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The Assassination of Al Franken by the Coward Kirsten Gillibrand, The Myth That Never Dies

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Jane Mayer, as you’ve probably seen, has a lengthy argument about Al Franken’s resignation up. I never expected to say this, but…it is bad. Really bad. I think Nate sums up the main issue well:

The key rhetorical strategy is to focus on the accusations of Leeann Tweeden — who Mayer on Twitter designates the “main” accuser — and dismiss the claims of the 7 other women, although the article provides almost nothing to suggest that they aren’t credible. This is particularly tendentious because it was the subsequent allegations that were more important to the other Democratic senators:

Franken is clearly upset that other politicians have gotten away with much worse things, which is both true and irrelevant. Given the political context, he was right to resign, and other Senate Democrats did nothing wrong by calling on him to resign. He wasn’t denied any process he was due; he could have gutted it out and remained in the Senate. One can understand why he personally is bitter about this, but for an otherwise superb journalist to give such a biased take on his story, largely erasing the stories of most of the women involved, is dismaying.

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