I'm not involved with politics, the White House or the media. But I wrote about attacks against women, including the charges of Brett Kavanaugh, and I had some status as a referee in the eyes of a reader who emailed me on Wednesday.
He demanded that I write a column condemning CNN correspondent Jim Acosta for "Attacking the Young Woman." It would be, according to the reader, the "just" thing.
So I did what everyone else did and repeated the Zapruder-style recordings of the chaotic reviews earlier in the day. Inside, a White House employee picked up the Acosta microphone. Acosta's gesticulating arm dropped simultaneously. Of course, this was not an attack. This was a forearm that was already moving down. this was Newton's first law.
"Do you really believe in your heart that it was an attack?" I wrote back.
Until then, the White House Acosta was justified for Sarah Sanders has tweeted"Laying Hands" on a "young woman trying to do her internship at the White House."
Until then, of course, it was clear that we did not talk about Acosta at all. We talked about the fact that attack for a daunting number of people, even in the White House, is just an abstract concept that needs to be strategically applied. As if the game was not to be hoped for nobody abuses women, but hoping that your political opponents abusive a lot of from them.
The people who want to call Wednesday's press conference an attack just reveal how deeply they do not understand the attack. Or, less charitable, they do not believe that it should be taken seriously when it is done seriously. It should only be taken seriously if it can be used for scoring.
Christine Blasey Ford's allegation against Kavanaugh? Apparently it was not a terrible thing that was supposed to have happened to a frightened teenager. The It was about a conspiracy that should bring down the candidate of the Supreme Court of the President.
The more than ten women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct? It was not about a wealthy hunchback who supposedly treated women like toys. ThoseApparently it was a conspiracy to make sure the man did not become president.
Do you recall how Michelle Breitfeld, a Breitbart reporter, was so severely seized by Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski that she had bruises on her arm? I am not sure if I would classify the incident as an attack – but Trump's answer was initially to be called "invented," and later, when a video proof appeared, Fields claimed he had caught it him,
On Wednesday, it seemed Sanders was vaguely aware that attacking and harassing women is currently frowned upon and that "women's beliefs" are fashionable, and so she created a Mad Libs tweet that contained as many important ones as possible Triggers would cause. She also shared a video about the encounter, which had been crushed to create the appearance of arm contact, and intended to eliminate Acosta's "Sorry, Ma'am".
In Sander's statement, note the use of "placing hands," which implies deliberate touching of the palms facing down. Note "internally", which reinforces the idea of a power imbalance. Note "Attempting to get the job done," calling thousands of women in the #Metoo movement who told stories about the times when their highly competitive careers were hampered by harassment.
Read the tweet, and you may have the impression that Acosta was following a teenager with his hands on his butt. However, look at the video and – well, if it's an "attack", I attacked three people last night in my crowded commuter home.
(To be fair, I did not quite understand it when some liberals stuck a video clip over Kavanaugh, where Kavanaugh pushed his wife aside – Push! They were crying – so he could hug his daughters at his cursing. I know married couples bending each other more vigorously to reach the microwave. Still, I have slightly higher expectations of the White House Press Secretary than of random goofballs on Twitter.)
Last week, conspiracy theorists Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman called a press conference and said they had contact with a woman who said she had been raped by special prosecutor Robert S. Muller III. The smear job quickly dissolved into a confederacy of fools: the woman did not exist. Other women said they had been paid to tell false stories about Müller.
They thought a room full of journalists and the good people in America would submit to a raped rape. They thought no one would do a reverse Google image search on the fake investigator's forged counterfeiters or take the trouble of dialing his phone number (which probably belonged to Wohl's mother). And they thought they might find women happy who would ruin a man's life for a few dollars because allegations are all part of a Gotcha game, right?
In the end, they found that journalists apply standards and logic before repeating the allegations against men. The advocates of the #Metoo movement, as well as anyone, are afraid of false accusations because they understand how quickly a high-profile lie would destroy progress.
I wish the example of Jim Acosta were not an example of Jim Acosta – one that looks like I'm only interested in defending journalists or defending people who ask the president critical questions.
Because the larger point has nothing to do with who brushed his arm off and who took his White House.
The bigger issue is violence against women. It's not something you can dismiss when it's uncomfortable.
Violence against women is not a punctual gift for politicians. Astonishingly, violence against women happens to Mrs.
Monica Hesse writes as a columnist on gender and its impact on society. For more information, see wapo.st/hesse.