“The sex scandal at Fox matters; it’s at the heart of the GOP contempt for women as citizens and human beings.”
—-“Interview With The Vampire” author Ann Rice, on Twitter.
This is signature significance in so many ways. To write this in a public forum, one has to be completely corrupted by partyism, tunnel-vision, bias and the certainty that you are operating in an environment populated with millions of similarly disabled individuals. It also helps to be either dishonest or ignorant, or both.
Let’s try to count all the ways Rice’s tweet is unethical:
1. Sexual harassment scandals occur in all kinds of organizations, including otherwise virtuous non-profits and models of progressive thinking. The University of California at Berkley–the infamously right wing institution— has one going on right now. Yale has been covering up a sexual harassment scandal involving a world-famous ethicist. These are just examples of sexual harassment that make it to the headlines. I work in the field: believe me, there is no monopoly by Republicans or conservatives in this area. For Rice to insinuate otherwise is nothing more than disinformation born of her own biases.
In the alternative, she knows this is absurd, and is lying.
2. The statement embodies guilt by association at its worst. How about this: “The Brian Williams scandal at NBC matters; it’s at the heart of the Democratic Party’s contempt for the public as citizens and human beings” ? There’s no ethical difference: both statements are unfair and dishonest. I’ll wager that the percentage of Democrats who work for NBC is significantly greater than the proportion of Republicans who work at Fox. The political parties have nothing whatsoever to do with either situation.
3. Ailes’ engagement in harassing conduct is difficult to deny, especially after so many past employees have surfaced to bolster the accusations made in the recent lawsuit. Whether there is a wider problem beyond Ailes is completely unproven. Personally, I don’t doubt it: when leaders of organizations model such conduct, it typically corrupts the entire culture. However, it is far too soon to make the kind of leap Rice is making, which not only assumes company-wide harassment but somehow attributes it to another organization, the Republican Party.
4. Most of all, and to save the best and funniest for last, has Rice never heard of Bill Clinton? You know, that serial harasser and alleged rapist whose wife is now running for President in part because she shielded him from the consequences of his workplace misconduct by discrediting and intimidating his victims? The shameless and smug sexual harasser who four years ago was the Democratic Party‘s major speaker in a convention supposedly celebrating women, since Rice is talking about a party having contempt for the gender, as in “you’re too stupid and gullible to realize what a cynical and insulting gesture having Bill Clinton treated like a god here” ? That guy?
When a prominent Republican Senator, Bob Packwood, was shown to have been a long-time sexual harasser, he was banished from the GOP, never appearing at a convention again. On the strength of the number of Democratic Party icons whose sexually harassing conduct has been minimized, rationalized, erased or ignored, there is no contest regarding which party demonstrates contempt for women as human beings in this realm. Jack Kennedy. Lyndon Johnson. Robert Kennedy. Ted Kennedy. Bill Clinton.
I guess Ann Rice never heard of any of them. That explains it.
Or this does, also from her Twitter feed:
“Hillary’s campaign gives me hope: dreams, principles, substance.”
Corrupted to the core.