U.S. Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) showed just how out of touch with reality they really are as they continued to wage their “War on Men in the Military” during an appearance on PBS NewsHour Live with Gwen Ifill Thursday. On top of that, PBS flunkies displayed an inordinate amount of media bias.
For starters, the PBS story’s headline – Ensuring Accountability for Military Sexual Assault Within Chain of Command — assumes individuals are not accountable if they reach a conclusion that runs counter to the mindset of the female senators.
The single paragraph of “details” below the video frame carries the same biased message:
The debate continues over the best and most effective ways to curb rampant sexual assault in the military. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. , back a plan that includes reform but keeps the adjudication of assault cases within the military chain of command. They join Gwen Ifill to discuss their stance.
Press “play,” and the video begins with a nameless anchor setting the stage and using painfully-incorrect and generic language:
“It has been called an epidemic — the ongoing problem of sexual crimes within the U.S. military,” the nameless anchor began. “An estimated 26,000 troops were sexually assaulted last year; just 3,400 attacks were reported. And, statistically, a female solder is more likely to be raped by a fellow officer than she is to die in combat.”
Worst of all, however, was the exchange (below) between host Ifill and the two U.S. senators:
Since the October 2011 release of my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August, which chronicles the life story and wrongful sexual assault conviction of Kelly Stewart, a highly-decorated Army Green Beret combat veteran, I’ve been contacted by dozens of individuals, most of whom are family members of military men who’ve been accused, tried and convicted on a variety of sexual assault-related charges.
In most of the cases I reviewed, little or no evidence was presented by prosecutors during their trials and, in many, prosecutors offered other military members immunity or leniency in exchange for their testimony.
In fact, according to a Military.com article published Aug. 13, one defense lawyer estimated that 90 percent of the sexual assault cases taken to court-martial would be thrown out of civilian courts due to lack of evidence.
Still, military prosecutors, backed by people like Democrat McCaskill and RNO Ayotte, continue to paint innocent military men as out-of-control animals who deserve to be locked up and branded “sex offenders” for the rest of their lives. As a result, many innocent lives and families are ruined. It must stop!
To learn more about this flagrant movement to dismantle the military under the auspices of stopping sexual assaults, read the entries in my series about this “War on Men.”
To learn more about Stewart’s case, order a copy of Three Days In August. It’s available in available in ebook and paperback versions at Amazon.