Justin Fairfax Gets MeToo'ed & It's Likely BS

It took 27 years for the tactics used against Supreme Court Nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991 to be dusted off and used again against Nominee Brett Kavanaugh last fall. It took a day or two between the sudden revelation of Virginia Governor Northam’s med school yearbook and the scandal it produced with the accompanying calls for Northam to resign, and a Kavanaugh-ish story about his Lt. Governor, Justin Fairfax, to emerge.

Before delving into the details of the rather fuzzy and quite unsubstantiated accusations against Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax, one should be aware of this basic detail.

Both stories were broken, or were actively promoted, by the same upstart website, founded by ex-members of Breitbart: Big League Politics. They are muck-rackers coming at you from the hard right, there's no doubt about that. But they are more than that. They seem to be click-baiters as well. And the Justin Fairfax story, based on a private tweet by the supposed victim whose language in that tweet coyly hints at who it might be but never actually says it, uses the same type of inuendo that was used with Christine Ford against Judge Kavanaugh. The Washington Post received the Fairfax story a year ago and looked into it and decided it was not worth publishing.

Might there be a double standard here on the part of the WaPo which dived head first into the Kavanaugh accusations, given the fact that Justin Fairfax is African American, an almost genetically engineered perfect young family man with a perfect young family wife who runs her own dental clinic in ... Fairfax, and two perfect young kids always seemingly perfectly attired in just the right cross of clothing somewhere between upscale nerd and elegant?

Yes, there might be some sort of bias. But so what?

The Post were right to be discrete about a completely unsubstantiated claim of sexual assault at the 2004 Democratic Convention where Justin Fairfax was a campaign worker of some sort. They were wrong to pile onto Kavanaugh because hey it might be true, and we can't take a chance to be last in line to publish.

Should Big League Politics be shunned and shamed?

Of course not! Go check out their site, and rage and lift a middle finger and click away if it strikes you as a thoroughly unpalatable site. Or dig in to its stories and start wondering where the swimming-pools-used-to-drain-children's-blood stories are, if you are that type of person, the kind that knows that Q Anon is real and not the creation of a bunch of click-baiting hackers.

Or read it and say, not much here. We need proof and for now Justin Fairfax is right to be furious and should receive ev-u-ry benefit of the doubt any presumed innocent person deserves when being accused of something vague, distant, and fuzzy.

But Social Media - and sites that go scrapin'-n'-fishin' along its depths - have once again wedged themselves face-first into an issue and made a divisive story even more so. All by using the totalitarian Red Guard tactic of spying and informing on any supposed deviation from prescribed behavioral norms.

The Daily 202 this Monday morning speculated that Northam's scandal would ignite a #MeToo wave that dealt with racist events that had previously been covered up or ignored in an analogous fashion to the wave of sexual assault and harassment events that began popping up after Harvey Weinstein was outed and then charged. Little did James Hohmann know that the first #MeToo charge resulting from the Northam scandal would be a sexual harassment charge against the man who would replace Northam, an African American, a Democrat, and a bright young star of state politics in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

There will likely, and perhaps understandably, be little coverage of these charges unless more evidence surfaces, or someone, or more than just one person, come forward willing to testify. If they do, then another circus will erupt - one that combines sexual harassment with uncomfortable charges of racism. In that case, Judge Thomas' angry words in the fall of 1991 about a high-tech lynching will be even more prescient than anyone could have imagined at the dawn of the cellphone age.

Posted by Keeley at February 4, 2019 5:23 PM
Comment #437696

Northam could change parties to the one that wears the klan robes and maggot caps. I’m sure he would be welcome there. The tactics of the reich wing are now identical to those of The National Enquirer. They just never direct any of it at themselves.

In good news from good people, Candace Payne paid for hotel rooms for the homeless during the short deep freeze here:


The cold snap lasted long enough to create many potholes. Now it will alternate between freezing and thawing every day for a bigger mess.

Green Home with no furnace in Maine:

Posted by: ohrealy at February 4, 2019 8:07 PM
Comment #437699
ohrealy wrote the usual (garbage): Northam could change parties to the one that wears the klan robes and maggot caps.

Don’t forget:

  • Slavery (Democrats did that: source: www.britannica.com/topic/Democratic-Party ),
  • the KKK violence (Democrats did that; source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ku_Klux_Klan),
  • Segregation (Democrats did that; source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Democrats ),
  • Jim Crow laws (Democrats did that; source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Crow_laws)
  • and many other historic abuses were heaped on Americans in the U.S. by Democrats (and similar ilk), responsible for all of that racism, and now they are constantly shouting:
      “You’re a Racist !, Bigot !, Fascist !, Nazi !
    … and (despicably) pitting different racial groups against each other (i.e. especially, when it comes to despicably pitting U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants against each other for more votes, money, and power).

Posted by: d.a.n at February 4, 2019 9:55 PM
Comment #437719

No context for the Northam picture.
15 year old unsubstantiated accusations about Fairfax.

Posted by: kctim at February 5, 2019 11:21 AM
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