Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Media Matters Calls DSK accuser a "victim"

Media Matters, the self-proclaimed "progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media," attacked Geraldo Rivera for suggesting that the "new immigration racquet" is for immigrant women to claim they've been raped in order to stay in this country. 

In fact, Mr. Rivera did not say that this occurs in "all instances," as Media Matters asserts, but Media Matters is correct that Mr. Rivera did not provide evidentiary support for his assertion.

Then Media Matters writes this: "Sadly, attacks by the media on women who have reported being sexually assaulted are not new. But Rivera did more than merely attack the victim here; he used this opportunity to dismiss all instances in which immigrant women are the victims of rape as "a scam," further claiming that these are plots by greedy women to steal from 'hapless' American men. And he pushed these offensive claims based on nothing but one story. Rape is a serious and horrific crime made even worse by denying it or condemning the victim."

Given the context, it is clear that Media Matters referred to DSK's accuser as "the victim."

Not all women who report being sexually assaulted are necessarily "victims," and that includes DSK's accuser.