After one of the first rashes of these allegations last year (and, really, why are we having multiple rashes of sexual harassment allegations in an arguably “civilized” society?) Joy Reid held a panel on AMJoy with all female commentators that pointed out not only the demonstrated bias of the media coverage of the 2016 that was sufficiently documentedly biased in favor of the male candidate and against the female candidate that said coverage might well have altered the outcome of the election:
New York Times: The Men Who Cost A Woman The Election
On Sexism and Media Coverage of Women in Politics
Irin Carmon on AMJoy – “What would the world look like if people weren’t driven out because they the mold of the environment that these powerful men set?”
And then, when you look at who was accused of harassment so egregious that they had to leave their jobs – Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer – and the disparity in how they treated the male & female Presidential candidates in question, one can’t help but concede the panel has might’ve made its point.
The Real Appeal of Trumpism To Its Supporters
“a substantial appeal of Trumpism is racism”
Charlie Sykes: “we’re going to look the other way; we’re going to rationalize”
From Steve Wynn in response to these multiple allegations:
“The idea that I ever assaulted any woman is preposterous”
One of the many things then to focus on here is what victims think “assaulted” means, how the harassers are defining these and other words – and – as I’ve had discussions related to control of narratives multiple times this week against the backdrop of a culture of silence cloaking BOTH sexual harassment and assault and basic dismissal and disrespect of women
AND widespread bigotry also cloaked in the same culture of silence
who it is to whom the culture is willing to grant the power to define our most representative cultural narratives.
A couple of reasons off the top of my head why that’s good: he’s contributed boatloads of money to Nevada Senator Dean Heller and other Republican Senators who are vulnerable now. DEMOCRATS CAN WIN BACK THE SENATE (*IF* we keep an eye on the other ways they’ll try to get that dark money through - because you know they will - till we get Citizens’ United overturned).