More Details on the Case Against StraussKahn and Jon Stewart Notices That the French Are Funny (Update: DNA Confirmed)
[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here. Or by Twitter @AaronWorthing.]
Update: And now we have DNA verification–which only tends to prove sex, and not lack-of-consent. But fwiw…
Of course I have been following the story of Dominique Strauss-Kahn (who is a man) — and the accusations of rape against him — with one eye open, in case something more interesting comes out. There have been some people who are legitimate doubters. And then there has been Ben Stein (more on him in a moment). And given that most likely none of the readers here were there in that hotel room, the only prudent thing to do is to doubt, but on the other hand, you shouldn’t be an idiot about it. And one concern among the doubters was that it might merely be a case of he-said, she-said. But if this report in the Daily Beast is correct, that might not be such a significant issue. You should read the whole thing, but here is a taste:
The luxury-hotel maid who alleges she was sexually assaulted by Dominique Strauss-Kahn was found by a supervisor in a hallway where she hid after escaping from the former International Monetary Fund director’s room. Hotel workers described her as traumatized, having difficulty speaking, and immediately concerned about pressing charges and losing her job, according to sources familiar with the investigation.
In other words when they found her, she was completely freaked out (vomiting, as the piece later reveals). That doesn’t prove Strauss-Kahn guilty, but if true, it makes it into a little more than just he said, she said.
Meanwhile Jon Stewart does a great job mocking some of the defenders of Strauss-Kahn. Ben Stein is there, as is Bernard-Henri Lévy. I left Lévy alone because this was a friend he was talking about, and I am more forgiving of stupidity in defending a friend. Still, Iowahawk did a brilliant satire of Lévy’s piece and Jon (Jean?) Stewart goes in for the kill, here:
Hey, what do you know? It’s fashionable to mock the French again. Freedom fries, anyone?
Update: Patrick informed me via twitter that I was mispelling Strauss-Kahn’s name. All I can say is, “Kaaaaaaaahn!” Fixed now.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]
UPDATE BY PATTERICO: I always thought freedom fries were stupid — but it’s always fashionable to mock Bernard-Henri Lévy. I haven’t forgotten that he also defended Roman Polanski. If you’re a sexual degenerate, you have a reliable friend in Bernard-Henri Lévy — as long as you’re French!