The New York Times Publishes Article Titled ‘I Believe Juanita’

Hannah Bleau

All of the recent accusations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct have forced liberals to pause and look in the mirror. There’s no way they can go on, saying all victims deserve to be believed while blatantly ignoring Bill Clinton’s accusers.

What about them? Why have liberals dismissed their #MeToo stories? Why don’t they count?

Juanita Broaddrick is right. Hell has frozen over.

The New York Times actually published a piece titled, “I Believe Juanita.”

It reads in part:

On Friday evening the MSNBC host Chris Hayes sent out a tweet that electrified online conservatives: “As gross and cynical and hypocritical as the right’s ‘what about Bill Clinton’ stuff is, it’s also true that Democrats and the center left are overdue for a real reckoning with the allegations against him.” Hayes’s tweet inspired stories on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, Breitbart and The Daily Caller, all apparently eager to use the Clinton scandals to derail discussions about Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for the United States Senate in Alabama who is accused of sexually assaulting minors.

Yet despite the right’s evident bad faith, I agree with Hayes. In this #MeToo moment, when we’re reassessing decades of male misbehavior and turning open secrets into exposes, we should look clearly at the credible evidence that Juanita Broaddrick told the truth when she accused Clinton of raping her. But revisiting the Clinton scandals in light of today’s politics is complicated as well as painful. Democrats are guilty of apologizing for Clinton when they shouldn’t have. At the same time, looking back at the smear campaign against the Clintons shows we can’t treat the feminist injunction to “believe women” as absolute.

It’s fair to conclude that because of Broaddrick’s allegations, Bill Clinton no longer has a place in decent society. But we should remember that it’s not simply partisan tribalism that led liberals to doubt her. Discerning what might be true in a blizzard of lies isn’t easy, and the people who spread those lies don’t get to claim the moral high ground. We should err on the side of believing women, but sometimes, that belief will be used against us.

Not perfect. There are some lines in there that really irritate me. Like this:

Yeah. But again, this is coming from NYT– the same rag that recently published a piece titled, “Can My Children Be Friends With White People?”

There might be truth to that. NYT isn’t doing this out of the goodness of its heart. We all know this.

But it’s better than nothing at all, right? The fact that they realize they have to address it says something.