I've been following the story of Michael John Kobulnicky, a reported former tea partier who stands accused of rape:
Lemon Grove resident Michael John Kobulnicky, 50, a leader in the San Diego Tea Party and former regional director of the Southern California Conservative Party, is under arrest for allegedly kidnapping and raping a local woman on Fiesta Island.
“He dragged her out of the car and sexually assaulted her pretty brutally,” San Diego Police Lt. Andra Brown told ECM news partner 10 News in late February, shortly after the February 25 assault occurred.
He is charged with rape, kidnapping, and forcible sex with a foreign object. Evidence includes surveillance video shot at a local convenience store shortly before the kidnapping occurred. Kobulnicky is being held without bail pending arraignment on Monday.
Despite media reports, his involvement in the San Diego Tea Party has been forcefully rejected:
What I find fascinating is that the some in the media wish to rush into reporting that a person is a “Tea Party Leader” or otherwise active member without fully vetting the subject whenever there is a potential criminal case.
A simple background check would have found that Kobulnicky essentially took a leave from the “San Diego Tea Party” in January and had neither interacted nor worked with them since that time. Furthermore, a fair-minded reporter who was well-informed about “Tea Party” activism would recognize that there are no “Tea Party Leaders”. Some individuals may proclaim this status; however, anyone following today’s citizen activism would be astute enough to view such claims with a healthy degree of skepticism.
This is a blatant example of the blatant double standard taken by some journalists. There have been dozens of brutal rape cases associated with the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. Specifically, those crimes have occurred in camps during their designated protest activities. Yet, many press reports have minimized brutality associated with the dozens of reports that are known. And the news reports don’t try to paint the suspects as “Occupy Wall Street Leaders.”
Some progressive talking heads seem gleeful at the misery of Kobulnicky's alleged victim. Progressive media has stopped short of crowing over it; I guess I missed the part where they condemned the over 300 counts of criminality and violence from OWS before pointing fingers. Additionally, how can Occupiers possibly recognize this as rape when they've spent the past six months denying the documented rapes that happened in their own encampments? Even now they're focused on denying the lastest Occupy rape in New Haven.
May I be frank? If Kobulnicky is proven guilty of crime with which he is charged, let the bastard rot.
Whether or not Kobulnicky is a tea partier is irrelevant because tea partiers condemn all rape regardless.
That's more than any progressive has ever said of any of the Occupy rapes, yes, plural rapes. Conservatives don't check our principles at the party door, unlike some who ignore the suffering of rape victims for fear of compromising their "rage against the machine," the same machine they'll likely vote for this fall. MACHINE2012!
If a movement is for the people and you ignore the people's suffering, your movement is a failure.
You'll recall how Keith Olbermann refused to acknowledge that documented (with police records) rapes occurred at OWS events by OWS protesters. In fact, he even defended one case involving the rape of a minor by saying he was sure it was "consensual sex." (That Keith Olbermann apparently believes the forcible vaginal penetration of an unwilling victim is "consensual" says more about his views on sex than he realizes.)
I'd like the see proportionate media treatment of these stories. The Kobulnicky story has seemingly received more press coverage than the rapes perpetrated upon female protesters by other Occupiers.
Unfortunately, that's too much to ask of progressives. So yes, it is very much as Andrew demanded: "Behave yourselves." I'd like to add, in addition to "stop raping people," for Occupiers to start condemning rapists. I challenge Markos Moulitsas, Eric Boehlert, the Soros sites, and the rest of the usual suspects to condemn the rapes which occurred within the movement they endorsed. Maybe they can even for once report on them? Let's see if they can match conservatives's principle in this regard.
I'll keep you updated.