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TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Married teacher ‘was caught having a tryst with student, 15, after their SEX TAPE was shared around the school.’ “Charlaina Lee Wilson, 33, of Knoxville, Alabama, is charged with rape, sodomy, transmitting obscene material to a child by computer and distributing material harmful to minors, according to Selma police. Authorities say Wilson had sex with the student multiple times at different locations – including school grounds and on field trips. The relationship is thought to have been going on for a year.”

I’m grateful it wasn’t Knoxville, Tennessee.

DEMOCRAT OPERATIVE WITH A BYLINE SAYS WHAT? Scandal-plagued George Stephanopoulos asks is it ‘appropriate’ for scandal-plagued Roger Ailes to advise Trump?

Flashbacks: “Stephanopoulos Again Fails to Disclose His Donations During Clinton Interview” as recently as April of 2016. Hillary’s operative with a byline at ABC donated a reported $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation, which the Sunlight Foundation noted “operates as a slush fund for the Clintons.”

In the run-up to the 2012 presidential election Dan Gainor of Fox News explored another “Scandal No One is Talking About:”

We are watching ABC’s George Stephanopoulos attack Herman Cain on how he deals with women. This is the same George Stephanopoulos who worked for Bill Clinton and did his best to undermine attacks against him. Remember, Clinton was charged with a variety of women-unfriendly incidents including rape. Yes, rape. Not that the networks made a big deal of it at the time.

Here’s Stephanopoulos, on page 267 of his autobiography “All Too Human,” “Most important, I wanted to keep reports of Paula [Jones’] press conference off television … It wasn’t a hard sell.” His book goes on to say how he tried to discredit her. Yes, this openly Democratic operative is a “newsman” now.

Don’t believe it for a second. The different between “journalist” and Democratic Party operative is often non-existent.

Just think of them as Democratic operatives with bylines, and you won’t go far wrong.

ASHE SCHOW: ‘Safe spaces’ have become about exclusion, not free expression.

Over at the Washington Post, Brown University President Christina Paxson argues that safe spaces are about free expression, not its exclusion.

She’s not entirely wrong, and as she points out, there have essentially become two types of safe spaces on college campuses in recent years. One is perfectly acceptable — groups of students with similar interests or backgrounds joining together to share experiences and ideas. These are otherwise known as friend groups.

The other is clearly designed to excude, and that’s the kind that turns adult students into toddlers. Paxson noted one such instance of this, and tried to make it seem like it doesn’t happen often. The incident Paxson described occurred at Brown University several years ago, and included a room with “cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets and a video of frolicking puppies, as well as students and staff members trained to deal with trauma.”

The reason such a room was necessary for these students was because Wendy McElroy was speaking during a debate and suggesting that the “rape culture” narrative permeating colleges and universities across the country is not accurate. Students so wrapped up in this narrative regressed to children and needed a room similar to what would be found at a preschool.

Paxson described this room “as a resource to support survivors of sexual assault.” Even in that context, it was crummy. Does this mean Brown thinks survivors of sexual assault are no longer adults? That once a sexual assault has occurred, a victim can never — or should never — move on with their life?

They’ll turn us all into childlike victims ’cause they’re easier to please.

MISTER, WE COULD USE AN AD MAN LIKE DON DRAPER AGAIN. James Lileks on modern advertising:

Here’s your Male Archetype 2016: big hole in his ear, inked arm, curated beard, ineffably self-satisfied, involved in artisanal jams but yet bacon-aware because he’s a Man, and concerned with sustainability because he wears only thrifted tees.

We’re supposed to admire him but not really. He’s a cliche, a laughable sort — but not really. Women are supposed to be impressed that he can get out a stain, and they’ll say they wish more men could just . . . take care of themselves, you know? But tbh they’re sorta messy themselves and can’t do much in the way of domestic stuff either. It would be nice if a guy knew how to do that stuff. Some of it. Not all of it. And not if he, like, has lots of ideas about domestic stuff, and is always saying you’re doing it wrong when you try to make a sandwich or lectures you for using Conflict Olive Oil. IT’S SO COMPLICATED

If you thought the “Man stupid, woman wise” cliché on TV was getting old, you have no idea just how long it’s been around. Read the whole thing.

QUESTIONS ASKED: The Mel Gibson-’Hacksaw Ridge’ debate “parallels that of Nate Parker, the director of ‘Birth of a Nation.’ Parker was acquitted in 1991 of rape, yet the story of that case has now been raised as the well reviewed movie is getting ready for release. The big Oscar debate of 2016 will be how to weigh the actions of these directors vs. their movies. Are we supposed to separate the man from his art? And how does the director’s personal actions color the way we look at the movies?”

Doesn’t Hollywood expect us to separate out from their work Roman Polanski and Woody Allen’s crimes and misdemeanors (to coin an Alvy Singer-approved phrase)? Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson’s racialism? Sean Penn and Oliver Stone’s love of totalitarian thugs? Alec Baldwin’s frequent assaults on well, seemingly everyone? Given how low the bar has been set by the industry, I’m not sure why Gibson alone should expect to be tossed down the memory hole.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS, or nobody covers all the angles like the Politico:

Shot: Clinton’s advisers tell her to prep for a landslide.

—The Politico, Friday.

Chaser: Trump cuts into Clinton’s lead as crucial stretch begins: Both teams prepare for the biggest moment of 2016 – the Sept. 26 debate.

—The Politico, yesterday.

How can the first debate between Trump and Hillary be “the biggest moment of 2016,” when on Friday, you told us that Hillary could start measuring the drapes?

(Via John Podhoretz.)

SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU REVIEW: “Hagiographic retelling of Obama’s first date likely to disappoint those uninitiated into his cult of personality,” Sonny Bunch writes at the Washington Free Beacon, noting that the film comes complete with a funhouse mirror version of John Galt’s lengthy stemwinder near the end of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged:

Like Galt’s rambling ode to the Makers-Not-Takers Class, Obama’s vision of a world that works best when compromise is prized bears little relation to the world we’ve seen for the last few years.

The rest of the film is less annoyingly, but rarely more artfully, put together. It’s a lot of shot/reverse shot and slow walk-and-talks, with Barack and Michelle’s faces all-too-often draped in shadows. Oddly, the movie often works better when Michelle and Barack are not on screen together, as in the early going when the two of them discuss the evening’s events with their respective families.

There’s an interesting film to be made about Obama’s relation to his father, but director Richard Tanne doesn’t make much use of this fertile territory.

That’s OK. Bill Whittle already made it five years ago, in a video that moves at a much brisker pace than the 84 minute running time of Southside With You:

ACCOUNTABILITY: Fraternity’s lawsuit against Rolling Stone will move forward.

A judge has ruled that a fraternity’s lawsuit against Rolling Stone, filed nearly a year ago, will move forward, denying the magazine’s motion to dismiss the case.

The fraternity, the University of Virginia chapter of Phi Kappa Psi, was accused by the magazine in a now-retracted article of requiring new pledges to take part in a gang rape. A young woman, identified only as “Jackie,” claimed she had been lured to a party at the Phi Psi house by one of its members, who then orchestrated a violent gang-rape against her atop a pile of broken glass.

But her story quickly fell apart once people began to question the logic of her story, and after Washington Post reporter T. Rees Shapiro discovered that Jackie made up the story in order to gain the affections of a man she had a crush on. It was discovered that no party took place at the fraternity house on the night of the alleged incident, and that pledging doesn’t even take place until the spring.

Nearly a year after the story fell apart, Phi Psi filed a lawsuit against Rolling Stone for defamation. On Thursday, Charlottesville Circuit Judge Richard E. Moore ruled that the accusations against the fraternity made by Rolling Stone could be seen as defamatory, and will allow the lawsuit to continue.

This is good news for the fraternity. In June, a federal district court judge had dismissed a lawsuit from three individual fraternity members who claimed they were easily identifiable from information contained in the Rolling Stone article. The judge in that case oddly claimed as part of his reasoning to dismiss that the brothers’ “defamation claims are directed toward a report about events that simply did not happen.” Yes, that’s exactly why they were suing and what defamation is.

Well, yes.

NBC REPORTEDLY UPSET WITH AL ROKER’S OUTBURST OVER RYAN LOCHTE’S LIES:

The world sided with Al Roker when he went in on Ryan Lochte after the Olympic swimmer’s elaborate lies about his Rio “robbery.”

“He lied to you, he lied to Matt Lauer, he lied to his mom,” Roker said to co-host Billy Bush on the “Today” show last week. “He left his teammates hanging while he skedaddled. There was no robbery, there was no pull over. He lied.”

Roker wasn’t wrong, but according to Page Six, “Today” show executives and on-air talent are unhappy with the way things went down.

Yes, you really don’t want to be discussing lying at a network that counts as its employees Brian Williams, Andrea Mitchell and Al Sharpton, and is tasked with helping shove Hillary’s military-grade exoskeleton over the finish line in November.

FEDS TOLD TO FIND THE FUGITIVE FELONS LIVING IN PUBLIC HOUSING AND EVICT THEM: Does good old fashioned shoe-leather reporting still make a difference? Consider Ethan Barton of the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group. His work exposed the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s failure to enforce the law barring fugitive felons from living in public housing.

And now, as Barton reports today, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley is telling the HUD Inspector General to stop playing games about a previously unpublished 2012 report. That document estimated that 1,300 fugitive felons were living in public housing in just one HUD region. Grassley thinks it’s time for government officials to get serious about finding such fugitives and removing them, as required by federal law.

“’It is troubling that the full number of wanted fugitive felons living in public housing remains unknown, unexplained, undocumented and unjustified,’ the Iowa Republican wrote in a letter to HUD Inspector General (IG) David Montoya Wednesday. ‘Tenants deserve to know if a wanted fugitive felon is living in the same housing project.’

“So, Grassley wants the HUD IG to do ‘a thorough, nationwide investigation into the number of wanted fugitive felons living in public housing and the adequacy of controls in place to prevent that from occurring. The American people need assurance that HUD is enforcing the law and ensuring the safety and security of public housing tenants.’”

Grassley’s directive culminated a process that began several weeks ago when Barton first reported the 2012 document. When he asked the IG what was done about the 1,300 fugitive felons, he got the run-around and a claim the report was never published because it was based on faulty data. But what made the data faulty was never explained, to Barton or to Grassley.

It will take a while but ultimately Grassley’s directive should result in hundreds of dangerous criminals being removed from public housing and brought to justice. No telling how many murders and rapes will never happen now because a persistent journalist refused to go away.

 

 

KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON: The real scandal of EpiPen pricing.

Bernie Sanders doesn’t have the first clue how an EpiPen works or what went into developing it, but he’s sure he knows what one should cost, and he’s sure who should decide — him. You know what Bernie Sanders is? He’s a bum. He was damn near 40 years old before he ever found his way into a full-time job, and that was in elected office; before that, he collected benefits, sold his creepy rape fantasies for left-wing newspapers at $50 a pop, and never lifted a finger toward any genuinely productive enterprise. He’s been suckling greedily at the public teat since way back when he could remember where his car keys are. Funny thing, though: Now he’s a bum with a third home on the waterfront of a Vermont island worth the better part of a million dollars. Every good apparatchik eventually gets his dacha.

Mrs. Clinton is a bum and a crook who used the State Department as a funnel to guide the money of favor-seeking business interests at home and abroad into the Clinton Foundation, a sham charity that exists to pay six-figure salaries to Clintons (Chelsea is full-time executive there) and their courtiers.

These people are parasites. They make: nothing. They create: nothing. They produce: nothing. But they feel perfectly justified — they positively glow with moral frisson — standing between the people who create and build and the people who benefit from those creations.

Besides, the money to pay for ObamaCare’s medical device tax has to come from somewhere.

RAPE VICTIM: Stop Watering Down Rape.

Chad Felix Greene says he was raped a decade ago after he agreed to meet a man at a hotel room expecting to then go to dinner and a movie. He says the man overpowered him and raped him, and that the rape was calculated.

Greene, as a survivor of rape, disagrees with the current culture that equates drunken hookups to what happened to him. He further disagrees with current feminist doctrine that drunken women cannot consent to sex, but drunken men can.

“Furthermore, asserting women alone cannot consent while intoxicated greatly undermines the concept of female sexual independence,” Greene wrote. “We treat women like children when we demand they can choose to intoxicate themselves but cannot choose any action afterwards when it comes to sexuality. Men cannot be expected to hold both authority roles while equally intoxicated.”

Greene insists that no one is pro-rape, but that feminists now label as an “apologist” for rape anyone who suggests a regretted drunken hookup is anything but rape.

He also echoes what many due-process advocates have been saying, that broadening the definition of rape and suggesting that women who have been drinking cannot consent actually hurts female sexual liberation. Many schools have policies now that an accuser (who is usually a woman) can be too drunk to consent to sex but the accused (almost always a man) is responsible for his actions even if drunk.

The analogy of drunk driving is often used, but only against the accused. A person who gets behind the wheel of a car while drunk is not excused of their actions.

Thus reducing women to the status of objects. A car is an object: It does not act, it is acted upon.

CATHY YOUNG: Stop calling Nate Parker a rapist: In our current cultural climate, there’s no way for a man to shake the charge of rape, even after he’s found innocent.

The much-anticipated October opening of “The Birth of a Nation,” the story of Nat Turner’s 1831 slave rebellion, is now clouded by past rape allegations against director, writer and star Nate Parker. Already, critics are lined up against the film. In a New York Times op-ed, Roxane Gay declared she won’t see it; a black popular culture site refused to review it. A blogger for the Seattle alternative paper, the Stranger, has called for the studio to “pull the plug” on the movie altogether.

The twist: Parker was actually tried, and acquitted, on the rape charge 15 years ago.

For many, it seems, an accusation of rape now equals guilt not only before there is a conviction but even after a not-guilty verdict. This may look just to those for whom “believe the survivors” is an article of faith. But such “justice” will inevitably shatter lives — and may hurt victim advocacy by lending credence to fears that rape accusations are a danger to the innocent.

I’m beginning to think that’s true myself.

ASHE SCHOW: Differing definitions of rape create opening for misuse.

Different federal agencies define rape differently, and activists looking to make it look like there’s a rape “epidemic” occurring across the country can take their pick of data related to those definitions.

The Government Accountability Office, in response to a request from Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo, discovered the disagreement among federal agencies of what is and is not rape. McCaskill herself is one of the biggest advocates for basing draconian legislation on of a broad definition that results in flawed statistics.

The GAO found “at least 10 efforts to collect data on sexual violence, which differ in target population, terminology, measurements, and methodology.” It also found “23 different terms to describe sexual violence.”

These definitions lead to vast differences in the number of victims of rape and sexual assault. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting system found 84,175 American rape victims in 2011, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — using a much broader definition in a self-reported survey — estimated there were 1,929,000 victims in 2011. That’s a 2,200 percent increase.

While the FBI used actual reported crime statistics based on the legal definition of rape, the CDC used a definition so broad it included things like stolen kisses or merely “unwanted contact” that could have been the result of misread signals.

Of course, those pushing an agenda that sexual assault and rape — especially on college campuses — has reached “epidemic” proportions will use the broader definition, even if it is only backed by a self-reported survey. They use this information to promote bills like the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, which insists all accusers be believed and takes steps to ensure accused students have no ability to defend themselves.

Kangaroo courts.

I’VE HEARD A LOT ABOUT TRUMP’S ASSOCIATES, BUT THE PRESS DOESN’T SEEM NEARLY AS INTERESTED IN THIS: Huma Abedin worked at a radical Muslim journal for 10 years.

Hillary Clinton’s top campaign aide, and the woman who might be the future White House chief of staff to the first female US president, for a decade edited a radical Muslim publication that opposed women’s rights and blamed the US for 9/11.

One of Clinton’s biggest accomplishments listed on her campaign Web site is her support for the UN women’s conference in Bejing in 1995, when she famously declared, “Women’s rights are human rights.” Her speech has emerged as a focal point of her campaign, featured prominently in last month’s Morgan Freeman-narrated convention video introducing her as the Democratic nominee.

However, soon after that “historic and transformational” 1995 event, as Clinton recently described it, her top aide Huma Abedin published articles in a Saudi journal taking Clinton’s feminist platform apart, piece by piece. At the time, Abedin was assistant editor of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs working under her mother, who remains editor-in-chief. She was also working in the White House as an intern for then-First Lady Clinton.

Headlined “Women’s Rights are Islamic Rights,” a 1996 article argues that single moms, working moms and gay couples with children should not be recognized as families. It also states that more revealing dress ushered in by women’s liberation “directly translates into unwanted results of sexual promiscuity and irresponsibility and indirectly promote violence against women.” In other words, sexually liberated women are just asking to be raped.

Well, to be fair, that last was pretty much Hillary’s attitude toward Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, et al.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Kentucky substitute teacher faces rape charges. “The Paducah Sun reports that a grand jury indicted 27-year-old Kasey Warren on Friday on charges of third-degree rape and third-degree sodomy.”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): I’m worried my ex-dominatrix sister may have molested my son.

DROIT DE SEIGNEUR: Wonkette dismisses Bill Clinton’s alleged rape of Juanita Broaddrick as “alpha sex,” because, hey, it was the ‘70s, man: “I can absolutely see Bill Clinton doing this (then, not now) and not even thinking of it as rape, but thinking of it as dominant, alpha sex. I can see a LOT of men doing that during that time period, before we started telling them in the ’80s, ‘hey, that is rape, do not do that,” Rebecca Schoenkopf, editor of Wonkette sniffs.

As Betsy Newmark responds, “Well, alright then. Now we know. If you raped a woman in the 1980s and then apologize, that’s okay. You were just being an alpha sort of guy. Right. I’m sure that is what any feminist would have believed about any man, Republican or Democrat. But if that’s true, why get so upset about the accusation that Clarence Thomas once made a joke in the 1980s about a public hair on his can of coke? That was regarded as a major transgression. Rape by Bill Clinton? Not so much.”

But that was pretty much a feminist leitmotif of the 1990s, as they pivoted overnight, Oceania-style from attacking Thomas, John Tower, and Bob Packwood in the early 1990s to defending Bill Clinton and his scandal-plagued trousers during the rest of the decade.

OF COURSE SHE DOES: These intellectual prostitutes always do. Wonkette Writer Forgives Bill Clinton For Rape … Because It Was the ’80s!

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): “A female substitute teacher is facing rape charges after being accused of having sex with two male students, police said.”

“YOU’RE NOT DONE WITH AL SHARPTON YET,” insists self-admitted JournoList member Ben Smith of BuzzFeed.

Actually, I’ve been done with Sharpton for nearly 30 years now.  But apparently, Comcast and NBC, for whom Sharpton remains a highly paid spokesman isn’t done with him yet, but I guess you can’t fault them for continuing to pay his protection money and leave the two intertwined giant corporations alone.

Related: Heather Mac Donald on Why Milwaukee Burns.

WHEN OBAMA-ERA LEFTWING MEMES COLLIDE:

Shot: Juries have no place at rape trials – victims deserve unprejudiced justice.

—Headline, the Guardian, Friday.

Double Shot: Well ain’t SHE Ms. Suzy Sunshine? Angry feminist Julie Bindel: All men are rapists and should be shot.

—Headline, Twitchy, Friday.

Chaser: Nate Parker’s College Rape Trial Raises Questions for ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Release.

—Headline, Variety, yesterday.

Hangover: Nate Parker’s Rape Accuser Committed Suicide in 2012, Her Brother Speaks Out (Exclusive).

—Headline, Variety, today.

As Sonny Bunch of the Washington Free Beacon warned yesterday on Twitter, “The fights over BIRTH OF A NATION are going to be a.) amazing and b.) wholly removed from the film as a work of art. They’re gonna be epic.”

OF COURSE SHE DID: Hillary scrubs sexual assault pledge after allegations against Bill resurface.

A TALE OF TWO HEADLINES: Juanita Broaddrick Wants To Be Believed.

BuzzFeed News, yesterday.

On Rape, Clinton Campaign Deletes ‘You Have The Right to Be Believed’ From Website.

Breitbart.com, today.

OOPS: Hillary scrubs sexual assault pledge after allegations against Bill resurface.

The Clinton campaign has removed a pledge from its website stating that all survivors of sexual assault “have the right to be believed.”

On a page dedicated to “Campus sexual assault” on HillaryClinton.com, this passage from the Democratic presidential candidate used to be prominently featured last year: “I want to send a message to every survivor of sexual assault: Don’t let anyone silence your voice. You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed, and we’re with you.”

But by February of this year, those lines had been deleted, according to BuzzFeed News.

The online website says the scrubbing came after the election-cycle reemergence of Juanita Broaddrick, who has accused Bill Clinton of raping her in 1978 when he was lieutenant governor of Arkansas.

More on Broaddrick here.

LOUISE MENSCH AND VOX DAY debate Marital Rape.

FRANCE’S WAR ON TERROR, AS SEEN FROM LANGUEDOC:

A village friend, an upstanding citizen and vigneron who has carried a tiny utility knife in his pocket since God’s dog was a puppy, had it taken off him the other day by the police, who have charged him with carrying a weapon under the state of emergency. This is the same minuscule knife carried by everyone who works with wines and vines. It’s about as lethal as a biro pen.

And what are we supposed to do about the terrorists? Throw a croissant at them? . . .

Here in my corner of France, we’re still a long way from sauve qui peut (a beautiful French expression, roughly translatable as “every man for himself, “or perhaps more colloquially, channeling Dad’s Army’s Private James Frazer, “we’re doomed.”). The prime topic of conversation is instead the expectation of a much smaller harvest of grapes than usual, with less juice, as a consequence of no rain.

But there are some exceptions. There was an angry man at our table at the village fête. ‘The Muslims, they should get out,” he said, over and over again, jabbing his thumb in the vague direction of the Mediterranean. “Out,” he repeated: (Dehors !) Nobody was paying much attention to him.

Well, yet.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Mother-of-four, 43, admits to kissing and groping a Filipino teen she looked to adopt and called ‘her son.’

ASHE SCHOW: Affirmative consent is a failure, but it still has defenders.

Requiring college students – but not the general population – to adhere to an affirmative consent, or “yes means yes” standard for sexual consent, has been a disaster. It has sent frivolous accusations flying, as well as lawsuits from students who were disciplined, claiming a lack of due process. But that hasn’t stopped supporters from claiming the policy is necessary.

Take the Monday editorial from the Daily Bruin, the student newspaper of the University of California-Los Angeles. In it, the editorial board points out that research has shown the policy to be out of touch with reality, but argues anyway that it should remain in place because it has made it “much easier for California law enforcement officials and judges to evaluate sexual assault cases and make less ambiguous, yet more ethical rulings.”

In fact, it has made it much easier for school administrators to kick accused students out based on an accusation even when there is evidence to the contrary. This doesn’t exactly fall under the heading of “more ethical rulings.” That’s why judges in California are halting the expulsion of students who have been railroaded since the adoption of the policy. One judge even called the current campus kangaroo courts “unfair.”

The problem is that affirmative consent defines nearly all sex as rape, since there are very few ways to safely to navigate the policy. It’s nearly impossible under affirmative consent to prove that any act of sex was not rape, short of making a video recording. By defining consensual sex so narrowly, all sex that is still consensual but not in the way the policy claims makes much of consensual sex a disciplinary matter, should an accuser want to make it one for whatever reason — revenge, hurt feelings, social pressure, etc.

It’s meant to treat all sex as rape, because that’s what feminists think.

WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AT WAR WITH EASTASIA: NBC caught editing segment about Bill Clinton rape accuser.

The segment originally aired in May and was reported by Andrea Mitchell. The edit was noticed Tuesday by the conservative Washington Free Beacon website.

During the segment, Mitchell referred to Republican nominee Donald Trump bringing up old allegations against the former president by Juanita Broaddrick, who for decades has insisted she was raped by Clinton.

“During an interview last night with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, bringing up a discredited and long-denied accusation against former president Bill Clinton dating back to 1978 when he was Arkansas attorney general,” Mitchell said in the original segment.

The edited portion removes the words “a discredited and long-denied.”

I’ve given up trying to keep track of NBC’s ever-changing pravda.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student informs school he was being falsely accused, school investigates him.

An Augustana University student is suing his school after being expelled following an accusation of campus sexual assault.

The student says in his lawsuit that he initially told the school that a fellow student had been falsely telling people he had raped her. He “asked the school to intervene.” Instead, the school went to the accuser and suggested she go to the police. The accuser did so and on Aug. 4, 2015, the accused student was arrested and charged with sexual assault. (The full filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota can be found by subscribers to Pacer.)

Just 24 hours after the accused presented evidence that showed he couldn’t possibly have committed the rape as described, the charges were dismissed, according to the lawsuit. Most notably, the accused had lost his feet in a car accident and couldn’t physically have committed the rape. He also mentioned that this particular accuser had previously falsely accused other Augustana students of rape, including an ex-boyfriend.

The day after the accused student was arrested, the accuser filed a complaint with the school. Augustana immediately suspended the accused student. Even though police dismissed the charges, the school continued with its investigation and adjudicated the accusation on Oct. 8, 2015.

Colleges should face heavy damages for this.

CATHY YOUNG: Lena Dunham Is a Faux ‘Sexual Assault Survivor.’

She certainly was an odd choice to speak at the Democratic National Convention this year, when there are plenty of real sexual assault accusers who could have been asked.

DEMOCRATS FALL FOR TRUMP’S RUSSIAN-HACK TROLLING: Sorry, Hillary: Friday’s Headlines Will Be About Trump.

One of Trump’s great skills is his ability to lure people into making complete fools of themselves. Like Larry Tribe, here: Former Obama mentor: Trump’s Russian hack ‘jokes’ could ‘constitute treason.’

But after all the wolf-crying, smears, and nastiness aimed at inoffensive GOP candidates, they deserve Trump.

UPDATE: Trump The DNC:

Donald Trump owned the news media on Day Three of Hillary’s Coronation. He even topped President Obama, who gave a wonderful speech that rallied Democrats behind Her Royal Clintoness. Nevertheless, Trump owned the news cycle.

He did so by holding a press conference. The press conference is now his favorite format. He is sharp, funny, spontaneous, and quick on the uptake. As is usually the case, at the press conference he fielded more hostile questions from the media in one hour than Hillary has in her entire pampered, Ivy League, first lady life.

Think about that for a moment. Has any journalist ever confronted her about all those real scandals? The Whitewater swampland real estate deals. Her covering up rapes and sexual harassment by her husband. Her stealing White House furniture. Not once has anyone in the press pressed her for an answer.

Meanwhile, Trump has to explain why two lines in his wife’s 20-minute speech were similar to a speech Michelle Obama gave eight years ago.

Throughout her life, the press gave Hillary a pass. Now she pays for that lifelong free ride by being unprepared for this campaign.

Don Surber wrote the book on this stuff.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO MAKE EXCUSES FOR RAPE: It’s the school’s fault I had sex with teen, teacher says.

ASHE SCHOW: Media won’t ask Chelsea Clinton about her father’s treatment of women.

Ivanka Trump, daughter of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, is constantly asked about her father’s treatment of and statements about women. The same cannot be said of Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Ivanka has been grilled by CBS, criticized by the Atlantic and asked by many more outlets to defend her father. On Wednesday, CBS published an article about Chelsea calling on Ivanka to ask her father about equal pay.

Here’s an article you won’t see from the mainstream media: Chelsea Clinton being asked to defend her father’s treatment of women, including accusations against him of rape.

The closest anyone came was Comospolitan, who framed the question to Chelsea as an attack from Donald Trump. “Donald Trump has called your dad an abuser of women, and your mom his enabler. What do you think of his attacks on your parents?”

The phrasing of the question allowed Cosmo to pretend they asked a tough question, while really allowing Chelsea to criticize Donald Trump. And that’s exactly what she did.

The obvious reason behind this is that political journalists tend to be extremely liberal. They love Bill Clinton so much, they overlook the serious allegations against him (and his settlement with one of his accusers). So while Chelsea Clinton is allowed to attack Ivanka’s father without consequence, she herself is given a pass on her own father’s actions.

Journalism.

Plus: “Bill Clinton simply receives special treatment because he has a “D” next to his name. He continues to enjoy broad support from Democrats and is invited to speak at numerous high-profile events and paid lavish speaking fees. No other man accused of rape and sexual assault would be allowed anywhere near a Democratic event.”

Just ask that other Bill, Bill Cosby.

OF COURSE NOT: Slate: No, Bill Clinton’s Speech About Hillary Didn’t Address the Elephant in the Room. But, you know, the cheating and the rape accusations and Hillary’s efforts to destroy women who spoke out didn’t really fit his theme for the evening.

Related: Bill Clinton leaves us wondering how he could have been such a louse to Hillary. “Much of America knows how Bill repeatedly cheated on Hillary during the allegedly blissful years he depicted tonight. His cheating isn’t a serious issue in this year’s race, but it provides an unfortunate gloss on his testimony about the marriage. Stated differently, for many Americans, it may have been the 800 pound gorilla in the convention hall. How does one square Bill’s love story with his serial adultery and predatory behavior towards women? It can, perhaps, be done. But only at a psychological level that neither Bill nor Hillary wants us to get anywhere near.”

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND NON-ARRESTS:

Shot: Violent crime rising in US cities, study finds.

—Headline, CNN, today.

Chaser:

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Notice the text on the Chyron from December of 2014 while CNN editorializes about a moment that never happened in real life. Their headline today is the “Change” that Time-Warner-CNN-HBO wanted, right?

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Thousands of Turkey coup prisoners ‘raped, starved and hogtied’

Two lawyers in Ankara working on behalf of detainees told Amnesty International that detainees said they witnessed senior military officers in detention being raped with a truncheon or finger by police officers.

A person on duty at the Ankara Police Headquarters sports hall saw a detainee with severe wounds consistent with having been beaten, including a large swelling on his head.

The detainee could not stand up or focus his eyes and he eventually lost consciousness.

While in some cases detainees were afforded limited medical assistance, police refused to allow this detainee essential medical treatment despite his severe injuries.

The interviewee heard one police doctor on duty say: “Let him die. We will say he came to us dead.”

Erdogan’s anti-democratic purge seems worse than a successful military coup would have been.

POLITICO ON ‘THE ONE WORD MEDIA OUTLETS ARE USING TO DESCRIBE TRUMP’S SPEECH.’

Why, it’s like there’s an email list for DNC-MSM stenographers to coordinate their talking points or something. A list for journalists. A journalists’ list. Give me time, I’ll eventually think of a catchier name for it!

But as I said last night, it’s fascinating to watch a media that spent the last eight years hyping snipers, riots, racism, campus “rape epidemics,” Christian bakeries and pizza parlors, and the existential hell that is the gender-segregated bathroom suddenly having a Reagan-esque everything is wonderful “Morning in America” moment today isn’t it?

Which brings us to the DNC-MSM’s community organizer in chief’s response to Trump’s speech: Obama Hopes Americans Noticed ‘Birds Were Chirping’ After Trump’s ‘Vision of Violence and Chaos.’

UPDATE: Hey, did anyone make a ‘Mourning in America’ joke about Trump’s speech yet? Everyone?

WELL, GOOD, I GUESS: Despite three deaths, a trial for a powerful cancer treatment has been cleared to resume.

PC DISEASE SPREADING AT REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION: A giant billboard promoting a Christian movie, “God’s Not Dead 2,” was planned for display during the GOP convention in Cleveland, but then the advertising firm involved caved because mentioning divine judgement is “incendiary” in a generation raised on the myth that people have a right never to be offended by words in the commercial or news media.

“The billboard, 32 feet high and 60 feet wide, would have been draped over a downtown Cleveland building with a photo of actress Melissa Joan Hart and the quote, ‘I’d rather stand with God and be judged by the world than stand with the world and be judged by God,’” according to Kaitlin Collins of the Daily Caller.

“However, after much negotiation, the billboard company Orange Barrel Media has decided the message is too ‘incendiary.’ (Side note: the movie stars Mike Huckabee.),” Collins said, citing the Hollywood Reporter. “According to emails obtained by the Hollywood Reporter, the billboard company said it didn’t like the ‘judged by God’ message because it was ‘too political’ and ‘way too incendiary.’”

How long before presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is asked his position on the position?

POOR SALESMANSHIP: Refugee Activists Worry Anti-Rape Laws Will Hurt Muslim Migrants. “This is the left. Remember that. They pretend to be feminists, but they put Muslim rapists over female victims.”

DEMS IN DISARRAY: Anti-abortion Democrats fire back.

Anti-abortion Democrats are firing back at members of their party’s platform committee for supporting language that would call for repealing a law preventing the use of federal funds for abortion.

The language inserted in the “reproductive health” section of the Democratic Party’s draft platform for the first time calls for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, a pillar of the anti-abortion movement.

Sen. Bob Casey Jr., a Democrat from Pennsylvania who opposes abortion, was concerned enough about the change to write a letter to the DNC platform committee urging them to reconsider.

“This is a consensus-based policy that has, for many years, prohibited the use of federal funds to pay for abortion,” Casey wrote in a letter sent Friday to the platform committee and obtained by The Hill.

He said the Hyde Amendment recognizes “that many Americans remain morally opposed to abortion, and do not wish to see their tax dollars go to pay for abortion.”

The Hyde Amendment bans the use of federal funds to pay for abortions for Medicaid recipients except in cases of rape, incest or when the pregnancy endangers the life of the mother.

Another anti-abortion Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), has also criticized the proposed change.

They’re “anti-abortion Democrats,” but they’ll fully support Hillary.

MEGAN MCARDLE: Treat Rape Like Any Other Crime. If we did that, agitators would lose an opportunity to agitate, so expect bitter resistance.

CATHY YOUNG: Rape Culture in the West is as Real as ‘Witchcraft in Salem.’

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Daycare Nightmare: Female Worker Confesses to Raping Children in Employee Bathroom.

JUST THINK OF THEM ALL AS DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES, AND IT ALL MAKES SENSE. Celebrating Rolling Stone’s Sabrina Rubin Erdely as a Journalist: “Regardless of their impact on Dean Eramo’s lawsuit, the release of the Rolling Stone affidavits leave little doubt that Sabrina Rubin Erdely isn’t a very good reporter. She had her thesis—existence of a campus ‘rape culture’—in advance. As Cathy Young noted, the spine of the article, Jackie’s story, ‘had more red flags than a Soviet military parade.’ It’s easy to see how people could have been horrified by the article. But it’s remarkable to observe how many high-caliber editors and reporters praised the quality of Erdely’s journalism. It seems their agreement with Erdely’s thesis blinded them to her flaws—a consistent problem in how most of the mainstream media has approached campus sexual assault.”

Read the whole thing.

UNEXPECTEDLY! Leaked German police report CONFIRMS surge in child rapes by migrants in swimming pools and admits: ‘We have grave cause for concern.’ “Refugee officials have pleaded for calm after the publication of the Duesseldorf memo and have stressed they are making more efforts to educate young immigrant men about the rights of women and children in Germany.”

GOOD VIRUS DEFEATS BAD VIRUS: Fascinating study conducted by University of Texas researchers.They’ve dubbed it Virus Wars. A “therapeutic virus” blocks the spread of a lethal virus.

“Our suggested approach is thus futuristic, but it is only a few steps from current practices.” The authors suggest that therapeutic viruses could one day be designed to prevent viral infections or even to destroy malicious viruses upon entry.

OUT: STOCKHOLM SYNDROME. IN: MANNHEIM SYNDROME. Left-wing German politician who was raped by migrants admits she LIED to police about her attackers’ nationality because she did not want to encourage racism. “Selin, aware of the backlash that migrants suffered after the events in Cologne on New Year’s Eve – when hundreds of women were sexually assaulted and robbed by marauding gangs of immigrant youths – instead said she was robbed and said her attackers spoke German.”

TEACH ROLLING STONE NOT TO PUBLISH AND TOUT FAKE RAPE STORIES THAT LIBEL INNOCENT VICTIMS WHO THE POLITICALLY CORRECT HATE: Hey you wonderful readers you, don’t you know the staff at Rolling Stone is perzackly like Katie Couric. Rolling Stone media elites were just trying to start a conversation, like Second Amendment Hater Cute Katie.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Ankeny teacher arrested for sexual exploitation.

KANGAROO COURTS: Are Even Progressive Journalists Catching On to the Problems With College Rape ‘Trials’?

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Former Northwest Middle teacher admits sexual relationship with 14-year-old student. But you probably won’t teach them by letting them stay out of jail: “In a plea deal brokered between defense attorney Gregory P. Isaacs and Knox County Assistant District Attorney General Rachel Russell, Serena Milan, 28, received a probationary sentence. Milan received 10 years probation on six felony counts of sexual battery by an authority figure and 22 felony counts of exploitation of a minor.”

I’m skeptical that a male teacher would have gotten a no-jail deal on 28 felony sex counts with a 14 year old female student.

THEIR HOUSE WAS VANDALIZED BY A LYNCH MOB, FACULTY MEMBERS LED PROTESTS AGAINST THEM, THEY WERE FORCED TO MOVE OUT FOR THEIR SAFETY, AND NOW NO COMPENSATION: Fraternity brothers’ lawsuit over Rolling Stone fake rape story dismissed.

A judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought by three fraternity members who believed they were easily identifiable in Rolling Stone’s debunked gang-rape article from 2014.

The article claimed seven members and pledges from the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity held a young woman down and gang-raped her as part of initiation. The story quickly unraveled when the man who allegedly orchestrated the whole event turned out not to exist and there was not even a party the night the rape allegedly took place.

In the wake of the article’s debunking, three lawsuits were filed against Rolling Stone for defamation. One of those lawsuits came from three members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity who argued that family, friends and coworkers identified them as potential rapists from clues in the article.

One of the men, George Elias IV, lived in a bedroom at the top of the first flight of stairs in the fraternity house, which apparently was “the most likely scene of the alleged crime,” according to the lawsuit. Elias said people he knew “interrogated him, humiliated him and scolded him.” His co-plaintiffs, Ross Fowler and Stephen Hadford described similar situations at work and home.

The lawsuit also claims that the men had their names and hometowns listed online, which ensured their “names will forever be associated with the alleged gang rape.” Even after the article was debunked, the men say they were “still being questioned often about the article’s accusations.”

U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel in Manhattan dismissed the lawsuit.

And yet people say Peter Thiel’s support of the Gawker suit enables unaccountable power.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE: Cops: Woman, 26, Wielded Hatchet After Her Demands For Sex Were Repeatedly Rebuffed. Note that she’s free on $5500 bond, which I doubt would be the case if she were a man.

DAVID SOLWAY ON THE STANFORD ‘RAPE’ TRIAL.

HONESTLY, THIS CRIMINAL HOAXER SHOULD BE FACING JAIL: Judge rules ‘Jackie’ doesn’t have to turn over any more communications.

“Jackie,” the woman whose fake gang-rape accusation made it to the pages of Rolling Stone Magazine, does not have to turn over additional communications, a judge ruled.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel C. Hoppe ruled Tuesday that Jackie’s lawyers “exhausted all known areas of inquiry for responsive communications currently in Jackie’s possession.”

Jackie had claimed that she was gang-raped as part of a fraternity initiation at the University of Virginia. She also claimed that the dean responsible for investigating her claim, Nicole Eramo, was indifferent to her accusation and tried to sweep it under the rug to protect the school’s reputation.

Eramo is suing Rolling Stone for defamation, arguing that the magazine knew Jackie was an unreliable source but published her story anyway. Eramo’s lawyers have argued (and evidence has shown) that Jackie invented the man she claimed she had a date with the night of the alleged incident and who orchestrated the gang-rape. A few weeks ago, Jackie’s lawyers tacitly admitted as much.

Read the whole thing.

GOOD: Author Vows To End Rape Culture ‘Hysteria’ With New Book.

The book is Wendy McElroy’s Rape Culture Hysteria: Fixing the Damage Done to Men and Women.

DON DRAPER: DAD OF THE YEAR.

SWEDEN: MODEL FOR BERNIE SANDERS, HOME TO “RAPE CULTURE:” Four freed in Sweden booze cruise rape case.

A court in Sweden has freed four 19-year-old men accused of gang raping a young woman on a student party cruise in May, ruling that there was little to suggest that she had not had sex with the men voluntarily.

The court cited video evidence from the cruise ship and blood and urine samples taken many hours after the event to argue that there was little evidence that alleged victim had been so intoxicated as to have been rendered “particularly vulnerable” or unable to “protect her sexual integrity”. . . .

The rape case was one of a string of high profile sexual assault and harassment cases involving young men recently arrived in Sweden this year, and was seized upon by anti-immigrant and right-wing media.

You wouldn’t get this outcome on a college campus. Well, maybe if the accused were Muslim migrants, and the case had been “seized upon” by “right-wing media.”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Female Asylum Home Manager Told Migrant Boys: ‘Have Sex With Me Or I’ll Have You Deported.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Protesters at university with 97 percent women blast its ‘toxic rape culture.’

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Protesters at university with 97 percent women blast its ‘toxic rape culture.’

Related: Columbia Student on The Damage Done By ‘Mattress Girl.’

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Oroville P.E. teacher sentenced to probation for sex with students. One guesses that a male teacher wouldn’t have gotten off so light.

THIS SEEMS LIGHT: Refugee Who Raped Boy At Vienna Swimming Pool Gets Six-Year Sentence. “During the court hearing the man said that he still wanted to bring his young wife and child to Austria, even though he was now facing jail and his asylum application had not been granted. The mother of the victim, who arrived in Austria herself as an immigrant from Serbia during the civil war says she regrets teaching her five children to offer the same hospitality to new arrivals that she had herself received.”

ALL LEFTIST ADVOCATES HURT THEIR CAUSES:  The frenzy over ‘campus rape culture’ is hurting real victims.

WHAT REAL RAPE CULTURE LOOKS LIKE: Dutch woman arrested in Qatar after making rape claim.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Campus Drunk Confidential.

Related: What Is ‘Consent’ To A Drunk? — Is it rape if she didn’t know she was saying yes, and he couldn’t tell she was in a blackout?

WOMENS’ RIGHTS UPDATE: Dutch woman jailed in Qatar after reporting rape convicted of ‘illicit sex’

A Dutch woman who has been in jail in Qatar since mid-March after she reported being raped, has been found guilty of “illicit consensual fornication” and being “drunk in a public place.”

At a court hearing in Doha Monday, the 22-year old, whom CNN has identified only as Laura, was handed a one-year suspended sentence and placed on probation for three years for the sex-related charge, and fined 3,000 Qatari Riyals ($823) for being drunk outside a licensed location.

She’ll almost certainly be deported immediately.

A Syrian man also appeared alongside her and was found guilty of the same crimes. He was sentenced to 100 lashes for the illicit fornication charge and a further 40 lashes for the illegal consumption of alcohol. As a Muslim he is not allowed to drink at all under Qatari law.

The woman may have been slipped a drugged beverage by someone at the bar, but at least the worst penalty she faces — for having been raped — is a fine and deportation.

NAOMI SCHAEFER RILEY: The Frenzy Over ‘Campus Rape Culture’ Is Hurting Real Victims. To be fair, the frenzy isn’t meant to help real victims.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Police arrest McComb woman for sex crime against toddler. “McComb Police said they went to an apartment on Gillis Circle on Monday. A witness showed police cell phone video of Labruzza being sexually involved with a child that was about 2 years old, police said.”

WHEN “RAPE CULTURE” IS REAL: Predatory Peacekeepers – UN Soldiers Are Committing Widespread Child Rape. “The Blue Helmets attacked the very people they were sent to protect. Children as young as 7 have been targeted, with a girl forced to perform “oral sex on French soldiers in exchange for a bottle of water and a sachet of cookies. Three girls reported being stripped, tied up, and forced to engage in bestiality with a dog by a French military commander. The brutality of this systematic child sexual abuse is entirely at odds with the humanitarian values the UN claims to uphold. Yet UN troops have a history of exploiting people in communities shattered by war and natural disaster, an institutional failure which is yet to see any meaningful resolution. From the international powers-that-be down to right-on liberals, many a blind eye has been turned.”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Lafayette woman accused of recording herself performing oral sex on 1-year-old.

“RESEARCH” SAYS THIS. That means it’s science. You don’t want to be anti-science, do you? Chocolate cake for breakfast? Research says it’s good for both your brain and your waistline.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): College women rape college men but few men tell.

20 MINUTES OF ACTION: Ott, Whittle, and Green on the Stanford rape sentence.

Full disclosure: I’m Green.

TEACHING MIGRANTS NOT TO RAPE.

Related: Reuters: Migrants linked to 69,000 would-be or actual crimes in Germany in first three months of 2016: police.

THEY’D NEVER BUY THESE STUDIES IF THEY WERE AIMED AT WOMEN OR MINORITIES: No, half of college athletes are not rapists.

Another day, another dubious study shared without critical thought throughout a media desperate to prove rape and sexism are everywhere.

This time, a small-scale, online survey of undergraduate college men at a single Southeastern university is being trumpeted as proof that male athletes are rapists. Some media outlets, like the Washington Post and Inside Higher Ed, at least claimed the study showed athletes admitting to “sexual coercion,” which is what the study purported to show. But the Independent went full stop, claiming the study showed “More than half of university sportsmen admit to raping or sexually assaulting women.”

The survey, as with all other surveys purporting to show rampant rape among college students — especially athletes and fraternity members — had some limitations.

It’s just more propaganda fodder in the War On College Men.

AND YET THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO CONSIDER THE UNITED NATIONS SOMEHOW MORALLY SUPERIOR: Whistleblower who exposed food-for-child sex among peacekeepers resigns over UN ‘impunity.’ “The UN whistleblower who exposed the rape of children by peacekeepers in Africa has quit his post to protest what he sees as the “complete impunity” of those responsible, he announced in an interview on Tuesday. . . . In July 2014, Mr Kompass leaked a confidential UN report on the sexual abuse of children by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic to prosecutors in France – the former colonial power has a force there – claiming the UN was taking too long to act. A study by independent experts released in December 2015 found “gross institutional failure” by the UN in the way it responded to the abuse allegations. . . . Mr Kompass was suspended for leaking the internal report on the abuse but the independent study exonerated him, IRIN said.”

FASTER, PLEASE: Cancer cell therapies could be approved next year: Juno, Kite Pharma.

A new wave of experimental cancer drugs that directly recruit the immune system’s powerful T cells could begin reaching patients next year, according to companies presenting new data at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

In interviews with Reuters, Kite Pharma Inc and Juno Therapeutics Inc both said they could receive initial regulatory approvals next year for a type of immunotherapy treatment known as chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapies.

CAR-T therapies involve a complicated process of extracting immune system T cells from an individual patient, altering their DNA to sharpen their ability to spot and kill cancer cells, and infusing them back into the same patient.

The technique is being tested against a range of different cancer types, but first in blood cancers. Kite aims to file this year for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of its therapy, KTE-C19, for patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), according to Chief Medical Officer David Chang.

Like I said, faster, please.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Texas on record-setting pace for inappropriate teacher-student relationships. “The issue in Texas shot back into the national spotlight after it was revealed last week that former Houston-area teacher Alexandria Vera, 24, had been impregnated by a then-13-year-old former student. . . . According to the probable cause document, she aborted the pregnancy after a child welfare investigator questioned her in February about the relationship, which she denied at the time.”

Related: Why Are So Many Female Teachers Sleeping With Students?

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Mother ‘in incestuous relationship with nephew helped him rape her 12-year-old daughter.’

WAR ON COLLEGE MEN UPDATE: Police determined the rape accusation was ‘unfounded,’ but school punished him anyway.

A Lynn University student is suing his school after he was suspended for one year for allegedly sexually assaulting a female student.

The suing student, identified in court documents as John Doe, attended a party while a freshmen where underage drinking was occurring. There he met a female student (who I’m not naming because she’s not being sued and I’m not naming the accused) and the two began talking. Doe’s lawsuit contends that she “showed no signs of being intoxicated.”

Around 8:30 p.m. that night, the two met in a dorm room and had sex. Again, Doe’s lawsuit claims she showed no signs of intoxication and was a willing participant in the activity. But the next day, she filed a rape complaint with campus security. Police noticed she did not use the word “rape” when they interviewed her. After a more complete investigation, including campus surveillance videos, they not only determined the accusation to be “unfounded” but also that the accuser did not seem at all intoxicated. They declined to bring charges.

That didn’t stop Lynn University from putting Doe through a disciplinary hearing in which he was not allowed an attorney, contrary to school policy. The accuser’s attorney (she was allowed one) was permitted to review the campus surveillance videos and have multiple private communications with campus investigators, the accuser’s mother and potential witnesses. The accuser’s attorney was also allowed to answer questions for her and intervene in the proceedings.

Doe’s mother, who acted as his adviser since he wasn’t allowed legal representation, was not allowed to speak.

The mere existence of such policies makes Lynn University a hostile educational environment for men. Expect President Trump’s Education Secretary to look into that. . . .

TALKING ABOUT MALE RAPE. Well, not that much, because it doesn’t fit the narrative.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE: Middle school teacher had sex with student, 13, ‘daily.’

MICHAEL BARONE REVIEWS JOEL KOTKIN’S THE HUMAN CITY:

Gov. Jerry Brown is pushing policies that would concentrate new housing in high-rise clusters around mass transit stations, with ready access to bike paths and walking trails but not to streets and roads for private cars. It’s a good thing to offer people such a choice. It’s a bad thing to deny them any others.

The result is that housing costs in coastal metropolises have skyrocketed far above the level affordable for median-income singles, much less married couples with children. These cities are increasingly the home of the connected rich and the disconnected poor. They have the nation’s highest levels of economic inequality and the highest percentage of singles. The central city of San Francisco has 80,000 more dogs than children.

Plus:

[The focus of urban planners] is typically visual, and on the exterior of buildings and cityscape, easily reproduced in glossy coffee-table books, rather than on the interiors where people spend most of their hours. They take their cues from 20th century architects like Le Corbusier, who wanted to knock down all of Paris’ historic structures and replace them with a few skyscrapers rising from parkland.

As Jane Jacobs and Tom Wolfe have noted, that worked out just swell for all concerned when tried as low-income housing in America: Two word: Pruitt-Igoe.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Aldine ISD teacher accused of sexual relationship with 13-year-old released from jail; Report says teacher became pregnant with student’s baby. “Court documents said Vera had an abortion because she got nervous when Child Protective Services showed up at school in February to question her and the student about their relationship. The DA’s office said Vera denied the relationship then. . . . She faces a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child.”

ASHE SCHOW: Now a woman has been expelled for allegedly sexually assaulting a man.

It’s finally happened — a woman was accused of sexual assault by a man and ended up being expelled under the same terrible policies that have railroaded so many male students.

The woman, identified as “Rose” by Buzzfeed News, tells a story similar to that of so many young college men. While drinking at a party, she and a male student went to her room and performed oral sex on each other. The male student left briefly to get a condom before the two began intercourse.

But the male student would eventually tell Washington State University officials that he felt “really uncomfortable” and “kept trying to leave” after the intercourse, but that Rose tried to make him stay. Apparently a group of students had gathered outside of Rose’s room during the sexual activity and tried talking to the accuser through the door because they thought he “did not want to do this.”

The male student told Rose he had to “go find his friends” and went into another student’s room, where he hid in a closet while Rose tried to find him. She eventually texted him to say “I miss you.”

The male student was allegedly teased about sleeping with Rose because she is short and overweight. She believes this is what led to the accusation.

If you regret it, it’s rape. Right?

NONSENSE. “REGRET RAPE” IS JUST A FICTION INVENTED BY THE PATRIARCHY. Female student expelled for rape claims male filed complaint because friends ‘teased’ him.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Teacher Had Sex With Teen Student On Night Of Fiance’s Bachelor Party.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Rocky Top woman admits to statutory rape of boy, 14.

NOAH ROTHMAN: How The Left Cheapened Rape. Inflation is what they do, whether the currency is financial or moral.

TEN YEARS AGO ON INSTAPUNDIT:

MORE ON THE MEDIA’S KATRINA DEBACLE:

Where to begin? As I’ve written before, virtually all of the gripping stories from Katrina were untrue. All of those stories about, in Paula Zahn’s words, “bands of rapists, going block to block”? Not true. The tales of snipers firing on medevac helicopters? Bogus. The yarns, peddled on Oprah by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and the New Orleans police chief, that “little babies” were getting raped in the Superdome and that the bodies of the murdered were piling up? Completely false. The stories about poor blacks dying in comparatively huge numbers because American society “left them behind”? Nah-ah. While most outlets limited themselves to taking Nagin’s estimate of 10,000 dead at face value, Editor and Publisher—the watchdog of the media—ran the headline, “Mortuary Director Tells Local Paper 40,000 Could Be Lost in Hurricane.”

In all of Louisiana, not just New Orleans, the total dead from Katrina was roughly 1,500. Blacks did not die disproportionately, nor did the poor. The only group truly singled out in terms of mortality was the elderly. According to a Knight-Ridder study, while only 15 percent of the population of New Orleans was over the age of 60, some 74 percent of the dead were 60 or older, and almost half were older than 75. Blacks were, if anything, slightly underrepresented among the dead given their share of the population.

This barely captures how badly the press bungled Katrina coverage. . . . And yet, an ubiquitous media chorus claims simultaneously that Katrina was Bush’s worst hour and the press’s best.

Read the whole thing. But what they learned was that if they all shouted lies in unison they could drive Bush down in the polls.

I AGREE: Ashe Schow: Hate Crime Hoaxers Should Be Prosecuted.

The excuse that one merely wanted to “start a dialogue” is unacceptable. The damage that hoaxers are doing to real victims is incalculable. It’s impossible now to view an accusation of a hate crime and think it won’t be proven a hoax because there aren’t modern examples of real hate crimes that get the attention of the hoaxes.

Whether it’s a race hoax, a gay hate-crime hoax or a rape hoax, allowing people to get away with lies sends the message that it’s okay. It’s not.

But lefty activists believe there are no consequences — because, often, there aren’t.

TEN YEARS AGO ON INSTAPUNDIT:

LOU DOLINAR HAS BEEN LOOKING INTO THE MEDIA FAILURES DURING KATRINA:

Remember the dozens, maybe hundreds, of rapes, murders, stabbings and deaths resulting from official neglect at the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina? The ones that never happened, as even the national media later admitted?

Sure, we all remember the original reporting, if not the back-pedaling.

Here’s another one: Do you remember the dramatic TV footage of National Guard helicopters landing at the Superdome as soon as Katrina passed, dropping off tens of thousands saved from certain death? The corpsmen running with stretchers, in an echo of M*A*S*H, carrying the survivors to ambulances and the medical center? About how the operation, which also included the Coast Guard, regular military units, and local first responders, continued for more than a week?

Me neither. Except that it did happen, and got at best an occasional, parenthetical mention in the national media. The National Guard had its headquarters for Katrina, not just a few peacekeeping troops, in what the media portrayed as the pit of Hell. Hell was one of the safest places to be in New Orleans, smelly as it was. The situation was always under control, not surprisingly because the people in control were always there. . . .

I initially heard about the Dome headquarters from Maj. John T. Dressler, who serves with the National Guard Bureau in Washington D.C, an organization that coordinates efforts of State Guard units which serve under their respective governors. Dressler was present in the command tent there and pulled together after-action reports for the Guard as a whole from its fifty-plus individual state commands. His account was so far at variance with the picture the media portrayed that I suspected a hoax, as did my RCP editor. As it turns out, various Guard documents, personal memories, and sworn testimony support his story, which in Louisiana is no great secret. It’s just the rest of the country that’s been kept in the dark.

Read the whole thing. The Katrina reporting represented a massive media failure, one that they’ve never really admitted.

UPDATE: Reader Michael Parker emails:

It’s only a failure if their goal was to report the news.

It was a raging success if you believe their goal was to diminish Bush.

Given how proud of their Katrina coverage the press remains to this day, it seems like the latter is the most likely.

It’s certainly true that they have nothing to be proud of. Indeed, their mis-reporting hampered rescue efforts and may well have cost lives.

CATHY YOUNG: UVA’s Jackie Made Up Her “Rapist.” Will Fauxminists ‘StandWithJackie’?

In the department of news that will surprise exactly no one, the latest reports from a University of Virginia dean’s lawsuit against Rolling Stone over its 2014 “Rape on Campus” article have revealed new evidence that the story’s main source, Jackie, fabricated not only her brutal frat-house gang rape but the handsome date who set it up, Haven Monahan.

In this latest twist, it appears someone accessed “Haven’s” email account, [email protected], from the office of Jackie’s lawyers on March 18.

No need to page Perry Mason: even without this final clue, the case of the fictional gang rape was basically wrapped up by the end of 2014, a few weeks after the Rolling Stone cover story first rocked the nation.

First, press investigations showed that there was no party at the fraternity named by Jackie anywhere near the date she gave; that her account changed (according to friends) from forced oral sex to vaginal rape and from five assailants to seven; and that she had looked uninjured after a violent attack that she claimed left her bruised and bloodied.

Then, it turned out that the alleged rapist, named “Drew” in the Rolling Stone story but known by the Harlequin-romance name Haven Monahan to Jackie’s friends, seemed to be a ghost. There was no one by that name on the UVA campus or anywhere else; “Haven’s” text messages to Jackie’s friends were fake (and came from fake phone numbers registered to texting-via-Internet services), and his photo matched a former high school classmate of Jackie’s who lived outside Virginia. The catfishing scheme was apparently an elaborate play for the affections of Jackie’s friend and fellow student Ryan Duffin, who had previously rebuffed her romantic overtures—and whom she called for help after the alleged rape.

It was enough to make Anna Merlan, a writer for the feminist website Jezebel.com, apologize to blogger Richard Bradley and Reason writer Robby Soave for calling them idiots after they publicly wondered if the UVA gang rape story was a hoax. But not enough for either feminists or the mainstream media to call a fake a fake, instead of politely referring to “discrepancies” in Jackie’s story and piously intoning that traumatic memories can be unreliable.

In March 2015, when the Charlottesville Police Department released the results of its investigation into Jackie’s alleged assault—which found “no substantive basis” for her claims and explicitly disproved many of them—CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin repeatedly emphasized that “we have to be very careful” not to call Jackie a liar. Asserting that only two percent of rape reports are false according to the FBI, Hostin concluded, “The suggestion that she just sort of made this entire thing up flies in the face of statistics.”

Apart from the bizarre logic—a two-percent chance is hardly the same as “never happens”—this analysis was flawed in more ways than one can count. FBI statistics actually show that around 9 percent of rape reports are classified as “unfounded” by local law enforcement; however, it is nearly impossible to obtain a reliable estimate of false reports. Some “unfounded” complaints are mislabeled as false; on the other hand, some unresolved cases and even some rape convictions involve false allegations. What’s more, false report statistics track only formal complaints made to the police or to college officials; Jackie never filed such a complaint.

CNN wasn’t the only media outlet dancing around the facts. The New York Times story never mentioned the evidence that “Haven Monahan” was fabricated, stating only that “the police were unable to track Mr. Monahan down.” (They were also unable to interview Santa Claus.) . . .

By the way, the judge in the Rolling Stone case ruled that Jackie’s records must be turned over to Eramo and her attorneys, obviously disagreeing with NOW. According to The Washington Post, Jackie’s lawyers have claimed that their client was “not in possession” of “Haven Monahan’s” correspondence and was not withholding any documents. But it turns out that just four days before that letter was sent, someone using the law firm’s network logged into “Haven Monahan’s” email account.

You have to wonder what the people who still “stand with Jackie” will make of the news. Maybe the dastardly Haven broke into the law firm’s office or hacked the server. Or we could always go with the “shape-shifting alien” theory.

It’s important for SJW types to feel good about themselves. Any damage done along the way is acceptable.