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Posted by on Nov 9, 2011 in Media, Politics | 8 comments

Sorry Herman, That Isn’t How the News Media Works

Dear Mr. Cain:

When pressed by the media on lingering questions about sexual harassment allegations made against you, you seem to think that as a public figure you can unilaterally declare a story over and claim that journalists who persist are somehow violating a “journalistic Code of Ethics.”

It’s a bogus response. FYI, journalists and editors have an unspoken “Code of Employment,” which means if they don’t ask tough questions they aren’t real journalists and editors and they’ll join the ranks of the unemployed. Their J-O-B as required by employers and taught in journalism schools is to ask lingering questions, even when news sources don’t want them asked. If your “Code of Ethics” response was valid then why didn’t LBJ demand reporters look at the code when he got questions on Vietnam or Richard Nixon hand out the code during Watergate? Why didn’t Anthony Weiner refer reporters to the code in between Tweets? It’s a hot-button-pushing, evasive answer designed to turn the media — not you — into the issue.

You tie Mitt Romney among Republicans in a recent Gallup Poll because you’ve become the Anti-Romney amid enduring conservative antipathy towards the former Massachusetts governor. Romney discards past principles faster than a reptile sheds skin. Mitt Romney has more positions than the Kama Sutra.

You have become the new hope for the GOP’s Tea Party/Populist wing in its battle for dominance with the GOP’s country club/businessman wing. A recent New York Times/Washington Post poll found Romney with support still stagnant at one quarter of the GOP electorate. Your key strength has been your firm convictions — that is, until the sexual harassment allegations emerged, and news of at least two hefty legal settlements paid to the alleged victims, and you seemingly tried to match Romney in Guinness Book of Records re-explanations.

This may sit well with Republicans who already like you, or with mega-partisan Fox News “interviewer” Sean Hannity, who spins enough to have an amusement park ride named after him. But it won’t convince most working journalists and editors and won’t win over most independent voters and moderates.

Your problem is that your new public accuser Sharon Bialek’s account that you groped her sounds credible to many women and comes within the context of three other anonymous sexual harassment accusations.

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  • Allen

    Sorry Joe…

    Bialek don’t count anymore, it’s now the Karen Kraushaar show.

    Starring…

    Karen Kraushaar!

    unfortunately with no information.

    BUT…

    She did say…I don’t want to say anything more…”right now”..

    the suspense is cracking my cracks Joe!

    I’m already in line at ticket masters. This one is going into the history books.

    Oh…

    …and she works for Dept of Treasury…

    The 1939 Hatch Act comes into play. Oh my.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

    Give pizza a chance.

  • Allen

    However, the WACKO’s have come out of the closet!

    …”this is key”…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjESXmxGl6M

    Please God, save me from becoming one of these…

  • lazzzlo

    I’m pretty sure the Society of Professional Journalists have a code of ethics.

  • sentry

    No matter what happened in the past (why does Cain get assailed by liberals for being like the god-like Bill Clinton?), the real story of the moment is: it’s perfect timing by these women, perfectly suspicious.

  • slamfu

    The timing isn’t that suspicious. It came out after he was a frontrunner, thats when the reporters really start to dig into your past. Its called ‘vetting’. Now if this happened one week before the primaries, I’d call that suspicious.

    And I think Cain’s naivete regarding reporters is adorable. He really seemed to think he could just tell them the story is over and that was that. Welcome to political life pal, you have to actually explain stuff. I know the media is pretty weak, but they still are like a dog with a bone when it comes to a good sex scandal.

    And I’m pretty sure Clinton got excoriated and impeached for his indiscretions. It was a long time ago, but he didn’t get off scott free.

  • Allen

    I don’t know, but after watching this Karen Kraushaar, I suspect that she is a liar and all of these women are liars.

    Besides, I don’t think that “sexual harassment”, what ever the definition of that is, but corrected appropriately, should preclude someone from becoming president. Unless it was deviant sexual harassment. Sexual assault, that’s a different story.

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    “I don’t know, but after watching this Karen Kraushaar, I suspect that she is a liar and all of these women are liars.”

    Here’s a person who, just by watching two women on television for a few minutes (one describing a sexual assault she claims she suffered), “suspects” that they are liars.

    And, yet,this person condemns everyone else who — after watching and listening to Mr. Cain perform for umpteen hours and change his story umpteen times — “suspects” Mr. Cain of sexual harassment, at the very least.

    Go figure!

  • Allen

    Dorian-

    Well you’ve got to suspect one way or the other. There is no room for middle ground here. The media are one-sided, that is fact. Nothing like a juicy sex scandal to boost a career.

    There needs to be real facts brought forward before destroying a man’s character. Without facts, harassment by the media should be suppressed with a heavy hand.

    Sentry- If it is the Democrats doing this hatchet job, then they are doing Romney a favor, because this is a contest between Republicans only. Democrat hatchet jobs won’t come out until after the Republican nominee has largely been decided.

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