Media double standards about sexual allegations

Media double standards about sexual allegations
One of these things is not like the others - according to the mainstream media.

If the progressive media didn’t have double standards, they’d have no standards at all.

As Jason Howerton notes on Twitter, ABC News is a classic example. It concealed the wrongdoing of serial sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, which would have painted progressive journalists and politicians associated with him in a bad light. Yet it promoted baseless allegations of gang rape against a judge whose Supreme Court nomination was opposed by progressive activists. Those allegations were peddled by left-wing lawyer Michael Avenatti and widely disseminated by ABC News. It broadcast the allegations even though Avenatti was a notorious liar who was later indicted.

Howerton describes ABC’s double standard and lack of concern for accuracy:

ABC News: Multiple allegations against pedophile Jeffrey Epstein didn’t meet our standards for air.

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Also ABC:

Check out these uncorroborated allegations against [Judge] Kavanaugh in middle of his confirmation.

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ABC’s George Stephanopoulos dined with sex offender Epstein in 2010 after he got out of a prior stint in prison. Stephanopoulos’s former boss, Bill Clinton, took at least 26 trips with Epstein aboard his private jet, known as the Lolita Express.

As Jim Treacher observes, “modern journalism is all about deciding which facts the public shouldn’t know because they might reflect badly on Democrats.”

Chris Pandolfo of The Blaze points out that other TV networks also had double standards about when to broadcast sexual allegations:

David Burge says “journalism is all about covering important stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving.” The media often does its best to avoid covering things that make progressives look bad.

Hans Bader

Hans Bader

Hans Bader practices law in Washington, D.C. After studying economics and history at the University of Virginia and law at Harvard, he practiced civil-rights, international-trade, and constitutional law. He also once worked in the Education Department. Hans writes for and has appeared on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.” Contact him at


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