Your hoax doesn’t have to be believable if it fits your narrative

People who believe in nothing will believe anything
— after G.K. Chesterton

How many people will believe Jean Carroll, the woman who alleged Donald Trump raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the 1990s?

WHAT MY HoaxAs many people as want to, those being Donald Trump haters. Truth has never been more relative, less empirical, and more partisan. The rest of us — especially those of us who hug the middle — have become cynics, I’m afraid. Too many outright hoaxes. It’s as if the operative political equation goes like this:

If you’re not accusing, you’re losing.

You have to watch CNN’s Anderson Cooper interview this person. “I think most people think of rape as being sexy,” Carroll told viewers. “They think of the fantasies.” Glad a conservative didn’t say that. Might it surprise you to know that the lady is a pro-abortion, anti-Trump, Hillary Clinton contributor? (Source.)

The Washington Pundit claims that Carroll’s story is a copycat of an episode of Law and Order from season 13 — right down to the rape fantasy in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room. If you’ll pardon the twist on The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance:

When the hoax serves your purpose, print the hoax

In today’s Wall Street Journal, the essential Jason L. Riley reviews a political scientist’s findings that fewer than a third of 346 such allegations was genuine. 

Fake News!In 2012 a popular gay bar in suburban Chicago was destroyed by fire, and the owner cited homophobia as the reason. The same year, black students at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside reported death threats from hate groups and found a noose hanging from a dorm room door. Ultimately, the owner of the bar pleaded guilty to arson and insurance fraud. And a black student at the university fessed up to sending racist threats and planting a noose.

These alleged incidents are invariably seized upon by politicians and activists looking to feed a sacrosanct belief among liberals that discrimination and oppression are the main drivers of inequality.

“In the mainstream media we hear almost constant talk about scary new forms of racism: ‘white privilege,’ ‘cultural appropriation,’ and ‘subtle bigotry,’ ” [U. of Kentucky political scientist Wilfred Reilly writes, yet “a huge percentage of the horrific hate crimes cited as evidence of contemporary bigotry are fakes.”

Think about it: 

  • Jussie Smollett
  • Michael Brown’s “hands up, don’t shoot” in Ferguson, MO.
  • The Duke lacrosse players gang rape
  • Rolling Stone’s University of Virginia fraternity
  • Oberlin College’s boycott of the downtown bakery
  • Michael Avenetti’s claim that Justice Kavanaugh is serial rapist 
  • and the grandaddy of them all: Al Sharpton’s Tawana Brawley fable.

A teacher betrayed for a good cause

Jennifer Cheatham

Rewarded for her rush to judgment

Madison has its share; the latest being positive behavior coach who “tore a little black girl’s braids out at Whitehouse middle school.”

Where is the outrage? The superintendent of Madison’s public schools fell head over spiked heels for a hoax so unbelievable, on its face, that she threw a veteran teacher under the school bus rather than wait for the facts. 

That teacher’s career is ruined over a false narrative promulgated by the Rev. Alex Gee, Boys & Girls Club boss Michael Johnson, and school board candidates Muldrow and Ananda Mirilli. 

“I am aware of the public narratives about this incident,” Ozanne said. “Some of these narratives are based on incorrect information and assumptions that have been alleged as fact. Slices of this story have come out and some members of our community have coupled this information with their own experiences, drawing conclusions that are simply wrong.”

The positive behavior coach’s career is ruined. (“I have been betrayed.”) While the hoaxers profit. Muldrow and Mirilli won their elections; Alex Gee and Michael Johnson hustle white guilt, and Jennifer Cheatham gets a cushy job at Harvard training more guilty white superintendents who jump to conclusions rather than search for the truth. 

Blaska’s Bottom LineWe used to think the search for truth was the purpose of education.

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52 Responses to Your hoax doesn’t have to be believable if it fits your narrative

  1. casandra k says:

    I’m with you about the recent rape accusation. When I watched a snippet of the interview it seemed very fake from my perspective based on the way she presented it. Now, I do not usually side with the people who like to throw potentally already traumatized people under the bus which seems to have been the latest fad in politics. In fact, I truly hate this horror show. I hate liars and I hate those who make rediculous prejudgements that people are lying and then attempt to smear them. I can’t stand what this is doing to those of us who have actually been through sexual abuse who’s scars from the incounter haven’t healed correctly (messes with my PTSD and I heard from my councelor it’s affected others as well). I can’t stand what it’s basicly telling those who may be abused in the future… that it doesn’t matter, that they are going to be called liars or people who brought the abuse upon themselves for some reason. Then there is also the mental affect all this has on people who think about doing this sort of thing… It’s likely to embolden them. It’s likely to let them know they will always have allies who will back them and believe any lies that save them… at least in this life. Though God tends to not be so forgiving and knows everything.

    As far as the other issue. I read a little about it when it happened but nothing else. So I don’t have an opinion. I didn’t see the teacher speak. Only read an article in the WSJ.

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  2. Paula Fitz says:

    Great post!

    Personal narratives, regardless of how inane they may be, now take precedent over the truth. And the hoaxers have figured out a way to use this culture to their personal advantage. Sadly and ironically, the people who support the hoaxers are the ones primarily getting cheated.

    No wonder few people with good sense want to run for public office!

    Scary times we live in, and I wonder if the situation will ever change.

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    • richard lesiak says:

      Alex Jones comes to mind.

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      • Paula Fitz says:

        It’s vile regardless of the source, and it’s equally vile that a media that should be impartial is complicit.

        By the way, I’m not a far right Republican. I’m actually a former moderate Democrat who’s walked away (actually ran away) from the party I’ve supported much of my life.

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  3. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    The first time I heard this woman relate her tale of sexual assault by Donald Trump, I thought “Finally, Jussie Smollett has some real competition.” The interview with Anderson Cooper was priceless. He nearly gagged–and then quickly took a commercial break–when she observed that
    most people think of rape as sexy.

    Regarding “Jim” in the sidebar–one more item needs to be added to his profile: “Believes that every dime of his student loan debt should be ‘forgiven.'”

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  4. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    When I heard this woman relate her tale of sexual assault by Donald Trump, I thought, “Finally, Jussie Smollett has some real competition.” Her interview with Anderson Cooper is priceless. For most of it, AC was drooling over every sordid detail; then came her observation that most people think rape is sexy, at which point he nearly gagged and quickly called for a commercial break. Funny how her memory of this alleged incident coincides with the publication of her book. More proof that any allegation against Trump–no matter how preposterous or flimsy–gets accorded instant Gospel status by the ethically bankrupt lefties in the media.

    Regarding “Jim” ‘in the sidebar–one more item needs to be added to his profile: “Believes that every dime of his student loan debt should be ‘forgiven.'”

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  5. madisonexpat says:

    Liars gotta lie. How many times will a woman with a book to sell or a political enemy to take down come forth to lie? Women that are truly victimized should recognize these liars as a real enemy.

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  6. AnonyBob says:

    How many women have come forward with claims of sexual assault by our P***y Grabber (his braggadocio words, not mine) in Chief? 18? 19? 20? You disbelieve ALL of them, whether they’re selling a book or not? What was your point about people wanting to believe what they want to believe? Trumpsters gonna believe what Trumpsters gonna believe, despite his overwhelming record of lying as easily as most people breathe.

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    • Bob Dorn says:

      I seem to remember some President getting impeached over lying to Congress…Hmmm…who could it be? And there was a real stained dress in the closet. Was that lied about or was that what is is?

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  7. madisonexpat says:

    I believe in facts, demonstrable, credible facts. Got one?
    Gloria Allred’s clown show yielded nothing. It seemingly doesn’t matter how many ‘nuts and sluts come forth when you wave a hundred dollar bill in Hollywood.’ Gloria’s daughter was Harvey Weensteen’s legal fixer for years before she bailed on him. Hillary and Bill were dining with old buddy Harvey until they were shocked! Shocked that he had abused all those women.
    Bring forth one victim say, as credible as Juannita Broderick and I’ll listen to her.
    You are clueless in accusing President Trump of lying or assaulting women. You are a Clinton supporter man and wife. So when consistent you are all for both sins.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      Your head is up…in the sand when it comes to the P***y-Grabber-in-Chief’s sexual assaults (self admitted) and egregious, constant lying. Typical Trumpster. You’ll notice Bill has lost a lot of his shine in the eyes of many (me included). When will you open yours to Trump? So, because of Broderick, Trump is innocent? Nice logic there in Trumpland.

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      • madisonexpat says:

        No ABob, again, YOU lie. Then Citizen Trump said, “When you’re a celebrity they LET you do anything. You can grab them……….. It’s on tape and unmistakable. You call that sexual assault? Yes or no? I call it consent.
        So sorry Slick Willy (hah!) doesn’t shine as brightly in your eyes. Quite possibly like Harvey Weensteen both have lost a little luster in the Democratic Party. Tell it to their victims.
        But help us out ABob, what cost The Man from Hope some of you esteem? His perjury? His disbarment? That he lied about sexual harassment? The number of credible accusers?
        You accuse Trump falsely but when you judge Billy Jeff, what bothers you most?

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        • AnonyBob says:

          No, that is still assault and it is not consent. Not fighting off an attacker is not the same as consenting to being raped. That’s a pretty ignorant, old school, old boy attitude that’s been thoroughly discredited. You need to hear from some rape victims and their advocates. Unfortunately, the readership here is overwhelmingly old, male and, to put it kindly, traditional.

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        • AnonyBob says:

          No, no and no, Splat. I DO call that sexual assault and so does the law. A woman not fighting while being grabbed by the genitals or being raped is NOT giving consent. That’s an old time, old boy, thoroughly discredited, abusive and pathetic attitude. You need to hear from some rape victims or their advocates. Unfortunately, the readership here is overwhelmingly old, white and male and to put it kindly, of a “traditional” outlook. You probably won’t earn any more opprobrium than Trump does. Too bad. That defense makes both of you disgusting.

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    • old baldy says:

      “I believe in facts, demonstrable, credible facts”.

      Yet you still support trump. You have some major truthiness issues(or maybe just an a bout of conwayitis), or a bad case of cog dis.

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      • madisonexpat says:

        This from the Number 1 Fan Boy of the Avenatti/Stormy Daniels accusations. Tell me about truthiness. Tell us about cog dis.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          ”Number 1 Fan Boy of the Avenatti/Stormy Daniels accusations.”

          Heh! # 1 Fan Boy? @hankdog/old baldy should post that to his FacePlant account!

          Speaking of whom, where was the Porn Lawyer/democrat front-runner at last night’s NBC hilarious Lefty Clown Car Caravan Cavalcade? Perhaps he’s scheduled tonight along with the serial perv/RACIST and the millionaire socialista?

          Another in a LOOOOOONG line of EPIC FAILS!

          The Gotch

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        • old baldy says:

          splat:

          I make one comment about how appropriate it would seem that a porn star would bring down the adulterous golden (actually orange) boy of the evangelical right and now you say I am the biggest fan of avenetti/Daniels. Quite an assumption on your part. And not based on any facts. But go ahead and believe waht you want.

          gootchie:

          I guess you would know all about epic fails.

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  8. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    When I heard this woman spin her tale of sexual assault by Donald Trump, my first thought was, “Finally Jussie Smollett has some real competition.” Her interview with Anderson Cooper was priceless. For most of it, AC was lapping up her lies like a thirsty poodle; then she made her remark about rape being sexy at which point AC gagged and called for a commercial break. It really sucks when your latest “victim” of the President goes off script.

    Regarding “Jim” in the sidebar–one more item needs to be added to his profile: “Believes that every dime of his student debt ought to be ‘forgiven.'”

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  9. madisonexpat says:

    Get some popcorn and watch Jussie’s GMA interview when he tragically ran into the roving racists with bleach, a noose etc. Listen to him recount how he slugged it out with two large Trump supporters and never dropped his cell phone OR his tuna sandwich.
    That’s entertainment and ruh roh, friends of Michelle Obama seem to have affected the investigation and prosecution.
    Imagine that.

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  10. Paula Fitz says:

    Anonybob, Richard, and others: There’s no denying that Trump is crude, but he got elected for a reason. And the Dems still don’t seem to get it.

    People are fed up with political correctness and intellectual dishonesty. They’re sick of being told how to think, act, and behave, and of being bullied and shamed for not thinking lockstep with group ideology.

    The more the far left keeps shouting people down, virtue signaling, resisting, wearing hats designed like female reproductive organs (I’m a woman and am embarrassed by those), inserting identity politics into every freaking thing, mocking traditionalist values, shaming people because of their so-called “privilege” and punishing them for their success, being intellectually dishonest, and so forth, the more certain they will be sure to cement another Trump victory. And the Dems will still be shaking their heads.

    Trump is not my choice for president, but the alternative is even less desirable.

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  11. old baldy says:

    “intellectual dishonesty”

    How about dishonesty in general, especially in our current leadership in DC? I won’t use the term intellectual as that would imply that our leader is “intellectual (he isn’t), and he certainly isn’t honest. Nor a stable genius that couldn’t string together a cogent thought if he wanted to…

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  12. Paula Fitz says:

    You didn’t grasp a word I just wrote, did you? Instead, you honed in on one word from my post to divert attention, and to try to prove how right you are and wrong I am. Do you really think that tactic will change my mind or convince me of your talking points?

    I’m not interested in a pissing match. Snora snora.

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    • old baldy says:

      Yes Paula, I read it all. And you said folks are fed up with intellectual dishonesty, right? And that “They’re sick of being told how to think, act, and behave, and of being bullied and shamed for not thinking lockstep with group ideology”. Yet the leader that you make excuses for doesn’t want independent thought, but rather folks marching in lockstep to his dishonest proclamations; “my father was born in Germany”, “climate change is a hoax”, and 11,000 (and counting) other lies.

      And no, I wasn’t out to prove who was right or wrong, but posed a question that you won’t answer. So don’t argue dishonesty (intellectual or otherwise) unless you apply it to all sides.

      And it was two words, “intellectual dishonesty”.

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      • @hankdog/old baldy;

        “ ‘intellectual dishonesty’.”

        You wouldn’t know honesty were it to bounce off your follically challenged pate and smack you in the puss on its way down.

        Soooo, I get to keep my Dr. AND my plan AND save ~$2500 a year?

        Lefties telling fibs, Grubered©™® to beat $#!T!

        A story as old as time itself; the fact-based reality is too tough a row to hoe, am I right?

        The Gotch

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  13. Paula Fitz says:

    No, if you had read what I wrote, then you would have realized I was’t defending Trump. What part of “crude” do you not understand? Instead of trying to understand where I’m coming from and why people see Trump as the lesser of the two evils, you proceeded to tell me how awful Trump is. No need to keep repeating it. We get it for the 10,000th time!

    And by the way, I don’t think climate change is a hoax. What I think is a hoax are politicians and others who use it as a tool; I don’t think they care about saving the environment as much as they do about using it to sock it to Republicans, or as another means of virtue signaling.

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    • old baldy says:

      Paula:

      Sure, you said he was crude, and I got that, but then you went on to rationalize his existence. Example: You don’t feel climate change is a hoax, (warning, better not let others on the site know that, because their wrath and gibberish will rain down upon you), yet you voted for a guy that promised to roll back carbon emission controls (one of the few promises he kept). That isn’t the way to deal with the issue at all. No need to sock it to anyone, just vote for the best interests of the citizenry..

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      • Paula Fitz says:

        As someone who has advocated for local law enforcement for three years, I do indeed know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of “wrath and gibberish.” Try being an independent thinker, moderate Democrat, or (gasp) a conservative in Madison, and you’ll see how well the “party of tolerance” treats ‘ya.

        Climate change is but one issue that I weigh with others – especially given the timing of other events – at election time. And for the record, no, I’m not thrilled with Trump’s record on the environment.

        By “sock it to Republicans” what I mean, is that I believe liberals tend to embrace climate change not so much on its merits, but because it’s become a “liberal issue.”

        I’ll tell you what. When I start seeing more celebrities, politicians, and others do things like cleaning beaches, consuming less (give up getting a new cell phone every year), and volunteering at wildlife centers rather than hashtagging, protesting, and pontificating, I’ll be more apt to take their pleas seriously. (Kudos to those who genuinely care!)

        Who said I voted for Trump, by the way? You sure are making a lot of assumptions about me.

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        • madisonexpat says:

          They’re not assumptions Paula. OB and ABob and WaPo are clairvoyant. They’d have to be to know when and exactly how often a stranger is lying.

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        • old baldy says:

          Paula:

          You are right, I shouldn’t have assumed that you voted for trump. My bad.

          But you are also making some pretty big assumptions; “I believe liberals tend to embrace climate change not so much on its merits, but because it’s become a “liberal issue.” Well, believe what you want, but folks like me, and a whole lot of others, feel it is an issue of sustainability, and worry about the well being of generations yet to come.. But then I don’t have to worry about my next campaign contribution…

          And sure, there are a lot more issues than climate change to consider when choosing how to vote. Maybe truthfulness and character don’t matter to you, but they do to me. And based on recent polls, they do to a majority of folks.

          Good luck in 2020.

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        • Paula Fitz says:

          Old Baldy, I suppose it depends how you define truthfulness and character. Sure you want to get into a pissing contest about which politician is the worst offender, and who has said and done the worst things?

          The environment shouldn’t be a liberal or conservative issue; it’s a responsibility that belongs to all of us. If you’re sincerely taking actionable steps to lessen your carbon footprint, kudos.

          My perception, with exceptions noted, is that the environment (much like feminism and every other issue) has been weaponized. Also, the government is a piece of the puzzle; it will not fix what ails this planet.

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        • old baldy. says:

          Paula:

          Truthfulness isn’t trump, kelley anne, sarah, or rudy. Truth is truth. Maybe your definition is different than mine. I don’t care if you are a R or D, if you intentionally lie to me you don’t get my support on an issue.

          And I agree with you that environmental issues shouldn’t be R or D, conservative or liberal. (Side note: Back when I was in college in the 60’s wise-use conservatives were the environmentalists of the era. Note the root word. Nixon worked with both sides of the aisle to establish EPA, passed the CWA and CAA.). You talk about how the environment has been “weaponized”, then take a gander at all the BS trump says about climate change, water quality, wind turbines causing cancer, etc….. Or do you only hear what you want to hear? And you can look at how modern “conservatives” made a shambles of the quality of the environment here in WI in the past 8 years.

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      • Paula Fitz says:

        Whether the next president is Democrat or Republican, I pray that it’s someone who can help this country heal, because the divisions are killing us. I would hope every American wants that and is willing to put country before political affiliation.

        We should all rally behind any president when he or she does something that benefits us all. For example, I felt the same surge of pride when W took down Hussein as when Obama took down Bin Laden. I rally behind Trump when he vows to take down deadly gangs, and I’ll rally around a Democrat who does what’s in the best interest for all of us.

        We’re all in this together. This is not a game.

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  14. White Hills says:

    Who’s the real misogynist? The other woman.

    Abuse is code for being asked to follow through. It’s mental rape.

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  15. Andrea S. says:

    I BELIEVE HER

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @Andrea S.;

      “I BELIEVE HER”

      Bet you believe Jussie was fighting Fighting FIGHTING those MAGA Hat wearin’ Bleach totin’ The Donald supportin’ HATE wieldin’ EVIL White supremacists; all the while holdin’ onto his composure & his samitch, reality be damned, am I right?

      The Gotch

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      • Andrea S. says:

        Seriously, WTF is so wrong with you that a woman cannot say she believes another woman’s rape accusation without you resorting to conflating my belief with your whole Juston Smolet/Trump/Boogeyman narrative?????

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @Andrea S.;

          “WTF is so wrong with you that a woman cannot say she believes another woman’s rape accusation”

          You don’t expect your…um…observation to be challenged?

          And WTF is so wrong with YOU that you believe a woman’s story that is so obviously BULL$#!T that even career Lefty Anderson Cooper breaks into a flop sweat after he realizes his producers (smitten as they are with Trump Derangement Syndrome that they pander to those like-minded) scheduled him with a head case just for the Hate Rape ratings bump?

          “your whole Juston Smolet/Trump/Boogeyman narrative?????”

          Say what?

          You’re on the Juston Smolet (sic) bandwagon, too?

          Oy! THAT answers a lot of questions!

          Anywho, it might not be such a bad idea to learn how to spell the names of those you reference.

          Unless you’re related to @richard lesiak, in which case your (sic) beyond hopeless.

          The Gotch

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        • AnonyBob says:

          WTF is wrong with him? Many of us have been asking that for a loooong time now.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          How many @AnonyBob? You and the other two stooges?

          Typical Lefty; jussie like Jussie, jussie like Jean Carroll, et al.

          The fact-based Universe falls FAR short of the world for which you so ardently wish, so you feebly compensate by jussie making $#!T up.

          Pure-n-simple puerile infantilization, am I right?

          The Gotch

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        • richard lesiak says:

          Answer; he’s an idiot. Proof is the long winded claptrap gotch posted below.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          Two stooges accounted for.

          Three’s a charm, am I right?

          The Gotch

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  16. Paula Fitz says:

    There are women who have become hostile and attempted to shame me when I’ve expressed the following (and other women who share similar thoughts). They think that because I’m a woman, I should believe someone’s accusations just because we share the same gender. Unless, of course, the accusations are of someone they like, then the room gets quiet.

    We need to be honest with ourselves. Are we judging the accused based on the facts or because we don’t like that person? Given the exact same set of circumstances, would we believe the accusations if they were against someone we liked?

    Due process is much more important than our opinions. And every person, regardless of who they are, is entitled to due process – I say this even about people I can’t personally stand.

    Also, while I think there are women who come forward (not just about Trump) who have indeed been assaulted, I also believe there are those who unfortunately manufacture accusations.

    Those who lie need to be punished by the courts, because they are harming the credibility of real victims and undermining our justice system. I think they also need professional help and perhaps a character assessment.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @Paula Fitz;

      “Unless, of course, the accusations are of someone they like, then the room gets quiet.”

      This cross your desk?

      The Media’s Double Standard on Culture-War Controversies | National Review

      The Gotch

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  17. Paula Fitz says:

    Cornelius,

    Thanks for sharing that article. Good read.

    There’s a lot of dishonesty in the media and in public discourse. I think it does all of us a great disservice and causes people to tune out.

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