Insisting on pushing the narrative at all costs, whenever a scandalous rape accusation involving men surfaces, the media rushes spreads it like so many other urban legends.
Those who challenge the narrative are labelled misogynists and victim blamers.
Even women find themselves the victim of online hate mobs, as women who support free speech and due process of law are viewed as a sort of female Uncle Tom.
The culture of censorship has grown so strong that even formerly brave voices like Glenn Greenwald’s have been silenced.
How many more rape hoaxes do we need before journalists start acting ethically?
There have been too many high-profile rape hoaxes to keep track of.
We now know, beyond all doubt, that African America Hofstra university students were falsely accused of rape.
We now know, beyond all doubt, that the Duke lacrosse rape never happened.
We now know, beyond all doubt, that the much reported-on UVA frat house rape never happened.
Unfortunately America’s love of a good rape hoax has spread across the pond, where men who face false rape accusations (and the women who defend them) find themselves the victim of unethical journalistic practices.
The Oxford rape hoax shows there is an assault on men and women who believe in free speech and due process of law.
Ben Sullivan was a 21-year-old Oxford student we all love to hate. He’s straight, white and obviously a man of great privilege.
When privileged men like Ben Sullivan are accused of rape, our patriarchal system ensures he is not given the presumption of innocence and those who defend him are censored.
Mr. Sullivan was dragged from his bed late one night by police. Held for questioning, Mr.Sullivan was told he had been labelled a rapist.
In our patriarchal system of justice, men who are accused of rape are publicly identified in news headlines. Protests are held. Vandalism occurs. Nothing is off limits to the hate mob.
There is no right to privacy for the wrongly accused.
There was only one problem. Mr. Sullivan was the victim of a rape hoax.
Despite past experience showing these high-profile rape accusations tend to be hoaxes , the media pushes these rape hoaxes down our throats.
Why is there such a reluctance to question rape accusations, especially since so many turn out to be hoaxes?
Why do women who stand up for due process of law lose their jobs?
Women who refuse to spread rape hoaxes like urban legends lose their jobs.
After text messages and correspondence between Mr. Simon and the rape hoaxer surfaced, a feisty female journalist wrote an article reporting the truth.
Ameila Harper, a courageous woman and strong supporter of free speech, was removed (the British are too polite to say sacked) from her position as editor for the Oxford student newspaper.
Women who write truthful articles about men falsely accused of rape should not become journalists.
The rape accusation against Mr. Simon was false. Full stop. Provably false. There is no room for debate.
Yet a woman who reported on the story was removed from her position.
Even formerly courageous journalists have gotten the memo. If you question rape culture, you will lose your status.
Even former hell raisers like Glenn Greenwald become political hacks on gender issues.
Glenn Greenwald is a man I once admired. Lawyer and journalist, he was fearless.
Greenwald took on Wall Street. He took on big government. He took on the NSA. It was hard not to have a mancrush on him.
Who are your favorite journalists? I’ve always been a big fan of Mark Ames, Matt Taibbi, and Glenn Greenwald. Imperfect; but based.
— Mike Cernovich (@PlayDangerously) October 27, 2014
That Greenwald was a radical liberal and someone I’d disagree with on many issues was irrelevant to my assessment of his character. When thoughtful people disagree, it occurs to me I’ve believed absolute folly before. Maybe I’m wrong now?
Yet Greenwald’s lionly courage has shrunk to that of a field mouse’s. Famous for taking on the journalist establishment, Greenwald has said nothing of the Rolling Stone rape hoax.
Forget the discredited article in Rolling Stone. Why did the journalist establishment uniformly pump and promote the Rolling Stone rape hoax article?
Why did no one other than Reason magazine and a lone editor named Richard Bradley report about the problems with the article? Greenwald remains silent. I asked him what had happened to him.
I provided Greenwald ample evidence of his decline, including his insistence on promoting the voices of Jessica Valenti and Amanda Marcotte, two well known hacks.
There’s no question Valenti and Marcotte are professional trolls at best (they get those page views, and a writer has to eat) or cultists at worst.
How can Greenwald claim to stand up against the journalist establishment while himself being afraid to speak out against those journalists who promoted the Rolling Stone rape hoax?
Yet there’s no doubt Greenwald knows he’s a gutless hypocrite on “rape culture” issues.
Jessica Valenti was outraged when Reason magazine questioned the Rolling Stone rape hoax story.
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) December 1, 2014
Amanda Marcotte expressed similar ire for Reason magazine.
Marcotte of course spread the Rolling Stone rape hoax with equal furor, claiming those who questioned the Rolling Stone rape hoax are Holocaust deniers.
— Mike Cernovich (@PlayDangerously) April 6, 2015
Those are who Greenwald promotes as rational, reliable voices.
Greenwald has no choice. He will either toe the line or face the consequences of “social justice.”
Why I care about ethics in journalism.
If you want the world to be a better place, then we need brave men and women speaking truth to power.
Yet men and women are silenced. Women who try seeing both sides of the “rape culture” debate find themselves fired from jobs and falsely labelled as harassers.
Even formerly brave men like Glenn Greenwald are afraid to speak out. He is left with no choice but to kiss up to the likes of Jessica Valenti and Amanda Marcotte.
Are you keeping track? Let’s review:
- Even after several high profile rape hoaxes (Hofstra, Duke lacrosse, Rolling Stone, and Oxford), the media continues to spread false rape accusations.
- An Oxford Student Union president was falsely accused of rape. He will forever have a black cloud hanging over his reputation.
- A woman who wrote a truthful article was fired from her position as a journalist. She has not received her job back.
- The woman who falsely accused the man of rape has never faced any repercussions, and under UK law cannot even be publicly named.
- Journalists continue to cower in silence.