• ProPublica’s Homophobic Witchhunt

    May 5, 2017

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    Posted in: Democracy, Post-Constitution America




    How to run a witch hunt:

    1) Make accusations as dramatic and salacious as possible;
    2) Play to existing fears and prejudices;
    3) Cite the greater good that makes way for necessary evil.

    So, if you’re Joe McCarthy in 1950s America:

    1) The government is full of Communists. Some are gay, subject to Commie blackmail!
    2) America is under threat for its very survival, and traitors are everywhere. Maybe even… you?
    3) We may need to destroy the lives of a few innocents, but isn’t our nation worth that risk?

    Or if you’re ProPublica in 2017:

    1) A Trump political appointee has (been accused of) sexually assaulting boys!
    2) Trump himself is a sexual assaulter, and his administration has shown it does not vet appointees (some work for Moscow!)
    3) Presenting accusations as evidence, headlining an issue resolved years ago, and pretending Googling is investigative journalism are necessary evils if we can pretend it is part of the Resistance.



    ProPublica is a non-profit organization that “produces investigative journalism in the public interest… focusing exclusively on truly important stories, stories with ‘moral force.’”

    Which seems an odd claim in that their latest blockbuster is to revive settled accusations that a minor Trump political appointee sexually assaulted fellow students at a military academy.

    ProPublica writes “Steven Munoz [above] allegedly assaulted five freshmen. His hiring at the State Department raises further questions about the Trump administration’s vetting process.” The story lists accusations of unwanted sexual touching from 2009 that first surfaced in 2012 via a leaked email, when Munoz did some work for the Rick Santorum campaign. Munoz claimed the acts were consensual. All of the information is available via Google searches; no investigative journalism is needed.

    Upshot? A South Carolina prosecutor reviewed the case and its 200 pages of evidence and declined to seek an indictment in 2013.

    Accusations and an investigation that lead to no charges. That’s it.



    But ProPublica went on to write “Munoz’s hiring raises questions about the Trump administration’s vetting of political appointees, which has been both slow and spotty, with multiple incidents of staff being fired only weeks into their jobs, including for disloyalty to Trump.” The implication is that the old, closed, accusations against Munoz should have been grounds to turn him down for an administrative job.



    So, ProPublica, what’s the story?

    If it’s that the military academy did a poor job of investigating the allegations, then write that story. If the local prosecutor failed in her responsibilities, then investigate and write that story. If you have evidence Munoz is sexually assaulting people in his political appointee job today in Washington, let’s hear it. If you can find that the Trump vetting process uncovered evidence of Munoz’ guilt and hired him anyway, let’ see that headlined.

    But if all you are doing is resurfacing old, dismissed allegations of a salacious nature in hopes of embarrassing the administration and making yourself look like The Resistance for a news cycle, then, no, you are just conducting an old-fashioned witch hunt.

    Shame on you, ProPublica, and your organization’s otherwise proud record.




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    • Mitch said...

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      Peter.

      Thank you. Very much. The Witch hunt mentality is something that absolutely needs to be addressed.

      Been subjected to actions like this, personally.

      Different motive. Different tactics. Different agenda. Different accusations… However…. The exact same goal. Which was and is… Destruction.

      It is, however, amazing to see the depths people will sink to, when they don’t get what they want.

      Kind of like the two year old laying on the floor, kicking and screaming.

      The less that correct way of putting it is… ‘Throw Shit and see what sticks’.

      It is an absolute chickenshit approach, and used entirely to frequently anymore.

      M

      05/5/17 7:39 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Here are a couple of… Interesting …. Excerpts from Propublca’s… Story….

      “Savage, Munoz’s lawyer, said in his statement: “Steven Munoz, a graduate of the Corp with a sterling reputation for honesty, integrity and all Corp values, was used as a whipping boy in an attempt by the institution to change its shameful image shaped by its ignorance of the conduct of Skip ReVille and Michael Arpaio.” ReVille and Arpaio were at the center of widely covered Citadel sexual assault and child abuse scandals.

      At the time two of the allegations against Munoz surfaced in 2012, Savage told The Post and Courier newspaper that the allegations were not only false, but also politically motivated. Savage claimed that an unnamed Citadel employee — who was also the mother of one of the alleged victims — had released information on the allegations because she disliked Munoz’s conservative politics. Savage declined our request to provide details to substantiate his claim. ”

      ” Any significant negative media reports or criminal accusations would lead a file to be flagged for further scrutiny by White House lawyers, according to a former staffer in the office who vetted Obama appointees. Sexual assault allegations would be a serious flag. In the Obama years, candidates under consideration for jobs were passed over because of, for example, a drunk driving case or for being a registered lobbyist. ”

      https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-administration-hires-official-five-students-accused-sexual-assault

      What a politically motivated hatchet job…. Such bullshit.

      Neat little comparisons…….. Just enough subtlety…. To hide the smell of the rabid hate…..

      M

      05/5/17 8:04 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Speaking of witch hunts, what’s the big deal about Ivanka’s new book and State trying to help her make a buck?

      A State Department office retweeted Ivanka Trump’s post promoting her new book on Wednesday, likely violating a federal rule that bars the use of public office for private gain.

      A federal government employee “shall not use his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity,” according to the Code of Federal Regulations.”

      State gave We Meant Well lots of free publicity.

      05/5/17 10:43 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Speaking of useless information like Ivanka’s book:

      Truck owners and truck rental agencies in the U.S. must be “vigilant” about the increasing frequency of “ramming attacks” by terrorists using vehicles as killing machines, according to a new Transportation Security Administration report obtained exclusively by NBC News.

      The unclassified report warns owners, operators and rental agencies to protect their vehicles from theft. Entitled “Vehicle ramming attacks: Threat landscape, indicators and counter measures,” the report was sent Tuesday to local law enforcement agencies and private companies working with the Department of Homeland Security.

      Actually, it is an insult to compare this useless information to Ivanka’s. My bad.

      05/5/17 11:20 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Speaking of sex-sensationalism to make political points, the Spice Boy got public about it too:

      Spicer made a false accusation about a rape involving two undocumented aliens to show why President Trump has made illegal immigration a priority issue.

      “I think part of the reason that the president has made illegal immigration and crackdown such a big deal is because of tragedies like this,” the press secretary said. “We act so many times and we talk about this and say, ‘Why is the president dealing with this and because of this priority? Well, part of the reason is because the tragedy that this young girl dealt with, had inflicted upon her … this is why he’s passionate about this. Because people are victims of these crimes in terms of – they are victims of the economic pieces, there is national security. But immigration pays its toll on our people if it is not done legally. This is another example and it is why the president is so passionate about his.”

      Spicer also said the president believes local jurisdictions need to be tougher on people who are in the country illegally.

      “He recognizes it is multi-faceted – why we have to be tough at the border, why I just read off that this executive order is dealing with people who have committed crimes who local enforcement agencies or municipalities at the state level are not dealing with this,” said Spicer. “If you go to the ICE website and download this, you will see it is over 30-something pages of cases where there is a person who is convicted of a crime that local people, local municipals and law enforcement, for whatever reason – in some cases they are prohibited – but for one reason or another are not enforcing the law and not turning that individual over to federal authorities to be deported and I think this is another example this issue needs to be addressed.”

      The rape charges were dropped as it was consensual.

      05/5/17 11:33 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      When are we going to deport all these high school teachers who are raping students?

      05/5/17 11:59 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      And what about all these politicians who can’t keep their hands off pussies?

      05/5/17 12:03 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Yes…. Ladies and Gentlemen….

      I am sorry to confirm the reports….. Rich Bauer did indeed drop out of rehabilitation…. Again.

      Previous information to the contrary was mis-spoken.

      We are truly sorry for the previous information that stated he was doing well, and making progress.

      From the Clinton News Network (CNN)…. Good Night…. And … Good Grief, Charlie Brown……

      M

      05/5/17 3:25 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      The Trumpies don’t want to admit they jumped to conclusions and don’t want to admit they were wrong…until there is more information.

      05/6/17 4:12 PM | Comment Link

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