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You Know How the Left Has This Bad Habit of Oversimplifying Stories?

Posted on | November 10, 2010 | 1 Comment

Yeah, they claim to be all nuanced and everything, but progressives love nothing so much as to boil down complex situations into tidy “just so” morality plays. And, as pointed out here earlier this week, that’s what the Left did with a 5th Circuit of Appeals ruling in a First Amendment case, which got twisted into a “Republicans are pro-rape” narrative.

Common sense suggested there had to be a lot more to the story of the Texas high school cheerleader rape case than what the San Francisco Chronicle and liberal bloggers were telling us, but I didn’t spend much time wondering what was being omitted. However, Tom Maguire at Just One Minute got curious:

Excerpting from the victims appeal we see how “To Kill A Mockingbird” has been updated in Texas:

In fact, Plaintiffs alleged, “[District Attorney] Sheffield said that although the evidence against Rountree and Bolton was strong and exceeded the requisite requirement for probable cause, the Grand Jury was racially divided and that the black grand jurors would not vote to return an indictment against Rountree and Bolton because of the race factor.”

Ouch. We must note that this is merely an allegation by the plaintiff, that this incident  occurred at a party where alcohol was being consumed, and “witness credibility and meaningful consent seem to have been at issue,” as Maguire says. (Please read the whole thing.)

It’s “Send the Body to Glenn Beck” all over again, you see? Based on a superficial reading of a complex tale, the Left has decided that a story validates some particular political point they wish to make and . . . uh, it doesn’t.

Prediction: Melissa McEwan and her progressive friends will forget all about this story, now that Maguire’s research has shown the case of Rakheem Bolton and “H.S.” to be something far more nuanced than the simplistic “Republicans are pro-rape” morality play they tried to present to their gullible readers.


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