Seattle Mayor Resigns Amid Sex Abuse Allegations; Media Plays Dumb
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced on Tuesday that he will be resigning, after a fifth man has come forward, saying that Murray sexually abused him.
Many news sources seem altogether reluctant to report on Murray’s allegations. MSNBC included the story as a “mini report” on their website, saying only ““Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (D), embattled by child sex abuse allegations, will resign his post Wednesday. Murray’s spokesman, William Lemke, told The Washington Post that the resignation takes effect at 5 p.m.”
MSNBC was more than happy to run the full length article, Seattle elects its first openly gay mayor in 2013.
Other sources have a questionable manner of reporting on sexual assault.
Murray denied the allegations, as he has in the past. Previously, he called them part of a political effort to stymy his progressive agenda and support for LGBTQ and immigrant rights.
“While the allegations against me are not true, it is important that my personal issues do not affect the ability of our city government to conduct the public’s business,” he said in a statement.
As mayor, he raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour, passed ambitious affordable housing legislation, and laid the groundwork for a city-owned sports and entertainment arena. He was a party to a lawsuit filed in March on behalf of the city against the Trump administration over its executive order on so-called sanctuary cities.
But, in light of the latest allegations, he said it was clear it is best for the city for him to step aside.
Grinberg’s long winded report includes a disturbing number of paragraphs about Murray’s accomplishments as mayor. It’s somewhat perturbing that a news story would start by saying ‘five men say the Mayor raped them,’ and continue with ‘here’s a list of great things the Mayor has done.’
Sure, Grinsberg indirectly insinuates, five men say he raped them, but he sponsored marriage equality, fought discrimination, raised the minimum wage, passed affordable housing, etc.
Grinsberg wants to make sure, apparently, her readers know the Mayor did good things for the Democrats.
Murray, though he apologized for “this painful situation,” did not apologize to the victims. Grinsberg, meanwhile, tried to cover up the Mayor’s sins with his accomplishments because of party allegiance.
Here’s an excerpt from article Emanuella Grinberg wrote last year, about “why women don’t report sexual assault.”
The latest allegations against Donald Trump of unwanted sexual contact brought out the usual responses from defenders and apologists.
[…] The question revived conversation around #WhyWomenDontReport. It’s a conversation that keeps coming up whenever a prominent figure faces sexual assault allegations. But it bears repeating:
[…] If the perpetrator is in a position of power — the head of a company or a celebrity or a professor — there’s fear that your word will be meaningless against theirs. If it’s a relative, you may worry about tearing your family apart.
See the reaction to Trump’s latest accusers, who told The New York Times in a story published Wednesday that he groped or kissed them without their consent. One of the alleged incidents occurred in 2005, the other more than 30 years ago. Later Wednesday, People Magazine published a report from one its writers, who alleged Trump physically attacked her while she was on assignment writing a profile of his first anniversary with wife Melania.
As one person pointed out, “The fact that #NextFakeTrumpVictim is trending should tell you exactly why women fear coming forward about sexual assault.”
When we compare Grinsberg’s articles about allegations against President Trump to her article about allegations against Mayor Murray, we learn something about the “defenders and apologists” Grinsberg admonishes.
Grinsberg quickly insinuated that Trump was guilty of what his accusers say he did by saying that anyone who questions his accusers’ honesty are rape defenders and apologists.
She goes on to explain that victims are afraid they won’t be believed when the person who hurt them is in a position of power.
Politicians weren’t directly mentioned by Grinsberg, alongside the “head of a company or a celebrity or a professor.” Politicians, however enjoy a very special kind of treatment: partisan bias.
Notice that Grinsberg went into great detail about what those who accused Trump of sexual assault say he did to them.
Meanwhile, Grinsberg shirks what Mayor Murray’s victims say he did to them, in favor of writing about what Mayor Murray did to increase the minimum wage.
Seattle Times gives more of a voice to the man who just came forward against Murray:
Joseph Dyer, 54, a dialysis technician and Air Force veteran, says he was 13 when Murray forced him into sex for about a year while the two shared a bedroom in Dyer’s mother’s home in the Long Island town of Medford, New York.
“There would be times when I would fake sleeping because I didn’t want him touching me,” Dyer, a married father who now lives in another state, recalled during an interview with The Seattle Times.
“And that’s when he would molest me. And my mother would be right there in the house, she’d be in the living room … watching TV, at that time it was probably “M*A*S*H.” And my sisters would be in their rooms, sleeping. And I would be in my room, and he would be in there, molesting me.”
When the mainstream media reports of sex abuse they will retain their biases, period.
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