The Gossip Girls at Politico
1. Rumor or talk of a personal, sensational, or intimate nature.
2. A person who habitually spreads intimate or private rumors or facts.
3. Trivial, chatty talk or writing.
The Herman Cain harassment story in the news this week sheds more light on the purveyors of the story than Cain himself. After the story of his alleged harassment of women at the National Restaurant Association, we still know nothing about these incidents. After A Week. While the facts about Obama’s crony socialism in the green industry and his administration’s use of weapons in Operation Fast and Furious mount up, we are bombarded with alleged stories with anonymous sources citing specific nameless, faceless claims and without a single shred of concrete evidence. And the lame-brained media is sucking it up like Obama’s mythical Slurpee.
We are watching a rerun of Gladys Kravitz’ hysteria from “Bewitched” as it is being reported by the Rona Barretts of the world.
The original “gossip girls” of this farce are Jonathan Martin, Maggie Haberman, Anna Palmer and Kenneth Vogel of Politico. They started this firestorm of vague innuendo on October 30, 2011 with a story titled, ‘Herman Cain accused by two women of inappropriate behavior.’ This story suggested Cain was thus a serial molester of women because there were more than one accuser, and both were women.
That’s it. That’s the crux of the article. Otherwise it has these salient facts. “The women complained of sexually suggestive behavior by Cain that made them angry and uncomfortable, the sources said, and they signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them financial payouts to leave the association. The agreements also included language that bars the women from talking about their departures.” So, essentially we have women who were upset by something that Cain did that suggested sex as they interpreted it, it made them feel bad, and they got paid off to leave and not talk about it. We don’t know what Cain did or said. We don’t know how these women interpreted what he did. We don’t know who they are, their motivations, or even if they have blue dresses.
And since then we’ve learned little else. The Politico story, as first reported, is as complete as it gets.
We found out how much the payoffs were, but that does nothing to further to illuminate what Cain’s transgression supposedly was. We found out one of the payoffs was after Cain left and that Cain wasn’t a signatory to these agreements. We found that Sen. Chuck Schumer has a long lost brother attorney who runs for the cameras like a cat to catnip. But, we have no facts on the actual events which led to this breaking story.
These events are so unmemorable one of these women’s attorney, Gloria Allred brother from another mother, is reported as being unable to recall the events for this case. CBS’ Jan Crawford in a story on November 1, 2011, ‘Lawyer: Cain accusers should be allowed to talk,’ wrote this:
“But Joel Bennett, the lawyer for one of the accusers, who is a married federal employee who lives in Maryland, told CBS News today that his client is telling the truth.
‘I wouldn’t characterize it as an ax to grind,’ Bennett said. ‘I’m sure she feels as though she wasn’t treated properly by Herman Cain.’
But Bennett [sic]said said he does not remember the specific allegations, or what kind of settlement they eventually reached.”
So, putting this into the context of the situation, we have the “Mean Girls” at Politico printing a string of anonymous, unnamed alleged actions of Cain against these two women. We have an attorney for one of the women who cannot even remember the specific allegations. He states his client doesn’t have an ‘axe to grind’ against Cain, but feels she wasn’t ‘treated properly?’ Treated properly? Is that our new standard for an offense?
It is when you have a gaggle of tweens sitting up late at night over at Politico talking about boys and hair treatments and coming up with a hit piece on a Republican. Remember, these alleged journalists work for an organization that included some of the Journolisters, famous for cooking up the story that Palin’s child wasn’t hers and running cover for Obama in regards to Rev. Jeremiah Wright. From Michael Calderone’s ‘Journolist: Inside the echo chamber,’ March 17, 2009:
“POLITICO’s Mike Allen, Ben Smith and Lisa Lerer are on the list. “The roster includes some of the savviest authorities on everything from behavioral economics to Ben’s Chili Bowl,” Allen said. “It’s a window into a world of passionate experts — an hourly graduate education.”
And, a coffee shop klatch of gossipy old hens clucking about when they saw that ‘new girl down the street carrying on with the milkman.’ These scandalmongers don’t have anything but general observation, conjecture, and mean-spirited thrill of superiority over another person’s personal life. They don’t know the facts. We don’t know the facts. Hell, the stupid attorney cannot recall the facts.
Yet, we are sitting around speculating what a $35,000 settlement means as opposed to a $45,000 agreement and whether a severance package or an agreement is the right verbiage. All this, while real corruption erupts down the street at the Crony Socialist’s administration.
The main charges against gossips have always been two-fold. First, they are engaging in character assassination without knowing the actual events. This isn’t useful because instead of finding guilty and a solution, it’s just an exercise in storytelling. It’s pointless.
The other charge against gossips is they are wasting time that would be better spent doing actual work. While the Politico splashing its front page with more than 90 stories about Cain’s alleged misdeeds with anonymous sources buttressed by a clueless lawyer who misplaced his file on an agreement over twelve years previous, Obama’s moneymen get outed.
We find out over 35 billion dollars of our money was sent to cronies of President Solyndra. We find one of Obama’s biggest bundlers, the corrupt Jon Corzine Democrat extraordinaire, has lost his clients over a billion dollars. We hear that a woman from the OccupyThisandThat is using her children to blockade a door. We hear of union thugs attempting to turn protests into riots. Europe’s finances are burning to the ground. The Attorney General of the United States is resisting turning over documents on his program to arm Mexican drug smugglers for fun and political profit.
Meanwhile, Politico is reenacting the movie ‘Heathers’ and engaging in a whispering campaign against Herman Cain.
Politico, as an organization, should be now viewed in its proper perspective. It is a tabloid journalistic enterprise with slightly less esteem than the National Enquirer. At least the Enquirer broke the John Edwards story. Politico has given us backyard fence conjecture.
Crossposted at Looktruenorth.com