Lost in the media narrative this week, and one thing that makes America great, is our ‘innocent until proven guilty’ legal standard.
With the SCOTUS confirmation firestorm underway, which is by default an incredibly passionate fight anyway, can see a segment of the population has already decided Kavanaugh is guilty of something he hasn’t been proven guilty of, by an accuser (who to this point) refuses to testify to the U.S. Senate, even though two days ago her attorney said she would. Even Sen. Feinstein admitted yesterday about the accuser, “I can’t say that everything is truthful”.
See a lot of people using Al Franken vs. Brett Kavanaugh comparisons, and wanted to weigh in.
First, former Senator Al Franken had three strikes against him.
1.) Offensive photographic evidence
2.) Multiple women spoke out on his inappropriate behavior
3.) A history of offensive comments/skits that involved young children. (Google SNL, etc)
As the Franken #MeToo hit job rolled on, Franken was giving the U.S. Senate a black eye, to the point, multiple Senators asked him to step down. He did quickly, because he had no defense.
SCOTUS nominee Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, has been throroughly investigated several times, and is prepared to testify on ‘vague’ allegations from an accuser who doesn’t have her facts together, nor can nail down instrumental details from 36 years ago to support her claims. Further, the accuser is using an attorney who once defended Al Franken, and Bill Clinton. And again, Al Franken lost.
The #MeToo movement is a pretty reckless, at times devastating movement that takes aim at (mostly) men who’ve used their power and influence to assault others. Hollywood types mostly hate #MeToo because it puts inappropriate behavior in the spotlight, and demands cultural change.
To a point, I support the #MeToo movement, but there needs to be evidence, and an endgame, which I argue includes:
– Exposing legit bad apples and driving them out of public square. Maybe they can find a 2nd chance elsewhere. This is not a new thing. 30 years ago, standards were much stronger.
– Identifying and changing what is unacceptable behavior in our elitist culture; for these are the people who are often behind the entertainment and messaging that makes its way into our homes.
– Learning how to identify and weed out the bad apples who drive false claims.
I’m pleased Senate Republicans have given Kavanaugh’s accuser a platform to tell her story, and are taking her claims seriously enough to put a halt to Kavanaugh’s vote to get to the bottom of this mess.
But it is unfortunate that Democrats will not push for an investigation into Congressman Keith Ellison who is under fire on allegations from two different women, both whom wrote very long emotionally disturbing manifestos about the Congressman. Neither manifesto in itself is proof of wrongdoing, but two is a trend, and should probably be looked at. Maybe the FBI can look into it, like some want for Kavanaugh.
Innocent until proven guilty is a high legal standard of the United States. Presuming someone guilty based on feckless allegations by an accuser who is dodging an opportunity to testify under oath is an incredibly low standard.
Our national media would be wise to remember this.
Photo: New York Times
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