This famous phrase of Ronald Reagan comes to mind when looking at today’s headlines in the Israeli media.
Renowned Jewish film director questioned at Israel airport for sexual harassment
Eshel denies harassment allegations
The first report in Ha’aretz is about Claude Lanzmann, “who is Jewish and was in Israel for a visit, arrived at the airport accompanied by two others in order to return to Paris, when he hugged and kissed a female security worker against her will” The second comes from YNet ( Yediot Aharanot) and refers to Natan Eshel the “PM’s bureau chief questioned for nine hours but sources say he failed to provide ‘all the answers”; inquiry to continue Wednesday”
What is it about these allegations that generate such sensational headlines? The cynics amongst us might suspect it has more to do with circulation and ratings than anything else. Not for the first time are the media publicising allegations as fact. Trial by media is the scourge of the 21st century. Guilty until proven innocent is the harsh reality of the new world order. Political correctness rules!
Just looking at the details of the two cases above is enough to prove my point. Lanzmann is accused of hugging – not a crime in his country. The French kiss each other in public all the time – it’s a cultural thing. The Japanese bow in greeting, hand shaking is frowned upon. The Inuit (Eskimos) rub noses. I saw a documentary once about an African village in which the custom is for women to offer a naked breast to guests! Good job political correctness hasn’t permeated there yet!
The case of Eshel is even more bizarre. The alleged “victim” refuses to press charges, or even testify. Calls are being made for her to be forced to testify. This is rapidly becoming the theatre of the absurd.
What is it about sex that gets people so worked up? (No pun intended).
If the criteria being applied today had been around in past generations I’m not sure that anyone would have wanted public office. Certainly not to be President of the United States. It is now known that the following holders of that office did things they would have preferred not to become public property:
- Thomas Jefferson
- Warren Harding
- Franklin Roosevelt
- Dwight Eisenhower
- John Kennedy
- Lyndon Johnson
- Bill Clinton
Most cases inevitably end up in a “he said, she said” situation. Ask Mr Strauss-Kahn how he feels about losing the possibility to be French President because of the hysterical media reporting and pre-judgment. And Israel has one aggrieved ex-President sitting in jail, convinced that he has been unfairly convicted.
Just pray it never happens to you!
Andyboy – Telling it as it is
- Was Dominique Strauss-Kahn Set Up? (theroot.com)
- Book Claims Hotel Maid Propositioned Dominique Strauss-Kahn (huffingtonpost.com)
- Herman Cain Faces Sex Scandal Allegations Just Like Clinton, Edwards (usnews.com)
- Political Correctness – defined (charioteers.org)