown over to make Joe Biden president, then anything’s possible.

I wonder if any of the 75 staffers at Hachette Book Group’s Manhattan office, who in early March walked out in protest (and apparently kept their jobs) to blacklist Woody Allen’s autobiography (temporarily, as it turned out), thought that #metoo would be dead two months later?

Related: Biden Voted to Block Creation of Senate Office That Handles Sexual Harassment Complaints.

More: Sexual assault accuser shocked Joe Biden put Chris Dodd on VP committee.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Seen on Facebook:

WHEN #METOO IS SOLD OUT FOR #ORANGEMANBAD:

Remember, whether as “activist” groups or “activist” individuals, feminists are just Democratic Party tools. They’ll sacrifice women’s interests — as a group or as individuals — whenever it conflicts with the goal of power for the Democrats.

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WE’VE DESCENDED INTO SOME SORT OF BIZARRE HELL-WORLD IN WHICH ANDREW SULLIVAN IS A VOICE OF SANITY: By Biden’s Own Standards, He Is Guilty As Charged.

If I were asked to detail an incident that happened a quarter-century ago, absent serious trauma, I’d be completely stumped. There’s a reason for statutes of limitation. And a reason that in a liberal society an individual is deemed innocent until proven guilty.

Nonetheless, I tend to believe women on these matters as a starting point. They have to endure all sorts of exposure and embarrassment for coming forward, and their claims should always be treated respectfully, compassionately, and fairly. It’s been a serious gain for civilized life that women are not routinely ignored or universally trashed for protesting against their assaulters and harassers. Some trust for all women is vital.

But just as vital in a liberal society is verification. I believe strongly in due process, especially with grave allegations of sexual assault. Revolutionaries, like those behind the Shitty Media Men list, don’t care if an individual is unfairly accused because, well, in the grand scheme of things, the ends justify the means.

And Andrew has quite a bit of experience in the “ends justify the means” department. Andrew’s othering of Sarah Palin in 2008 — and by extension her supporters — was a key mile marker on the road to Trump.

Related: Tough new Trump ad: The Democratic double standard on believing women.

As a matter of raw politics, the Reade allegation will benefit Trump by deterring Biden from making an issue of alleged sexual misconduct by the president. The more Team Trump flaunts its hypocrisy by targeting Biden over Reade, though, the more Democrats will want to hit back. That’s what’s clever about the ad — it doesn’t go so far as to claim that Biden is actually guilty, merely that he should be judged guilty by his party’s own dumb standards. That’s safer ground.

While the New York Times is finally talking about Reade, note the line at the end of this excerpt of Ben Smith’s column:

You don’t have to believe Mr. Clinton assaulted Ms. Broaddrick in 1978. If you’re a journalist, it doesn’t really matter what you believe, as long as you report what you know. But the handling of Ms. Broaddrick’s story was one of the most damaging media mistakes of the Clinton years. And the treatment of Mr. Clinton’s accusers by the Democratic Party and the media alike is one of the original sins that led to today’s divided, partisan news environment.

The mainstream American media in 1999, for reasons that are hard to explain or excuse today, got cold feet on a credible allegation of rape against the president.

“Hard to explain.” Ben Smith is bensmithing away the second half of the 1990s in Washington, DC.

More: Tara Reade Is Joe Biden’s Eighth Accuser. Possibly ninth? Woman says Biden sexually harassed her when she was 14.

And finally, in yet another tone-deaf move by Biden and his handlers signaling the end of the #MeToo era: Biden nominates Chris Dodd of ‘waitress sandwich’ fame to help shop for female vice presidential candidates.

KAROL MARKOWICZ: Joe Biden discovers due process — does it apply to everyone?

Sorry, #MeToo: the liberal media had its first major test in the “believe all women” era and, of course, it has failed spectacularly.

Vice President Joe Biden, currently on track to be the Democratic nominee for president, has been accused of sexual assault by former staffer Tara Reade. Reade has some corroboration, including audio of her mother calling into the “Larry King Live” show in 1993 and inquiring what a staffer “for a prominent senator” in Washington could do if she had run into “problems.” But the liberal media just gosh darn aren’t sure she’s credible.

It’s hard not to notice that they didn’t have any such qualms about running with the accusations made against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018.

The main difference, of course, between the accusations of Brett Kavanaugh and Joe Biden is there is evidence Biden’s accuser knew him while no such evidence existed that Kavanaugh had ever met accuser Christine Blasey Ford.

There also don’t exist dozens of pictures of women standing by awkwardly as Brett Kavanaugh sniffed their hair or rubbed their shoulders.

But the key difference is that Kavanaugh was appointed by a Republican president and the Democrats were assisted by their friends in the media in trying to bring him down. Now Democrats suddenly want the due process they never afforded Kavanaugh.

Is anyone surprised by this? Anyone at all?

SCHRÖDINGER’S DICTATOR: Kim Jong-un appears in public, North Korean state media report.

And if he is alive, he’s living quite the life: Kim Jong Un may be holed up with his 2,000-woman ‘Pleasure Squad’: report.

Like Joe Biden, no word yet how this non-#metoo-approved lifestyle will impact his support among American leftists.

OH MY: U of Delaware Must Release Biden Senate Records Amid #MeToo Scandal, FOIA Request Demands.

OLD AND BUSTED: Believe All Women.

The New Hotness? Pelosi On Difference Between Kavanaugh and Biden Allegations: ‘Joe Biden Is Joe Biden:’

“Well, let me just say I respect your question and I don’t need a lecture or a speech,” Pelosi said.

“Here’s the thing. I have complete respect for whole #Metoo movement, I have four daughters and one son. And there’s a lot of excitement around the idea that women will be heard and be listened to.

“There is also due process and the fact that Joe Biden is Joe Biden,” Pelosi said.

“Gotta love Pelosi chalking up these accusations as ‘Joe Biden is Joe Biden.’ you know, ‘DC’s favorite loveable groper everyone knows!’”, Stephen Miller tweets.

Related:

Biden Refuses to Release Senate Records that Could Shed Light on Sex Assault Claims, But His Operatives Were Sent to Look Through Them.
Why Won’t TV News Book Tara Reade?.
Joe Biden (Still) Hasn’t Faced A Single Question on Sexual Assault Allegations.

That could change tomorrow: “Biden will be on Morning Joe tomorrow, expected to be asked about Tara Reade, I’m told,” Ben Smith of the New York Times tweets. Since Morning Joe read a “correction” on-air emailed to the show by the Obama administration in 2009, I’m assuming Biden is getting the questions he’ll be asked and his talking points well lined up in advance. And can then proceed to the Obama-esque “this is old news” phase of spinning. (QED: The Anatomy of an Obama Scandal, in Six Easy Steps.)

Earlier: Joe Biden Exposes #MeToo Movement as Total BS.

CHRIS HAYES: Sometimes During #MeToo You ‘Desperately’ Want to Disbelieve Claims.

Is the dam breaking on the Joe Biden sexual assault case? On Thursday morning, ABC finally gave in and covered the latest. On Wednesday night, liberal host Chris Hayes featured the story in depth for over eight minutes. Keep in mind that, as of Tuesday morning, the whole MSNBC network only had accumulated 4 minutes and 39 seconds.

Hayes admitted that during #MeToo there have been moments “when we have heard about accusations against someone that we find ourselves desperately wanting not to believe.” Like, presumably, the Tara Reade case. The host struggled and stammered in parts of the segment, but he admitted that the credibility of Reade is “rising.”

“Hayes didn’t do himself any favors with fellow liberals by covering the story. #FireChrisHayes is now trending on Twitter.”

IT’S ALMOST AS IF #METOO WAS A FRAUD, AND JOURNALISTS ARE MOSTLY GARBAGE:

A STUDY IN HYPOCRISY: What Biden’s recent endorsers said about Kavanaugh and #MeToo.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Alaskan School Board Removes Five Supposed ‘Controversial’ Books From Curriculum.

The Matanuska-Susitna Education Association targeted these classics:

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  • Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  • The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison

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I cannot believe they didn’t include The Catcher in the Rye, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Ulysses, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Scarlet Letter. The board probably already tossed these titles. 

Well, yeah: Mockingbird is the story of literature’s most celebrated rape apologist, and J. D. Salinger had his Posthumous #MeToo-ing last year, despite it being the 100th birthday of its author. Those books don’t burn themselves, you know.

ROD DREHER ON GRABBY JOE BIDEN’S ACHILLES HAND:

[Damon Linker of The Week] mentions Tara Reade’s mother calling Larry King, and he mentions her friend (a self-described “strong Democrat”) going public to say that Tara told her about Biden’s alleged sexual assault at the time. I had heard about those, but until seeing Linker’s column, I had not heard about the 2008 Alexander Cockburn column in the left-wing web journal CounterPunch mentioning Biden’s reputation. Cockburn wrote:

Biden is a notorious flapjaw. His vanity deludes him into believing that every word that drops from his mouth is minted in the golden currency of Pericles. Vanity is the most conspicuous characteristic of US Senators en bloc , nourished by deferential acolytes and often expressed in loutish sexual advances to staffers, interns and the like. On more than one occasion CounterPunch’s editors have listened to vivid accounts by the recipient of just such advances, this staffer of another senator being accosted by Biden in the well of the senate in the week immediately following his first wife’s fatal car accident.

I think Linker has it exactly right. If you have forgotten about how enraged the Right was over the way the Democrats and their media allies treated Brett Kavanaugh, you may be certain that conservatives haven’t. (I wrote about it a lot back then — see here, for example — and I made it clear that I did not know whether or not Kavanaugh assaulted Ford on that night over thirty years ago; what I objected to was the kangaroo court assault on Kavanaugh by tribal ideologues of the Left. This stuff is primal with us conservatives. We saw the way the Democrats and the media treated Kavanaugh, and we saw that they could and would do that to any one of us.

If I were a Republican operative, I would start making the Biden-centered ads now about the #MeToo hypocrites in the Democratic Party. As Linker says, this is not a matter of pointing out that Biden is less of a sexual creep than Trump. That’s not what’s at stake here.

So, let me throw it to the room: if Biden is persuaded to step down before the Democratic convention, who should replace him? Who will replace him?

Read on for Dreher’s take, but feel free to speculate in our own comments section.

It’s not a good sign for the longevity of Biden’s campaign when he’s earning the wrath of DNC house organ the New York Times:

New York Times disputes Biden camp claim that paper exonerated him.

Oh my: NYT reports Dem, activist rebellion budding over Reade allegation.

In contrast:

Today is a red-letter day for the New York Times. For the first time, the paper has reported in its news section that the Rev. Jeremiah Wright once uttered the phrase “God damn America.” Wright’s comments were widely reported and widely discussed beginning with an ABC News report six months ago. Barack Obama even had to give a much-publicized speech because of those words, and others. But the newspaper of record has never seen fit to publish Wright’s quote in its news pages. Until today.

— Byron York, National Review Online, September 24th, 2008.

UPDATE: Biden Hires Harvey Weinstein ‘Damage Control’ Adviser Anita Dunn.

Like Weinstein before him — and Biden supporter Alyssa Milano, as well — Biden may soon have plenty of free time to go after the NRA.

SO MUCH FOR #METOO: Kweisi Mfume Wins Maryland Special Congressional Election.

Flashback: The NAACP Paid $100,000 To A Woman Who Accused Him Of Sexual Harassment. “House Democrats say they can’t do anything about the years-old allegation against Kweisi Mfume.”

How convenient. Sorry ladies, you’ve been sacrificed for the good of the Party.

TORPEDO CIRCLES AROUND: “Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez said in December 2017 that any candidate or elected official ‘who has engaged in sexual misconduct’ should ‘step aside.’ Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, now stands accused of sexual assault by his former Senate staffer, Tara Reade.”

UPDATE: Perez has plenty of company: What Biden’s recent endorsers said about Kavanaugh and #MeToo.

ANOTHER UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Hey, maybe Olivia Nuzzi can interview Joe, and courageously ask him how he’s bearing up in this “nightmare.”

DAVID HARSANYI: A Rant against the Media.

Why is the first inclination of Donald Trump’s supporters to lash out at the press when he says something ridiculous? Part of it is political expediency, of course. Most of it, though, is completely understandable.

Even when Trump badly mangles science, journalists, who spend vast amounts of their time chasing gotchas, offer a misleading and histrionic rendering of his comments. Trump doesn’t want Americans to inject themselves with disinfectants or ingest bleach and die. Journalists know this.

The media are a collection of well-funded outlets that set the agenda, narrative, tone, and focus of coverage while conspiring with a major political party. Reporters don’t openly collude with Democrats (well, most of the time they don’t), they merely share the same objectives and set of values. This wasn’t a problem created by Trump’s emergence. It’s problem that’s been festering for decades.

And it was on full display during Trump’s latest press confeerence: ‘Media is broken’: Journo Olivia Nuzzi asks Trump ‘possibly the most ridiculous question asked so far’ at today’s WH COVID19 presser (video).

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Nuzzi’s fellow media flacks are congratulating her on her bravery. But of course, real bravery would be asking Joe Biden about Tara Reade. No journalist has been brave enough to do that, and despite Nuzzi’s previous #MeToo posturing, I very much doubt she’ll break that pattern.

UNLIKE CHRISTINE BLASEY FORD’S CHARGES AGAINST KAVANAUGH, WHICH NEVER WERE: Tiana Lowe: Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden is now credible.

Related: Former neighbor recalls Tara Reade telling her details of sexual assault by Biden in the mid-90s.

Plus: What does CNN know about the Biden assault allegation that we don’t?

Also: Tara Reade lashes out at Democratic politicians, women’s groups and the media.

It’s as if #MeToo was just another anti-Trump agitprop operation that’s being shut down now that it’s rebounded onto Democrats.

2020’s REALITY IS TOO CRAZY FOR EVEN THE BABYLON BEE TO SATIRIZE: Candidate Who Killed #MeToo Movement Returns Donation From Notorious Masturbator. Joe Biden refunds $2,800 contribution from comedian Louis C.K.

“SEEMS THAT ‘GRAPPLING’ IS THE NEW #METOO BUZZWORD:” ‘Script is out!’ The media has definitely received the memo on how to spin assault allegations against Joe Biden.

THAT’S BECAUSE THEY’RE MESSAGING OPERATIVES FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY: ‘The View’ ignores Tara Reade’s Biden allegations after championing Kavanaugh accusers.

Also, it’s now obvous that #MeToo is politicized garbage, and always was.

OLD AND BUSTED #BelieveAllWomen.

The New Hotness? Ruth Marcus, WaPo Columnist Who Wrote A Book About Brett Kavanaugh Now Says #BelieveAllWomen Is ‘Dumb’ Given Accusations Against Joe Biden. “#BelieveAllWomen was a dumb hashtag and a dumber approach.”

Or to put it another way: Joe Biden Exposes #MeToo Movement as Total BS.

OLD AND BUSTED: “Believe All Women.”

The New Hotness? Glaring #MeToo hypocrisy haunts Warren endorsement of Biden.

JOE BIDEN’S DOUBLE STANDARD:

Biden’s rhetoric has also employed a de facto presumption of guilt. On a 2017 conference call with campus accusers’-rights activists, Biden offered a simple message to those who alleged that they had been sexually assaulted: “I believe you.” Proof for their claims, it seems, wasn’t necessary. The following year, during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination hearings, Biden suggested that women making high-profile allegations deserve an even greater presumption of truthfulness: “For a woman to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally, you’ve got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she’s talking about is real.”

For reasons that neither paper explained, the Times and Post articles declined to address the chasm between Biden’s past proposals on how to evaluate sexual-assault allegations against college students or his political foes and his current position regarding appropriate standards when he is the accused party. Instead, both articles provided context by exploring President Donald Trump’s past record. But the validity of past sexual-misconduct allegations against Trump has no bearing on the question of Biden’s changing standards. As lawyer and blogger Scott Greenfield observed, the key issue at play here is Biden’s “hypocrisy. Either it’s due process for all or none. Biden doesn’t get a pass.”

Sure he does:

New York Times Allowed Biden Team to Edit Story on Sexual Assault Allegation.

CNN missing in action on Biden assault accuser Tara Reade’s story.

Joe Biden Has Yet to Face Single Question on Sexual Assault Allegations.

As Glenn wrote on Tuesday, “So #metoo was basically bullshit, then.”

THE #METOO FRAUD: Hannah Cox: Stop pretending you care about violence against women more than politics.

Well, think of it as a step toward true equality. After all, people have never cared about violence against men more than politics.

SO #METOO WAS BASICALLY BULLSHIT, THEN: CNN missing in action on Biden assault accuser Tara Reade’s story.

NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR EXCUSES PAPER’S SLOW TARA READE COVERAGE: ‘Kavanaugh Was a Running, Hot Story.’ Evidently, the current presidential race doesn’t count:

This is deeply unpersuasive. The accusations against Kavanaugh were a “running, hot story” in part because the media covered them aggressively from the outset. Reade’s story might well be running and hot if the Times treated her as it treated Christine Blasey Ford.

Case in point: In the midst of the Kavanaugh cycle, Times columnist Michelle Goldberg thanked Ford for her heroism. Here was how Goldberg described Ford’s retelling of the incident with Kavanaugh: “Her soft voice cracked as she spoke. She smiled a lot; her attempts to make everyone see how agreeable and reasonable she is were heart-rending. But she was also poised and precise, occasionally speaking as an expert—she’s a psychology professor—as well as a victim. Watching her push through her evident terror was profoundly inspiring.” The column was titled “Christine Blasey Ford’s Sacrifice.”

Goldberg has now weighed in on Reade’s allegation. The words “hero” and “sacrifice” do not appear in this column, which is titled “What To Do With Tara Reade’s Allegation Against Joe Biden?” The tone makes clear that Goldberg views Reade as an inconvenience who must be dealt with. And the villain of this story is not Biden but “those using this strange, sad story to hector feminists into pretending to a certainty they have no reason to feel.” Goldberg asserts that they are “trolling the #MeToo movement” and acting in bad faith.

I’m not so sure. Is it trolling to hold feminist activists, for whom “believe all women” is an important slogan, to their convictions? Perhaps feminist organizations—recall that Planned Parenthood and NARAL both tweeted “We still believe Julie Swetnick #BelieveSurvivors” weeks after her allegation fell apart—should have anticipated being called out for this obvious double standard.

Better call Saul: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules,” as one of Obama and Hillary’s key influences wrote.

HILLARY CHABOT: Sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden splits Democrats: Deleted NYT tweet fuels uproar over accusations.

Conservatives and liberals found rare common ground Saturday, blasting the Democratic Party and the media for glaring #MeToo hypocrisy amid a decades-old sex assault accusation against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

The squabble comes as Democrats desperately try to unite the party against President Trump less than a week after Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped out of the presidential contest.

The New York Times released a long article Saturday about Tara Reade, a former Biden staffer who says the then-senator sexually assaulted her in 1993. The article — released a week after Biden had already secured the nomination — even gave readers a handy summation.

“The Times found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Biden,” it stated.

Critics ticked off a long list of issues with the story Saturday, but the most damning might have come from the paper itself.

An early-morning version tweeted out by the New York Times read: “The Times found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden beyond the hugs, kisses and touching that women previously said made them uncomfortable.”

That sentence was quietly edited and the tweet deleted hours later.

“Amazing retroactive whitewashing after they published their own story,” tweeted Glenn Greenwald, co-founder of the progressive online news site The Intercept.

Other complaints suggested mainstream news outlets like CNN and The Washington Post ignored the story altogether until Biden was secure as the presumptive nominee.

Well:

Flashback: WaPo Concealed Kavanaugh Party Claim From Public After Coordinating With Accuser: Strassel.

AND THUS, #METOO COMES FULL CIRCLE:

Shot:

Chaser: Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein: I’ll fight the NRA to ‘channel’ my anger at myself for sexually harassing women.

—The Washington Examiner, October 5, 2017.

Earlier: Witch fight! The naked hypocrisy of Alyssa Milano.

As Jonah Goldberg wrote in 2005, “Liberals are geniuses at unleashing social panics because A) it never occurs to them that their motives are anything but pure and B) because they are almost exclusively focused on short term tactics. And yet they are invariably shocked when these moral frenzies come back to bite them. McCarthyism was a direct consequence of both the Red Scare and the Brown Scare. And when the tactics they mastered were turned on them, they acted as if they came from nowhere.”

UPDATE: “Keep in mind that this is the same Alyssa Milano who admitted to Sen. Ted Cruz, ‘We are a two-gun household.’”

BELIEVE ALL LEFTISTS?  #MeToo? Not When the Accused is Joe Biden, According to Actress Alyssa Milano.

WITCH FIGHT! The naked hypocrisy of Alyssa Milano:

McGowan, despite being at the center of the Ronan Farrow New Yorker story that helped kick off the massive #MeToo movement, was quickly cast aside for the more media-friendly Milano. As it turns out, McGowan is the only one with her credibility left intact, as she insists the problem isn’t alleged wrongdoers like Brett Kavanaugh or Joe Biden, but the institutional system that covers for them.

By belatedly discovering the importance of due process when it was politically expedient, Alyssa Milano has signed her movement’s death warrant. RIP, #MeToo.

Related: Milano’s Biden Defense Is More Pathetic Than You Can Imagine.

ONE MORE CLOWN? Democratic Presidential Clown Car Update for March 30, 2020. “The no campaigning campaign continues, Biden gets #MeTooed, a rare Bernie victory, and A New Challenger Appears!”

OLD AND BUSTED: Believe All Women.

The New Hotness? #Metoo Legal Fund Refused To Help Biden Accuser, Claiming It Couldn’t Risk Nonprofit Status Since He’s Running For President.

ROGER KIMBALL: Cancel culture comstockery.

Fast forward to early March 2020. The Hachette Book Group suddenly announced that its Grand Central Publishing imprint would be bringing out Apropos of Nothing, a memoir by Allen, in early April. In an interview, Michael Pietsch, Hachette’s ceo, noted the controversy surrounding Allen but said that “Grand Central Publishing believes strongly that there’s a large audience that wants to hear the story of Woody Allen’s life as told by Woody Allen himself. That’s what they’ve chosen to publish.”

A few days later, a group of Hachette employees staged a walkout to protest the book’s publication. The next day, Hachette announced that it was hopping onto the cancel culture bandwagon and dropping the book.

“The decision to cancel Mr. Allen’s book was a difficult one,” said a spokesman for the publisher (so difficult it took twenty-four hours to achieve). “At hbg we take our relationships with authors very seriously, and do not cancel books lightly. We have published and will continue to publish many challenging books.”

Translation: Hachette, as Oscar Wilde said in another context, can resist anything except temptation. Just so long as a book does not attract the ire of the politically correct establishment, the firm is all for publishing “challenging” books. (Item: Commandant of Auschwitz, a memoir by Rudolf Hoess, is published by Hachette.) But trespass on that PC orthodoxy and watch the capitulation, leavened by moralistic hand-wringing, begin. As Groucho Marx is supposed to have said, “These are my principles. If you don’t like them, I have others.”

Our interest in Woody Allen is minimal. Yes, his early movies and writings are funny. Then he discovered Ingmar Bergman. The quantum of pretension and narcissistic self-seriousness proceeded to swamp the comedy. For us, the prospect of wading through “a comprehensive account of [Woody Allen’s] life, both personal and professional” (as Hachette put it when the publishing skies were sunny) is queasy-making.

But Hachette had determined that many readers would be interested in Allen’s life story. They simply forgot to check with the feminist commissars to see if Woody Allen passes muster in the age of #MeToo. He doesn’t.

These weren’t even commissars, but Red Guards in the form of their own 20-something editorial staff, who should have been told that there are lots of people who would like to work in publishing, and that some of those people would be taking over their jobs shortly.

#HERTOO? A Woman Who Accused Former Casino Mogul Steve Wynn Of Rape Was Found To Have Defamed Him. “As to why Kuta made the allegations, she acknowledged to Wynn’s attorney Tamara Peterson that she demanded $150 million from the casino mogul to drop her claims. Kuta was also able to jump on the #MeToo bandwagon in 2018, getting instant victim status simply because she made an allegation against a powerful man.”

#HERTOO? A Woman Who Accused Former Casino Mogul Steve Wynn Of Rape Was Found To Have Defamed Him. “As to why Kuta made the allegations, she acknowledged to Wynn’s attorney Tamara Peterson that she demanded $150 million from the casino mogul to drop her claims. Kuta was also able to jump on the #MeToo bandwagon in 2018, getting instant victim status simply because she made an allegation against a powerful man.”

KATIE HILL’S REHABILITATION TOUR IS A FAILURE OF MEDIA ETHICS:

We have had two years of the #MeToo-oriented media warning us about superiors leveraging their positions of power to exploit underlings. Now the same media has thrown any learned lessons out the window in order to appease a young attractive Democrat. Part of the reason is because conservative media were the ones to blow the lid off the story. They can’t abide that, and they’re prepared to shred what’s left of their credibility to get revenge.

Related: So Mad! Brian Stelter throws hissy fit over RedState blog about him ‘partying’ with Katie Hill (Oliver Darcy tries doxxing blogger?!).

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Chris Matthews survived #MeToo — until he angered Bernie Bros and Warren fans.

 

IN 2020, HE’S NOT CRAZY ENOUGH FOR THEM: Breaking: Chris Matthews resigns from MSNBC.

UPDATE: It’s really because he dissed Bernie. The rest is just window dressing.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Chris Matthews, MSNBC’s Least Woke Host, Retires Amidst #MeToo Allegations. “The sudden resignation shows the punitive power of a #MeToo movement that has often failed to draw important distinctions between genuinely disturbing behavior and mere boorishness. Moreover, the other two recent criticisms of Matthews—his handling of Warren, and a comment about Sanders—were incredibly overblown.”

At this point, #MeToo is just a tool for purging inconvenient straight males from the media world. If you’re, say, Don Lemon you get a pass.

MORE: What’s the real reason for Chris Matthews’s MSNBC exit? If MSNBC didn’t care about Matthews’s alleged transgressions in 2017, why would they care now? “The truth is that Matthews’s real transgression was challenging the leftward lurch of the Democratic party. Matthews apologized last Monday after outrage over his comparison of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s win in the Nevada primary to the Nazis invading France in World War Two. His comparison was certainly ill-chosen, but it would’ve played just fine if he weren’t talking about the Democratic frontrunner — MSNBC hosts across the board have compared Donald Trump to Hitler with no major backlash. Matthews only got into real trouble when he challenged Sen. Elizabeth Warren for reflexively believing a woman who claimed former mayor Michael Bloomberg told her to kill her baby upon discovering she was pregnant.”

HARVEY WEINSTEIN FOUND GUILTY OF RAPE IN LANDMARK #METOO-ERA CASE:

The jury in New York convicted Weinstein, 67, of third-degree rape against former aspiring actress Jessica Mann, as well as a count of criminal sexual act in the first-degree against former production assistant Mimi Haley. But the jury found him not guilty on the two most serious counts, predatory sexual assault, as well as a count of first-degree rape against Mann.

“And a reminder that Harvey Weinstein has been indicted on four counts of felony sexual assault in Los Angeles. He faces those charges next,” Yashar Ali tweets.

#METOO DESCENDS INTO SELF-PARODY: Stephanopoulos Raves Over ‘Resilient’ Disgraced Democrat Katie Hill.

That’s pretty much to be expected from Bill Clinton’s flack, and the network that worked to get an alleged Jeffrey Epstein whistleblower fired — from another TV network.

Flashback to Joe Cunningham at Red State last October, after they exposed Hill for being “a person in power who used that power for sexual satisfaction. Because of the nature of the allegations, even the House Ethics Committee is looking into the alleged affair with a congressional staffer – a huge no-no in Congress.” Or as Ann Althouse wrote at the time, “She had sex with a staffer. Nancy gave her the boot. Media narrative: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy!”

#HIMTOO? Mike Bloomberg has been battling women’s allegations of sexist, profane comments for years.

Exit quote: “Garrison alleged that Bloomberg berated female employees who got pregnant. ‘What the hell did you do a thing like that for?’ Bloomberg allegedly told one pregnant employee. On another occasion, the lawsuit said, Bloomberg berated a female employee who had trouble finding a nanny. ‘It’s a f—— baby! . . . All you need is some black who doesn’t have to speak English to rescue it from a burning building.’”

Flashbacks:

Michael Bloomberg suggests doubts about #MeToo movement and allegations against Charlie Rose.

Bloomberg’s sexist remarks fostered company culture that degraded women, lawsuits allege.

Michael Bloomberg’s long history of sexism.

Related: ‘Cokehead, Womanizing, Fag:’ Michael Bloomberg’s Book of ‘Wisdom’ Resurfaces.

 

#HIMTOO: Explosive Leaked Confession of Domestic Abuse of Johnny Depp Turns #MeToo Upside Down.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO ABUSE: Explosive Leaked Confession of Domestic Abuse of Johnny Depp Turns #MeToo Upside Down.

A leaked audio conversation between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard is blowing up Hollywood. The audio reveals Heard confessing to committing physical violence against Depp. After BuzzFeed published photos of Heard with bruises and accusations of abuse against Depp, his life fell apart. Depp was implicated in the #MeToo movement and branded as a wife-abuser. He was dropped from “Pirates of the Caribbean” in 2018 and many speculate it was because of the allegations.

On Sunday, a taped conversation between Depp and Heard was posted online. In it, Heard admits to “slapping,” “hitting,” and throwing objects at him. Her biggest frustration with Depp appears to be that he tries to get away from her when she turns violent. Depp is heard saying, “There can be no physical violence,” and Heard replies, “I can’t promise I won’t get physical again.”

She’s a real piece of work, but the sisterhood will probably still back her because patriarchy.

THE LEFT IS ASTROTURF ALL THE WAY DOWN. BUT WHERE I’M STANDING #METOO HAS BECOME BOTH A JOKE AND A HORROR, AS THE MOVEMENT WENT FROM PLAUSIBLE TO INSANE IN ABOUT A MONTH. IT WON’T WORK. OR RATHER, IT WILL WORK AS WELL AS OWS WORKED AT SPARKING A POPULAR UPRISING:  Prosecute, Smear, Acquit.

IT WOULD TAKE A HEART OF STONE NOT TO LAUGH:

● Shot:

If there’s a place for cheap humour, it’s at Friday night work drinks after one too many, an episode of South Park or in a best man’s risqué speech. It’s certainly not on the stage that birthed the #MeToo movement, one that should respect its power for mass influence.

The awards were certainly not free from activism – powerful speeches were given by actors including Jennifer Aniston on climate change, Joaquin Phoenix on veganism, Michelle Williams on abortion rights and Patricia Arquette on the conflict between Iran/US. But any meaningful message is dampened when the man at the helm is making schoolboy jokes about paedophiles.

Describing his Netflix show After Life, Gervais declared “It’s a show about a man who wants to kill himself. Spoiler alert, season two is on the way, so in the end he obviously didn’t kill himself. Just like Jeffrey Epstein.”

When a joke about Greta Thunberg – “You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg” – features in the same broadcast as heartfelt pleas about climate change you can’t help but feel confused about the message Hollywood is trying to send.

—”Ricky Gervais cheapened the Golden Globes – but worse he overshadowed vital political statements.” Headline, the London Independent, today.

● Chaser: “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past.” Headline, the London Independent, March 20, 2000.

Related: Liberal Reviews Are in for Ricky Gervais’ Performance and Their Tears Are Delicious.

WHY TV NETWORKS MAY BE AFRAID OF INVESTIGATIVE STORIES:

This has been the autumn of discontent for investigative TV journalists.

Ronan Farrow’s bestselling book “Catch and Kill” detailed his frustration with former bosses at NBC News over his failed attempt to break the story on the sexual assault and harassment allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. A month later, leaked video showed ABC’s “20/20” co-anchor Amy Robach grousing over how the network would not run a 2015 interview with a victim of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein that implicated Prince Andrew and former President Bill Clinton.

In both cases the networks said the stories never reached the editorial standard they believed was necessary to put it on the air. Robach even publicly backed up ABC’s assertion, saying her private remarks on an open mike were made in “a moment of frustration.”

CTL-F Ashley Bianco, zero results. As Jim Treacher wrote a couple of weeks ago, “The Media’s Silence on CBS Firing Ashley Bianco Proves #MeToo Is a Sham.” And note that the above article appears in the L.A. Times. Keep Rockin’!

UNEXPECTEDLY: Ronan Farrow says Hillary Clinton cooled on him when he investigated #MeToo crimes. “It’s remarkable how quickly even people with a long relationship with you will turn if you threaten the centers of power or the sources of funding around them,” Farrow says earlier this week.

THOSE #METOO TORPEDOES WERE SUPPOSED TO TAKE OUT TRUMP, NOT CIRCLE AROUND AND NAIL OUR PEOPLE! Michael Bloomberg built a $54 billion company. For two decades, women who worked there have called it a toxic, sexually charged nightmare.

ART FOR ART’S SAKE (WHAT A CONCEPT!): Finding Hope at the Concert Hall. Heather Mac Donald on an increasing rare experience: a beautiful performance of classical music without a note of identity politics. Meanwhile, as she writes, the left continues its long march through  institutions.

A few markers of our present moment: every arts institution in the United States is under pressure to discard meritocratic standards in collections, programming, and personnel, in favor of race and gender preferences. When the Museum of Modern Art opened its renovated headquarters in New York City this October, a Wall Street Journal art critic noted that the new MoMA had been able to “correct, and even make reparations for, its heretofore almost exclusive parade of white male superstars.” Gender and race bean-counting is now the key to evaluating a collection’s worth. “Previously, only about 1/20th of the art in the museum’s permanent collection was by women,” wrote the Journal’s Peter Plagens. “That fraction now exceeds a quarter and is moving toward a third.”

. . . Writing in the New York Times, Darren Walker urged museums to “resist reinforcing biases, hierarchies and inequalities”; instead, they should “redefine excellence and relevance.” That redefinition entails hiring curators and other staff based on race. The goal is “installations and institutions” that represent “people whom the system excludes and exploits.” The museum establishment hardly needed Walker’s prodding; it has already enthusiastically embraced “diversity” as its artistic lodestar. In 2020, the Baltimore Museum of Art, for example, will acquire works only by females and will stage only “female-centric” exhibits.

. . . Narcissistic opera directors have been inflicting their political ideology on defenseless operas for several decades now, but the revisionism is only going to get worse, especially with the rise of #MeToo. From here on, it will be almost impossible to mount Don GiovanniRusalkaTurandotMadama ButterflyCarmen, and much of the rest of the opera repertoire without similar directorial “help” to purge these works of their toxic masculinity, cultural appropriation, and incorrect attitudes toward the “Other.”

The good news for now: Attendance is not compulsory at MoMA, the Baltimore Museum of Art, or any opera that has been “helped.”

 

 

 

#METOO CONTINUES ITS DESCENT INTO #SELF-PARODY: Serial Groper Al Franken Mingles With Wealthy Democratic Donors.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. The Media’s Silence on CBS Firing Ashley Bianco Proves #MeToo Is a Sham.

Related: Not only is CNN maintaining their omertà on Bianco and Amy Robach‘s admission that her expose on Jefferey Epstein was killed by ABC’s management, Jake Tapper is inviting viewers via George Stephanopoulos to attend a taping of ABC’s Good Morning America:

HOW SAD IS THIS? Some Dickinson alumna is writing classmates soliciting 35+ year old #MeToo stories. Apparently she hasn’t gotten the memo that #MeToo is over now that it’s taken more Democratic than Republican scalps.

HARSH, BUT FAIR:

Related: ‘I’d Do Her’: Mike Bloomberg and the Underbelly of #MeToo. Those torpedoes just keep circling around.

IT’S AS IF ALL THIS #METOO STUFF WAS JUST BULLSHIT:

Story here.

Well, to be fair, they were serious about it when they thought it would help them beat Trump or block Kavanaugh. But once the torpedoes circled around to take out people on their team, well. . . .

WHAT DID YOU EXPECT FROM ABC, THE HOUSE OF STEPHANOPOULOS? “Advocates raise concerns for future of women, LGBTQ candidates after Rep. Katie Hill’s resignation.” Note the disparity between the headline of this ABC article and the reason why Hill resigned:

She resigned amid allegations of a relationship with a campaign staffer, for which she apologized, and with a congressional staffer, which she has denied and which was under investigation by the House Ethics Committee. A relationship with a congressional staffer would be a violation under a new rule put in place in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

Earlier: Ronan Farrow: Bill Clinton was ‘credibly accused of rape’ and accusation was ‘overdue for revisiting.’

THOSE #METOO TORPEDOES WERE SUPPOSED TO TAKE OUT TRUMP, NOT CIRCLE AROUND AND NAIL OUR PEOPLE! Ronan Farrow: Bill Clinton was ‘credibly accused of rape’ and accusation was ‘overdue for revisiting.’

THOSE #METOO TORPEDOES WERE SUPPOSED TO TAKE OUT TRUMP, NOT CIRCLE AROUND AND NAIL OUR PEOPLE! Media Mourn Katie Hill.

#METOO DESCENDS INTO SELF-PARODY: Chris Hayes on Katie Hill Resignation: ‘It Really Seems Like the Bad Guys Won.’

JUST THINK OF THE MEDIA AS DEMOCRATIC PARTY ACTIVISTS WITH BYLINES, AND IT ALL MAKES SENSE:  Media Tries To Suggest Katie Hill Did Nothing Wrong, Even Though Congress Passed Bill Last Year Banning What She Did.

Meanwhile, Politico’s Michael Calderone blows the doors off the real scandal here! “Wow, you’ve successfully proven that ‘RedState’ is in the tank for Republicans.”

That’s some next level Hercule Poirot-worthy detective work, right there.

UPDATE: NBC Covers for Katie Hill.

Which is pretty on-brand for NBC in the #MeToo era: It’s time to pluck some peacock and clean house at NBC News.

RESIGNS OVER #METOO PROBLEM WITH STAFFER, THEN CLAIMS VICTIMHOOD: Rep. Katie Hill to fight revenge porn upon leaving Congress. “Now, my fight is going to be to defeat this type of exploitation that so many women are victims to and which will keep countless women and girls from running for office or entering public light.”

No man would get sympathy for “nonconsensual release” of incriminating sex pics. Then again, it’s probably all BS anyway: “Hill has yet to announce what kind of action she plans to take to fight the use of revenge porn, and her staff did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Verge regarding any future plans.” It’s probably more like Harvey Weinstein’s promise to “take on the NRA.”

WHY IS NBC SUCH A CESSPIT OF SEXUAL ABUSE? Batten Down The #MeToo Hatches: NBC waives non-disclosure agreements.

Earlier: It’s time to pluck some peacock and clean house at NBC News.

IF I UNDERSTAND HER STORY CORRECTLY, SHE COULD PULL THE WOMAN, AND THE MAN CARD AND THE ALL TOGETHER NOW CARD.  AND BY CARD, I MEAN THE MEMORY CARD USED FOR THE RECORDINGS: Congresswoman Katie Hill Pulls the Woman Card.

And not to slut shame, okay?  This is a woman who had sex with her subordinates. This is a woman who might have made more of a mockery of her office than Billy Jeff made of his. This is a woman who deserves to have people #metooing her.  Or are those rules only for men? And if they are only for men, why is that? Because women are assumed to be too infantile to control themselves? Congresswoman Hill should know she’s a disgrace, and stop hiding behind her overused vagina.

THIS IS CATNIP FOR THE LONDON DAILY MAIL: Shocking photos of Congresswoman Katie Hill (D-CA) are revealed as she’s seen NAKED showing off Nazi-era tattoo while smoking a bong, kissing her female staffer and posing nude on ‘wife sharing’ sites.

One of the most scandalous photographs, shows a naked Hill holding a giant bong filled with a murky brown liquid.

Metadata from the picture reveals it was taken on 9/11 in 2017, before marijuana was legalized for recreational consumption in California.

It is unclear whether the congresswoman had a medical license for the drug at the time.

The picture also shows an iron cross tattoo on Hill’s pubic area, similar to the symbols formerly used by white supremacists referencing a World War II Nazi medal.

The tattoo could open the congresswoman to accusations of hypocrisy.

She has criticized racist Facebook posts that included a similar-looking cross, posted by a Santa Clarita veteran who was featured in her political rival’s campaign adverts last year

The veteran, David Brayton, posted racist memes on his Facebook page including the KKK insignia of a ‘blood cross’, a similar shape to the iron cross.

Hill called out the veteran at the time, saying the posts left her ‘deeply disturbed’ and that his ‘hateful rhetoric’ helped fuel ‘violence across America’.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) references in its hate symbols database that the iron cross symbol goes back to the 19th century, included on medals for the German Empire.

It was later adopted by Nazis for their medals, putting a swastika in the middle of the cross.

However, the ADL does note the ‘Iron Cross in isolation (i.e., without a superimposed swastika or without other accompanying hate symbols) cannot be determined to be a hate symbol,’ because bikers, skateboarders and extreme sports enthusiasts frequently use the symbol.

Yes, nice of the Daily Mail to dial it back there after the previous ‘graphs. Prolific Tweeter Neontaster writes, “Everyone claiming Katie Hill has a ‘Nazi-era tattoo’ wanted Talia Lavin fired for doing the exact same thing. Cool your jets.” Or as one wag quipped on Twitter, “So she rides Indy trucks on her [skate]board?” Their logo was the first thing I thought of when I saw the above (NSFW, obviously) photo.

However, while the tat itself isn’t damning, the rest of the story, as Iowahawk tweets, “may be a little tricky PR management-wise.” Including this development at RedState, where the Hill debacle is also catnip: Texts Reveal Concern About Katie Hill Drinking, Missing Flights.

UPDATE: Coverage of Rep. Katie Hill’s Affair Scandal brings up #MeToo Issues.

The scandal also highlighted potential issues related to the #MeToo movement. The #MeToo movement is an anti-sexual harassment movement that led to multiple scandals, such as male lawmakers resigning after past allegations came to light or male celebrities fading from public view due to sexual harassment and rape allegations linked to them.

As Politico noted there are #MeToo implications in this complex case:

“Yet the Hill case may prove a test for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the House Democratic Caucus. Pelosi and other Democrats took a hard line in sexual-harassment cases that emerged out of the #MeToo movement during the last several years, and a number of male lawmakers from both parties were forced to resign under pressure.”

“This is the first time such allegations have emerged involving a female lawmaker, and Democrats will be under scrutiny as to whether they can apply to same standards to a woman as a man.”

Speaking of #MeToo:

Related: We Need to Talk About Katie Hill and the Media:

This story, the story of Katie Hill, her “throuple,” and her subsequent affairs and scandal, is the story of a person in power who used that power for sexual satisfaction. Because of the nature of the allegations, even the House Ethics Committee is looking into the alleged affair with a congressional staffer – a huge no-no in Congress.

The mainstream media’s attempts to write [Jen] Van Laar and RedState out of the history of this scandal is saddening, but not entirely unexpected. The work that went into her series of articles detailing the scandal is the footwork of a true journalist. The use of certain images, while holding back on more scandalous ones, showed editorial restraint many outlets seem to have forgotten – that you can post enough to show something happened without posting too much and losing the point of the story.

CNN and other outlets are treating this story like it’s one they just stumbled across, like it’s a story that they plucked off some random corner of the Internet. But it isn’t.

Read the whole thing.

UPDATE: Just Wow: Katie Hill tweeted sooo much trash about Kavanaugh last year and gosh, was she projecting or what?

QED:

(Bumped.)

DON SURBER: CNN latest news cesspool uncovered.

Project Veritas is exposing the deep dark secrets of the seditious CNN which is cahoots with Obama to bring down President Donald John Trump and our republic as well.

Today’s installment shocked me, “Part 4: #MeTooCNN Video Exposes Alleged Sexual Misconduct by CNN Exec and Possible Cover-Up by Senior CNN Management.”

What? This I did not expect.

People went on the record.

Project Veritas reported, “When speaking about CNN Politics Supervising Producer and White House Unit Supervising Producer/Coverage Manager, Steve Brusk, ‘The Lead with Jake Tapper’ Senior Producer Rick Saleeby said: ‘he would like make advances if there was a social gathering and they were drunk… Put his arms around them, try and touch their leg. Try and build up emails to the level where he would get flirty and inappropriate.'”

These are not anonymous attacks by cowards.

The allegations come after endless panels on CNN berated Harvey Weinstein and Al Franken for their conduct with women. Weinstein engaged in transactional sex with actresses (and apparently rape) while Franken pretended to grope a sleeping woman.

If what Saleeby said about Brusk is true — and CNN is not addressing the accusation — then Brusk [was] harassing women while he was booking Michael Avenatti to appear on Tapper’s show to accuse President Trump of adultery.

But I got to thinking. Television news departments sure h[ave] a lot of trouble with sexual harassment even as they engage in news actualities and lengthy panel discussions condemning the practice.

The louder the speak of their honor, the faster you should count the spoons.

HEATHER MAC DONALD ON THE DEFENESTRATION OF PLACIDO DOMINGO:

The AP had spent two years trying to get sources to talk about Domingo; a feminist music critic had also been on the hunt but abandoned the project for lack of cooperating witnesses. After the AP’s persistence finally paid off, other outlets scrambled to catch up. NPR was particularly aggressive but the well of complainants with first-hand experience of Domingo’s womanizing had apparently run dry. Nevertheless, on Friday, September 20, NPR ran a story headlined “Met Opera Faces ‘One More Catastrophic Crisis’ As Employees Must Work With Domingo.” The piece was based on four anonymous sources at the Metropolitan Opera, where the Domingo-starring Macbeth was set to open in a few days.

* * * * * * * *

There are three possible justifications for Domingo’s scourging, each more unpersuasive than the last. The first is to punish his past behavior. But his alleged infractions occurred decades ago, making punishment too belated to be just or meaningful. None of his accusers brought their objections to anyone in authority. If they wanted to punish him, that would have been the time to do so. Now, the overwhelmingly anonymous nature of the accusations and the passage of time prevent Domingo from mounting a defense. Some of the alleged incidents were undoubtedly more ambiguous than the accusers are disclosing. But without a known accuser, Domingo cannot establish the facts of these incidents, even if he could remember what may have been a fleeting and misunderstood gesture.

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This idea that Domingo poses a current risk to females even in his immediate orbit is pure hysteria. Domingo is a near-octogenarian. The most recent allegations against him, even if they constituted an actual danger at the time, date from over 15 years ago. After those allegations belatedly surfaced, his every movement would have been under a microscope. Were Domingo still inclined at his age to make advances, it would have taken a suicidal recklessness to engage in any behavior that could be massaged into a harassment incident. But, for the sake of argument, let us assume that he let slip, even now, an appreciative glance or ambiguous compliment. Are we supposed to believe, in this era of “strong women,” that a female chorister is so vulnerable and weak that, faced with someone who is operating under a potential death sentence, she can’t simply rebuff an advance? Domingo’s 20 accusers somehow survived the trauma of being propositioned by one of the opera world’s most charismatic stars. Why would the trauma today be so much more lethal to require proleptically snuffing out a still fertile career?

Read the whole thing.

Now that AP has devoted its considerable resources to destroy a — checking notes — 78 year old opera legend, and CNN its own efforts to gin up a moral panic around a comic book movie, when does the left’s new Moral Majority come for what Matthew Walther, writing in The Week in the fall of 2017, the peak of the #MeToo movement, dubbed “The sexual predators everyone still worships:” the world of rock and rap music? As Kay Hymowitz wrote in the LA Times in the following year, “#MeToo feminists may not realize it, but their other target is sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.” Doesn’t AP now have to aim their guns there, to prove that they’re not simply shooting down the easy targets that are elderly men who would be nearing the ends of their careers anyway, even without a push from what Heather Mac Donald dubs “the brittle rigidity of contemporary feminism… Drunk on its own power, it is turning its massive armamentarium of narcissistic grievance on male success with an ever more neurotic standard of transgression?”

#HERTOO? Woman behind the French #MeToo movement fined for defaming man she accused of harassment.

#METOO STRIKES AGAIN: Placido Domingo withdraws from Met Opera after harassment reports. Why are lefty-dominated institutions in deep-blue cities such cesspits of abuse?

THE DIVINE RIGHT OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY: ‘They lost the battle:’ Peggy Noonan triggers #MeToo with piece on why they’re really targeting Kavanaugh.

(Classical reference in headline.)

PEGGY NOONAN: Why They’ll Never Stop Targeting Kavanaugh: The continuing assault reflects both a fixation and an effort to deprive the court of its legitimacy.

Here are the reasons, in no certain order, that the accusations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh will never stop and his foes on the progressive left never let up.

Because progressives have to prove they were right to advance the sexual-assault accusations of Christine Blasey Ford. They lost that battle; Justice Kavanaugh sits on the court. They won’t stop the assault until they can prove they were right to launch it.

Because people become fixated on their targets. Because #MeToo continues as a potent cultural force. Because as the court assumes an ever more powerful role in American life, confirmation hearings and their aftermath will become more brutal and never-ending.

Because the authority and legitimacy of future rulings that are not pleasing to progressives (most prominently, perhaps, on Roe v. Wade) can be undermined through footnotes that say “the 5-4 decision was joined by a justice credibly accused of sexual assault.”

Because the steady drum of allegations diminishes not only Justice Kavanaugh’s stature but that of the court itself, which will be helpful when Democrats attempt to pack it.

Because the crazier parts of the progressive left increasingly see politics as public theater, with heroes and villains, cheers and hisses from the audience, and costumes, such as outfits from “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Because modern politics is, for the lonely and strange on all sides, entertainment and diversion. And one’s people must be entertained.

Because many progressives believe deep in their hearts that conservative men are both sexually obsessed and repressed, that conservatism is a way of looking at the world in which women are lesser, mere prey. They think this is behind everything, including conservative reservations about or opposition to abortion. In this view, conservative jurists who say things like “60% of my clerks were women” and “I coach the girls’ soccer and debate teams” are engaged in an elaborate cover. They hate the modern world. Behind closed doors they’re always swinging caveman’s clubs.

Because where there’s smoke there must be fire. There was Ms. Ford, then the Yale rumors. There’s no way there isn’t something to it.

So it will never end.

For Democrats, it is not “good politics,” and most of them know it. What was done to Justice Kavanaugh had a positive impact on 2018 Senate outcomes—for Republicans. There was a backlash. Women worried their sons and husbands would be targeted in a prosecutorial atmosphere that had abandoned due process.

But they can’t help themselves. Because all they had to do was not be crazy, and they couldn’t manage that.

Bottom line: “The charges will probably never stop, but at this point many of us, having seen what Justice Kavanaugh was put through because of ideology and politics, will never find them believable.”

SURE, THAT INDICATES RELIABILITY: Latest Kavanaugh Accuser Was Hillary’s Lawyer in Clinton Impeachment. But this is all bullshit, and further evidence that #MeToo wasn’t a moral movement, but a lame political tool.

THE APPALLING VANITY OF WESTERN FEMINISTS WHO THINK MARGARET ATWOOD WRITES ABOUT THEM:

Atwood has been hailed for prophesying the terrifying totalitarian age of Trump. Actress Elisabeth Moss, who plays Offred, said that she couldn’t help but recognize the similarities between Trump’s America and the brutal regime in the story. Wait, has Donald really frozen women’s bank accounts and enacted laws so they could be compulsorily raped and forced to give up their babies to the ruling class? Well, maybe not exactly, but, you know, ‘chilling parallels’, ‘frighteningly relevant’, blah blah. With no greater self-awareness than Kylie Jenner, feminists in the US co-opted the handmaid’s penitential costume of scarlet robe and white head-dress as a symbol of the #MeToo movement and of protest against the threat to reproductive rights. ‘I wish Handmaid’s Tale was insane Game of Thrones shit and pure fantasy,’ lamented Moss. ‘I wish that were true. But it’s not.’

She’s right, of course — just not in the way she thinks. For females in Saudi Arabia, Taliban-controlled Afghanistan and Islamic communities much closer to home, Gilead is not a reading at the National Theatre that makes you feel pleasantly indignant before you pick up an avocado and herb salad wrap at Pret a Manger. It’s the hateful, oppressive place where they live.

Also, interesting choice casting an actress who is a Scientologist to star in an anti-cult TV series.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: You’re not ‘demisexual’…you’re a normal human being.

Comparing a person who doesn’t experience sexual desire separate from genuine human connection to an ‘asexual’ (i.e. a person who does not experience sexual attraction at all), as Seventeen magazine did last year, explaining that, ‘demisexuality is within the asexuality spectrum,’ signals to me that we’ve gone way too far down the porn culture rabbit hole. If I can offer any advice as the wise elder I am, it is to get off your phone and interact with people in the real world. If nothing else, you’ll learn a lot about yourself and others, and will at least be able to avoid wasting your time DM’ing someone who you can’t have a conversation with in person, never mind make out with. I may be pegged a radical for saying this, but let’s normalize humanity, not objectification.

Read the whole thing, as our current weird inflection point in time between the Sexual Revolution and the left’s recent #MeToo and Kavanaugh freakouts plays itself out.

BLUE ON BLUE: ‘You need to ask first’: Iowa teacher blasts Biden for grabbing her hands when she asked him a question.

Flashback: Biden Reaps the #MeToo Whirlwind: ‘It’s never, never, never, never, never OK to touch her without her consent,’ he told college men in 2011.

While speaking to students at the University of New Hampshire in 2011, then-Vice President Joe Biden told men in the audience that “no matter what a girl does, no matter how she’s dressed, no matter how much she’s had to drink—it’s never, never, never, never, never OK to touch her without her consent.”

One of Mr. Biden’s signature issues during the Obama administration was fighting an alleged epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses. He promoted the debunked claim that 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted as undergraduates—the result of surveys using an impossibly broad definition of sexual assault that encompassed any conduct that, knowingly or not, made someone uncomfortable.

The Obama administration issued guidelines to campuses in 2011 to combat the alleged crisis. Mr. Biden headlined the announcement. The guidance traduced due-process rights for students accused of sexual assault and threatened colleges and universities with federal investigations and potential funding reductions if they did not find more accused students and professors guilty.

Now those impossible standards are being applied to their proponents. Since last Friday, several women have accused Mr. Biden of making them uncomfortable during his interactions with them. One accuser, Caitlyn Caruso, told the New York Times that during an event about sexual assault at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Mr. Biden put his hand on her thigh and didn’t remove it even when she showed discomfort by shifting in her seat. She also said he hugged her “just a little bit too long.” . . .

When accused himself, Mr. Biden naturally fell back on all the arguments that are often dismissed when made by college men. He said it was never his “intention” to make women uncomfortable. He also acknowledged that “social norms have begun to change” without acknowledging that he helped lead the change—and hasn’t lived up to the standards he sought to impose on others.

The standards are stupid, but you know what Alinsky said about rulebooks.

OTHER THAN PRETTY MUCH EVERYBODY, WHO COULD HAVE FORESEEN THIS DEVELOPMENT? Men now avoid women at work – another sign we’re being punished for #MeToo:

Which makes you wonder why so many men are afraid to interact with women at work?

The answer to that question, perhaps, is that a lot of men aren’t so much afraid of being accused of anything as they are they are angry that #MeToo ever happened. They’re angry that they’ve been made to think about their behavior, made to interrogate power dynamics they always took for granted, and they are punishing women for it by refusing to interact with them.

It’s worth noting, I think, that the Harvard Business Review article previewing the study’s 2019 results is headlined The #MeToo Backlash. You see that phrase a lot and that framing subtly implies that #MeToo went too far, that a backlash is only natural. It’s yet another form of victim-blaming; another way to quietly put women back in their place.

As Glenn has written, “you could write a strong argument for patriarchy using only the things feminists say about the fragility of women.”

DAMMIT, IT WAS ONLY SUPPOSED TO HURT REPUBLICANS! #MeToo’s bad news for Burning Man’s Orgy Dome. “The reviews are coming in, and not surprisingly, Orgy Dome visitors are finding the experience about as erotic as a tooth-cleaning.”

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Trump — or What, Exactly? Let’s compare Trump’s policies and behavior to that of prior presidents — and to his 2020 opponents’.

Not a word comes from Trump’s critics about the need for Social Security or Medicare reform to ensure the long-term viability of each — other than the Democrats’ promises to extend such financially shaky programs to millions of new clients well beyond the current retiring Baby Boomer cohorts who are already taxing the limits of the system.

To counter every signature Trump issue, there is almost no rational alternative advanced. That void helps explain the bizarre, three-year litany of dreaming of impeachment, the emoluments clause, the Logan Act, the 25th Amendment, the Mueller special-counsel investigation, Stormy Daniels and Michael Avenatti, Trump’s tax returns, White Supremacy!, Recession! — and Lord knows what next. . . .

Instead of vague socialist bombast and promises, where is the actual detailed socialist version of the Contract with America, so voters can read it, digest it, and then decide whether it is superior or inferior to the status quo since 2017? Let us see two antithetical visions of America’s future, and let the voters decide.

For those who insist that “character matters” more than policy, then, let us compare the Trump behavior in the White House since 2017 with JFK’s, Lyndon Johnson’s, and Bill Clinton’s. Let’s compare his supposed efforts to “obstruct” justice with Obama’s actual record of politicizing federal justice, intelligence, tax, and investigatory agencies.

So far, all that is something that apparently no presidential candidate wishes to do.

Plus:

Trump’s crime is that, without sanitized surgical gloves, he completely ripped the scab off what we call “journalism” and exposed a festering wound of narcissistic, mostly incompetent, and utterly partisan reportage.

Indeed, we knew what was beneath but dared not touch the scab. We had smelled the fetid pus when journalists rallied around the mythographer Dan Rather, chatted in the JournoList files, and competed to toady up to Hillary Clinton in Wikileaks’ trove of Podesta emails. Dean Baquet’s latest New York Times pep talk about the next “racist!” newspeak to follow the failed Mueller hoax was thus anticlimactic — well aside from the epidemics of #MeToo accusations not usually associated with woke, progressive journalistic professionals.

We know that the New York Times, so eager to accuse Trump and the nation at large of serial racism, is itself fond of publishing anti-Semitic cartoons and hiring those with a paper trail of racism and anti-Semitism as its editors, reporters, or editorial-board members, as we see with Sarah Jeong, Jonathan Weisman, and Tom Wright-Piersanti.

Trump did not destroy CNN or the New York Times as viable news organizations. He had nothing to do the past three years with their suicidal abandonment of ethics, professionalism, and disinterested reporting.

True.

TEACH PROGRESSIVES NOT TO BE SO RAPEY: Or something. On the one hand, this guy might be the victim of a #MeToo railroading, on the other hand, he might think, like many men, that his liberal credentials get him a free pass to grope. (As opposed to mere fame and money, which seems to cross party lines).

I don’t know…read it and make up your own mind.

BIGOTRY AT THE NEW YORK TIMES: Who knew about Tom Wright-Piersanti, and when did they know it?As Glenn pointed out here, Breitbart News discovered that Senior Editor Wright-Piersanti has been polluting social media with racist filth since at least 2009, possibly as early as 2007.

He apologized. And locked down his Twitter account. And as of this writing he inexplicably still works at the ̶T̶e̶m̶p̶l̶e̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶R̶i̶g̶h̶t̶e̶o̶u̶s̶ ̶S̶a̶n̶c̶t̶i̶m̶o̶n̶y̶  The New York Times. He has been posting racist garbage for at least nine years. And it is only logical to assume that some, if not many of his workmates and even superior-ranking editors follow him on Twitter. Is it even remotely plausible that nobody at The Times followed Wright on Twitter and never saw his screeds? I don’t think so.

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Which leaves us with the question that must be asked of each and every “Timesman” that worked there between 2007 and now: Did you know? Why didn’t you say anything?  Margaret Sullivan was their Public Editor from 2012 to 2016. How could she have not known? Bill Keller was the paper’s Executive Editor from 2003 to 2011. Did he follow Wright-Piersanti? Did anyone complain to Keller about him? Did Jill Abramson, now under fire for alleged plagiarism by the paper at which she served as Executive Editor from 2011 to 2014 follow Wright-Piersanti?

Look, this isn’t a partisan issue, it’s an honesty issue. This episode is so parallel to the #MeToo movement it’s scary. Being Harvey Weinstein wasn’t bad enough. People were (rightfully, IMHO) being held accountable for looking the other way, for enabling, and even encouraging behavior that can’t be described as anything other than despicable.

So too, bigotry is despicable, and The New York Times has embarked on a campaign to remind us of this self-evident truth. Not only The New York Times, but its cadre, its core leaders and rank-and-file past and present have to be asked these questions. Heaven knows the “media watchers” from the same club won’t ask.

So I’m encouraging you and your friends to ask. Be polite, be direct, don’t use foul language or rabid hyperbole. The emails addresses for some of these people are ([email protected]); ([email protected]) and ([email protected]). This is not a call for harassment or doxxing. These people have made a living communicating with the public and have assumed the very genuine mantle of the public trust in so doing. Thus, asking them politely “what did you know and when did you know it?” is not just fair, but important, and like the #MeToo movement it  starts with ordinary people speaking truth to power.

(Bumped up from late last night.)

AXIOS: The #MeToo election isn’t happening.


BIGOTRY AT THE NEW YORK TIMES:Who knew about Tom Wright-Piersanti, and when did they know it?
As Glenn pointed out here, Breitbart News discovered that Senior Editor Wright-Piersanti has been polluting social media with racist filth since at least 2009, possibly as early as 2007.

He apologized. And locked down his Twitter account. And as of this writing he inexplicably still works at the ̶T̶e̶m̶p̶l̶e̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶R̶i̶g̶h̶t̶e̶o̶u̶s̶ ̶S̶a̶n̶c̶t̶i̶m̶o̶n̶y̶  The New York Times. He has been posting racist garbage for at least nine years. And it is only logical to assume that some, if not many of his workmates and even superior-ranking editors follow him on Twitter. Is it even remotely plausible that nobody at The Times followed Wright on Twitter and never saw his screeds? I don’t think so.

Which leaves us with the question that must be asked of each and every “Timesman” that worked there between 2007 and now: Did you know? Why didn’t you say anything?  Margaret Sullivan was their Public Editor from 2012 to 2016. How could she have not known? Bill Keller was the paper’s Executive Editor from 2003 to 2011. Did he follow Wright-Piersanti? Did anyone complain to Keller about him? Did Jill Abramson, now under fire for alleged plagiarism by the paper at which she served as Executive Editor from 2011 to 2014 follow Wright-Piersanti?

Look, this isn’t a partisan issue, it’s an honesty issue. This episode is so parallel to the #MeToo movement it’s scary. Being Harvey Weinstein wasn’t bad enough. People were (rightfully, IMHO) being held accountable for looking the other way, for enabling, and even encouraging behavior that can’t be described as anything other than despicable.

So too, bigotry is despicable, and The New York Times has embarked on a campaign to remind us of this self-evident truth. Not only The New York Times, but its cadre, its core leaders and rank-and-file past and present have to be asked these questions. Heaven knows the “media watchers” from the same club won’t ask.

So I’m encouraging you and your friends to ask. Be polite, be direct, don’t use foul language or rabid hyperbole. The emails addresses for some of these people are ([email protected]); ([email protected]) and ([email protected]). This is not a call for harassment or doxxing. These people have made a living communicating with the public and have assumed the very genuine mantle of the public trust in so doing. Thus, asking them politely “what did you know and when did you know it?” is not just fair, but important, and like the #MeToo movement it  starts with ordinary people speaking truth to power.

THE PROVOCATIONS OF CAMILLE PAGLIA: The maverick critic and scholar has championed great art, defended free speech, and offered groundbreaking analysis of popular culture.

A professor of humanities and media studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she has taught since 1984, Paglia became an intellectual celebrity after the 1990 publication of Sexual Personae, her first book, which carries the subtitle Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson. Melding history and psychology with art and literature and laced with references to popular culture, the book delivered a one-two punch to academe. A feminist critical of the modern women’s movement, Paglia insisted on the greatness of Western civilization, though it was already unfashionable to do so. And she asserted that its greatness resulted from a creative but violent tension between male and female—between the Apollonian male principle of order (civilization) and the Dionysian female principle of chaos (nature). Two of the book’s most quoted lines are “If civilization had been left in female hands, we would still be living in grass huts” and “There is no female Mozart because there is no female Jack the Ripper.” Reading Sexual Personae, one reviewer wrote, was “a bit like being mugged.”

Now, nearly 30 years later, Paglia has once again found herself in the middle of the culture wars. Taking aim at the #MeToo movement, she told an interviewer that it is “ridiculous that any university ever tolerated a complaint of a girl coming in six months or a year after an event. If a real rape was committed, go frigging report it to the police.” In April, students at her university, upset by such statements, tried to de-platform Paglia, a lesbian who identifies as transgender. When they failed to get her scheduled lecture, “Ambiguous Images: Sexual Duality and Sexual Multiplicity in Western Art,” canceled or moved off campus, they organized a protest during the talk—and someone pulled the fire alarm. Later, the protesters urged the university to replace Paglia with a “queer person of color.”

Fortunately, the university’s president, David Yager, did what many of his peers at other schools roiled by such protests have failed to do: issued a statement defending freedom of expression. “Artists over the centuries,” Yager wrote in an e-mail to campus, “have suffered censorship, and even persecution, for the expression of their beliefs through their work. My answer is simple: Not now, not at UArts.” Paglia was delighted. An outspoken defender of free speech, she is horrified by the rise of censorship in academia—and was especially aghast, given her own history, at Yale’s attempt to police students’ Halloween costumes in 2015.

In her latest book, an essay collection called Provocations, she states that she’d like to be remembered as a “dissident writer who defended free thought and free speech.” But Provocations is not just a polemic against political correctness. The career retrospective, which includes writings from the last 25 years, covers subjects like gender, education, popular culture, and art. It showcases Paglia’s sweeping scholarship and puckish irreverence for PC pieties. “To questioning young people drawn to the siren song of hormones and surgery,” she writes, “I say: Stay fluid! Stay free!”

Read the whole thing.

UNFAIR — IT WAS ONLY EVER MEANT TO HOLD MEN ACCOUNTABLE: Katy Perry has a #MeToo problem, and she’s the one who’s in trouble.