The media has a tendency to pile on when a story has legs. One such story is Senator Al Franken’s sexual misconduct. The first two stories about him were appropriate. The most recent one about leaked photos from a shoot featuring him and Arianna Huffington don’t belong in the conversation.
The images, seen above, depict the former comedian groping the liberal media mogul. These are clearly inappropriate behaviors in most circumstances which is why they’re coming to light, but even Huffington acknowledges they were part of the shoot”
“The notion that there was anything inappropriate in this photo shoot is truly absurd,” she said in a statement to The Post.
“Al and I did a comedic sketch for Bill Maher’s ‘Politically Incorrect’ called ‘Strange Bedfellows,’ in which the whole point, as the name makes clear, was that we were doing political commentary from bed. This shoot was looking back at the sketch, and we were obviously hamming it up for comedic effect.
“I’ve been great friends with Al and his wife Franni for over 20 years and there has never been anything remotely inappropriate in our interactions.”
There is real sexual misconduct coming to light in rapid-fire lately. It’s natural for journalists to want to break news and get the clicks from interested readers, but we have to be more discerning in the media. This is a non-story. When it’s put out there as something that it’s not, it takes away from the real stories and reduces the perceived severity of true infractions.
Franken needs to address the real issues here. He needs to step down. Getting quotes from a feminist like Huffington that downplay his actions reflects negatively on actions he committed against other women.