At Twitchy reported earlier this month, Paul Nungesser, the man accused of rape by Emma “Mattress Girl” Sulkowicz, recently settled with Columbia University for an undisclosed amount.
Nungesser had filed suit against the university for encouraging Sulkowicz’s protest/art project, which consisted of her carrying a mattress everywhere she went, including the stage where she accepted her degree. The stunt was picked up by news outlets in 35 countries, even though a university investigation had found Nungesser not guilty.
The irony is that Sulkowicz had titled her art project “Carry that Weight,” though it’s Nungesser who has had to bear the brunt of her display, without the assistance of celebrities, facts-be-damned politicians like Sen. Karen Gillibrand, and the media. And speaking of the media:
"Restorative justice" is therapeutic intervention aimed at healing, rather than a trial to decide guilt & punishment https://t.co/LGMVemOCV2
— NPR (@NPR) July 26, 2017
This week on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” for example, Tovia Smith fleshed out a story on “restorative justice” on college campuses by contacting Sulkowicz for her opinion:
Activist and survivor Emma Sulkowicz says the approach is not appropriate for everyone. Sometimes, she says, trial and punishment are called for, as in the case of a man on her campus who was accused of several assaults.
“I think this person in particular, given his track record of person after person after person … is a sadist in the truest meaning of that word,” she says. “So we just wanted him to get off campus.”
Sulkowicz also worries about who will facilitate the conversations. She says campus administrators seriously botched her trial process, asking ignorant and insensitive questions. She questions how they will manage the more nuanced restorative justice approach.
So … of all people on the planet to ask about proper trial and punishment, NPR landed on an activist whose shenanigans just cost her former school a big chunk of change in a legal settlement.
— Cathy Young (@CathyYoung63) July 26, 2017
Because NPR is a progressive propaganda shop funded by our taxes
— Brett Saundry (@BrettSaundry) July 26, 2017
You mean like other than because @NPR is a regressive leftist propaganda outlet?
— Jalbers (@Jalbers902) July 26, 2017
Because a man accused of rape is always guilty in the eyes of the media, even if he has been proven innocent.
— Dingle Dongle (@Drangus42069) July 27, 2017
Because the truth must never stand in the way of the narrative
— Nephanor PhD PROvert (@Nephanor) July 27, 2017
cause npr and other outlets are willing to push a fake narrative for clicks no matter the cost to society?
— Ubiquitousidiot (@ubiquitousidiot) July 29, 2017
Because it's npr. They pander to those most likely to grow the power of the state. In this case: victimhood enthusiasts/ women.
— Kelly W (@muddafokka) July 27, 2017
I'm also slightly bothered that "activist" and "survivor" are both used as legit job descriptions
— Peter Hague (@petehague) July 27, 2017
What did she survive? https://t.co/1gFwDlvguC
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) July 29, 2017
Sulkowicz considers herself a survivor & we ID her as such. We've clarified that their school found the student she accused 'not responsible
— tovia smith (@toviasmithnpr) July 27, 2017
She survived what?#Hack
— J.G. Petruna (@jgpetruna) July 29, 2017
Oh, please … never mind allowing people to self-identify when it comes to gender and even race — now journalists will identify you as a “survivor” of sexual assault if you consider yourself one.
To be consistent,you should ID Nungesser as survivor of false accusation.He appears to have stronger claim to victim status than Sulkowicz.
— Christina Sommers (@CHSommers) July 29, 2017
NPR absolutely should do that; instead, they appended a tiny “clarification” the following day:
This story refers to Emma Sulkowicz as a survivor of sexual assault, as she considers herself to be. The accused in her case was found not responsible by a campus adjudication process.
Seeing as tax dollars help fund this, we’re going to nitpick a bit and remind NPR that a clarification is supposed to clarify something that was unclear. How does this bit of legal ass-coverage clarify anything about the case?
And so we learn that @NPR is a biased pseudo-news organization caught in the grip of postmodernism! Wait, we already knew that….
— Mike Sasso (@mfsasso) July 29, 2017
And school settled a lawsuit, paying him $$ as the victim of a relentless, very public, false accusation. Sulkowicz objectively is a liar.
— Jeff Stillman (@jstillman1960) July 29, 2017
I usually loathe litigious people but the recklessness with which you promoted these false allegations deserves justice and financial comp.
— The Golden Rule (@Regula_Aurea) July 29, 2017
Exhibit #1 for defunding NPR.
— Will Collier (@willcollier) July 29, 2017
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Columbia University settles with former student accused of rape by ‘Mattress Girl’ https://t.co/nvYxmFrKQ5
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 14, 2017