As the institutional left and their media went into feeding frenzy mode over the “legitimate rape” comment by Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, they banked on two things.
First, they assume that conservatives will have standards and many will call Akin out. This has come to pass as the GOP establishment, right wing blogs and conservative pundits have all lambasted Akin. The second thing the left is counting on, however, is that nobody will call out the left own hypocrisy and this has turned out to also be a very safe bet. The result is the spectacle of a bipartisan attack on Akin over a comment he made.
Let’s look just a few months back, however. When it came to the issue of of numerous actual rapes surrounding the Occupy movement – not comments but actual sexual assaults – there wasn’t just silence from the left. No, in the case of those rapes, Current TV, the new media network co-owned by Al Gore, the former Vice President of United States of America, is alleged to have been fully aware of the assaults. And with that knowledge, the network not only failed to report them but allowed Keith Olbermann and his “Countdown” show to deny that they happened.
Further, these allegations come from a fairly unimpeachable source – a member of the Occupy Wall Street movement who was on the security team and whose was tasked with delivering memos to Current TV producers.
I reported the story on Breitbart News a couple of weeks ago in a piece entitled “Occupy Activist Alleges Olbermann Show Knew About Occupy Rapes, Failed to Report Them.” The story was completely ignored on the left, despite being sourced to a recognizable figure in the Occupy Wall Street movement and including audio of that individual making the allegation.
For those who might claim that Keith Olbermann is irrelevant, especially since his Countdown show is now canceled and he’s in a legal tussle with his former employers, I’ll stress the obvious again. Current TV is co-owned by former V.P. and presidential candidate Al Gore. I have not been aware of a single call to hold the former vice president or anyone at Current TV accountable.
This is exactly the sort of hypocrisy that the institutional left can count on every single time. They are able to sit in their see no evil, hear no evil stupor and ignore actual, honest-to-God rapes, confident that the J School cone of silence will protect them from being held to any standard whatsoever.
Is statutory rape “legitimate rape”?
Keith Olbermann didn’t think so. This is what Olbermann said on both Current TV and the popular leftist website Daily Kos about a situation at Occupy Dallas where a 23-year-old former convicted sex offender was sleeping with a 14-year-old.runaway who was camped there:
Despite the Breitbart headline: “Police Investigating Possible Sexual Assault Of Teen At Occupy Dallas,” the alleged assault victim told police the sex in question was consensual. She would not press charges nor cooperate with authorities. The claim that there was an assault originates with one local tv station’s anonymous source in the Dallas police department.
Olbermann also described it this way: “One story turns out to have been about consensual sex.”
Why are Olbermann and Gore and Markos given a free pass on this? Why was there absolutely no outrage on the left about these comments?
The answer is cringingly simple: as liberals, Gore, Olbermann, and Moulitsas all believe that the 14-year-old being sexually assaulted by the 23-year-old has a complete, unquestionable right to an abortion had a pregnancy resulted from that crime. That belief is these men’s “Get Out Of Judgment Free” card.
Is any of this to suggest that conservatives should not have standards? Of course not. In fact, it’s the principles of conservatism that are its primary appeal, since our current culture currently doesn’t give out cool points for being on the right.
However, it might be wise remember how the left operates in these kinds circumstances. It is a waste for the right to carry any expectation that they will show a similar decency when one of their own makes a questionable comment. They have amply demonstrated that they will not only show no such decency, but they will use the decency of conservatives as a form of judo against them.
So where criticism of Akin is valid, make it — as long as in the next breath you point out a few examples of obvious blatant and disgusting hypocrisy on behalf of the left on the very same issue.