Thursday, August 18, 2016

Washington Post Irony Alert

From Today's Washington Post:


This particular case concerned Kurt Metzger, a (potentially former) writer and actor for her Comedy Central show “Inside Amy Schumer,” who wrote several Facebook posts about sexual assault victims.
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Metzler was angry that the comedian was reportedly ousted from the club due to accusations alone rather than formal charges or a conviction. Representatives from UCB haven’t spoken out on the matter.
The post or comments?

Here is part of what he wrote, edited to remove profanity:
Guys I have just heard some disturbing news, this guy Jiff Dilfyberg is a rapist! I know because women said it and that’s all I need! Never you mind who they are. They are women! ALL women are as reliable as my bible! A book that, much like a women, is incapable of lying!
You think I would dare ask my God, Lord Jesus Christ the Nazarene to provide any “details” or “evidence” of any kind before I believe in him? Or a woman? No, because that be that would be like hammering the nails into Jesus My Lord’s feet! … Or asking for proof in a murder trial!
Anyway Jiff Dilfyberg is dangerous! So … dangerous that we can’t go to the police to report his many rapes! That would just be tooooo rapey, and the women are too brave for that. If we ask them to even merely also post a vague account of what happened before asking us to believe that would like re-raping their rape! These women are as BRAVE as they are sore!
Now for the good news! [He] … is now banned from the Times Square Art Center And Halloween Adventure! Yeah let’s see you try and rape anyone without specifically being at The Times Square Art Center and Halloween Adventure, now, you … rapist! BAM! Lady Ghostbusters! Little girl looks up at us! Tear. “I WILL go to college after all!” Don’t mention it, little girl. Just knowing I got to be part of an unthinking herd of mewling progressive cattle is reward enough!”
OK, not the most sensitive thing ever written, but not exactly incorrect in pointing out that accusations don't necessarily mean guilt.  Apparently a large number of people disagree with my assessment:
Another wrote, “TL;DR: I am privileged and have never HAD to care about/ talk about rape culture and get to be a contrarian dumbass that creates an environment where women feel unsafe and can diminish a conversation about rape culture and say ‘no, no, I’m talking just about how it’s unfair for this one guy specifically and let me tell you how to fix it’ because of my privilege.” A third wrote, “Kurt, I don’t know you, but man there is something deeply wrong with your point of view in the world.”
and from the tone the WaPo appears to agree (their editorial prerogative) BUT, then, in the same paper we have:


A father from the United Kingdom had only one defense against his daughter's accusation that he had raped her for six years: He didn't do it.
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The next day, after seven minutes of cross-examination, the accuser, according to McCulloch, wavered.
"She suddenly broke and said I was absolutely right. She had made the whole thing up because she was angry with her father and wanted to teach him a lesson," McCulloch said.
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She said the accuser said her father is strict and was "ruining her life," according to the blog, so she leveled false allegations based on "Fifty Shades of Grey" and other books.

Do you see the conflict here?  

Look, I am not pro-rape or anti-woman, I just want a little bit of common sense applied.  Women should be given the benefit of the doubt when they say they are raped, but that doesn't mean that men don't have a presumption of innocence.  It means take their story seriously and investigate.  If the investigation reveals the woman was raped or possibly raped - prosecute.  Then, if guilty, lock the guy up and let justice take it's course.

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