Strauss-Kahn’s Lynch Mob – Engelhard Saw This Coming

“Jack Engelhard was right and the rest of the world was wrong.”

I’m the only guy who came to this guy’s defense immediately after rape and assault charges were brought against him — while EVERYBODY else rejoiced with mockery and derision against this man. Now — as reported in the NY TIMES, CNN and all over the world — the case is falling apart because the ALLEGED victim has serious credibility issues. So says the prosecution itself. She’s reported to have lied about a previous alleged rape.

Strauss-Kahn, it appears, was himself the victim — the victim of a frame-up, for money, of course.

My gut, my news instinct saw this coming. The man may not be TOTALLY innocent (who is?) but let’s be careful before we judge any person!

I wrote the following immediately after the case became public and people all over the media were calling for his scalp.

Alert: further in this piece I write that “something smells about this case.” Of all people, Russian leader Vlad Putin agrees. As reported in today’s New York Post: “Putin told the official Kremlin web site — ‘I cannot believe that it looks the way it was initially introduced. It doesn’t sit well in my head.'” This puts me in good company — or is it bad?”

By Jack Engelhard

“As long as there are women there’s going to be trouble.” I once wrote that but should have phrased it to read “as long as there are OTHER women” etc…

We now have two cases that deal with sex – that is, the OTHER woman – but it’s not really about sex. Sex is nothing. Temptation is everything.

You’ll find that in the novel “Indecent Proposal.” But never mind. Arnold’s case is pure and simple (good cliché), but the case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn is troubling. At least I’m troubled. I’ve been troubled about this from the start. We know that throughout history even the most powerful of men have been felled by temptation.

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Sotomayor, Fox News and GOP Malaise

By Jack Engelhard

 

Those of us who tuned in for a slugfest were disappointed and went back to cutting the lawn. This was no Ali versus Frazier. There were no thrills. Even Fox News abruptly turned off, literally, and returned to regular programming so that Shepard Smith could get himself excited about the Murder of the Day. Only one person gave it some spice, on Fox, and it wasn’t a senator; it was anchorwoman Megyn Kelly. I’m nuts about this lady.

 

Yes, I know the howls at the mention of Fox News, but come on, Roger Ailes knows how to pick the right people (except for Geraldo) and how to keep stories moving.

 

Obviously, ratings were taking a dive. CNN took the hint from Fox and began easing off those hearings as well. News – especially on television – needs a plot, needs a narrative, needs good guys and bad guys, needs to entertain, needs drama and this simply wasn’t good television, never mind good theater.

 

There’s nothing to say about Democrat questioning since those guys are already sold on Sonia Sotomayor. (Amazingly, Al Franken was best of the rest.)

 

But just for the fun of it, we wanted some action from the Republicans.

 

When a hockey game gets dull, there is always someone from the stands who yells – “Hit somebody!”

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