Female journalist told she needs male chaperone to cover campaign

Nana (10a)

Female journalist told she needs male chaperone to cover Republican politician's campaign

A Republican candidate for Mississippi governor has been accused of sexism after he banned a female political reporter from going on a campaign trip without a male chaperone for fear of being accused of an extramarital affair.

Earlier this week, Robert Foster’s campaign denied requests from Larrison Campbell, a reporter for Mississippi Today, to shadow him on the campaign trail ahead of next month’s primary election – unless she was accompanied by a male colleague.

His campaign told her they feared if somebody took pictures of him with Campbell, they could be used by rivals to smear him.

Campbell told the Guardian she was “shocked” when she was told Foster would not cooperate without a male colleague present because he had initially seemed interested when she approached him about reporting a story and they had an established working relationship.
“Really up until the last couple of minutes of our conversation I really assumed that we’d find a way to make it work and I was shocked that this was a deal breaker. That my being a woman was such a deal breaker,” she said.

In an article about the incident for Mississippi Today, Campbell said: “In two phone calls this week, Colton Robison, Foster’s campaign director, said a male colleague would need to accompany this reporter on an upcoming 15-hour campaign trip because they believed the optics of the candidate with a woman, even a working reporter, could be used in a smear campaign to insinuate an extramarital affair.”

Campbell and her editor agreed the request was “sexist” and an “unnecessary use” of newsroom resources and that she should do the story alone. But when she informed the campaign, they insisted she would not be allowed.

“He reiterated that the campaign couldn’t agree unless a male colleague was present – this despite my offering to wear a Mississippi Today press badge in plain view at all times. But Robison insisted that trackers are trying to get any footage that would make the candidate look bad,” she wrote.

Foster stood by his decision, saying he did so “out of respect” for his wife, Heather, with whom he is pictured multiple times on his campaign website.

“Before our decision to run, my wife and I made a commitment to follow the ‘Billy Graham Rule’, which is to avoid any situation that may evoke suspicion or compromise of our marriage,” he tweeted on Tuesday. “I am sorry Ms Campbell doesn’t share these views, but my decision was out of respect of my wife.”

How convenient - the Billy Graham rule. Are all the male journalists white, heterosexual, Christian?

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patriciae_gw(07)

So he has no female staff on his campaign?

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Nana (10a)

Good question

Probably just white, straight, christian men

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blfenton

Shades of Pence permeating the Republican party. How unfortunate.

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patriciae_gw(07)

You could go so many directions with this, thinking like a comic. I expect I would be banned for pointing out the possibilities. How bizarre is this?

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how2girl

The “HillBilly Graham Rule”

Seriously who’d be falling over themselves to get involved in a “situation” with this twit.



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bleusblue2

What if one of the reporters is a gay male? Will he be compromised by that?

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queenmargo

I applaud anyone who follows the Billy Graham rule. Smart. Why leave the door open for an opportunist.

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JodiK

What a sexist attitude. Perhaps that group of men don't trust themselves.

Men and women can work together, and be friends, without any sexual over or undertones. If someone can't, they don't belong in such a job.

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margievank

I applaud anyone who follows the Billy Graham rule. Smart. Why leave the door open for an opportunist.

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Sure the whole world is watching you. Maybe somebody will take your photo standing next to a woman and rumors will start to fly because everybody always suspects something lusty is going on when a man and a woman are in the same photo. And usually the only reason a woman reporter might be standing next to a married man is because she is about to entice that married man into her lair.

What a way to spend your life -- avoiding, watching -- it's so negative. The way to keep a respectable reputation is to actively do the right thing. Treat other people with respect, keep your promises. The Billy Graham rule puts adults in Sunday School for life. No graduation.

treat

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queenmargo

Sexual harassment cases filed every day. Someone is lying. Protecting yourself is being pro active.


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Nana (10a)

Someone is lying.

Who is lying and what are they lying about?

Of course, we know Trump is lying, that pretty much goes without saying

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queenmargo

The person who follows the Billy Graham rule is not doing it because he doesn't trust himself, lol, he is PROTECTING himself from a potential opportunist. People should understand this after all the sexual misconduct that has come to light and in the courts. Doctors have nurses in the rooms with them for this reason too. People need to wise up.

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queenmargo

Who is lying and what are they lying about?

Let me speak slower. When someone files a sexual harassment case, one claims to be harassed and the other denies it. One of the two is lying.

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queenmargo

Of course, we know Trump is lying, that pretty much goes without saying

This thread is not about Trump.

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margievank

Sexual harassment cases filed every day. Someone is lying. Protecting yourself is being pro active.

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Back to the beginning -- do you really think a woman reporter needs a male chaperone in order to cover a story? Why make it HER job to find a chaperone. If he is so so worried about possibly being alone with her, then he and his staff should make it their job to make sure that he is never unaccompanied. He is the one who should be chaperoned!

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queenmargo

I guess if she wants the interview..

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Nana (10a)

Has Robert Foster made any statements about Trump's immoral behavior?

Right wing hypocrisy is so amazing.

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patriciae_gw(07)

Yes, lets make this the responsibility of the innocent woman not the loony man.

Actually this would not work at all. If this is some sort of sex trap she brings someone who will back her up when she claims an attack..How does duffus face know her male minder isn't in on it? OH NO!

This is so lame.

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queenmargo

How many sexual assault claims were made against Billy Graham?


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blfenton

I can see it now - Pages and pages and pages of listings on the Help Wanted (needed) page of Craig's List looking for chaperones for female workers who are working with men. And of course, only men can apply.

Ridiculous.

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maifleur01

Probably were with Billy Graham which is why he came up with the idea. At one time he was considered a rover. When you have power and no one wants to blacken your name it is easy enough to cover things up. Look at the other thread with the boy from good family.

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miss lindsey (still misses Sophie)(8a)

"Doctors have nurses in the rooms with them for this reason too."

Partly. And also to give support to the person undergoing an exam.

A person who is unclothed, and lying on a bed.

Hardly the same as a reporter tagging along after a politician I think.

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blfenton

I'm waiting for someone to blame women for this situation - after all, we did demand equal opportunities in the work place and didn't stay in our 50's designated roles of housewifes, teachers or nurses.

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bleusblue2

margievank

I guess if she wants the interview..

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ha ha

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bleusblue2

blfenton

I'm waiting for someone to blame women for this situation - after all, we did demand equal opportunities in the work place and didn't stay in our 50's designated roles of housewifes, teachers or nurses.

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you left out secretaries and stenographers. Those fields were wide open too.


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miss lindsey (still misses Sophie)(8a)

Hey don't forget the airline stewardesses.

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Linda

Wow. The candidate should pay for a chaperone if he thinks like that...to follow HIM around!

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patriciae_gw(07)

Exactly. With his paranoid view of women it is the only way he could feel safe from predation. What a conceit he has of himself.

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Tilly Teabag

He has the right to protect himself from smears, however he should provide the chaperones. He can’t dictate to all the females with which he has to deal.

I chaperone my own daughter.

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Rina

To regard one's paranoia as more important than someone else's ability to do their job, a perfectly normal nothing-unusual job, that's what's immoral.

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Nana (10a)

He has the right to protect himself from smears,

Really?

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foodonastump

Does he go on the campaign trail alone? If not, then wouldn’t there already be at least one male present due to his rule?

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Ok that’s my best attempt at a serious response. My mind went with gay. The most flamboyant one I could find. In every picture.

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Should probably also take a mean looking bull along to stand between him and the farm animals. You know, just so people don’t talk.


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Delilah66

“Doctors have nurses in the rooms with them for this reason too. People need to wise up.”

We know that female nurses will lie, though, so perhaps the docs should have a male nurse in there too?

”I guess if she wants the interview.”

This debacle has garnered more press than she could ever have hoped for.

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Nana (10a)

This debacle has garnered more press than she could ever have hoped for.

And much more press than Robert Foster could ever have hoped for

Sometimes it pays to be careful what you wish for

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Kathy

Does this mean his appointees or office people will all be men? How far does this exclusion of women without a partner with them go? At what point is it illegal to discriminate?

Imho, he needs to get out of public service. A huge proportion of the public are women.

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Nana (10a)

A huge proportion of the public are women.

A huge proportion of voters are women

In 2017, there were 159.41 million men in the United States, compared to 165.92 million women. By 2024, it is projected that there will be 167.08 million men and 173.9 million women in the U.S.

Over half of women (55%) who were eligible to vote cast ballots in the 2018 midterms in November, as did 51.8% of men, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

For Mississippi - The state's gender ratio is split at 51.5% female and 48.5% male.

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chase_gw

Not sure which more objectionable. His demands or the support of those demands by a woman.

Men have NO right to dictate that a women doing her job must be accompanied by a chaperone...that's how they act in Saudi Arabia! If he is that paranoid about being framed by some sort of trap then he needs to be sure someone is always with him.

I can't imagine in 2019 that this is even legal.

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Nana (10a)

I can't imagine in 2019 that this is even legal.

I'm sure we'll find out soon enough

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queenmargo

"How many sexual assault claims were made against Billy Graham?"

Really? That is the best come back you have?

LOL- You did not even answer the question. It is ZERO. Your only come back was a put down to me.

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queenmargo

margie, male doctors have female nurses in the room because the female patient is often undressed and the nature of the visit means lots of touching. I can only imagine how you think political campaign interviews are conducted for you to draw a connection.

Really, did you "imagine" how I drew the connection to Billy Graham too?

What is with some people who feel the NEED to try ever so hard to put down other people for their opinions.

Doctors did not always have two people in the room. It became an issue when inappropriate behavior was discovered. There is inappropriate behavior all over the place and in unexpected places. Sometimes it is made up by someone and sometimes it is not. That is the problem. The bottom line is that if you want to protect yourself from having to prove allegations, have a witness.

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SoFLUSA

Billy Graham was anti- Jewish.


Nixon aide H.R. Haldeman first mentioned Graham's anti-Semitic remarks in a 1994 book, which Graham strongly denied. But when audio tapes from the Nixon White House were released in 2002, Graham could be heard referring to Jews as pornographers and agreeing with Nixon that the U.S. media was dominated by liberal Jews and could send the United States "down the drain."

''They're the ones putting out the pornographic stuff,'' Graham said to Nixon - "the Jewish stranglehold has got to be broken or the country's going down the drain,'' he continued.

Graham also confided in Nixon that he hid his true feelings about Jews from them: ''I go and I keep friends with Mr. Rosenthal (then executive editor) at The New York Times and people of that sort, you know. And all -- I mean, not all the Jews, but a lot of the Jews are great friends of mine, they swarm around me and are friendly to me because they know that I'm friendly with Israel. But they don't know how I really feel about what they are doing to this country. And I have no power, no way to handle them, but I would stand up if under proper circumstances.''

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judeNY_gw

I have a great deal of experience (professional and personal) with doctors. Male gyn is the only doctor I have heard of in NYC that has a female in the exam room and my info goes back to the 1960s.

I don't know what is going on in your neighborhood. When was "inappropriate behavior discovered"?

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Nana (10a)

Billy Graham was anti- Jewish.

Billy Graham was a lot of things, but at his worst he was a far more decent person than his son Franklin.

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chase_gw

It is standard practice here to have a female in the room when males doctors do pelvic exams.

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chase_gw

"The bottom line is that if you want to protect yourself from having to prove allegations, have a witness."


No argument there....but supply your own don't, demand others do it for you!

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Delilah66

“He pledged not to eat, travel or meet with another woman unless another person was present—to ensure he'd never act inappropriately or face allegations of sexual misconduct.”

To me this implies Billy Graham assumed the responsibility to protect his image and did not foist it off onto others. Foster is a weak-willed man with no common sense nor barometer for half of his potential constituency.

The onus for protection is on the anus who required the reporter to provide protection.

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queenmargo

Most men who have contact with women in their jobs are never accused of sexual harassment. To suggest otherwise is as I said ridiculous.

Not all though right? I never said all people, I said SOME.


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queenmargo

The #metoo supporters are the first ones to believe the women like Dr. Ford. They believe with NO proof, just the fact that the women says it happened. Any man who does not follow the Billy Graham rule is subjecting themselves to another Dr. Ford waiting in the wings to destroy their family and their career.

My point is be safe and have a witness behind closed doors.

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judeNY_gw

If that's your standard then by that logic, every man must be a potential rapist.

Sad.

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queenmargo

If that's your standard then by that logic, every man must be a potential rapist.

Sad.

Not my standard at all judeNY_gw. But, not a bad standard to take if you want to protect yourself.

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margievank

Most men who have contact with women in their jobs are never accused of sexual harassment. To suggest otherwise is as I said ridiculous.

Not all though right? I never said all people, I said SOME.

~~~~Oh MV this is just too funny. Can you picture the scenario if all men considered Billy Graham's advice reasonable? The Hollywood stars, Congressmen, Mayors, CEOs -- all of them walking around with chaperones to prevent any rumours flying? I mean of course they would be hiring the chaperones as they'd be the ones at risk. You never know when some woman might get a job that would put her in your vicinity, maybe even standing next to you during a photo op. You, MV, are trying too hard to make sense of advice that is ridiculous.

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Delilah66

“My point is be safe and have a witness behind closed doors.”

A “witness” BEHIND closed doors has no credibility.

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Parm

Imagine how the payroll budget would expand if every employee needed a chaperone.

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chase_gw

Can't even begin to imagine how unpleasant a work environment would be if this assine view was commonly held by men In the workplace.


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Stan Areted

Libs can thank Christine Blasey Ford, Kamala Harris, "Sparticus Booker" and everyone single person that made horrible, terrible, reputation damaging accusations based on NO EVIDENCE AT ALL against then Judge Kavanaugh--thankfully now, JUSTICE KAVANAUGH.

I don't blame him.

The libs have shown us JUST HOW LOW they will go.

On second thought--that is NOT how low they will go.

They will go so low as to blame it on the candidate and say his marriage is not good, there are trust issues, he is a sexist, preventing someone from doing their job, etc.

This is all based on a known playbook tactic of falsely accusing someone of sexual misconduct.

WE SEE YOU libs and Liberalism.

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queenmargo

LOL- yeah, it is just easier to believe any woman like Dr. Ford, right?

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Ann Gale

The prevalence of sexual assault and harassment and abuse against women FAR outweigh the false accusations. But, let's throw shade at our entire gender. Once again.


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Nana (10a)

I think you can blame TRUMP, the self-admitted sexual predator, for this stupidity.

Women journalists will, no doubt, soon need chaperones to protect them from the male candidates who can’t be trusted to keep their hands to themselves.

Or does the rIght, like Muslim men, believe women are temptresses, determined to bring men down?

Is that why men rape women?

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Stan Areted

I think Trump is living a great deal in the heads of many.

24 7 obsession, on the news, in Hollywood and here.

I think some people get their presidents mixed up because of this obsession and make wild accusations with no proof of anything, accusations that are rote and stale. Yes, rote and stale. You don't even really see them or consider them because they are vomited non stop with no proof.

William Jefferson Clinton, on the other hand..."WILD BILL,"....HE is your man,

Children all over the country had to ask "Mommy what is the stain on the blue dress?"

Cigar sales problem went up now that young men knew they had a dual purpose.

WAY TO lead young men to the WHITE HOUSE, just like Clinton's idol JFK.

Some people have no idea they're living in glass houses because they are so busy throwing stones!


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Parm

"Can't even begin to imagine how unpleasant a work environment would be if this assine view was commonly held by men In the workplace."

I suspect that very few men hold this view. It is probably just their insecure evangelist wives who are insisting on this crazy idea.

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Stan Areted

Probably.

ROTF!

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queenmargo

I am ROfL too stan;))

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blfenton

Where was it said in the OP story that the journalist was going to have private time behind closed doors with the candidate?

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Pidge_

I wonder if he is one of those men who are fearful of women in responsible positions, and thus tries to deny them right to do their work.

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elvis

He doesn't want to be a "MeToo" victim. Common sense.

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Delilah66

“He doesn't want to be a "MeToo" victim. Common sense.”

Then HE needs to take the necessary precautions not make it someone else’s responsibility.

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Carro

Smart man. You couldn't see this coming?


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Carro

Good looking man like that? Yup, I'd cya.

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Parm

Well let me put it this way then, I suspect that women who think that their men are so weak that they can't work with a women without being compromised, are women that must not work in an environment where men and women interact. Otherwise they would know that the idea of a woman bringing along a chaperone when dealing with a man is NUTS!!!!

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soupgirl53

I hope the people of Mississippi don't fall for this nonsense. A man who cannot work with a woman unless there is a chaperone present is pathetic and if he cannot trust himself or women in general, that is the last person I would want as governor of my state.

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Carro

If you think this situation isn't 100% because men now have to actually think about whether or not a woman will falsely accuse him or take simple touching or a compliment out of context, that is NUTS.

Again, you reap what you sow.

I don't blame the man one bit. This is the atmosphere of #metoo gone awry.

I predicted women would have less opportunity after fostering a witch hunt atmosphere, and I was right.

This is what you get when you foist a woman and her lies to try to destroy men.

Thank you, Christine Balzy Ford and every other woman who lied in order to destroy Kavanaugh.

Reap. Sow.

Or what did elvis call it? Sauce.


How's that sauce tasting now?

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miss lindsey (still misses Sophie)(8a)

Lol so liberal, believing that a woman does not need a chaperone in public.

When a Muslim candidate requires her to wear a hijab will Stan defend that too?

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Delilah66

“He doesn't want to be a "MeToo" victim. Common sense.”

Then HE needs to take the necessary precautions not make it someone else’s responsibility.

Um. Yeah. And he did take the necessary precautions. Hence, this thread.

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elvis

When a Muslim candidate requires her to wear a hijab will Stan defend that too?

I'm guessing "yes, of course".

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cait1

On Wednesday, state Rep. Robert Foster, a
Republican candidate for governor in Mississippi, said he had asked a
female reporter to bring a male counterpart along to shadow his
campaign to avoid any "opportunities for an awkward situation."

"In
our case, it was a female reporter asking to ride along, and my
campaign director is in and out and gone sometimes...it's just going to
going to be a lot of opportunities for an awkward situation I didn't
want to put myself in...we just wanted to keep things professional,"
Foster said in a radio interview with SuperTalk Mississippi radio host Paul Gallo.

"There's
only one person that comes to mind more than anyone and that's my wife.
I've always had the same practice in business. I'm not alone with a
female employee and put myself in a situation to have a 'he said, she
said moment
,'" Foster added
.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/07/10/robert-foster-mississippi-candidate-denied-female-reporter-larrison-campbell-campaign-access/1691775001/

I don't blame Foster at all for this decision. That rancorous woman has already smeared him and the 15hr campaign trip she wanted to be included in hasn't even begun. I can only imagine the smears she'd think up during and after she spent 15 hours on the trail with him.

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Kathy

Smearing a woman journalist for wanting to cover a campaign is slander. Making assumptions about her motives instead of standing up for equality in the workplace for women. If he is so concerned maybe he needs to hire an aide to accompany him.

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Carro

cait, I didn't realize the "journalist" already smeared him.

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Kathy

She smeared him how?

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maifleur01

Another thread showing the desire on the part of some to return to the time when all women had guardians and were passed/sold to another male because women were considered incapable of being more than a mentally deficient child. Those women on here that think like this should start to also think what will happen if more people like this are elected to them.

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grace_harper

I think we are approaching an era, where we will need our men to wear body cameras for self protection. Men need to be careful, it is not that they are weak, or their women don't trust them, it is simply the "believe some women" mantra that is becoming the norm. When a woman you have never met can accuse you of assault 35 years later, with zero evidence and zero recollection of time, date, day, location, month, year of the incident and convince half of the nation to believe her, men are doomed if they are not careful.

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queenmargo

Amazing grace;)

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miss lindsey (still misses Sophie)(8a)

Sure. If he wants a chaperone he should go ahead and invite one.

Why is it up to the journalist to provide a chaperone for herself? She doesn't want nor feel the need for one.

In other words, he should take responsibility for himself, and protect himself as he sees fit. He should not expect someone else to provide for him.

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soupgirl53

So now we are getting more of the story. How did the woman journalist smear the candidate?

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patriciae_gw(07)

This is making the so called problem the womans problem Stand and Margie. If he has all this concern he needs to provide his own minder. It is that simple. And if he cant do his job without a chaperone then his ability to do the job is seriously impaired. This is only one woman. Are you going to make the assertion that all women that he interacts with have to come with a minder on the off chance they end up alone in a room with him? Are you actually making that assertion? Do you believe that all women must have chaperones if they are going to work with men? This is in fact your apparent position.

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Carro

grace_harper

I think we are approaching an era, where we will need our men to wear body cameras for self protection.

"Men just need to shut up". That's what men are facing in this era. Men need to shut up and just let any woman or women make accusations which could ruin his career and his life.

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Carro

Look, he has a right to set term and conditions and he's got a right to protect himself.


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queenmargo

This is in fact your apparent position.

Now I see why the left thinks Trump lies so much. They have their own set of false facts.

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soupgirl53

Yes and we can back up those facts with multiple news articles from reputable media outlets.

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queenmargo

Yes and we can back up those facts with multiple news articles from reputable media outlets.

LOL- fake biased radical left wing propaganda machine outlets.

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soupgirl53

What husband wouldn't want a body camera which his wife can watch whenever he is out of her sight? LOL.

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soupgirl53

Carro, he also has the right to lose his race for governor and may do so given the foolish condition he is trying to impose on a woman reporter. The wiser course of action would have been to quietly engage a chaperone at his expense instead of making the national news.

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Rina

The left and most of the rest of the world thinks Trump lies so much because Trump lies so much. No mystery there. "Fake biased radical left wing propaganda machine outlets" -- I don't know who else is old enough to remember, but isn't that the most brilliant echo of the era of Stalinspeak? Just replace "left wing" with "bourgeois".

Anyway, back to this silly scaredy cat. I really think that once one has said he's welcome to supply his own chaperone at his own cost, then there isn't anything more to be said. Otherwise, he can do without the opportunity to communicate with the public and the journalist can go on to a more worthwhile story. The point has already been made about him that -- while not pleading poverty -- he thinks he has a right to spend other people's money on his requirements, so let that stand as it is.

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miss lindsey (still misses Sophie)(8a)

Carro

45 minutes ago

Look, he has a right to set term and conditions and he's got a right to protect himself.

-----

Of course he has. You'll get no argument from me there.

I'm sure she would have no objection to him bringing a chaperone. He wants one, providing one is his responsibility.

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judeNY_gw

To address the uninformed opinion ^^^^ stated as fact:

Dr Ford was unequivocally a credible witness.

Kavanaugh proved himself by his own words to be a worthless piece of garbage with no credibility just like his piece of garbage nominator.

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Carro

Here's a room full of people witnessing Trump give a woman a peck on the cheek and she still sued him FOR BATTERY and accused Trump of forcibly kissing her. Of course she topped it off with the race card for good measure.

Women can lie with the best of them. You can thank shameful women like Alva Johnson for putting men in the position of having to protect themselves against false accusations.

  • A former Trump campaign staffer sued President Trump in February, accusing him of forcibly kissing her on the campaign trail in August 2016.
  • But Trump’s lawyers released cellphone video of the incident, which they say shows that the ex-staffer, Alva Johnson, was lying.
  • The 15-second video shows Trump lightly kissing Johnson on the cheek while the pair are among a group of people on a campaign RV in Florida.



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Carro

Dr Ford was unequivocally a credible witness.

Thanks for the laugh. OMG!! ROTFL laugh!


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Carro

I'm sure she would have no objection to him bringing a chaperone. He wants one, providing one is his responsibility.

Well then, you do not agree that he gets to set his own terms and conditions.

All this emotional complaining is just all-too typical when dealing with women. No wonder men just would rather not.

This is simple. If she wants access, she brings a male along.


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judeNY_gw

Shouldn't every journalist have to disclose and prove sexual orientation?

What about gay men? Shouldn't he require a chaperone for them?

What about gay women? Shouldn't the requirement be waived for them?

Otherwise it is simply discrimination against women and isn't there a law against that?


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Delilah66

"There's only one person that comes to mind more than anyone and that's my wife. I've always had the same practice in business. I'm not alone with a
female employee and put myself in a situation to have a 'he said, she
said moment
,'"

“Look, he has a right to set term and conditions and he's got a right to protect himself.”

No problem with not being alone with a woman if that’s your desire. YOU make and YOU pay for that decision or pay the price for limiting journalists’ access. I think he would be better served by accepting his responsibility for following his application of the BG rule rather than alienating potential constituents who read an independent nonpartisan news source.

Good gosh man! Engage brain before opening mouth.

ETA: I truly do not have a problem with him having another person with him, but that’s his choice with an associated cost borne by his campaign.

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Carro

No one gets to tell another person they are going to be with them without their consent.

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Olychick


Oh, poor men! Poor, poor men. Believing they have to spend two seconds considering something like this when women have had to live our WHOLE lives trying to made sure we are safe from men. And it's staying safe we are concerned with, trying to avoid being raped or killed. And some guy is worried about a false accusation. Even actual rapes are not believed, so why all the worry about a false accusation of something inappropriate happening? Who's going to believe her anyway?

Poor men.

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Carro

LOL, if leaning into a man so he can kiss you on the cheek isn't consent, then what is? The woman LEANED in, smiling the whole time.

"sandy" your defense of this charlatan trying to squeeze money out of a rich man is EXACTLY why I support Foster's condition.

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Chi

"Thank you, Christine Balzy Ford and every other woman who lied in order to destroy Kavanaugh."

Proof that Ford and every other woman lied?

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queenmargo

How could a someone be such a racist as Trump and kiss a woman of color?

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chase_gw

You serious in that question? Have you any knowledge of how black women were treated on plantations by the white owners? Do you have any understanding of how a racist might view a black woman as an object rather than a person ?

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Stan Areted

Those instances were few and far between.

Plantation owners needed people to run the operations and they cared for them far better and more affectionately than many would understand.


After the war many gave them land, lumber, mules, equipment, and food to get then started, and money if they left to go elsewhere. As abhorrent as slavery was, it was not as represented, especially by people that did not live it and did not live in the south and have no historical knowledge, or know descendents of slaves and families that pass down and share history.

The truth is not as compelling and accusatory as the narrative for too many people watching too many Hollywood movies and reading Mandingo novels.

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Carro


Chi

"Thank you, Christine Balzy Ford and every other woman who lied in order to destroy Kavanaugh."

Proof that Ford and every other woman lied?

Plenty. What year did she add a door (that second "front door") to her home?

Do the math.

Balzy Ford doesn't know anything about polygraphs?

TOO FUNNY!

She can't fly on a plane?

HA!

Oh, and pretty much her whole cockamamie story which is 100% not supported by anyone, anywhere.

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chijim

Can you imagine the discussion here, if say, MSNBC's Katy Tur, asked for a male chaperone to accompany her to a one-on-one interview w/President Trump because of his (alleged)history of sexual abuse of women and her fear of being attacked.

Head's on the right would be exploding about what a snowflake she was being requesting it.

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soupgirl53

Carro, if you have plenty of proof Christine Ford lied, then let's see it. If not, you might consider clarifying it is your opinion that she lied.

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Stan Areted

"PTSD is multi factorial" in a little girl voice.

Just listening to that nutcase and the attention she got and the uproar and damage she attempted to inflict is disgusting.

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Carro

soupgirl53

Carro, if you have plenty of proof Christine Ford lied, then let's see it. If not, you might consider clarifying it is your opinion that she lied.

I did.

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Chi

Nothing you provided is proof that she wasn't assaulted by Kavanaugh.

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Carro

Stan Areted

"PTSD is multi factorial" in a little girl voice.

Yeah, that word salad she threw out to explain why she couldn't remember how she got there, how she got home, where she was, what day it was, what month it was...

She was smart enough to get her social media scrubbed before Feinstein leaked her letter, and isn't it funny we've never seen her high school yearbook?

Hmm...

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Carro

Duke

Lacross

Team



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Carro

Now suddenly proof is what they need. Not so much when they were trying to destroy Kavanaugh.

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Carro

Rolling Stone magazine shut down an entire fraternity OVER A LIE.

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Carro

What's funny is that Balzy Ford's own lawyers contradicted her testimony!

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Chi

"Yeah, that word salad she threw out to explain why she couldn't remember how she got there, how she got home, where she was, what day it was, what month it was..."

Ask some sexual assault survivors and you might be surprised. I was sexually assaulted as a teenager. I couldn't tell you what month it was, or which year even, or where we were, or what time it was, or what we did before or after. But it still happened. Trauma is a funny thing.

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Stan Areted

Interesting book based on investigations of Christine Blasey Ford's performance, accusations, book is "Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Convirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court."

July 8, 2019

"The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, Carrie Severino, have collaborated on a book entitled “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court.”

One of the most fascinating revelations is that Team Trump had “dirt” on Christine Blasey Ford (CBF). However, they feared that if this material was presented during the hearings, it would be viewed negatively. The Trump team “understood that any criticism of Ford would be treated as a smear” and portrayed as “victim shaming.” In the era of #MeToo, they were unwilling to take that risk.

Statements from some of CBF’s past friends and acquaintances may offer a clue as to the nature of the information. At the time, several came forward with stories about her of love of partying.

Allegations made in the book: (via The Daily Caller)

Female classmates and friends at area schools recalled a heavy drinker who was much more aggressive with boys than they were.

Unnamed peers accused Ford of drinking to excess and accosting boys with some regularity as a student at the Holton-Arms School, a contrast with press accounts that cast her as innocent and naive during that period.

‘If she only had one beer’ on the night of the alleged assault, a high school friend said, ‘then it must have been early in the evening.’

Her contemporaries all reported the same nickname for Ford, a riff on her maiden name and a sexual act.

They also debated whether her behavior in high school could be attributed to the trauma of a sexual assault. If it could, one of them said, then the assault must have happened in seventh grade.


In “Justice on Trial,” Hemingway and Severino claim that “millions of other women and men didn’t believe Blasey Ford” and for obvious reasons, this was “underreported by the media…Her credibility, if anything, was viewed as stronger because of her lapses in memory and because the odder parts to the story, such as her description of how she came to tell her husband about the assault. Despite the holes in her story, the media clung to these details.”

Who can forget the spectacle of the childlike, tearful and frumpy Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, whose emotional testimony riveted the nation last year? She claimed she had been sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh in either the summer of 1981 or 1982 (she wasn’t sure) when they were teenagers. Nor was she sure about whose house it was or, where it was or how she got home.

She had not one shred of corroborative evidence. None of the four witnesses she named as having been at the party have any memory whatsoever of it. the-scenes look at the dramatic Kavanaugh hearings of September and October 2018.”

-REDSTATE*


And there are those that wonder why a candidate would want to protect himself from such treachery.

As noted, YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.

*A few paragraphs removed because the post was too long and could not submit.

Can read full article at Redstate.com

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Chi

Still not proof that she lied.

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patriciae_gw(07)

I will repeat this for the sake of Stan, If this woman provides her own chaperone who do you think that person would side with in a claim of sexual assault. That is practical. Get your own minder.

I have been thinking about this and this is my opinion of what is going on. She talked to this person about following him and his campaign. He originally thought it was a good idea(free publicity) so he was encouraging (so far this is what actually happened) His wife or some one else pointed out that he would not be able to control what she said. OH. Suddenly he needed an out and this is what they came up with. What news organization is going to pay for two people to do this. Problem solved and it will be her fault and his fundy base will think what a guy. Those who see him as a peanut aren't going to vote for looser guy anyway.

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Tilly Teabag

So sorry to hear that, Chi.

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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

I think it’s possible that Foster realized the difference between a journalist and a publicist, and he wanted a publicist — someone whose words he could control.

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judeNY_gw

If you're running for public office then you put yourself out there for questioning and can expect to be available to journalists.

Alternatively you could move to Russia where that kind of thing isn't necessary.

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vgkg Z-7 Va(Z-7)

If Dr Ford was proven to lie before congress, esp a congress being controled by repubs at the time, she would be toast.

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mrskjun(9)

Bet Bill Clinton wouldn't throw her out of the car lol.

vgkg, she is toast. People who knew her before are starting to speak out. And it ain't purdy.

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Chi

Yet no one can prove she's lying.

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vgkg Z-7 Va(Z-7)

People are saying Mrskjun? Yes, I've heard they say a lot. Where were they last summer?

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enegiram

I applaud anyone who follows the Billy Graham rule. Smart. Why leave the door open for an opportunist.

Like his opportunist son, Franklin, who thinks Trump's gold digger wife is "the classiest First Lady this country has ever had?" (Guess he didn't instill much of anything into Franklin!) The meme shows the classless Mrs. Trump nude standing with the other modern day First Ladies the one of her posing with the other porn star....no photos as I don't care to get banned from HT.

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Delilah66

“After the war many gave them land, lumber, mules, equipment, and food to get then started, and money if they left to go elsewhere. As abhorrent as slavery was, it was not as represented, especially by people that did not live it and did not live in the south and have no historical knowledge, or know descendents of slaves and families that pass down and share history.”

I know Stan. It’s all just so unfair. Hasn’t anyone read or seen Gone With The Wind? Mammy, Prissy, Big Sam and Pork epitomized the real status of slaves. What business did Lincoln have upsetting that apple cart?

By the way, my friend says she’s still waiting for her 40 acres, but no thanks to the mule.

Did you “live it”?

This kinda sorta sounds like “but it wasn’t real rape.”

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miss lindsey (still misses Sophie)(8a)

"...it was not as represented..."

Oh, so it wasn't the buying and selling of human beings? It wasn't one group of people holding another group of people as property?

Well thank goodness you set the record straight here because I have been labouring under a delusion for 32ish years.

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Delilah66

Plus we let them be the inventors of the precursor to the subway. Made a ton of money off that adventure.

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Tilly Teabag

judeNY_gw

“If you're running for public office then you put yourself out there for questioning and can expect to be available to journalists.

Alternatively you could move to Russia where that kind of thing isn't necessary.”

Da, but in US, Russia come to You.

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queenmargo

You really don’t understand?

Do you?

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Tilly Teabag

Delilah66

“Plus we let them be the inventors of the precursor to the subway. Made a ton of money off that adventure.”

The sandwich?

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queenmargo

The sandwich?

The tile.

I love subway tile;)

I do not like the subway sandwich.

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Tilly Teabag

Margiesandwink


”I do not like the subway sandwich.”


Even If it leans in?

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Delilah66

UGRR - still too subtle?

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Tilly Teabag

USSR.

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Carro

Stan, it's a tricky thing for a man to defend himself from a woman's accusations and those things real, conjured and imagined "etched into her hippocampus". Which of course explains everything about not remembering a darn thing except accusations against the accused, from 35 years ago.

Very convenient brain region, that hippocampus.

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SoFLUSA

This is an attempt to cut the rights of women for "religious rights".

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soupgirl53

And a politician trying to score some cheap points. Hope it backfires on him bigly.

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queenmargo

Margiesandwink


”I do not like the subway sandwich.”


Even If it leans in?

*************

Tilly sandbag- ')

Not even if it smells my hair.

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bleusblue2

Oh my gosh -- I'm late to the topic of Alva Johnson here. I didn't watch the video until just now and I'm shocked that anybody would think she "leaned in." He puts his hands on both her shoulders and PULLS her toward him. She's right -- she turned her cheek to him. It isn't subject to interpretation. What gaul. Somebody said he gives her a "light kiss." If I ever experienced that kind of greeting, I would be OUT of his club.

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blfenton

So, let me get this straight, so if I give a male friend a hug that means I'm automatically giving consent?!

What a screwed up world some of you live in.

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batyabeth

"frumpy"? Got it. yikes.

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ubro(2a)

it is simply the "believe some women" mantra that is becoming the norm. When a woman you have never met can accuse you of assault 35 years later, with zero evidence and zero recollection of time, date, day, location, month, year of the incident and convince half of the nation to believe her, men are doomed if they are not careful.

That has always been the case, the difference is that women are now being believed until it can be proven. Before they were blamed for the rape, denied proper investigation, or downright ignored. To believe the woman means she gets her time to say what happened and then he gets his time to defend himself. He does not get convicted on her 'belief' or the popular 'belief' it still has to be proven in a court of law.

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