Skip to comments.Politico's Martin Still Can't Explain Exactly What Herman Cain Did
Posted on 11/06/2011 2:07:12 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
(VIDEO AT LINK)
In an interview with Howard Kurtz on CNN, Politico's Jonathan Martin still can't explain what exactly it is that Herman Cain reportedly did to the women who received payouts from the National Restaurant Association. Mr. Martin's main argument is because the story hasn't been fully challenged, it must be true. Here's a partial transcript of the back-and-forth between Martin and Kurtz.
Howard Kurtz, CNN: "Jonathan Martin, let's talk about the first story last Sunday, you and three colleagues reported this and what it didn't contain in the way of details. Here's the language from the story. Sexually suggestive behavior that made the women angry and uncomfortable, descriptions of physical gestures, not always overtly sexual, innuendo, and in one case, an unwanted sexual advance at a hotel."
"Why publish the story then when you couldn't answer the essential question: What precisely is Herman Cain alleged to have done to these women?"
Jonathan Martin, Politico: "Howie, I think any journalist would find the, uh -- a report of two women got a five figure, each, cash payout after alleged sexual harassment against a CEO of a trade group that is now a major contender for president, newsworthy. And that's the story we had, and that's what we published."
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“Alleged sexual harassment” is not sexual harassment.
Have we reached 11,000+ headlines on Google News yet?
Still no story to go along with the propaganda campaign by the Dem Media?
I think he should have to explain to his employer(s) why he thought running with this story was worth destroying what scant bit credibility Politico may have had.
Seems if it’s “good enough” to have an attorney for one of those “ladies” opine that whatever the act that wasn’t specified was, he believed it to be sexual harassment — well it ought to be good enough to ring up some defense attorneys in this field and have them vouch that this is a normal way to make garbage sexual harassment lawsuits go away.
There are still people on FR defending this story (saying Cain still has to answer for something). How do you answer when you are not even sure what specifically you are accused of? It makes me SICK.
And The Most Irresponsible Journalist Award Goes to The Politicos Jonathan Martin!
So tell me, how do you write a news story about an organization paying for a speaker when you dont even know if the organization is paying for the speaker?
Ask journalist Jonathan Martin. He knows all about it.
You see, Jonny wrote a piss poor story the other day about how the Iowa Family Policy Center will be paying a large speaker fee if Sarah Palin comes to Iowa to keynote the IFPCs fall funderaiser.
The only problem is that Jonny has no sources confirming that any exorbitant fee is being charged or paid.
Jonny also got some inside info from David Kochel, who was a top aide to former (and future) presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.
Hey Dave, didnt I just read a story about how Mitt Romney tried to buy off the Iowa Christian Alliance?
I heard you helped facilitate that little scheme. And somehow you are shocked at the thought of a well-known political figure (who very likely isnt running for president) getting paid a speakers fee for (gasp) a public speaking appearance? ..
and then weve got Tim Albrecht quoted. He was the Iowa spokesman for Romneys 2008 caucus campaign.
And it always seemed like, whenever the Romney people had rumors they wanted to start about other candidates,
Jonny was their go-to guy to get those rumors in writing in front of a national audience.
"Who's the Palin Leaker from the McCain Campaign?
National Review Online The publication of a Vanity Fair profile of Sarah Palin
appears to have opened old wounds in the McCain campaign.
... the source of the Diva leak was Nicolle Wallaces husband."
That reporter Jonathan Martin is so nervous and defensive, you’d think he was the one accused of sexual harassment.
Yes, this Politico regular looked sour and quite uncomfortable this morning given that he and his whole gang are found not to be heroes after all, but caught instead with their britches around there ankles trying to defend a nasty case of smearing opposition research with no real there, there. Even that Kathleen Parker person redeemed herself slightly, by giving Martin flak. Rather enjoyable outcome all around wouldn’t you say? For once, no free pass on a cheap shot. Gotta be a FIRST.
I don’t see it so much here, but what gets me on other blogs is the people lamenting (or pretending to lament) that this scandal-ette (and there are plenty of women who vouch that Herman Cain behaved himself like no less than a gentlemen in their private presence) is going to turn the USSC over to progressives and oh woe the country is lost.
No There There bump...
Those are Perrywinkles and Romneybots, mostly.
Tell Jonathan to put some ice on it.
Jesse Jackson is being sued for sexual harrassment by a man in Chicago, from what I am told.
Media has not reported it.
Are there still people on FR defending Politico/the sexual harassment non-story? I saw a few at first, but they got beat down pretty bad [or good, depending on your POV]. I thought the rest of the smear merchants crawled under a rock and stayed there. Am I mistaken?
I haven’t seen one person bring up the racism from the left.
Cain is smarter than Obama. He’s more dynamic. He has a record of success as a businessman. People are getting tired of egghead academics trying to rule the world.
What are they going to do to get rid of Cain?
With Obama’s opponent in Illinois - they had divorce records unsealed.
With Palin - they tried to plant an affair/upcoming divorce scandal.
They are trying to paint Cain as the black sexual predator = much in the way the KKK used to do to instill fear in people.
I haven't heard any details of anything he said or did to anyone not bound by such an agreement, either.
People lie and twist things. People also get offended by a great many things which seem strange or downright silly to others. I knew a couple of females from the upper midwest (well, I'd call them "Yankees") who were offended by a waiter in a restaurant here in Texas because he asked "What will you girls have to drink this evening?"
They failed to understand that's Texan for "Can I bring you two old bags something from the bar?"
Bless their hearts. (That's Southern for "They can't help being stupid, they're not only Yankees but they're liberal as well.")
One of the problems I have with this is something I read here yesterday. These “complaints” were filed and the money was paid out AFTER Cain had already left the NRA. Something doesn’t smell right to me.
Yes someone just posted to me on another thread: “And the sexual harassment stuff is still far from settled.”
Cain is being Klined. Recall how Phil Kline, former Kansas attorney general, went after Planned Parenthood, having uncovered evidence of PPs aiding and abetting statutory rape of girls in Kansas. PP destroyed him, with the full cooperation of the Kansas media outlets.
Cain has discussed on national television Planned Parenthoods racist roots, including its eugenics based plan to reduce the size of the Black community correctly referring to PP as Planned Genocide. PP, again with the cooperation of the far-left, anti-life mainstream media, will be relentless at working to destroy Cain for that.
It is up to the American people whether they are allowed to succeed at that. Fortunately, more and more Americans stop taking MSM propaganda seriously all the time. Although Cain is absolutely right when he says, “Stupid people are ruining America,” I think there may be hope that the clueless will one day be a minority (consisting in large part, no doubt, of MSM journalists and their families and friends.)
That is just unbelievable, on a conservative website. The supporters of Cain’s rivals will go to any extreme to besmirch Cain. It must frustrate and infuriate them that it’s not working.
HERMAN SAYS to Jonny “Facts? I don’t need no stinkin’ facts!” Martin and Politico:
Excuse me..EXCUSE ME!!!
Whatzisname, Joel Bennett .. makes you wonder if he wasn’t the original source of the leak, based on his sketchy recollection of events 12 years ago, His memory was ‘refreshed’ when he got the NRA to give him a copy of the agreement.
The media found Bennett pretty damned fast, and seem to know who his client is, too, even tho unlike the accused, her identity is being protected. There’s a very good reason our laws require the accuser to face the accused in court. But, oh, no, not in ‘journalism.’
Bennett’s first public comments were about Cain’s possibly breaching a confidentiality agreement that he wasn’t even party to (a fact Bennett seemed to have forgotten), yet I wonder if it isn’t Bennett who violated some lawyer’s ethics rules. (yes, there really is a code of ‘ethics’ for lawyers)
I have a gesture I could give Mr. Martin. In fact, since I have two hands, I could give it to him twice.
Attorney Accusing Cain Has History of Litigating Trivial Employment Cases
I speculate as well that Bennett was the original leak of this story. THE FIRST POLITICO ARTICLE SAYS POLITICO WAS SHOWN DOCUMENTS.
For me, that points to Bennett.
However, since the details of the allegations don’t say much and Bennett knows that, Bennett was looking for one or both of these outcomes:
1. If the NRA doesn’t lift the confidentiality agreement, then the story continues where everyone can accuse the NRA of protecting Cain of doing something really bad.
2. If or when NRA lifts the confidentiality agreement, pack it in and go home because it’s better then to leave it to everyone’s imagination as to what the allegations were.
This little snot martin has made an ass of himself in front of the entire world, but his fellow lefties are still pimping his whole non-story as though there were a “there” there.
Oh, the NRA DID release Bennett’s client from the confidentiality of her agreement with them. That was part of their Friday release. Bennett clammed up!
You are so right!!! Jonathan Martin is either a nervous nellie or he has a real problem, needing professional medical care. I have watched two live interviews with him this past week and noted the following. He blinks his eyes non-stop, faster then a NYC minute. His eyes bulge out of their sockets like you see in a disturbed person. He cannot string his spoken sentances to understandable meaning, indicating he is extremely nervous. And....he regularly contorts his facial features, like a person in severe stress!!!! One wonders what’s cooking inside???
What Good Can a Handgun Do Against An Army?
He also does not make eye contact.
Wonder why Politico didn’t investigate this??
Is there any truth to the rumor about Barack Obama and Vera Baker having an affair?
I think its significant that NONE of the major news outlets (The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN, Fox News, ABC, NBC, etc) have chosen to even dignify this rumor by reporting on it.
I happened to catch the show this morning. I thought that the Politico guy was trying to back off..also, Kathleen Parker did a good job defending Cain, and knocking Politico. Kurtz did a decent job..I was surprised..
If Obama faced similar allegations, the liberal media would label the accusers opportunists and demand to know their identities. Fact is, the liberal media has no credibility, as they practice selective outrage and exist largely to protect Obama.
By the way, just who is attorney Joel Bennett??? Google search shows him kissing up to Clinton/Obama, hatchet man, John Podesta!!! Anybody got the real skinny on this character???
Who is footing the bill for Bennett’s services? The cient of years ago ? I don’t think so.
Apparently his puppet masters didn’t tell him that part of it. Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.
oh, my goodness! Bennett’s pay is the publicity! To him, worth its weight in gold. And he sure wrung it for all it was worth, didn’t he?
Bennett’s association with Podesta seems a little odd if, as is so often written about, the Clinton group has little use for Obama and they’d rather see Hillary! give it another run. Why would their hatchet man try to help Obama? But then, again, it may have been seen as a good thing for the Dems, overall? Had it worked, of course, it would have been a good thing for them, but not necessarily helpful to Hillary! Politics just makes the strangest bedfellows!
All I “know” about Bennett is that he’s an employment specialist. At one time he represented the union of the DC police. He may still. And he’s apparently a self-appointed expert on discerning sexual harassment in the work place. Another poster pointed out that he was president of the DC Bar (actually, the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, a different entity from the DC Bar). He has been a candidate in the past for positions in the DC Bar (don’t know if he was elected or not). That points to a certain political ambition, if not electoral political ambition.
Maybe that is because Me. Cain did nothing untoward to anyone. It was a failed media lynch job!
I think Cain should sue their asses off (or at least threaten to.)
Podesta has long ago moved on from the Clinton camp. He heads his own far left wing think tank group!!! They are left of the communist party. Podesta, IMHO, is tight with Obama and usually allies in lock-step with MoveOn.org. Attorney Joel Bennett is hooked in some way to Podesda, I just cannot find out the facts!!! But.....you can bet your bottom dollar that attorney, Joel Bennett is as left-wing as any human being can become!!! Will keep hunting!!!