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DSK and women’s advocates

So, sex crime charges against DSK have been dropped because there was no physical evidence of force, and the supposed victim, an immigrant woman named Nafissatou Diallo, was found to have lied about a lot of relevant things:

The prosecutors voiced concern that the case appeared to rest exclusively on the housekeeper Nafissatou Diallo, predicting her “falsehoods” [lies] would be “devastating” if revealed during a trial. They claim she “has not been truthful in matters great and small,”[she doesn’t just lie a little, she lies a lot] including lying about a “gang rape, as well as other details about her life in (her native) Guinea.”<

But mere facts don’t matter to some women’s advocates:

Strauss-Kahn arrived at the court in a six-car motorcade and was greeted by protesters wielding signs carrying such messages as ‘DSK treats women like property’ and ‘Put the rapist on trial – not the victim.’

Respectable shows like the Diane Rehm program featured women guests, not callers, saying basically the same thing, in more polite fashion.

Even Brian Williams, the lightweight news reader who replaced Tom Brokaw as the NBC News anchor, couldn’t be bothered with checking facts. Last night he said DSK had been charged with rape.

A judge “dismissed the rape charges against DSK, Dominique Strauss-Kahn.” –Brian Williams NBC Nightly News, Aug. 23.

But he wasn’t. He was “formally” charged with sexual assault, attempted rape, and ‘sequestration.’

Read here the damning evidence against Diallo.

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