Politico Fair And Balanced? Hardly
After spending a week portraying Herman Cain as a sexual predator, allegations which so far have resulted in NO FACTS sustantiating(sic) the innuendo, Politico now wants to be fair and balanced and tell us that Cain actually led industry efforts to fight sexual harassment, Under Herman Cain, NRA launched Sex Harassment Fight:
Jacobson seems to entirely miss the more subtle, though still obvious, slant of the piece. They're portraying Cain as someone who mostly viewed sexual harassment charges as a threat to business, not someone more likely to be sensitive to how a woman should be treated in the workplace. They're also emphasizing the point that Cain was well aware of the issue, while not backing down from any of their reporting. Claiming some type of victory, however small, when the opposition is still on the attack isn't a sound strategy.
Industry officials saw it coming — none other than Cain himself warned as long ago as 1991 that changes in federal law resulting from the hearings could cause problems for employers.
What he does here is worse.
And in a prophetic statement, Cain also warned of the consequences of frivolous suits:
Industry officials saw it coming — none other than Cain himself warned as far back as 1991 that changes in federal law resulting from the hearings could cause problems for employers.
“This bill opens the door for opportunists who will use the legislation to make some money,” Cain, then CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, told Nation’s Restaurant News. “I’m certainly for civil rights, but I don’t know if this bill is fair because of what we’ll have to spend to defend ourselves in unwarranted cases.”
Indeed. But at least you didn’t have Politico in 1991.
Ace was pointing this out on Twitter last night. It's possible that the sexual harassment charges Cain faced were frivolous but we simply don't know that. I'm not interested in taking up Cain's, or the woman's, cause in that regard. I'm just looking at the facts. The old claims against Cain have never much figured into my judgement of him as an unsuitable nominee.
Unfortunately, what Jacobson is doing is akin to what Clinton's Bimbo Eruption managers did. Nothing in Politico's copious reporting on the topic tells me the woman is the one who raised this issue. I suspect someone leaked it to Politico, she may have confirmed the complaints existence and validity when approached; however, at least so far, she hasn't been seeking the limelight, or a payday.
Now, if she turns around tomorrow and takes money to go on the record, we'll know more upon which to judge her. But for now, we don't know that. If, as she does assert, she had a legitimate claim back then, she's now been further harassed by Politico because of their dredging it all back up – assuming she wasn't the original leaker.
If that's how this played out – and I believe it may well be – Politico highlighted the old charges, Cain said they were baseless and, on principle, the woman wanted to refute that without becoming some next Monica Lewinsky. Without knowing more, I'm not going to rush to judgement in her case, anymore than I have regarding Cain in the whole harassment fracas.
If Cain has lady problems, it would be one more mark against him as a potential nominee. I don't know if that's the case. Still, given his poor temperament and bad judgment when under pressure from the media, along with his seemingly weak grasp of issues and dodgy positions, I've seen more than enough to know he's not someone I'd want to support for the nomination.