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Thursday, November 16, 2017

LA Times Editorial Board:

Stories about powerful men engaging in sexual misconduct are becoming so common that, as with mass shootings, the country is in danger of growing inured to them. But unlike the tragic news about that latest deranged, murderous gunman, the massive outpouring of previously repressed tales of sexual harassment gives us reason to hope.

The latest revelation comes from L.A. radio anchor Leeann Tweeden, who says U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) forcibly kissed her while they were rehearsing for a USO show overseas in 2006, just before Franken began his campaign for the Senate.

Franken has apologized, though says he doesn't remember the incident the way Tweeden does, and he asked for an investigation of his own behavior by the Senate Ethics Committee. Such a probe would be welcome. The committee can also investigate whether it's an isolated incident or part of an offensive pattern.

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We're having a moment of reckoning, America. Stories that would have been waved off at the time they occurred as harmless or aberrational are now gaining currency. Women who previously have only whispered their stories in private are now being convinced to go public because it seems that, at last, they might be taken seriously, that they won't be brushed off.

It's good that that the moment has finally come, and that women are stepping forward with stories of sexual aggression of every variation.

So far, we are just scraping the surface, hearing mostly about the misdeeds of very powerful men -- not the everyday harassment and intimidation meted out in the lower echelons of society. And thorny questions remain about how society should treat decades-old allegations or differentiate among the many gradations of alleged bad behavior alleged.

Yet it is important that we see the whole picture, even if the tales are decades old, describe murky, unwanted advances or seem at first, in some cases, like nothing more than mean-spirited jokes. We need to understand the breadth of the problem if we are going to begin to address the problem and to change attitudes in a meaningful way.

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W0W.... article is a 4 paragraph rehashing of a 114 post thread with not an ounce of any originality.

That's what I call news!

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-16 07:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's an Editorial from the LA Times, Corky, that is far broader than the harassing Senator that you are currently coddling.

Sorry its message is over your head.

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-11-16 07:10 PM | Reply

I'm sure if it had been about a Republican it would have joined your Cork n' Paste arsenal.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-11-16 07:11 PM | Reply

There's no "moment of reckoning" until Trump is dealt with.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-16 07:40 PM | Reply

Under my feet, more like. It adds absolutely nothing to the other thread.

#5 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-16 08:11 PM | Reply

#5 Your cartoonish arm flapping is the threads most entertaining aspect.

...aside from The Reckoning, coming soon, to an ex-potus near you.

#6 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-16 08:23 PM | Reply

There is no moment of reckoning until Biden is dealt with.

#7 | Posted by sawdust at 2017-11-16 10:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#7

Who did Biden sexually harass? Honest question, because I don't know.

Who did Trump sexually harass, and when will he finally use some of the vast amounts of money he skims from the presidency to sue them for lying?

Let's be clear: The modern GOP has no values.

You can try to trip up other people on the values they do have, but this underscores how empty you are.

Decent people, and even those people who aspire to decency someday, are sick of you.

#8 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-17 07:52 AM | Reply

NeonNettle

NYMag

Gawker

SBYNews

#9 | Posted by sawdust at 2017-11-17 08:44 AM | Reply

The articles you link to are worthless, and the pathetic thing is you know why.

Aspire to decency. It won't kill you.

#10 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-17 11:07 AM | Reply

- The articles you link to are worthless

The pictures are worth a thousand words.

#11 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-17 12:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#11

You are one deliberately stupid human being.

#12 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-17 01:13 PM | Reply

Zed, looks like you are the one choosing to be stupid.

The cringes on the women's faces tells you all you need to know.

These are unwelcome advances.

Biden uses his position of power and authority to get away with this.

#13 | Posted by sawdust at 2017-11-17 08:57 PM | Reply

"The cringes on the women's faces tells you all you need to know."

Yeah. Just like you can tell from this woman's face that Muslims ignore terrorism.
www.standard.co.uk

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-17 09:10 PM | Reply

#13

You're a stupid man.

#15 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-17 09:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#13

Yeah. Flat out stupid and stupidly dishonest.

#16 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-17 09:29 PM | Reply

Biden uses his position of power and authority to get away with this.
#13 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

Why are you singling out Biden?

#17 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-11-17 10:01 PM | Reply

Interesting that Franken is chosen for the headline.

Why not Moore? Or Trump? If everything leveled against Franken is true it still pales in comparison to the right's current darling sexual predators.

#18 | Posted by jpw at 2017-11-18 12:08 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

He was probably chosen by the LA Times editors because that was the day he was accused and he was an entertainer and a politician.

#19 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-11-18 12:16 AM | Reply

Why not Moore? Or Trump?

Because it was posted by RoC.

#20 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-11-18 12:37 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#18
lack of reasoning and critical thought.

#21 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-11-18 04:21 PM | Reply

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