Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Miscalculated that, huh?

According to the Washington Post, Clarence Thomas' wife called Anita Hill, who had accused Justice Thomas of sexual harrassment at his confirmation hearings in 1991. The Post says Virginia Thomas has rekindled the controversy.

"Good morning Anita Hill, it's Ginni Thomas," said the message left earlier this month, according to a transcript provided by ABC News. "I just want to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometimes and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband."

Hill, a Brandeis professor, told reporters that she held onto the message for nearly a week as she weighed whether it was legitimate. Eventually, she turned it over to campus police with a request that it be sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI's Boston field office declined comment.

So here are the facts. Mrs. Thomas leaves a voicemail. Professor Hill turned the voicemail over to campus police for the FBI then called ABC news. The Post declares that Mrs. Thomas has rekindled the controversy.

A-fricking-mazing.

Just to be clear. Professor Hill has rekindled the controversy. She could have kept the matter private. Her actions tell us a little more about her character. Does she have a book coming out soon? (The article does mention that Lillian McEwen, lawyer who said she dated Clarence Thomas from 1979 through the mid-1980 is working on a memoir. Why is that in the article and what is her relationship to Hill?)

Also notice the smear of Mrs Thomas.
The message Virginia Thomas left for Hill again revealed the emotional toll that the Hill hearings took on Virginia Thomas. In the past, she has made unsolicited phone calls to voice support for people whose reputations have been shaken by what she sees as false accusations.
She's unstable I tell you!

Pardon me, your bias is showing.

UPDATE: Asked to elaborate on that voicemail, [Virginia Thomas] called it “a private matter,” but said: It was probably a mistake on my part.”

2 Comments:

Blogger rctlfy said...

Come on! Your politics are showing:

"Does she have a book coming out soon? (The article does mention that Lillian McEwen, lawyer who said she dated Clarence Thomas from 1979 through the mid-1980 is working on a memoir. Why is that in the article and what is her relationship to Hill?)"

Are you implying Anita Hill rekindled the controversy by prompting Mrs. Thomas to research the number, pick up the phone, dial it, and leave a message that sounds suspiciously prepared in advance?
It is obvious that Mrs. Thomas was experiencing an emotional crisis that led her to do this foolish act. Anita Hill has every right to feel concerned-we live in a crazy world. Further, she has a responsibility to notify the campus police of any perceived threat due to security concerns on campuses. We know that Mrs. Thomas has apologized for her her actions and has suffered obvious embarrassment.
Frankly, I believe Hill was subjected to comments of a sexual nature along with Angela Wright who submitted a written statement for the confirmation hearings. I'm sympathetic to both woman but the attempt to slander Anita Hill then and now is ridiculous.

Oct 26, 2010, 7:19:00 PM  
Blogger FOD said...

Color me skeptical about the whole thing - from the call to the report to the police to the call to the press. Something kicked this off after all these years. And the author just happened to come upon a party, who never testified in person, but is shopping a memoir?

I'm implying that the reporter knows more than is being reported, but the tone of the story is not neutral.

Nov 1, 2010, 7:13:00 PM  

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