An anonymous woman has penned a searing, emotionally powerful accusation that Senator Mazie “Just Shut Up” Hirono assaulted her.
I received an email from an anonymous source raising disturbing and serious claims about something Senator Mazie “Just Shut Up” Hirono did some time ago. Because the accusations are so serious, I’m grateful that modern journalistic and political standards mean that there’s no problem just because I don’t actually know Anonymous nor have I questioned her or anyone else to try to confirm her claims. As it is, we know from the New York Times’ recent conduct, and the media’s approach generally to anonymous or other thinly sourced materials, that these claims are credible and automatically meet all journalistic standards without further corroboration.
Also, please don’t worry about the missing facts or logical inconsistencies in Anonymous’s statement — a statement that no one forced her to make and that will subject her to demeaning, hate-filled, misogynistic demands for more corroboration. While the email is obviously lacking a few facts about time, place, witnesses, etc., and the author was apparently several drinks into the day when the events described occurred, the powerful emotion burning through the email tells me that every word Anonymous says is absolutely true. As Democrats in and out of the media repeatedly tell us, it is now mandatory for us to believe a woman’s assault narrative without any further proof and irrespective of the accused person’s denials.
With the new rules in mind, I hope you appreciate how serious the following letter is: [Read more…]