Like far too many of those weighing in on gender issues, the Kansas City Star’s Mary Sanchez warns the ordinary working guy that he is in for a “major attitude adjustment.”
Sanchez seems unaware that the average Joe has been laboring under the sexual harassment regime for at least a quarter century and under the often absurd dictates of court-ordered affirmative action for a half-century.
At least since the Hill-Thomas hearings of 1991, in which Justice Clarence Thomas was falsely accused, ordinary guys have had to attend sexual harassment workshops, drill down on employee handbooks, and live with the fear of false accusation.
Among those who was falsely accused, certainly from his perspective and those close to him, was Star managing editor David Zeeck. In 1993, Zeeck was heir apparent to the editorship of the Star, a job which at that time held a fair amount of prestige.
A female reporter leveled a series of charges at Zeeck, which, even if true, were trivial. As Zeeck learned the hard way, guys who work for paychecks have almost no protection in a gender conscious workplace. The accusations, although unsubstantiated, destroyed Zeeck’s future at the Star. He had to leave town to get his career back on track.
Ordinary Joes, Sanchez can be assured, are taking more joy in the “dizzying rush of revelations and accusations of sexual assault and sexual harassment” than Sanchez is. They see that those men protected by their power and their liberal politics have suddenly found themselves exposed much in the way they have been at least since Hill-Thomas.
Protecting these powerful creeps were women like Sanchez. A sentence she wrote just two years ago reveals the quid-pro-quo involved in that protection. “The former president’s record on so-called women’s issues is stellar,” she wrote of Bill Clinton. Yes, Clinton was taking care of her issues, and as payoff she, like almost all women in her profession, turned a blind eye to his sexual predations.
To be fair, Sanchez did concede Clinton “was capable of being unfaithful to his wife,” but “unfaithful” hardly does the man justice. Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, Paula Jones, and likely scores of other women could attest that Clinton’s unfaithfulness took some seriously ugly turns, including what Whoopi Goldberg memorably called “rape-rape.”
For as long as she has been at the Star, Sanchez chose to ignore these women and other victims of friendly politicos. On matters of gender, she and other women at the Star shouldn’t be preaching. They should be apologizing.