How does a criticism of the First Daughters made on one’s personal Facebook page compare to rape for the mainstream media? As we reported yesterday, GOP Congressional aide Elizabeth Lauten has been the subject of a media firestorm over a friends-only Facebook post made criticizing the outfits and attitudes of Malia and Sasha Obama at the White House annual turkey pardon.
Yesterday, the Washington Post made a passing reference to a far more serious situation involving a Congressional aide,
A former Democratic congressional aide pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting two women in 2010.
Donny Ray Williams Jr., 37, who served as a staff director for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee, pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual abuse, two misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse and one count of misdemeanor threats.
Prosecutors say that on July 22, 2010, Williams invited a female congressional colleague to his Capitol Hill apartment and promised to introduce her to Senate employees. At the house, prosecutors said, Williams spiked a drink with Ambien. The woman, according to court documents, fell into a “deep sleep,” at which point Williams raped her.
A month later, prosecutors said, Williams invited another woman to his home and gave her alcoholic beverages. They said he had sexual contact with her when she was too intoxicated to give her consent.
Perhaps the news vans parked outside of Lauten’s parents house should relocate to Williams’ and ask some pointed questions. Williams worked in the Senate for over a decade. Was this the first time he used his office to sexually assault women? Was this tactic used when Williams worked for other prominent Democrats like Elijah Cummings and Jan Schakowsky? These are questions the media should be asking but as usual, are not, because the perpetrator is a Democrat.
Today on The Federalist Mollie Hemingway eviscerated the media’s coverage of the Lauten story, to the exclusion of other, much more worthy stories. She wrote,
There are some tenacious and wonderful reporters. But the overall picture in many newsrooms is getting worse. Under no circumstances should scarce newsroom resources be diverted from real stories onto fake ones that have already been covered more than a Beatles hit.
There is a huge liberal bias problem in the media (fun recent graph related to the problem here). Pretending it’s not there is not going to make it go away. But pointing out the problems year after year isn’t making things better. Some of the media behavior post-election seems more like a toddler temper tantrum than a dispassionate news judgment.
The whole post is worth a read, and for the media, Hemingway is absolutely correct that some serious introspection is in order. Many blame the Internet for the demise of traditional journalism, however, it’s clear that a great deal of the blame falls on the shoulders of editors and reporters who prioritize stories like Lauten’s while ignoring the likes of Williams.
Do you trust the mainstream media?