During the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, Democrats brought Anita Hill forward to stop Thomas’ confirmation. Word flew fast and furious that Thomas had sexually harassed Ms. Hill. When Republicans pushed back against the Democrats’ accusation, Democrats awkwardly defended themselves this way:
“The nature of the evidence is irrelevant; it’s the seriousness of the charge that matters.”
That was the first major accusation from progressives against conservatives. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the last accusation.
When it fit their storyline of a rape epidemic on college campuses, Rolling Stone published a 9,000-word ‘article’ about a rape that happened at a fraternity. The ‘reporter’ didn’t interview anyone at the fraternity. Neither did her editors. It wasn’t until later that PBS Newshour’s blog ran a headline saying that Rolling Stone’s package of lies was “Review of disputed Rolling Stone campus rape story case of ‘journalistic failure.’
It wasn’t a case of journalistic failure. Rolling Stone published a sensationalized set of lies to sell magazines. The woman who wrote the article, Sabrina Rubin Erdley, shouldn’t be called a reporter. Lying sensationalist fits better.
During the final hours of Minnesota’s legislative session this year, DFL activists accused Republicans of hating public schools. That’s only part of the story. Some DFL activists sent that message out via Twitter. That story got headlines, though, when Gov. Dayton accused Republicans of hating public schools:
“I realize they hate public schools, some of the Republican legislators,” Dayton said last week after he said he would call a special session to pass an education bill more to his liking. “And they are loath to provide any additional money for public schools and for public school teachers because all the good programs … contradict what they say, which is public schools do everything badly.”
The temptation for Republicans is to gently dispute Gov. Dayton’s diatribe. Republicans need to resist that temptation. They should loudly call him out, then tell Minnesotans that Gov. Dayton would get a ‘Pants on Fire’ rating if Gov. Dayton’s statements were tested by objective journalists.
Democrats have repeatedly thrown the truth overboard when it gets in the way of that day’s storyline. This isn’t the party of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Hubert Humphrey or Scoop Jackson. This Democratic Party is owned lock, stock and barrel by ACORN sympathizers and disgusting leaders like Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.