Monday, November 7, 2011

A Modern-Day Lynching

Herman Cain was lynched today. Not in the old sense of the word, no, he's very much alive. But his campaign is done. The kind of accusations that weren't enough to bring down Ted Kennedy or Bill Clinton have the media all in a tizzy. There's no way Cain survives this. The accuser's story is too perfectly unfalsifiable. The media won't wait to corroborate or confirm her accusations, they will jump on this and demand Cain prove himself innocent. This is, of course, the exact opposite of how our justice system is designed to work. Recall  the public lynchings of the past century were perpetrated by the mob with no trial or process, these, too, were the exact opposite of how our justice system is supposed to work.  Unfortunately for Herman Cain, presidential candidates are tried in the court of the media and the court of public opinion. As we saw with the Casey Anthony trial, these courts are all too willing to convict based on feelings and not evidence. In court, Cain's accuser would have to prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, his guilt. In the Court of the Media, Cain must prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, his innocence. This, of course, is impossible. And the media knows it, and is counting on it. Witness the fall of a potentially great candidate. Witness the media making up for their failings in the Clinton and Kennedy cases. 

In other news, compare the cases of Joe Paterno and Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City- St. Joseph. Bp. Finn's actions are very similar to those of JoePa, and yet Bishop Finn has been charged with a crime and Joe Paterno is having no charges brought against him. Witness, folks, the death of a once-great system of justice at the hands of politics and public opinion.

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