Posted on | May 25, 2013 | 70 Comments
Generally speaking, people who care about facts are not liberals, so I was amazed when Donald Douglas pointed this out to me.
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) May 25, 2013
McCarter’s original story on Monday, May 20, began with a touching lament about Kaitlyn Hunt’s “young life” being “turned upside down and her future jeopardized simply because . . . she fell in love with a younger girl who has vindictive bigots for parents.”
Right: “She fell in love,” and fingered a 14-year-old in a toilet stall at school. Isn’t it so delightfully romantic?
If you’ve followed the story at all — and my Thursday article at The American Spectator has been widely cited — you know that this “vindictive bigots” angle is crucial to the narrative that the #FreeKate mob has been pushing. And if you saw Jana Eschbach’s WPEC-TV interview with Jim and Laurie Smith, parents of the 14-year-old girl, you know what an evil and dishonest smear that is.
Where did this smear come from? Directly from Kaitlyn’s mother, Kelley Hunt-Smith, who wrote May 17 on Facebook:
“[The younger girl’s parents] are bigoted, religious zeolites [sic] that see being gay as a sin and wrong, and they blame my daughter. . . .
“They are trying to send an innocent young girl to prison because they are full of hate and bigotry. These girls are teenagers in high school, who had ONE mutual consenting sexual experience.”
Lies, lies, lies.
Is it possible, I will dare to ask, that Kelley Hunt-Smith’s dishonesty is somehow related to her daughter’s problems? There seems to be some kind of dysfunctional family situation here. If Kaitlyn’s mom is a pathological liar, isn’t mental illness often hereditary?
The “Free Kate” Facebook community also seems to have been the source for other falsehoods, especially the lie that the sexual activities between Kaitlyn and the younger girl occurred when they were 17 and 15, rather than 18 and 14. Joan McCarter bought that false narrative hook, line and sinker:
[A]ccording to Hunt’s parents, Hunt was 17 when the relationship began, but the other girl’s parents waited until after she turned 18 to go to police.
Anyone can read the arrest affidavit in the case and see that Kaitlyn’s date of birth is Aug. 14, 1994, meaning she turned 18 before she began her senior year at high school year and before she met the younger girl, who was a 14-year-old freshman throughout the period when the two were sexually involved together. Kaitlyn was arrested Feb. 16, and the freshman girl didn’t turn 15 until April.
Joan McCarter of Daily Kos — who had originally posted a petition supporting Kaitlyn Hunt — removed that petition and corrected the story as soon as she learned the truth:
Thu May 23, 2013 at 10:29 AM PT: The public scrutiny of this case has brought to light problems with the initial reporting, and with the original story coming from the Hunt family. Previously, Hunt’s parents said that the younger girl was 15, and Hunt 17 when the relationship began. The release of the arrest warrant made clear, as subsequent news stories report, that the younger girl was 14 and Hunt was indeed 18 when the relationship began.
These corrections, and the initial dishonesty of Hunt’s parents, make this story much more problematic, and our original petition moot.
Wow! If only we could explain to McCarter that Keynesian economics doesn’t work and ObamaCare will bankrupt the county . . .
OK, maybe that would be too much worldview trauma, too soon. But you might be surprised how often a situation like this, where a liberal discovers she’s been misled by her fellow liberals, leads to the kind of second thoughts that slowly unravel a belief system. Remember, I was a lifelong Democrat and voted for Bill Clinton in ’92, only to learn too late what a shameless liar he was (and still is).
Anyway, now that the facts about Kaitlyn’s Jailbait Dildo Deviance are beginning to break through the wall of #FreeKate lies — and Kaitlyn has, probably unwisely, rejected the prosecution’s plea bargain offer — Momma Weirdo is having conniptions:
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) May 25, 2013
Liars hate the truth. Therefore tell the truth boldly, because there are few honors more rewarding than to be hated by liars.
UPDATE: Ann Althouse blogged about the story and some of the most interesting bits are her remarks in the comments:
Based on the video [i.e., the WPEC-TV interview with Jim and Laurie Smith, parents of the younger girl], it seems that kids at school are putting a lot of pressure on their daughter to reject her parents.
Now, the parents did report her girlfriend in to the police. They did this, they say, as a last resort after their daughter had already run away (without telling them). That was not a good strategy for getting their daughter back, as it’s alienated her further, so that she may feel that her entire social life depends on rejecting her parents.
So, do you think that was very savvy of the parents?
I don’t think so, but the question is what can they do once the other girl has shifted the rhetoric?
The younger girl’s parents made one drastic decision: to report behavior that is, under the law, a felony.
The accused girl got control of the narrative, with much support, making it about homophobia.
There’s really no way back for the younger girl’s parents. They can present their point of view and make it somewhat better, but they must regret going to the police.
What happened, Professor Althouse, was that Kaitlyn Hunt’s parents lied. And why should lying — “shift[ing] the rhetoric” to gain “control of the narrative,” as you say — be rewarded? It seems important to me that liars should never prevail in a situation like this, or else the rule of law will be subverted by dishonesty.
Then again, that seemed important to me when Bill Clinton lied about having sex with Monica Lewinsky, too.
As to the decision of the younger girl’s parents to report Kaitlyn Hunt to the police, both the arrest affidavit and the WPEC-TV interview suggest that this was the only remedy they had left, if their purpose was to protect their daughter against Hunt’s selfish predation.
From studying this story, a picture of Kaitlyn Hunt emerges that is far from flattering: She is reckless and arrogant, and feels entitled to do whatever she wants, without any criticism, any opposition or any consequences — the Veruca Salt Syndrome, as it were. Had she been willing to take “no” for an answer, had she been amenable to reason, had she thought twice of the potential consequences of continuing to pursue this 14-year-old even after repeated warnings from the parents, it never would have come to this.
Kaitlyn Hunt at all times had agency over her fate, and by her selfish impetuosity she has done dreadful damage to everyone involved here. To criticize the “drastic” action of the younger girl’s parents, or to suggest they “must regret” having gone to the police is to overlook their duty as citizens: Kaitlyn Hunt is a menace to the safety of the community. How many others has she victimized, exploited or corrupted? All this yammering about what a popular and successful student she was — is it true? Is it relevant?
She seems to be a dishonest, selfish, impudent whelp, and however “popular” she may have been, her attempt to evade responsibility by playing the victim — and enlisting a mob to pressure the prosecutor on her behalf — looks an awful lot like pathological narcissism.
The more I examine the arguments made in support of Kaitlyn Hunt, the more I’m of the opinion that she should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, if only to provide an example to any other young fool who might be tempted to emulate her.
Think of it this way: #FreeKate = “Occupy 14-Year-Old Vagina!”
Damn her, and damn her lying supporters, too.