Whenever incidents come to light about the current sexual behavior by men in the public eye, which have brought them down from their high perches, scores of women come forward with their stories of what happened to them. Most are believable, but the media has to have its guard up because there are copycats, most of whom have their eyes on money and publicity or to discredit the media for publishing a false story. Often they go to the media first to fire their first shots.
The Washington Post said it was contacted by a woman who claimed that Roy Moore, the controversial Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, impregnated her as a teenager and she had an abortion. Reporters checked out her claims and found them to be false. The Post said the woman appears to be part of an undercover sting operation with media as the target.
The appears to work with an organization that uses deceptive tactics to secretly record conversations in an effort to embarrass its target, the Post said.
In a series of interviews over two weeks, the woman shared a dramatic story about an alleged sexual relationship with Moore in 1992 that led to an abortion when she was 15. She repeatedly pressed Post reporters “to give their opinions on the effects that her claims could have on Moore’s candidacy if she went public.”
The Post did not publish the woman’s allegations because of inconsistencies in what she told reporters, and because what she said just didn’t check out to be true.
The television world was shocked Wednesday when it was announced on the “Today” show that co-host Matt Lauer was fired for “inappropriate sexual behavior” involving another NBC employee.
There seems to be no end to this saga which tells a story of women being uncomfortable in the workplace due to sexual advances by men, and in some reported cases there actually were sexual assaults. A long time ago, there weren’t that many women in workplaces. Today they are in almost every field once dominated by men. Our military services have gone through the same thing once women were permitted into positions once held only by men.
This situation went on for years because women were afraid to speak up. Now they are willing to go public with their stories. There are bound to be some copycats with false claims.The Post had the resources to check out one women’s story and found it to be false. The newspaper followed good journalistic principles.
Who will be the next giant to fall because of inappropriate sexual behavior? It probably is going to be on a roll for some time!