Accusing someone of sexual assault is not an easy task, especially when the accused is in a major position of power. Ever since the #MeToo movement swept the nation, more and more woman are coming out and revealing their abusers. But here’s the thing: not everyone accused of sexual assault is always guilty. Moreover, it’s probably best to thoroughly report on a major sexual allegation.
Yesterday’s news of Senator Franken (D-MN) allegedly engaging in sexual misconduct during a USO trip caused a firestorm on Twitter. But Franken, being a gentleman and totally unlike creepo Roy Moore, immediately apologized to Leeann Tweeden, the woman pictured in the photo at the USO tour.
The first thing I want to do is apologize: to Leeann, to everyone else who was part of that tour, to everyone who has worked for me, to everyone I represent, and to everyone who counts on me to be an ally and supporter and champion of women. There’s more I want to say, but the first and most important thing—and if it’s the only thing you care to hear, that’s fine—is: I’m sorry.
Perhaps in a rush to beat other networks to the punch in their shaming of Franken, the MSM has been completely reckless in covering this story. Firstly, they didn’t even bother to contact the photographer and get some context behind the photo that shows Franken apparently groping a sleeping Tweeden. Oddly enough, Tweeden was wearing a kevlar vest, military helmet, and sitting upright in a chair. The photographer has since spoken up.
— Jackie Norton (@taiyo1937) November 17, 2017
But the bigger issue is how the MSM has completely failed to report on Tweeden’s fishy connections to right-wing media, which may or may not show Tweeden as trying to humiliate someone with whom she disagrees with politically.
Tweeden, for example, is no neutral party.
The image above is a screengrab of Tweeden on Fox News’ Hannity calling Shirley Sherrod a racist Remember, Sherrod was attacked and set up by bogus journalism by Breitbart. To be clear, Tweeden was a participant in the right-wing echo chamber, amplifying and reinforcing the message of Breitbart.
Now here’s the video of Tweeden on Hannity:
It was a comedy skit in poor taste and nobody is making apologies for Franken’s behavior. But that Tweeden is a Trump supporter with a history of appearing on decidedly right-wing news shows, makes this whole thing smell like a rotting corpse. Franken, of course, didn’t respond to her accusation by attacking her like Roy Moore did; he apologized and Tweeden accepted.
Al Franken isn't going to resign. He has two witnesses … he had an escort/bodyguard who never left his side and says this didn't happen and the photographer saying she was in on the staging .. also @LeeannTweeden is on Hannity's show constantly …
— Samantha Sanderson (@SamSanderson123) November 17, 2017
There’s clearly more to this story, and the MSM is totally derelict in their duty to not dig deeper.
Featured image via YouTube