By Don Frost
When a woman accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault the cry went out across the land, “Believe the women!” At no time did anyone suggest there was a qualifier on that admonition. It meant exactly what it said: When a woman accuses a man of any sexual misdeed, believe her. Period.
The man is accused, ipso facto, he’s guilty. Why? Because she said so. She wouldn’t lie. She couldn’t make a mistake. You know she’s telling the truth because she tears up when telling her story. Add to it decades of misandristic teachings that #MenArePigs. Men dispute a woman’s claim of victimhood on pain of being labeled sexists. Or at best they have fallen down on their role – assigned thousands of generations ago – to be chivalrous toward the fair sex at all times.
A new round of hashtags was born in the wake of the Kavanaugh nomination. In addition to #BelieveTheWomen, we had #BelieveSurvivors, #BelieveAccusers, and more. Innocent until proven guilty? What Right wing nonsense!
By their picket signs shall ye know them. One popular sign at many woke rallies of the period was this one: “Denial is not a defense.” Why? Because a denial “is exactly what a guilty man would say,” the misandrists maintained. Of course, an innocent man would say the same thing, but no right thinking man or woman was to give such claims of innocence any credence. If it wasn’t so tragic, it would be laughable.
But now Democrat Joe Biden has been accused of sexual assault. Oh dear. What’s a proper “liberal” to do? The “liberal” solution to this conundrum? Simple. They are to say they never meant what they said. Democratic political operative Karen Finney explains: “Believe the women” never, ever meant one should believe the accusation without demanding proof. It just meant, she said with a straight face, that we should take the charge under advisement and seek proof. Yeah. Right.
But let’s recall what Joe had to say when Kavanaugh was under the gun: “For a woman to come forward in the glaring light of focus, nationally, you’ve got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she’s talking about is real, whether or not she forgets facts, whether or not it’s been made worse or better over time.”
But, having received his marching orders as to what the official party line shall be, Joe now says: “Believing women means taking the woman’s claim seriously when she steps forward, and then vet it, look into it.”
Joe needn’t worry about his hypocrisy making headlines. This will never come back to bite him in his skivvies. His allies in the press – eager to forget what a scold he was then – stand ready to let the current accusation simply fade away. Already it has been relegated to brief mention buried deep inside newspapers if at all, and it’s never even mentioned on TV news. Of course the Left-leaning media have a ready excuse for their indifference to the Biden story: The Chinese Flu (aka COVID-19).
When Kavanaugh was being raked over the coals relentlessly, day after day, the press dutifully reported he “denied” the charge, but the press today reports that Biden “emphatically denied” the charge. It’s a subtle difference; one the Left-leaning purveyors of the news realize readers and viewers won’t notice. But who is more believable, the man who issues a “denial” or the man who issues an “emphatic denial?” Professional journalist know perfectly well what they’re doing.
George Stephanopoulos, a Democratic operative left over from the Clinton administration, now masquerades as a newsman. In that capacity he interviewed Biden on “Good Morning America.” It was billed as a hard-nosed journalist grilling the presumptive Democratic nominee for president. It was anything but; it was a love fest between the two of them, a virtual Laurel and Hardy act. It came down to George lobbing softball after softball questions to the former vice president. Each question was calculated to let Joe ramble on in making a campaign speech, which (get used to it) was simply “Donald Trump is a terrible president.”
The Stephanopoulos/Biden comedy show focused on Trump’s “bungling” on such issues as the pandemic and the Justice Department dropping all charges against retired former national security advisor, decorated Lt.Gen. Michael Flynn. Predictably, George gave his buddy an opportunity to deliver his stock “emphatic denial” of the sexual assault charge. With practiced emphasis on each word, Joe said: “This never happened. This never happened. I assure you. That’s the truth.”
Whereupon the pair ended their campaign presentation with Joe asking George to convey his best to Ali, George’s wife.