I spent my life behind a radio microphone, so am loathe to call for any broadcaster’s firing, knowing as I do, how easy it is to step in it, but sitting down to tweet is a DELIBERATIVE* act, something done ON PURPOSE, after THINKING ABOUT IT, and this tweet was formed with CLEAR MALICE OF INTENT, a DECLARATIVE statement making a DISGUSTING CAUSAL link from facts NOT IN EVIDENCE to fundraising from his outraged supporters, and thus, appears, to me, a non-lawyer, to be a LIBELOUS SLANDER.
Perhaps it’s short of the textbook definition of “libel,” so perhaps the law is not the place to seek remedy, but MSNBC should! If for no other reason than to maintain the integrity (such as it is) of the brand.
*NOTE: This is not to suggest that broadcasting is not a “deliberative act, something done on purpose, after thinking about it”:) but clearly, when one talks into a microphone, live, the nature of one’s utterances is far less regulated, and rightly subject to a much wider berth for forgiveness.
h/t NewsBusters - “MSNBC’s Alex Wagner Tweets ‘Sexual Harassment Is a Lucrative Side Gig’ for Herman Cain”
Poor Mika Brzezinski.
She and Morning Joe are falling all over themselves trying to make a story out of the the nothing-burger* Herman Cain story by attacking HOW he is answering the questions, with no self-awareness of how they went to bat for Anthony Weiner who tweeted pictures of his hard d*ck to a college girl – when he had just found out his wife was expecting their first child, no less – just a few months ago, and you know what?
One week from today there will be polls showing the standings nearly unchanged AND fundraising for Cain UP (when we get money reports – which don’t have to be filed until the end of the quarter, but I’ll bet we get some anecdotal / tangential testimony to that effect).
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BTW: It’s a family joke that my husband makes a lousy philanderer because the first thing he does is talk about his wife. He’ll be alone at a bar out on the road having dinner or something and that’s the first thing he’ll do! (Being a salesman, he’ll talk to a post, anyone who will stand still long enough to listen! Happily, he’s charming!) But it’s funny that Herman Cain’s big deal involves him remarking on the height of the woman in question – by comparing it to his wife’s!
*Remember, so far we have a girl who was ‘offended’ by ‘non-sexual’ ‘gestures’ and got a fly-swatter of a payment of ‘five figures’ which means, I am betting, she was an uptight, angry, humorless b*tch looking for a payout, made a fuss, and got a quick $10-$50k to please just shut the f*ck up and go away… I mean, please! Who among us has not worked with someone, more than one someone, like this! There have been zero allegations of any sexual touching or private parts being exposed or threats to do something or else… None of that - which would, in my mind, constitute an authentic charge which should be taken very seriously, indeed. And let me be clear – if Herman did any of that – My bad, we’re done, my support for him is over, but I’d bet my house he didn’t. There’s nothing in his history, story, behavior, testimony from long-time colleagues, that would indicate that kind of evil exists in him. Okay?