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If you’re in journalism, and you want to comment on reports that a public figure has a history of sexual misconduct, don’t respond by claiming you’ve known for years about the alleged predatory behavior.
In short, don’t be like Cokie Roberts, the longtime fixture of Sunday morning news television. Don't respond like she did this weekend to reports that Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., has sexually harassed multiple female staffers.
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Conyers has been accused of trying to coerce employees into having sex with him. The Michigan representative, who has served in Congress since 1965, has been accused of inappropriate touching, caressing, and other improprieties of a sexual nature.
Conyers’ office has also been accused of using highly-unusual and most likely illegal accounting tricks and public funds to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit brought against the congressman by a former staffer who claims he sexually harassed her.
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The sexual misconduct allegations are credible, and the accusations of financial irregularities appear to be substantiated. It’s a serious story and it hints that there is much worse hidden away in Congress' books.
But Roberts stayed away from the important stuff this weekend, and she used the Conyers news instead to showcase her status as a supposed insider. You see, she explained on ABC News’ “This Week,” all the right people knew about the congressman's alleged predatory behavior.
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“The fact that people are willing to be public can change things. I mean, we all talked about it for years,” she said.
Roberts added, “Don’t get in the elevator with him, you know, and the whole every female in the press corps knew that, right, don’t get in the elevator with him. Now people are saying it out loud. And I think that does make a difference.”
Gabby - Response - Conyers - News - Reasons
This gabby response to the Conyers news is maddening for several obvious reasons. First, it’s a nauseating...
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