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1. Patricia Pomerleau CEOExpressSelect Member
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     (11/14/2017 12:03:14 PM)
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The most recent round of accusations, denials, and innuendo of 'inappropriate sexual conduct' started in Hollywood and has spread to Washington. While the accusations may have validity and the denials merit, is it right for the accused to be judged by the public in the shallow courtroom of the press?

Gossip and rumors have been with us for centuries. It's only in the last few hundred years that we developed legal systems to deal with such. Trouble is, legal systems move deliberately, and news organizations ... don't. Add in the finite timeline of an election cycle, and suddenly, political operatives have a new weapon, and politicians have another challenge.

There are all kinds of creatures in the Swamp that is Washington (and, we suppose, Hollywood). In both accusers and accused, we assume they span the gamut of truth and lies, innocence and guilt, and include a gray area in the middle. With a voracious press, the court of public opinion, and immutable campaign timelines, how do we sort out the truth — from a tainted Hollywood director or star to a politician running for or already in office?

There is a lot to consider:

  • Assuming you're mildly interested, have you stopped to study accusers, accusations, and accused, or are you satisfied with press clippings and sound bites?

  • From Presidents Bill Clinton to George H. W. Bush and the women who accused them, whom do we believe?

  • Hollywood directors and stars love publicity ... but this kind?

  • What about political campaigns with timelines? Should someone drop out just because of an accusation?

  • What responsibility does the press have when accusers step forward and the accused step back?

  • Why do some people fail to understand that attention or affection may be unwanted?

  • If an accuser fails to prove a charge, what should happen?

  • Why should a comment in the press carry the weight of a charge in the judicial system?

  • Salem witch trials, anyone?

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