Colorado Springs, Colorado, November 22, 2017 — My seventh grade class at Portland, Oregon’s Capitol Hill School, viewed in today’s lens, was a great educational foundation for dealing with today’s sexual accusations and the media, left, right and center. In Miss Reed’s class, there was one bulletin board bearing class names. All manner of classroom behaviors—timely completion of work, hair pulling, talking out-loud, etc., were tracked in boxes beside each student’s name.Billy could overhear me speaking and go tell Miss Reed. She would give him a pat on the back for good reporting and ask him to go put a naughty check beside my name and a “good” check beside his own. In Miss Reed’s class, reporting on others, accusing others, and compliance with teacher’s rules were rewarded.
Minding our own business was not.
This season’s spate of sexual stories brings it all back. One student, and her mother, landed in the principal’s office nightly. I would refuse to participate in the witch hunts. My black marks would mount up. I would be sent to the office, and my mother would be called. I was not allowed to ride the school bus home. I was insubordinate. My mother, to her ever-lasting credit, was right beside me in the naughty chair.
She’d continually tell the principal and Miss Reed, “I agree with her.”
Who knows if today’s accused men are the monsters everyone says they are? No doubt, many are. But, how many are not? And when you mix dirty politics into the mix, how can anyone know anything?
Yet, accusers are rewarded, not where they should be, in a court of law, but in the media. Sex, as usual, sells. Sex and politics? Perfect divertissement from the real news. North Korea nuking Portland, anyone? Pay for play politics? No?
Even “fair and balanced” Fox News is in on the fun. Speculation runs high as the nation, in other meaningful areas, burns The one exception has been Sean Hannity, who refuses to pile on. He, as did I in seventh grade, believes he cannot know, and it’s not his business anyway.
There are ethics panels. There is the law. There is public perception of candidates’ relative honesty. That should be enough.
But, the tabloids will out. “F” the law. Too boring. Takes too long. Doesn’t sell.
Happy Thanksgiving anyway. May your day be blessed with your own family, your own business, and in leaving the salacious news to the tabloids where it belongs.