Has the world gone fucko bazoo lately?

Seriously: what the fuck is wrong with people this last few weeks?

First we had nearly the entire legacy media’s “yeah-but” defence of ACORN’s propensities towards child sex slavery.  And now that Roman Polanski’s been arrested in Switzerland on a child-rape warrant from 1978, we find the same damn thing.

If you read that CBC article I linked to, or just about any other legacy-media reporting on the subject, you’ll be told that Polanski “had sex with” a 13-year-old girl.  If you read the grand jury testimony in the BtB article I linked to, you’ll find that Polanski got that girl loaded on champagne and quaaludes before “having sex with” her, and that she begged him to stop the whole time.

Last I checked, that was rape, not the sort of forbidden romance being portrayed in the press.

Of course, if you’re Joan Z. Shore, co-founder of “Women Overseas for Equality” and a writer for the Huffington Post, it might just be foreplay:

The 13-year old model “seduced” by Polanski had been thrust onto him by her mother, who wanted her in the movies.

(Emphasis added.)

It’s almost as though she’s quoting a source, perhaps an authoritative one — but who bothers to do that these days?  (Doug Mataconis did, and cited those sources, but he’s not trying to defend Polanski.  Those who are seem to have misplaced their citations.)

Since when is raping children excusable?  What the fuck?

Edit: Less WTF and more thoroughness on Alas, a blog:

Guess what?  Jeff Fecke cites his sources too.

Update: And more carnassial commentary on Salon:

and (boy howdy!) on Feministe:

(You’ll be shocked, I’m sure, to discover that both articles cite their sources.)

A dissenting article on Talk Left, which  also cites its sources and argues prosecutorial misconduct:

The weight of opinion on this one seems to be sliding towards “raping children is bad”, which is rather a relief.

9 Responses to “Has the world gone fucko bazoo lately?”

  1. 1 PG
    September 28, 2009 at 13:27

    “First we had nearly the entire legacy media’s “yeah-but” defence of ACORN’s propensities towards child sex slavery.”

    Uh, no one is defending a “propensity towards child sex slavery.” What I have seen a few people defending is the fact that some of the ACORN employees who were shown on tape as trying to help child sex slavers were *actually* trying to draw the two hoaxsters out because they wanted to get enough information to get the police after them. Some of the other employees on the tapes could tell that O’Keefe was a fraud as a pimp, and were playing along for laughs, giving clearly erroneous information (for example, saying that the illegal immigrant child prostitutes could be claimed as dependents on tax forms — you can’t claim a dependent unless you have a legitimate Social Security number for that person).

    • September 28, 2009 at 13:51

      “Uh, no one is defending a “propensity towards child sex slavery.””

      When the Washington Post’s reply is “Yeah, but look over here”, what would you call it? Nobody’s sticking up for underage hooking, but they’re damn sure trying to obscure it in a cloud of complaints about inaccurate funding numbers and biased parents. Offering the latter as mitigations of the former equates the two.

      Incidentally, that WaPo article supports your “call the police” claim, right at the end. I suspect we’ll see more about that if and when ACORN goes to court against O’Keefe, Giles, and whoever else they’re suing, but if there was really that much there there I’d have expected Ms. Lewis to latch onto it and hammer the “trapping the pimp” theme. If ACORN’s reaction had been consistently like yours, I’d have no problem giving them the benefit of the doubt.

      My issue with the ACORN coverage isn’t that I want to score points against a pro-Democratic organization and the “left-wing media” is getting in the way: it’s that the big issue (child prostitution, tax evasion, and to what extent ACORN abetted it) is consistently pushed to the back in favour of politicking.

  2. 3 nojojojo
    September 28, 2009 at 21:06

    Agreement on everything here, but more importantly — I have fallen in love the term “fucko bazoo” and am informing you now that I’m stealing it. Well, OK, I’m going to attribute you as the source. But still, stealing.

  3. 5 williamthecoroner
    September 29, 2009 at 09:28

    I’m also stealing haterade. Thanks.

    William the Coroner.

  4. 6 ninjanurse
    September 29, 2009 at 18:27

    One of the good things about sexual frankness is that it is possible for the press to be more clear about the nature of the crime. In the 70’s you couldn’t use the word ‘rape’.
    Still, this is another burden on the victim, a woman who understandably just wants to be left alone. I hope the press will respect her privacy and focus on the man who created all this trouble by his own actions, and dragged the whole thing out for thirty years with his cowardly refusal to face a judge and settle it.

  5. 7 Agente Change
    March 29, 2011 at 23:03

    “Fucko Bazoo” into google brought your article up as the 1st hit, although it is interesting how wide and far it has gotten around!

    I first read the term on http://www.dailyrotten.com on 09/11/01 and have been using it ever since. I just used in in a twitter… now I’ll have to make a # and follow it.

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