MEDIAITE – JOHN ZIEGLER
The ripple effect of Harvey Weinstein finally being exposed as, at best, a sexual pervert/harasser, and, at worst, a rapist, has been the most astonishing development in the news media in recent history (non-Donald Trump division). Literally dozens of high-profile, almost exclusively unattractive white-male members of the Hollywood/Media elite, have been accused of various forms of heinous sexual abuse, with several very significant careers going up in flames like something in the path of a later summer California brush fire fueled by the Santa Ana winds.
Knowing how incompetent and corrupt I believe most of the news media is, I get extremely nervous when a story like this gets legs so strong that facts and logic are often left in the dust. At a certain point, when critical mass is reached, it is very easy for very dangerous new “rules” to be set and for innocent people to get badly damaged.
It sure feels like we are reaching that stage of this seemingly never-ending “sex abuse” news cycle. On Friday night, the top eight stories on the USA Today website dealt with different allegations of sex abuse, and on Saturday the New York Daily News put eleven of the accused on its front page with the headline “Perv Nation” (it should be noted that about the only thing they had in common, other than being almost all white males, is that not one of them has yet to be charged with a crime).
Part of why I get anxious in these situations is that I know that no one in the media has the guts to roam outside of the herd on a story like this one which is so toxic that one small misstep can easily result in being run over by the thundering stampede of “virtue signaling” cowards. Therefore, no one wants to be the guy (especially if they are a white man with no “PC protection”) who warns about all of the bad precedents that are now being set on an almost daily basis.
The most peculiar element of all of this to me is that the news media looks to be judging whether to publish allegations based almost entirely on the level of fame obtained by the accused.
Other than concern for innocent people being inevitably caught up in the tidal wave of this current borderline hysteria, my primary concern is that I really like to know what the rules of any situation are (not specifically for me, as I am married with small kids, and therefore no longer think about sex). It seems very clear that, as we speak, those rules are dramatically changing and no one seems to know what they are anymore.
Shouldn’t we at least take a step back and think about where this kind of chaos could easily soon lead us?