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Fri Nov 24, 2017, 01:40 PM

103. The reporting

I am very torn by the reporting around this story. If Franken comes out Sunday and admits to everything he accused of, I feel he should resign.
However, what I have seen so far leaves me with a number of questions. Not about the women but about all the people reporting the story.
First, we have Ms. Tweeden's account. She offered a photo as verification of her story. I find the photo ambiguous. She says that Franken groped her. I don't see him touching her in the picture. So what happened? Did he touch her? If so, that's assault and a crime. If he did not touch her and took a very crude picture why she was asleep, that's harassment and also extremely serious. If she was playing to sleep and was in on the joke, it was a joke in extremely poor taste and Franken should apologize to all women. Which he has done. This photo is important because Ms. Tweeden offered as proof of the validity of the rest of the story. If her characterization of the picture is true we should believe the rest of her story. So why are no news sources pursuing this angle? There had to be many other people on the plane. Where is some investigative journalism?
Likewise, the second accuser offers a picture as proof. Along with testimony from close family members as verification. There is also a supposed FB posting. The picture appears to be cropped. I have not seen any reporting where a reporter has seen the FB post. I have seen no reporting vetting the aspects of this woman's story at all. If proof is offered should it not be inspected?
And, we have the unnamed accusers reported on by the Huffington Post. These are perhaps the most troubling to me. This is being reported by a reporter with a single byline with the HP, and a long term association with one of these unnamed sources. The other has a strong, outspoken agenda as evidenced by her Twitter timeline. There are a number of conflicts here that does not seem to be responsible journalism.
Now, there are internet rumors of some right wing conspiracy here. I think that might be a leap. But in this environment, such a plan might find legs.
We appear to be at a place where a women's account cannot be analyzed under any circumstance, and all Franken has is the only available response, endless apologies.
The "me too" issue is an important one, and should not be usurped by partisan politics. That may be occurring now, assisted by a lazy or fearful media.
I am old enough to remember the sad events of the McMartin Preschool and I was taught about the mob hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials. I thought we had progressed as a society since these events. Perhaps not.

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