MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski has some pretty weird takes on the #MeToo movement.
There was the time she suggested maybe we shouldn't believe LeeAnn Tweeden's story that Al Franken groped her in her sleep (despite photographic evidence) or, just the other day, when she again lamented that all women were to be believed. I'm a huge fan of due process, and we should never assume guilt. Brzezinski is painting the majority of these cases as single-accuser situations which underwent little to no investigation before the men in question were fired, however, which just isn't so:
But right now any woman can say anything and a man’s career is ruined. Now, a lot of women can say things that are true, and [the men’s] careers should be ruined. But the problem is that any woman can say anything, and that’s it, it’s over. Is that how we’re running businesses now?
Sorry, no. Multiple women have come forward to accuse most of these men, and some kind of internal investigation was done before firing. In any case, where this wasn't done, anyone should certainly call "foul." Now, she's attacking victims again by getting huffy that they have no interest in coming on her show to see the man who sexually assaulted them so he can apologize. What?
Mark Halperin was a frequent guest of Morning Joe, which Brzezinski co-hosts, before being fired from NBC and MSNBC when multiple women came forward to say that he groped, propositioned, or rubbed his erection on them. Guess what? These women don't particularly want to see him. Brzezinski is totally offended by that. On Morning Joe she called these women hypocrites, saying:
"We also have some men who are willing to face the music, who are willing to face the facts, who are willing to admit to their actions 10, 20 years ago, even five years ago. Mark Halperin is more than willing to meet with his accusers and apologize [to] them face-to-face. I've actually tried to offer him to them. They don't want to talk to him. They don't want to talk to him.
"There are some hypocrisies here. When things happen and men actually want to validate that truth, that's important that we actually allow that if we want to grow as a society and learn from each other. If we just want to strike people down for political motivation or for anger, we're not going to get anywhere, and I know I just said something incredibly—what's the word—explosive."
As Brzezinski said, these are things that go back several years. He could have chosen to apologize at any time in the interim but, now that he's lost his job, he has a sudden case of the sorries?
These women don't owe you anything, Ms. Brzezinski, and they certainly don't owe anything to Halperin. Clutch your pearls elsewhere.