Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Unequal application

For the past several years, the Federal government has been running approximately $1 trillion annual deficits. If you break that down to the time it takes government to spend money in excess of revenues it collects, you're talking close to $2 million per minute.

Not to be outdone, The Washington Post spent more than 2.5 times that amount for its 60-second ad during Sunday's Super Bowl.

Turns out the WaPo's virtue signaling was rather ill-timed.

Justin Fairfax, the Democrat lieutenant governor of Virginia, deserves the presumption of innocence after being accused of sexual assault, even if that same presumption was not given to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

But we must continue to point out the clear bias employed by media outlets when it comes to the allegations against these two individuals. Yesterday, The Daily Wire reported on Fairfax’s denial of the allegations against him and his statement about how The Washington Post decided not to run the accusation. Fairfax said:

The Post carefully investigated the claim for several months. After being presented with facts consistent with the Lt. Governor's denial of the allegation, the absence of evidence corroborating the allegation, and significant red flags and inconsistencies within the allegation, the Post made the considered decision not to publish the story.

Notice that all of these issues existed with the allegations against Kavanaugh, yet the Post and other media outlets plastered those allegations everywhere as if they were true, all while chanting “Believe Women!”

Matt Walsh of The Daily Wire lays out a compelling case as to why the allegations against Fairfax are more damning than what was levied against Kavanaugh (read it here). Regardless, due process should be allowed to run its course in the Fairfax saga even though some folks believed Kavanaugh shouldn't have been extended that same courtesy.

It's still just a he said-she said type of thing. Just because an accuser can name a date and place doesn't mean her accusation is true. Just because Fairfax admits to sexual contact with the accuser doesn't mean he assaulted her. But an accusation that includes these details is certainly more credible than an accusation lacking them.

It's sagas such as this which continue to undermine legitimate victims of assault, especially those victimized by individuals in power positions. If real victims are going to be little more than political pawns upon sharing their stories, they'll likely choose to remain in silence while perhaps never having their emotional scars heal. And that is the real tragedy.


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