Last night I watched CNN’s Don Lemon play campaign clips of Matt Lauer interviewing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Always with its predictable slant, CNN advanced the absurd thesis that Lauer, supposedly “tough” on Hillary and “easy” on Trump in interviews last year, was and is somehow an undiscovered on-the-air misogynist. (Thus, the politically correct Matt Lauer you saw and heard for twenty years was an illusion.)
CNN contributor Angela Rye not only agreed with Lemon but raised the specter of Lauer’s retroactive hostility to his female co-hosts. Yet, “we” never had a complaint about him in two decades, NBC still asserts about their "Today" superstar. But why would a subordinate risk complaining about the network’s celebrated (read: untouchable) personality? He is so affable, viewers have long gushed. At $25 million-a-year, wouldn’t you be jovial?
Lauer’s ratings have pulled in big ad dollars for NBC, so the liberal network executives did not want to know that Lauer forced himself on women. With the Variety expose, the gig was up. Harvey Weinstein helped create blockbuster movies, so liberal Hollywood did not ask, did not tell. Only when Harvey was a liability did his cronies throw him under the limousine.
Here’s what Don Lemon failed to ask: “Angela, you were legal counsel and executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus. You still serve on the boards of the CBC’s institute and political action committee. What did you know about the CBC’s founder, Congressman John Conyers, and when did you know it? And if none of the women came forward to you, did they not fear your obsequiousness to Conyers?”
His admiring sycophant Nancy Pelosi described this aging sexual predator as an icon, thus proving that, like her enabler predecessors who led Congressional Democrats, the 77-year-old “feminist (icon?)” is — no surgery necessary — part of the Old Boys Network.
CNN earlier yesterday interviewed Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, who had walked out of the Democratic caucus, because it failed to address “the biggest issue we’re talking about.”
And Rice was not talking about, say, a minor issue like North Korea’s nukes, but “what we’re doing as a party to address the epidemic” of sexual harassment, more correctly the tsunami of credible accusations against mainly quintessential progressives. In reality the underlying “epidemic” dates back more than a half century, surely to abuse most definitely on both sides of the aisle, but mostly among powerful Democrats. For example, the powerful 64-year-old Wayne Hays, a member of the House of Representatives for 27 years, paid 33-year-old “secretary” Elizabeth Ray $14,000 annually (a lot in the early 1970s) for sex twice a week. Asked if she did anything to justify her taxpayer-provided salary, Ray famously responded, “I can’t type. I can’t file. I can’t even answer the phone.”
Hays should have been jailed for theft of taxpayer funds. But how could that happen when his colleagues also have funded their sexual escapades with taxpayer funds? The dominant issue, in Washington and liberal Hollywood, has been neither promiscuity nor adultery, or even consent, but its absence, hardly counter-intuitive, since progressives routinely rejoice in coercion, generally.
The 88-year-old Conyers, in in his fifth decade of a taxpayer-subsidized mid-life crisis, updated the Hays tradition: Conyers settled one sexual harassment claim by paying with your tax dollars what he called “severance.” Know these oxymoronic facts: Conyers has served as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight Committee. This is sort of like Iran being a member of the U.N. Human Rights Commission.
How egregiously hypocritical are these Hollywood and Beltway progressives, and their media cheerleaders? Lemon did not even ask National Public Radio political analyst Rye about NPR, long obsessed with selectively defined “women's issues” — NPR had just fired its male feminists for sexual harassment, news chief Michael Oreskes and news editor David Sweeney. More chutzpah: On Tuesday, NPR’s Garrison Keillor wrote a column defending serial groper Al Franken before being dismissed Wednesday for, well, groping. Keillor says his hand slipped six inches in the wrong direction.
Arnold Steinberg is the author of "WHIPLASH! From JFK to Donald Trump, A Political Odyssey." His classic graduate texts, "Political Campaign Management: A Systems Approach" and "The Political Campaign Handbook: Media, Scheduling and Advance" defined modern political campaigns. He has testified numerous times as a court-recognized expert, including on campaigns, media, and polling. He has conducted 2,000 polls and focus groups and pioneered in innovative sampling methodology, question formats, and analytics; he consulted on strategy for hundreds of political campaigns, including historic ballot measures. He has lectured widely and taught at the Graduate School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. He is extensively published in American media and a frequent television and radio analyst. He has helped formulate major policy, ranging from free market and libertarian issues to national security to criminal justice reform. He served on federal, state and local government commissions. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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