#MeToo: Time for due/sue process?

I’m not one to support Donald Trump, but he does have a valid point when he asks about “due process” in the following statement he made on Twitter:

It’s a principle every journalist must live by: presumed innocence until proven guilty, though I’m not sure how well the media are measuring up to that golden rule these days.

Of course, the media can argue they are only reporting allegations being made publicly by various celebrities and others in contact with public figures. But it is the media that is making these allegations public: without media reports, the public wouldn’t know.

I’m wondering if the media are being used in some #MeToo cases to smear innocent men being falsely accused for whatever reasons?

Sure, the media don’t actually convict anybody in reports. But merely reporting a #MeToo allegation these days is enough to destroy a man’s life.

The problem with so many of the allegations is that no official complaints were made with police or other authorities, and many of the alleged incidents happened decades ago, as Trump points out. Sure, the allegations often seem pretty convincing and damning. But they are still unproven in a court of law, as most media outlets point out, albeit at the end of their articles — and who reads to the end of newspaper articles these days?

And despite denials by those accused in allegations and no charges being laid against them, they are still being forced out of their jobs by employers more concerned about their companies’ images than due process.

Still, those being publicly accused do have recourse. They can sue. Indeed, if they are truly innocent, you would think that they would have to sue those who have made allegations, employers who dismissed them, as well as any media outlets that may have convicted them. Oh, yes, there’s Twitter as well. It is responsible for monitoring its content. It shouldn’t be allowing people to be smeared and publicly convicted without due process, right? It’s called libel and defamation of character.

The fact that few — if any — of those being named in #MeToo allegations are fighting back through lawsuits may speak for itself. But I suspect that as the number of allegations increases, we will see more men who proclaim innocence taking to the courts to restore their names and recoup financial losses. They may not truly be innocent. They might be guilty as sin, but it will be up to those who made the allegations to prove them. That’s how the justice system works.

Trump’s tweet may be a turning point for the #MeToo movement. It may not be enough to simply make an allegation on Twitter and sit back and watch a man’s life be destroyed.

Prepare for a #MeToo legal backlash against those making allegations as well as those spreading them.

— Jillian

11 thoughts on “#MeToo: Time for due/sue process?

  1. Trump?!!? Due Process?!? What do you think Meuller is doing my dear? Due process for one is “kangeroo courts” for another. Especially if you are the “head” ‘roo. Gimme a break %O. What is more the issue is “mob” mentality. But The Thing knows this all too well, yes?!? “Your fired” %P

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  2. Trump? Due Process??? LOL!!!!
    What about Birtherism?
    What about the Central Park Five?
    What about the lies he tells about Nancy Pelosi, Senator Elizabeth Warren and others he disagrees with?
    What about “If I were in charge, she [Hillary] would be in jail”?
    (The list of his enemies is quite long).

    Hair Furher will get his “due process” he wants for people he likes, but not as soon as I would like. But it will happen.

    What do the people in that list have in common? (Besides absolutely no evidence to the contrary of their innocence). They are all either not-white or they are women.

    What do all the people he is defending from substantiated accusations have in common? They are all white men.

    With the exception of Mueller and Rosenstein, can you think of a single white man that the The Orange Mephistopheles has ever falsely accused of wrongdoing?

    Personally, I would think the world would be a lot better place if it were run by women.

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  3. I did not read any further than up to the quote…
    Yes, the quoted person is such a good person to be an authority on the subject…
    Sorry.

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  4. Good article, but it’s not “reporting the news,” it’s very selective propaganda. When I was falsely accused I offered to tell my side of the story to the MSM, but they didn’t even reply.

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  5. In a police state, the prosecutor IS the law. Besides, accusations of kiddie porn, everybody knows, are automatically true. In some countries the judge is not required to even look at the evidence. He can simply take the prosecutor’s word for it, since the prosecutor wouldn’t lie about a thing like that, would she? How dare anybody suggest that a saintly lady would tell numerous, blatant lies to distort the “evidence” she supposedly found in an illegal fishing expedition? A prosecutor would never be motivated by envy and spite, secretly attempting to censor a writer’s embarrassing discussions of female sexual dysfunction. In such cases “due process” is out of the question.

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  6. Now there is a new law to investigate financial corruption by prosecuters, but a civil suit for damages is only possible when and if the accused is acquitted, hence the system has a selfish incentive not to acquit anybody.

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    1. In the piece I wrote, I was talking about people being accused in the media and such without having any criminal charges brought against them. I wasn’t talking about people who have been convicted in a court of law. For the latter people, there are appeals processes.

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  7. Ok, but the point is that in reality people are convicted in the mass media, without due process and without the benefit of an adversarial trial. I haven’t been convicted in any court, but even if I’m never convicted by any court I’ve suffered punishment anyway thanks to the one-sided presentation of the accusations in the mass media.

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