Herman Cain Tried in the Court of Biased Media!

by Richard H. Frank

Today’s environment of the 24-hour news cycle, coupled with the media feeding frenzy to exploit “breaking news,” whether factual or not, has served to subvert our system of criminal justice in America. The presumption of innocence is overridden by reporting of here say, inference, innuendo and in many instances outright lies.  Even when allegations and charges have been proven to be false and maliciously concocted against some individual, company or entity, the media fails to retract their charges and correct the record.  Unfortunately, the damage caused by such irresponsible reporting, intentional or otherwise, is irreparable.

The latest example of the media’s quest to be first with reporting concerns the charges of “sexual harassment” leveled against a Republican candidate for the Presidential nomination in the 2012 General Election, Herman Cain.   The current charges made against him cover a span of approximately 15 years and range in specifics from “He made me feel uncomfortable,” to “He attempted to grope me.” Herman  Cain vehemently denies the charges while those women making them insist they are true.  As with the majority of such cases, we are faced with a situation of “she said, he said” with no one to corroberate the truth for either side.

My personal experience in business spans more than 50 years and over that time I have witnessed past interactions between individuals of the opposite sex once accepted as normal somehow assume the impetus for asserting sexual harassment.  Certainly there was ample cause to legislate protections against sexual harassment in the workplace but such legislation opened the way for disgruntled employees to extort from their employers for alleged real or imagined violations of the law.  Unfortunately, once the charge of sexual harassment is leveled, the stigma of that charge remains long after it is resolved between the parties.  In some cases careers spanning decades, long marriages and entire families have been destroyed resulting from the mere allegation.  Like cancer, alleged sexual harassment is insidious and almost impossible to combat.

In the case of Herman Cain the motive to level such charges must be examined especially considering the lapse of time between the alleged harassment and making the charge public.  High on the list of possibilities might be the following:

  • Political – in that he is in the top tier of candidates seeking the nomination of the Republican Party.
  • Monetary – a chance for 15 minutes of fame and fortune from bringing the charges against a high-profile individual
  • Racist – a means to prevent a black man from becoming President by charges of harassment coming from what now appears to be exclusively white woman.

The story has served to suck all of the oxygen out of the 24-hour news cycle and may be seen in reports having a ratio of 5-10:1 over any other story.  Facts don’t matter – only that the media involved is the first to air any and all allegations, true or not. Further, this tabloid journalism has detracted from a debate in this Country about the crises that we face and the solutions to solve them.

Such is the world of Politics in America today.  Herman Cain will be charged, tried and convicted in the court of biased media.  Is it any wonder that those persons truly qualified to run for office and solve America’s problems hesitate or back away in light of the personal scrutiny they must face from the media?  This is especially true should that person be a conservative that upholds the principles of  our Constitution.

I truly don’t know if Herman Cain is guilty or not of sexual harassment.  He may be just a product of the environment he grew up in where being himself was once viewed as normal when interacting between individuals.  I do, however, question the motives of those making charges against him at this late date and point in time.

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