It is always interesting to see how current events play out from the viewpoint of the New Yorker. In their lead article for November 20th. the title is “Autumn of the Patriarchy.”
It begins with saying that writers for the New York Times and the New Yorker have made plain in their recent reporting on the Harvey Weinstein case, women who speak up about sexual predation do so with extreme difficulty and dread. Was Weinstein so good at hiding his actions or were politicians – and I would assume all of them Democrats – simply ignoring the obvious as he abused those who needed his support?
The comment is made that rumors persisted for years that Weinstein, a film producer and distributor of extraordinary influence, set out to defile and degrade countless women. And, using the instruments of his power, jobs, payoffs, nondisclosure agreements, expensive lawyers and private investigators, he sought to keep them silent.
David Remnick writes that so many women have summoned the courage to make public their allegations against Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes (Fox News) and Bill O’Reilly (Fox News) or that many have come to reconsider some of the claims made against Bill Clinton represent a cultural passage. This is in itself stunning for the New Yorker to even mention Bill Clinton – who started it all – in the same sentence with Fox News. The magazine couldn’t leave out Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who in 1991 was accused with harassment by Anita Hill. Somehow saying others do the same makes people feel good and the action less onerous.
Now on to public enemy number one, President Trump. The story was that on election night, there was shock and a deep sense of offense among countless Americans at the prospect of seeing Trump in the Oval Office. They refer to the president as a cartoonish misogynist and Hillary the intelligent feminist.
Trump, according to the New Yorker, has indulged in more scandalous behavior than is easy to recount. Really? Most Americans did believe that the press and the women who tried to discredit him. Where are they today? Trump said he would sue them and they disappeared when no one came forward to pay their legal costs. The same can be said of Herman Cane when he ran for the president. Women came forward, he drops out and the issue dies.
Now, comes Ms. Leeann Tweeden a California radio personality and model who writes about a USO tour in 2006. It seems on this tour were country music artists, Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders and Al Franken, SNL comedian and future U.S. Senator.
Today, Senator Franken was one of the first to condemn Harvey Weinstein. He is a husband with two daughters and thinks himself possibly a future president.
Ms. Tweeden writes that one skit calls for a kiss scene. Al Franken wanted to practice it.
To get his way, “He came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth.” Ms. Tweeden felt disgusted and violated, but that was not all of it. While returning from the tour, Ms. Tweeden went to sleep only to have Franken grope her and take a picture – so much for Minnesota’s self-righteous senator.
As the country comes to realize how many more politicians operate this way comes the Atlantic story saying, “If the ground beneath your feet feels cold, it’s because Hell froze over the other day. It happened at 8:02 pm on Monday, when the New York Times published and op-ed called ‘I Believe Juanita.’”
The story is written by Michelle Goldberg. It says, But Let’s Not Fool Ourselves, “I Believe Juanita” doesn’t just mean that you’re generally in favor of believing women when they report sex crimes. It means you believe that for eight years, our country was in the hands of a violent rapist.
It is high time that Democrats and the center-left are overdue for a real reckoning with the allegations against Bill Clinton and his wife. Congratulations to the Atlantic and New York Times.