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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.

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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.

#HERTOO? What if #MeToo takes down powerful women?

(Via Doug Ross.)

MARK HALPERIN AND THE ART OF THE #METOO U-TURN:

Halperin’s effort, How to Beat Trump: America’s Top Political Strategists on What It Will Take, is set to be published by Regan Arts. Founder Judith Regan is renowned for her attempt to publish another redemption story: O.J. Simpson’s If I Did It.

According to Sunday’s Politico Playbook email, the book will feature interviews with Jill Alper, David Axelrod, Bob Bauer, Donna Brazile, James Carville, Tad Devine, Anita Dunn, Karen Dunn, Adrienne Elrod, Jennifer Granholm, Ben LaBolt, Jeff Link, Jim Margolis, Mike McCurry, Mark Mellman, Amanda Renteria, John Sasso, Kathleen Sebelius, Bob Shrum, Ginny Terzano, and David Wilhelm.

Cockburn has so many questions. If these strategists are so wise, did they not see how rubbing shoulders with Halperin could backfire? Is that the same Anita Dunn who’s advising the Biden campaign, the one who spends her day freaking out at what Uncle Joe’s next perceived misstep will be? What would so many Hillary Clinton backers know about how to beat Trump?

But chief among them…when exactly did they decide it was time to move on from #TimesUp?

Read the whole thing.

TO BE FAIR, TRUTH HAS NEVER BEEN A BIG THING WITH THEM: Mamet Speaks Bitter Truth In New Play, And Leftist Critics Aren’t Happy About It. “What Mamet has accomplished with this play — ostensibly a theatrical treatment of the birth of the #MeToo movement — is to present the liberal elite mindset for what it is: self-centred virtue signalling coupled with a complete abdication of personal responsibility. Offended critics will protest that sexual abuse is too serious and sacred an issue for such a comic treatment, that the politically incorrect dialogue is unacceptable in our safe space society, that the play is unfair to the female perspective, and they’ll even accuse it of being a veiled defence of Harvey Weinstein (which is utter nonsense). The truth is that Mamet’s exposure of the liberal-left doctrine as morally contradictory at its core has hit a nerve.”

#METOO DECIDES IT’S PLACIDO DOMINGO’S TURN IN THE STAR CHAMBER. “Women accuse opera legend Domingo of sexual harassment,” AP reports, in an article that looks like it’s been some time in preparation, given the mid-July date on the photo caption of one of his accusers, in a shot that AP very likely took to accompany the story. While Domingo’s photos are melodramatically composed and arranged to make him look as sinister (and at 78, as pasty and old) as possible, his accuser coolly stares down the camera. And it’s accompanied by the now-standard boilerplate:

The AP also spoke to almost three dozen other singers, dancers, orchestra musicians, members of backstage staff, voice teachers and an administrator who said they witnessed inappropriate sexually tinged behavior by Domingo and that he pursued younger women with impunity.

Domingo did not respond to detailed questions from the AP about specific incidents, but issued a statement saying: “The allegations from these unnamed individuals dating back as many as thirty years are deeply troubling, and as presented, inaccurate.

“Still, it is painful to hear that I may have upset anyone or made them feel uncomfortable — no matter how long ago and despite my best intentions. I believed that all of my interactions and relationships were always welcomed and consensual. People who know me or who have worked with me know that I am not someone who would intentionally harm, offend, or embarrass anyone.

“However, I recognize that the rules and standards by which we are — and should be — measured against today are very different than they were in the past. I am blessed and privileged to have had a more than 50-year career in opera and will hold myself to the highest standards.”

Over the past couple of years, I’ve written several times about the ongoing “Great Purge of 20th Century Mass Culture.” As the airbrushing of James Levine of the Metropolitan Opera, and the lack of attention to what would have been the 100th birthday of J.D. Salinger due to his “The Posthumous #MeToo-ing” illustrate, the higher arts and their practitioners won’t be immune to their own purges as well.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Katy Perry Accused Of Sexual Misconduct By ‘Teenage Dream’ Video Co-Star: ‘The Most Assaulting Job’ Ever. ““Can you imagine how pathetic and embarrassed I felt? I just say this now because our culture is set on proving men of power are perverse. But females with power are just as disgusting.”

I’m so old, I can remember when Katy Perry was standing up for #MeToo. Now she’s become just another perp. That DJ lost his job for (allegedly) groping her ass. What will happen to Katy for (allegedly) pulling down a teenager’s pants to expose his penis to a group of her followers?

UPDATE: Oops, I confused Taylor Swift with Katy Perry on the DJ thing. Then again, who hasn’t mixed them up?

OLD AND BUSTED: Playboy is a relic in the #MeToo era, and should be nuked and paved.

The New York Times brings the new hotness: Can the Millennials Save Playboy?

EVERYTHING IS PROBLEMATICAL: NBA Teams Phasing Out All-Female Dance Squads Thanks to the #MeToo Movement.

BUT MOBS WANT CATHARSIS AND THEY WANT IT NOW: Laura Kipnis: What regrets about a hasty, high-profile #MeToo resignation reveal.

MEANWHILE, OVER AT VODKAPUNDIT: It Can’t Be Friday Without Florida Man. “In the #MeToo era, it’s just good legal sense to get written consent before smashing a lemon cream cake in someone’s face.”

Indeed.

PRINCIPLES ONLY MATTER IF THEY HELP DEMOCRATS: Al Franken’s sexual assault is what #MeToo was created to address and now liberals feel victimized by it.

NEW YORKER MAGAZINE FINALLY FINDS A #METOO VILLAIN WHOM IT’S WILLING TO BELIEVE — AND, SURPRISE, IT’S PROGRESSIVE AL FRANKEN. “Not until very deep into this very long piece does Mayer move past Tweeden’s accusation and address the fact that no fewer than seven other women accused Franken of misconduct.”

IN THE #METOO ERA, IT’S TIME TO REVISIT TED KENNEDY’S LEGACY:

Only one of the most grievous miscarriages of justice, one of the grossest abuses of wealth and political power, and one of the most ill-deserved second acts in modern American history: July 18, 1969, the night a probably-drunk Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge at Chappaquiddick and left a young, adoring campaign aide named Mary Jo Kopechne to die in about three feet of water, her horrific death a slow agony — one that took hours — as she doubtless waited for her hero, the young and virile Ted, to run for help.

Instead, he stumbled back to his hotel room, called down to the front desk to complain about noisy guests, and went to sleep.

Chappaquiddick: Never forget.

If that sounds overly dramatic, consider this: The screenwriters of last year’s excellent film of the same name said they had never heard of it — any of it — until 2008.

“I only found out about it five years ago,” said writer/producer Andrew Logan, “because the Texas public school system does not teach things like Chappaquiddick.” Up till then, Logan said, Ted Kennedy had been among his heroes.

How many other school systems don’t teach Chappaquiddick?

Jim Treacher’s evergreen tweet about journalism also applies equally well to the education system:

And as Treacher wrote on Friday: After 50 Years, the Press Is Still Whitewashing Chappaquiddick.

JEFFREY EPSTEIN USED $46 MILLION CHARITABLE DONATION TO KEEP ALIVE HIS TIES WITH BILLIONAIRE LES WEXNER:

Before hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein went to jail in Florida more than a decade ago, billionaire L Brands founder and Chairman Les Wexner was trying to distance himself from the accused child molester.

That didn’t stop Epstein in 2008 from essentially bankrolling one of Wexner’s first nonprofit foundations with a contribution of more than $40 million in stock and other assets. The transactions were received only months before Epstein was sentenced to a term in a Palm Beach County jail on a charge of soliciting an underage prostitute.

Related: Victoria’s Secret parent company L Brand’s stock drops on ties between CEO Les Wexner and alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

Epstein’s New York City mansion, where prosecutors say they found a trove of naked pictures of underage girls last weekend, was once owned by Wexner. He reportedly transferred the home for as little as a dollar to Epstein, his onetime financial adviser.

Perhaps all investors need to know about how Victoria’s Secret has adapted to the marketing realities of today’s Me Too movement is this: The investor relations page for corporate parent L Brands is headed by a picture of eight young, lingerie-clad women. At the center of the image is model Taylor Hill, who began posing for Victoria’s Secret at 18. She is now 23. The picture was taken in early 2015.

L Brands owns Victoria’s Secret, yes, but it’s not the company’s only brand. It also owns the beauty products retailer Bath & Body Works, which these days is its fastest growing chain of stores. Yet there are no pictures of soap or fragrances on L Brand’s main investor relations page, just the image of women in their underwear.

To be fair, that’s from CBS News, which has had its own #MeToo issues.

WELL, IT’S ALWAYS AWKWARD TO TALK ABOUT SEXUAL ASSAULT WHEN BILL CLINTON IS IN THE WHITE HOUSE: UMich and Harvard prof: #MeToo wouldn’t have happened if Hillary won.

TO BE FAIR, IT WAS A BATTLE OF WITS: James Delingpole: Kanye wipes the floor with David Letterman.

The key moment comes when Kanye, after discussing his bipolar disorder (which he refuses to treat with drugs, preferring to enjoy what he calls ‘ramping up’), chooses (in his oblique, meandering way) to lament the climate of fear that has been generated among men in the witchhunt atmosphere of #MeToo.

Letterman looks uneasy at this — you can see his cowboy boots jittering nervously — as well he might. Every self-respecting celebrity in the US knows that #MeToo is the pure, saintly and cleansing force that quite properly dragged patriarchal America kicking and screaming by the testicles from the male chauvinist dark ages. So Letterman — warily, for Kanye is black and Letterman certainly wouldn’t want to be caught playing his white privilege card — says: ‘I would submit that it is not equal by any equation to the fear women feel being the other side of that.’

This triggers affirmatory whoops from the impeccably left-liberal New York audience. Letterman knows his crowd: the kind of people who don’t want jokes that make you laugh, just ones that enable you to applaud the politically correct sentiment. It’s a form of bullying, disguised as tolerance. With the subtlest of passive-aggressive menace, Letterman is signalling to Kanye: ‘Sir, you may be exceedingly famous and conveniently African American, but you just entered forbidden territory, so back to the plantation, boy!’

Kanye, gloriously, doesn’t fold but doubles down. He breaks into his shy, gnomic smile and goads Letterman by invoking the name of liberal New York’s Antichrist, Donald Trump. ‘Did you vote for him?’ Letterman asks. ‘I’ve never voted for anyone in my life,’ says Kanye. ‘Then you don’t have a say in this,’ finger-wags Letterman — a fatal error. ‘Oh,’ says Kanye and then — adopting the mannerism of a dumbo from the Deep South — waves his hands and says: ‘You got me!’

It’s the most extraordinary few minutes, a minuet of death. Letterman affects to laugh, the audience laughs, Kanye laughs. But behind the smiles and the apparent bonhomie, a vicious duel is taking place and Kanye is winning hands down. I can’t think of a single other celebrity in the world who would have had the balls to do what Kanye does in this interview: challenge the entertainment industry’s oppressive left-liberal consensus; speak out for Donald Trump; rail against the stifling constraints on freedom of speech that is rendering so much unsayable. Maybe you need to be a huge rap star to get away with such things. But how many other huge rap stars would have had the originality of thought even to try?

None.

SHOCKER: A BOGUS #METOO CLAIM AGAINST A POPULAR CONSERVATIVE POLITICIAN. Police called to Boris Johnson flat after neighbour reportedly heard screaming. Bottom line: “There were no offences or concerns apparent to the officers and there was no cause for police action.”

BITTER CLINGERS, 2019 EDITION: The Daily Beast declares that The Democratic Party is full of sexists.

Democrats are still wrestling with one rather uncomfortable question in terms of how the primary race is shaping up in the early stages. We’re in the latest “Year of the Women” as well as the #MeToo era, right? So why are two ancient old white dudes still outperforming all of the qualified women who are running? Elizabeth Warren has been showing some momentum lately and Kamala Harris has manged to at least stay above the background noise level, but Biden and Sanders remain the definite leaders thus far on a national level.

How do we explain this? Well, at least according to some recent reporting at the Daily Beast, the answer should be obvious. The Democratic primary voters around the country are a bunch of sexists.

Perhaps that’s a small step forward, in a way. I can remember back in 2008 when the Huffington Post declared that Democratic primary voters around the country were a bunch of racists.

STUART TAYLOR, JR.: Sex Predator or #MeToo Prey?

Dababneh is one of many men accused of sexual misconduct who have been presumed guilty, without meaningful due process, by their employers (or campuses), peers, the media, and the public. Their lives and professional prospects, including Dababneh’s, are typically devastated. Some become depressed, even suicidal. Some, however, are fighting back in any way they can. Hundreds of accused college students have sued their campuses for ruling against and often expelling them in proceedings that, they claim, lack due process. And a majority of those have won at least preliminary rulings.

But very few accused men sue their accusers, in part to avoid public trials and minimize publicity. That’s what makes Dababneh’s case unusual. Even those who have strong evidence of innocence typically sue only their campuses or employers. It is harder to win a suit against an accuser and most could not pay large damage awards.

In Dababneh’s case, he says that he become convinced that a public trial in a court of law governed by due process became his only hope of clearing his name. He had been ruined by publicity about the Lopez accusation and stunned by the unfavorable outcome of a highly secretive and (in his view) grossly unfair, guilt-presuming investigation by a private Sacramento lawyer hired by the State Assembly amid the highly charged #MeToo atmosphere.

People will act more carefully if they think they may face consequences for their actions. Much, much more at the link.

WHEN THE WORLD COMES TO AN END IN 2050, WILL VICE BE AROUND TO SEE IT?

● Shot: New report suggests “high likelihood of human civilization coming to an end” in 2050.

—Tweet by Vice.com, Monday (link safe, goes to Twitchy.)

● Chaser: Vice.com Lays Off Senior Editors in Shakeup:

The company is also still doing its best to emerge from lingering #MeToo fallout after a scathing New York Times investigation into Vice’s workplace culture. The story culminated in the eventual dismissal of both the company’s chief digital officer and president over past accusations of sexual misconduct.

“Listening to our employees over the past year, the truth is inescapable: from the top down, we have failed as a company to create a safe and inclusive workplace where everyone, especially women, can feel respected and thrive,” wrote Vice co-founders Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi in a public note to Vice employees in December 2017.

“We understand that this had an impact on current and former employees at VICE*, and we want to express our deepest apologies to them, as well as our extreme regret for our role in perpetuating sexism in the media industry and society in general.”

The Wrap, yesterday.

● Hangover: Disney’s $400M Investment In Vice Media Becomes $353M Write-Down:

Disney made its investment four years ago, when Vice was valued at more than $4 billion. Later, in 2017, Vice’s valuation reached nearly $6 billion, after private-equity firm TPG invested $450 million.

Since then, the company has been hit with rounds of layoffs — in the latest releasing 10% of its workforce, in addition to other cultural problems, such as charges of sexual harassment.

With the round of layoffs last fall, CEO Nancy Dubuc stated that the company was focused on a new strategy that would lead it toward profitability. The new round of investment is intended to bolster that vision.

Publishers Daily, May 9th.

* Wouldn’t the publication’s name be the first clue to incoming employees?

QUESTION ASKED: Did American outlets refuse to publish the MLK sex transcripts?

David Garrow is an accomplished historian of the Civil Rights era, an experienced interpreter of FBI material, and a biographer of Barack Obama. He holds a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of King, and he also happens to be an erstwhile member of the Democratic Socialists of America. The ideas that Garrow is a sensationalist or that his MLK article is a ‘conservative’ hit job are ludicrous. But a chorus of academics have attacked Garrow in the Washington Post, one of the outlets which looked at but refused to publish his discoveries.

* * * * * * * *

No less appalling, if true, is Garrow’s claim that senior editors, almost all white and male, overruled their frequently female and non-white staff when it came to publishing his findings. Naming the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, and the Atlantic, Garrow alleges that the editors are afraid of being attacked as racist by Twitter mobs — a theory that seems to be confirmed by the Post’s attack on Garrow.

We might add that King is sacred to liberalism — perhaps so much a saint that the prelates of the press are covering up his feet of clay. Whether caused by misplaced paternalism, cowardice, or simple partisanship, this is a dereliction of journalistic duty. It’s hard to imagine the same newspapers demurring from running transcripts involving Richard Nixon or Donald Trump.

As Garrow says, the King transcripts are not about race. They are about the abuse of male power. In this season of #MeToo, the suppression of this story by major American newspapers, if that is what really happened, should be as much of a scandal as Garrow’s revelations themselves. Listen to this podcast, and judge Garrow and his methods for yourself.

And thus the limits of #MeToo. It was fine when middle-aged or elderly guys who were already losing their institutional power or cultural cachet such as Roger Ailes, Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Woody Allen, Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, Jann Wenner, and Kevin Spacey, et al were being demonized and/or airbrushed from history. But the DNC-MSM historical narrative is sacred. The new revelations about King are the ultimate example of Jim Treacher’s observation that:

Of course, as one of Rod Dreher’s readers wrote, it’s an extremely good thing that MLK isn’t being memory holed: “I hope Dr. King remains celebrated; I also hope that his sexual behavior (again, assuming this story is true) is not forgotten. And in the future, when someone on the Left advocates the abolition of Columbus Day, or the taking down of monuments to Washington or Jefferson or many less well-known figures, I hope that people bring up Dr. King, NOT in the spirit of ‘Whataboutism’, but in order to remind them that there is no incompatibility between celebrating the achievements of people in the past and acknowledging that those people had – as we all do – major flaws.”

CLAIRE MCCASKILL AND A #METOO DOUBLE STANDARD?

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

#METOO COMES FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING:

Assuming this is true in more or less the way you have described it, my hope is that something good might come from it. It will be incredibly – and rightly – hard for the US to back away from the celebration of Dr. King, to cancel or rename the Martin Luther King holiday, to rename the Martin Luther King avenues, to demolish the Martin Luther King monument in the Mall, and so on. And perhaps – just perhaps – this might lead to some on the Left rethinking their opposition to other iconic figures of the past. Perhaps people will feel more able to say:

Yes, Martin Luther King was (it now appears) a sexual predator. But he was ALSO a transformational leader whose work led the country to a more just place.

and likewise:

Yes, George Washington was a slave owner. But he was ALSO the leader who brought together the country in its infancy in a way that no one else at the time could.

and likewise…

Read the whole thing.

A #METOO PROBLEM for Martin Luther King? This is David Garrow’s research: “King’s philandering has long been suspected, however Garrow, who spent several months digging through the archive material, said he had no idea of the scale or the ugliness of it and his apparent indifference to rape until he saw the files.”

On the other hand, the FBI has lately shown itself willing to accept extremely thin stories that support its desire to smear popular leaders it dislikes.

THE #METOO WRECKING BALL TURNS OUT TO BE A BOOMERANG:

Author of the article, Melissa Locker goes on to say, “It’s an infuriating addition to the challenges that women already face in the workplace, adding to their emotional labor by making sure their male bosses feel comfortable interacting with them alone and at those all-important work socialization events.”

Infuriating, maybe, but not unexpected.

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

PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: Geoffrey Rush Awarded $1.9 Million in #MeToo Defamation Case.

FRUITS OF #METOO: Sad survey: 60% of male managers are “uncomfortable” working around women.

LeanIn.org and SurveyMonkey just released the results of a survey on the state of men and women interacting in the workplace in the age of #MeToo. The results are frustrating. The data reveals that 60% of male managers say they are uncomfortable performing common workplace activities such as mentoring, working one on one, or socializing with a woman. That’s a 32% increase over last year.

To add insult to insult, senior-level men who were surveyed are now far more hesitant to spend time with junior female colleagues than junior male ones, across a range of basic work activities. The men were 12 times more likely to hesitate to have one-on-one meetings, nine times more likely to hesitate to travel with a junior woman for work, and six times more likely to hesitate to have a work dinner with a junior woman.

Unexpectedly! More here:

But the steady stream of stories of harassment over the past few years seems to be confusing workers about how often harassment really happens. Equal numbers say that the frequency of harassment is increasing (22%) and decreasing (21%), and even more workers don’t know which way it’s going (24%).

On top of that, women feel less safe at work than they did before. Only 85% said they feel safe on the job, down from 91% last year. Media coverage that is intended to hold aggressors accountable also seems to create a sense of threat, and people don’t seem to feel like aggressors are held accountable.

Also unexpectedly.

MARK PULLIAM: Harvard’s Disgrace.

Utopian social movements often degenerate into unruly—and sometimes vicious—mobs. During the French Revolution, the slogan “liberty, equality, fraternity” quickly led to the guillotine as the Jacobins unleashed the Reign of Terror. We are witnessing a softer version of this at Harvard, America’s most elite university, where Ronald Sullivan, an African-American law professor, faces professional retribution for the sin of representing a (presumed innocent) client (Harvey Weinstein) accused of sexual assault. Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz denounced the incident as “The new McCarthyism comes to Harvard.”

Capitulating to the noisy complaints of a small number of undergraduates, and a sit-in protest at the dining hall, the Harvard administration recently announced that, effective June 30, Sullivan and his wife, Stephanie Robinson (who likewise teaches at Harvard Law School), would be removed as “faculty deans” at the school’s Winthrop House—a student residence where Sullivan and Robinson also lived. (Sullivan remains as a law professor.) When appointed as residential deans in 2009, Sullivan and Robinson were the first African-Americans to hold that position at Harvard, according to The Harvard Crimson. The decision to remove Sullivan and Robinson was made by Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana, who had reportedly joined the students’ sit-in protest, dubbed “Reclaim Winthrop.”

Students absurdly charged that Sullivan’s representation of a criminal defendant charged with sexual assault—by itself—made them feel upset, and contributed to an unsafe and hostile educational environment. Never mind that procedural due process (including the right of criminal defendants to zealous representation) is a critical tenet of the Anglo-American legal system, and that criminal law professors have long practiced criminal defense on the side, without controversy. Never mind that Sullivan previously represented other high-profile clients without incident, including accused terrorists and former New England Patriots tight-end Aaron Hernandez in his 2017 double murder trial. That was then.

The #MeToo movement sweeps away such precedents as inconvenient impediments to achieving a higher state of virtue, just as the Robespierre-led Committee of Public Safety eliminated many “enemies of the people.” It is tempting to ignore the horrors of the French Revolution, or to dismiss them as an aberration of history, but then—as now—idealistic reformers believed with moral certainty in the righteousness of their cause.

I know that some people on the right want to simply laugh while respected lefty institutions devour themselves, but the poison will not stay contained.

A FRIEND ON FACEBOOK OBSERVES, “THE PRESS HAS BECOME A PITILESS INQUISITOR THAT CANNOT LIVE UP TO ITS OWN REMORSELESS STANDARDS.” Andrew Marr: I was a fool to grope a colleague… but I was suffering from exhaustion. “The photographs, taken at 2.30am in a Soho street, showed him placing his hand down the back of his companion’s jeans while nuzzling her neck and attempting to move in for a drunken kiss.”

This sort of thing used to be treated as a breach of etiquette, not as a public scandal. #MeToo ensures that nothing is private, nothing is forgivable, and context doesn’t matter. Except, you know, when lefty politics demands otherwise.

WOMEN, #METOO MEANS #YOUTOO: ‘Game of Thrones’ star on fans groping him: ‘It’s not cool’.

ROB LONG: The Moguls Who Couldn’t Deliver the Goods.

This is not at all like the old-timey ways of, say, Harry Cohn of Columbia Studios. It is part of Hollywood lore—unconfirmed Hollywood lore, but still—that Cohn would often demand sexual favors from actresses in exchange for movie roles. You’re shocked, I know. But here’s the crucial difference: Harry Cohn could deliver. When Harry Cohn whispered promises to an actress on the sofa with many cushions, you can bet he kept them. It is part of Hollywood lore—again, unconfirmed Hollywood lore—that one time Harry Cohn pressed the button under his desk, and a few days later Kim Novak was a movie star.

Sure, Moonves could have called someone up and asked for a favor. Trust me as someone who had many television series on CBS in the intervening years between Moonves’s pressing the button on Bobbie Phillips in 1996 and the publication of Ronan Farrow’s New Yorker articles in 2018. If he had given me a jingle and asked me for a favor, I absolutely 100 percent without question would have done it.

But then he would have owed me a favor back. And as someone who had many television series on CBS between 1996 and 2018—all of which were cancelled—that was probably something he wanted to avoid.

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The modern Hollywood mogul—like the modern executive in pretty much every other business—has just enough power to get into serious trouble, but not enough to make it go away. He can press the button, but he cannot deliver the goods. One strange by-product of the #MeToo scandal is how it revealed that two of the most powerful men in Hollywood were actually impotent.

Read the whole thing.

FROM LESLIE EASTMAN AT LEGAL INSURRECTION, A REVIEW of Megan Fox’s new book, Believe Evidence: The Death of Due Process from Salome to #MeToo.

CHRISTIAN TOTO: Hollywood Declares War on Ailes, Fox News?

Matt Lauer’s decades-long career came to a screeching halt thanks to the #MeToo movement.

The same is true of venerable news man Charlie Rose.

Hollywood has shown little interest in either tale. The epic fall of Roger Ailes, a fellow #MeToo casualty, is another matter.

Why? Do you even need to ask?

Heh — no.

#METOO: Navy Wants Its Own ‘Holodeck’ Simulator.

HOLLYWOOD ENDING: Peter Bart: Woody Allen Struggles To Keep Making Movies Amidst Turmoil.

Some years ago I helped architect a film deal for a Woody Allen movie (Play It Again Sam) and Woody resented that he was not specified as director. A week later, when I encountered him, he looked right through me, even though we knew each other. “In Woody’s world, when you lose favor you are instantly extinguished,” one member of his inner circle explained to me.

Much like the way the #metoo crowd has vanished its foes to cultural Siberia. In December of 2017, Mark Hemingway explored  “Why Liberals Have Such A Hard Time With ‘Monstrous Men’ And Their Art:”

Frankly acknowledging this might suggest that the liberals have endorsed ideas — e.g. oxymoronic notions of “sexual liberation” — that have been deeply harmful to women, all for the sake of knocking down obstacles to political power. I wonder how much betrayal [Woody] Allen must feel now. He did his part to push a liberal sexual and political agenda, was celebrated for it, and now he’s being drummed out of polite society for enjoying the fruits of these efforts?

As Steve wrote linking to Hemingway’s piece, “I’d just add that perhaps the saddest part about Woody Allen et al. is that they never understood they’d become disposable once they were no longer useful to the cause.”

#TIMESUP FOR #METOO:

● Shot: Christian Toto: Hollywood And The Total Collapse Of #MeToo.

● Chaser: Poll shows Biden isn’t losing support from female Democrats.

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: #MeToo Founder Blasts Biden’s Jokes About Allegations: ‘Disrespectful and Inexcusable.’

ASHE SCHOW IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: 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.

NOT EVERYONE IN MY FIELD IS INSANE. OF COURSE, THIS IS WHY MARGARET BALL IS NOW INDIE:  It’s not #MeToo, it’s just plain creepy.

Speaking of, she has new books out.  I’ll link the new one in the next post.

HEATHER MAC DONALD: Joe Biden and the deranged policing of personal space: Have the grounds for feminist complaint ever been lower?

Well, Woke Joe has been endorsing the new, lowered standards for guilt when they applied to other men.

Related: The bonkers assault on Joe Biden. “Weird Joe, who’s been showing keen affection to members of the fairer sex since before he became a big Democratic macher, has done the unforgivable in this humorless age. He’s shown genuine human warmth of the male variety to females in the scary era of #MeToo. And he’s demonstrated that the vast suspicion, bordering on hatred, of men — even dudes on the political left — is a force so powerful, he has only one choice: Pack in your presidential hopes, Joe, and repent. The feminists of America are coming for you with torches and pitchforks.”

But no more bonkers than he’s been, and he was happy to carry a pitchfork himself until now.

FLASHBACK: Hypocritical politically motivated feminism is killing #MeToo. Just ask Keith Ellison.

#METOO COMES TO TENNESSEE: Democratic Rep. Rick Staples faces allegations, investigation of sexual misconduct.

Knoxville Democratic Rep. Rick Staples is facing disciplinary action after an internal investigation determined he violated the legislature’s sexual harassment policy, according to multiple sources aware of the inquiry.

As a result, Staples is expected to be removed from the House Ethics Committee, to which Speaker Glen Casada appointed him in January. . . .

A woman who recently interacted with Staples while visiting the legislature told the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee the actions come after she brought forward her concerns that the lawmaker inappropriately touched her.

The woman, who is not being identified by the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee because she is a victim of harassment, alleged that Staples grabbed and held on to her waist while standing behind her after he had made inappropriate comments about her appearance.

The woman is involved in Democratic politics in the state and said Staples had made inappropriate remarks to her on previous occasions. But she decided to move forward with a complaint most recently since she said Staples touched her inappropriately.

“My first day doing anything in politics, one of the very first things I heard was not to be alone in a room with Rick,” she said in an interview.

After the recent incident, she reported details about the encounter to House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Stewart, D-Nashville, though she said she had to follow up with his office before receiving a reply.

All this weaponized-feminism stuff that failed to bring down Trump and Kavanaugh sure is wreaking havoc in the Democratic Party. Well, except in Virginia, where the press just made the story go “poof” when it looked like it might lead to a GOP governor.

Props to the Tennessean, though, for mentioning his party affiliation right up front.

UH OH: Two More Women Accuse Joe Biden of Inappropriate Touching. “This now makes four accusers who have come forward. One of the new women was only 19 years old at the time of the incident.”

Plus: “Biden’s team has started to go on offense, accusing the campaigns of other 2020 Democratic presidential candidates of being behind these women coming forward—particularly the Bernie Sanders campaign.”

Related: Joe Biden is damned by his own ‘harassment’ standard. “According to the standards of culpability that Biden has articulated in similarly conflicted situations, however, it’s an open-and-shut case. Perhaps no major American political figure has so consistently championed the erosion of due process for those accused of sexual misconduct. . . . Biden’s current situation recalls that of former Sen. Al Franken, who bitterly criticized DeVos’ ­Title IX policies, only to flail about in defending himself against allegations (mostly less serious than what Biden faces) of sexual misconduct. Ideologically boxed in, Franken couldn’t defend himself by challenging his accusers’ veracity, lest he appear to reject the party’s consensus about believing all complainants.”

The #MeToo movement morphed into a moral panic, or actual mass hysteria, with a lot of encouragement from politicians who probably regret that now. But it’s hard to feel too sorry for them.

UPDATE: Time’s Up! Accused of sexual misconduct, Joe Biden will now face the presumption-of-guilt standard that he helped champion.

#TIMESUP: Biden’s Tactile Politics Threaten His Return in the #MeToo Era.

Related: Joe Biden’s Identity Reckoning: He may have been VP, but he’s old, white, male and heterosexual. He can solve all his problems at once by identifying as a lesbian between now and the convention.

HMM: Et #MeToo, Bloomberg? The former mayor is reconsidering a 2020 run after watching allegations against Joe Biden surface. Watching them surface, or causing them to surface?

ANN ALTHOUSE HAS QUESTIONS ON THE BIDEN THING:

Who was involved in launching this new attack? The material is old. The Flores incident goes back to 2014. #MeToo prompted new speech about old incidents, but #MeToo goes back to the fall of 2017. Biden’s likely candidacy has been plain since 2016. Biden has been leading the polls for quite a while. Various candidates who may think they deserve front-runner status — including all the women — find themselves stalled behind 2 old white men — Biden and Sanders — and looking at 2 young white men — O’Rourke and Buttigieg — moving up on them. Did Flores act entirely on her own or did one or more of the female candidates or their operatives move behind the scenes to scare up the old stories and push old Joe into disqualifying himself?

I watched Flores on Jake Tapper’s “State of the Union” yesterday, and he confronted her with questions about whether she acted alone. She jumped very eagerly, so eagerly that we wondered if she was lying.

Hmm.

UPDATE: From the comments: “The months leading up to a nomination of a Democratic candidate for president [are] unique in the United States. It is the only time when the media will investigate and even disparage a Democrat. They do this, of course, because Democrats are competing with Democrats. Once the nominee is selected, the media will, once again, close ranks around their candidate and party and never say an unkind word about either.”

#JOURNALISM: Washington Post Complicit in #MeToo Coverup.

SO I LINKED TO THIS PIECE ON #METOO AND AL FRANKEN EARLIER, but I want to break out this part:

I found it an inoffensive burlesque of a burlesque—they were, after all, on a USO tour, which is a raunchy vaudeville throwback. But I recognized that my reaction belonged to the pre–#MeToo world. That’s the world Franken was still in when he issued this initial perfunctory apology: “As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it.”

Franken was quickly engulfed by the post–#MeToo world. Just weeks prior to Tweeden’s release of the photo, The New York Times and The New Yorker published what became Pulitzer Prize–winning stories about decades of sexual misconduct and career threats against women by the film producer Harvey Weinstein. This was swiftly followed by accusations of appalling workplace behavior by a parade of prominent men. Many immediately lost their reputations and their jobs.

The photo of Franken caused a national convulsion. Michelle Goldberg of The New York Times wrote that it was “utterly dehumanizing,” and initially called for his immediate resignation. Seth Meyers, the talk-show host and SNL alum, said it was “horrifying.” Franken quickly understood the stakes, and issued a self-flagellating self-denunciation: “I feel disgusted with myself … It’s obvious how Leeann would feel violated by that picture. And, what’s more, I can see how millions of other women would feel violated by it.”

Something that was an inoffensive burlesque a few years ago is now a virtual crime against humanity? And now that it’s over, Democrats think they behaved badly? That sounds less like evolving standards of decency, and more like a species of mass hysteria. It says bad things about our political class, and the social media it is so influenced by, that it’s prone to such wild swings of emotion and shifting of standards. “But when passions run high, it is crucial that those most empowered to tamp down the mob don’t become part of it, and that the bedrock values of fairness and unbiased assessment remain untrammeled.”

Yeah, good luck with that.

One can feel schadenfreude when people who spark waves of moral hysteria get caught up by them, and still recognize that moral hysteria is no way to run a country — and a political class that wallows in it is not worthy to trust with the running.

BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT STUPID? Here’s Why I Didn’t Fall For The Russia-Trump Conspiracy: Media outlets regurgitated leaks from politicized intelligence officials. They should have been far more skeptical. The whole thing was obviously stupid and self-serving from the beginning. “I noticed that the Russia narrative was increasingly being clung to as an explanation for the media’s failures to understand the country they purport to cover.”

Plus:

CNN received an award for publishing this leak from a top-level intelligence official. At best they were far too credulous of this leak. At worst, they knowingly took part in an information campaign designed to hurt Trump. Neither option is particularly good.

Yes, Obama intel leaders briefed the presidents on the completely unverified claims, but the real story was that they were so bad at their jobs that they were playing around with these claims in the first place. The real story was that they were leaking that they’d briefed the dossier so that it would legitimize the claims and undermine the duly elected president who was to succeed Obama.

The real story, we’d later find out thanks to dogged investigations by a few Republicans in the House and Senate, was that the claims were bought and paid for by the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee. The real story, we’d find out later, was that these unverified claims had been used to secure wiretaps on Carter Page, an innocent American citizen affiliated with the Trump campaign. The real story was that our media were too busy “throwing out” journalistic standards that they forgot to hold powerful law enforcement and intelligence agencies accountable.

Journalistic “standards,” like #MeToo rules, are cut to fit the needs of the moment.

#TIMESUP FOR #METOO: Northam, Fairfax, and Herring hang tough in Virginia. The torpedo that Democrats put in the water to take out Trump –and Kavanaugh — failed to destroy its targets but circled around and took out a number of Democrats. So, conveniently, the rules are changing again.

Related: Democrats Need to Learn From Their Al Franken Mistake.

Flashback: “I predict that the chief long-term consequence of #MeToo will be less mentoring of female employees by male supervisors.”