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Thursday, October 22, 2009

KELO Pulls Thune "Gang Rape" Post, Asks for Revision

This morning I posted "Thune Votes for Gang Rape; SF Media Gives Pass," discussing on John Thune's vote on the Franken amendment and the Sioux Falls media's apparent ignorance of the story. I cross-posted on the blogspace KELO grants me. At 13:48 CDT today, I received the following request from KELO-TV:

Cory,

We’d like you to adjust the title of this blog entry: [URL] along with any other instances of this wording within the blog post.

Thanks,

Jonathan GarcĂ­a
Web Producer
KELOLAND.com

Notice Mr. Garcia did not specify whether it was "gang rape" or "gives pass" that wasn't sitting well with the newsroom.

Is "alleged" the issue here? Indeed, Jamie Leigh Jones's gang rape allegations are only allegations... in part because Jones has been busy just fighting for the right to take the case to court where she could prove her allegations.

O.K. See revisions below:

Travis at Badlands Blue makes a good point: why is the South Dakota media giving Senator John Thune a pass on his vote against the Franken amendment, a nay vote which some have characterized as a vote that protects malfeasant government defense contractors and makes it harder for women to seek legal recourse for abuse in the workplace. Senator Franken's amendment ot the defense appropriations bill sought to withhold defense contracts from companies "if they restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court." When Halliburton/KBR employee Jamie Leigh Jones alleged that she was gang raped by coworkers at Halliburton and then locked in a storage container for 24 hours without food, water, or a bed and threatened, Halliburton/KBR tried to force her into binding arbitration instead of being able to take the case to court.

Angie at Dakota Women opened the story for discussion in the South Dakota blogosphere two weeks ago, even beating Jon Stewart to the punch. Yet as far as I know, only one professional reporter in this state has seen fit to ask our Senator why he would vote against Senator Franken's amendment to prohibit federal money from going toward defense contractors who force their employees to give up their civil rights.

(Reminder of the Jon Stewart position: we'll bust ACORN for giving bad advice to a fake pimp, but we keep pumping millions of federal dollars to corporations whose employees commit offenses like those committed by Halliburton/KBR employees in Baghdad, offenses that have been widely referred to in the press as allegedly including gang rape?)

That one bright, shining exception: Kevin Woster (of course!) does good journalism and takes up the issue in a Sunday report in the Rapid City Journal discussing possible Dem challengers to Thune in 2010. (If you've read others, do let me know!)

But Thune's hometown rag, that Sioux Falls paper? Nothing. The Sioux Falls TV "news"? Nope, zip, nada.

Senator Thune puts the profits of Halliburton and other Republican money machines over the protection of women and the prosecution of actual offenses like those committed by Halliburton/KBR employees in Baghdad, offenses that have been widely referred to in the press as allegedly including gang rape, and no one making money for reporting news—at least no one on this side of the river—thinks it might be worth asking the Senator to clarify his position?

As Travis notes, so much for the "Liberal Media." If you want liberal media in South Dakota, you have to do it yourself.

Hmmm... point made?

8 comments:

  1. Our Nebraska U.S. Senator voted along with Thune.

    The difference here, we did choose to report it on the news last week, and made sure to include a statement from the senator defending his position.

    Wasn't hard to do. No reason the SF stations couldn't have done something similar.

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  2. I clicked on your link and the story isn't there Corey - are they going to post it at all?

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  3. Hey Cory: A voice here from your distant past, Bill Dunn, Daily Leader deportee in 1993 and now in Madison, Wis. I was (go)ogling Roberto Lange and landed here. Nice site and nicer mindset.
    Good for Franken, boo on Thune. Franken cuts like a knife. Not a comedian like Coleman.
    Take care, BD

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  4. Steve Sibson10/22/2009 6:33 PM

    Cory,

    First off the title is not accurate, as Thune was not supporting "Gang Rape". And to be fair and balanced, your own admission in the previous post says you should include the Obama administration in that title, if you want to make that false allegation.

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  5. Steve Sibson10/23/2009 6:24 AM

    "Indeed, Jamie Leigh Jones's gang rape allegations are only allegations... in part because Jones has been busy just fighting for the right to take the case to court where she could prove her allegations."

    Cory, isn't this case in federal court?

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  6. Hi, Bill! Great to hear from you!

    Sibby: Yes, after an enormous fight that shouldn't have to happen, Jones is pursuing the case in court. But first she had to go to court to get judges to rule that she had a right to go to court -- twisted!

    The title is accurate: Thune cast a vote that protects gang rapists from prosecution. No false allegation, no apology.

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  7. The content was excellent, but on the headline I have to agree with Sibby (first time ever). It may have been libelous.

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  8. Libel? No. The vote was a vote for gang rapists and other criminals who might commit crimes in the workplace and evade legal prosecution thanks to oppresive contracts.

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