As Twitchy reported, most reporters took a pass Wednesday night on Sean Hannity’s interview with Donald Trump in which the presumptive GOP nominee dropped the “r-word” in reference to Bill Clinton. Those who did tweet after the interview aired tended to enclose “rape” in quotation marks, apparently to distinguish tales of Clinton’s “naughtiness” from the very serious charge that Whoopi Goldberg technically would call “rape-rape.”
The Washington Free Beacon notes that there was probably no need to tiptoe around the word, since, according to NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell, the rape accusation leveled against the former president has been discredited. Shouldn’t this be considered an NBC exclusive? That’s big news.
— Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) May 19, 2016
@FreeBeacon Which one?
— Rupert Pupkin (@Billyprops) May 19, 2016
Here’s the video:
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) May 19, 2016
@FreeBeacon She has never interviewed the women has she?
— Timothy Bigler CPP (@timbiglercpp) May 19, 2016
— Dan Bolivar (@RealDanBolivar) May 19, 2016
— Scully #CashinInVC (@Scully64) May 19, 2016
— Connie McDonald (@ConnieAustinTX) May 19, 2016
— Lynn #CruzCrew (@Linkus717) May 19, 2016
That’s what Hillary Clinton said last fall: Victims of sexual assault have the right to be heard and believed — and then “discredited” if it’s politically expedient.
Hillary's message to survivors of sexual assault: We're with you.https://t.co/qhLpgr3Iac
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2015
— MrR (@jrich5602122) May 19, 2016
Mainstream journalists really, really don’t want to talk about Bill Clinton unless they’re predicting what position he’ll hold in his wife’s administration and just how awesome he’ll be at it.
CNN anchor gets antsy whenever guests bring up Clinton’s sex scandals: https://t.co/igYhYIMvBe
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) May 19, 2016
Watch as CNN’s Brooke Baldwin, confronted with the Clintons’ well-documented $850,000 settlement with Paula Jones, tells her guests, “Let’s not go there.”
So much for the right to be heard.