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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Lyin' Wimmin

by digby

This comment by Fox News' and Roger Ailes' personal private eye Bo Dietl is sadly far too common even today:
“Knowing [Roger], I can't believe these allegations,” Dietl said, stating that the deluge of accusations felt like “the old pile-on,” and that “political correctness takes a big play on what goes on” with most sexual harassment workplace lawsuits.

“Too often, it’s like a shakedown, like extortion,” he continued, dismissing a majority of cases as “so minimal.”

“Look, if someone looks really great in a dress, and you say, ‘You look really great!’ or ‘You've been working out, you look great!’ [what's wrong with that?]” he asked, rhetorically. “I love women… but I think political correctness has gotten to a level that… if someone says something they construe as… being a sexual manner, right away it goes into a sexual lawsuit, and if they're not happy with their job,” he added, they then pursue legal action.

“My experience in investigating [cases like] these is 98 percent of these are bullshit,” Dietl declared.

Everybody knows that women are notorious liars, amirite?

Dietl sounds an awful lot like someone else, doesn't he?
Trump was asked about Fox News’ Roger Ailes resignation earlier this week afterGretchen Carlson’s bombshell harassment lawsuit and after over 20 other women reportedly came forward alleging sexual misconduct from Ailes.

Trump’s response to the question was simply jaw-dropping. Trump stated that he felt “very badly” for Ailes (not for the women, though). Trump also praised Ailes as a “very, very talented person,” applauding the way he built Fox News into a media powerhouse.

Then Trump started attacking the women who had come forward. “I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he's helped them," he said.

Think about that comment for a moment. Trump is basically saying that since Ailes had helped these women with their careers, the alleged sexual harassment was okay because it was the price to pay for his help.

And then Trump did what he has done for years—he attacked the female victims as liars: “I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining ... when they write books that are fairly recently released, and they say wonderful things about him.

“And now all of a sudden they're saying these horrible things about him.”

The worst thing about this disgusting defense of an alleged serial predator is that it’s hardly the first time Trump has used it.

In 1992 when Trump was asked about his good friend Mike Tyson being convicted of raping Desiree Washington, Trump defended the boxer and maligned the rape victim. He in essence blamed Washington for being raped: “You have a young woman that was in his hotel room late in the evening at her own will.” And then Trump— even though Tyson had already been convicted by a jury—despicably questioned whether Washington was even raped, noting that a video after the incident showed her “dancing with a big smile on her face, looked happy as can be.” Trump then added, “It’s my opinion that to a large extent, Mike Tyson was railroaded in this case.”
I wish I thought these men were unique.