Carey Roberts
Climategate, Mediagate, and Abusegate
By Carey Roberts
December 7, 2009

Attention Global Warming Skeptics: There's no need to work ourselves into a dither over Climategate, the risible global caper designed to make us believe the world will soon be turning into a burnt crisp. After all, Climategate is the new kid on the block, compared to all the other Leftist bamboozles.

Take Mediagate, the fact that the lamestream media stonewalled the Climategate story for two full weeks, hoping to get beyond the Copenhagen summit to limit the fall-out. But this past weekend the media moguls finally realized they had to pull back the green velvet curtain — and then used every trick in the book to downplay the scandal.

The Washington Post featured the story on Saturday when no one bothers to read the newspaper. CBS aired the report knowing its news program would be preempted by college football. NBC reassured its global warming true believers "the evidence is overwhelming that man is behind climate change." And ABC mentioned the dust-up without revealing what the incriminatory emails actually said.

How's that for full disclosure?

But the media is still playing footsy with another Leftist fairytale. It's known as Abusegate.

Take the Tiger Woods case. Everyone knows his wife went after him with a nine-iron, which is a form of criminal assault. But how many media accounts put Woods and "victim of domestic violence" within a par-5 golf hole of each other? (And if we're going to say marital infidelity justifies partner assault, let's be sure to tell all the cougars out there to bone up on their self-defense skills.)

The cover-up of female partner aggression dates back to 1977. That's when University of Delaware professor Susanne Steinmetz published an article titled "The Battered Husband Syndrome." Her ground-breaking research revealed women are just as likely to abuse.

But the feminists were not going to allow her research to upset the ideological apple cart. After all, domestic disputes are all about evil men who try to control and dominate their wives with "violence or the subliminal threat of violence." At least that's what rad-fem icon Gloria Steinem once said.

So when they got wind of Steinmetz's apostasy, the libbers began a whispering campaign deriding her work as "anti-feminist." Then the enlightened souls who aspired to stop the cycle of violence called in bomb threats. Steinmetz soon took the hint and called a halt to her research.

Across the pond in England, abuse-shelter founder Erin Pizzey reached essentially the same conclusion as Steinmetz, going so far as to write a tell-all about rolling-pin wielding wives. "Abusive telephone calls to my home, death threats, and bomb scares, became a way of living for me and for my family. Finally, the bomb squad asked me to have all my mail delivered to their head quarters," a shell-shocked Pizzey would later reveal.

So while the global-warming hucksters confined themselves to relatively benign enhancements of temperature data, the feminist-fascists proved Philip Jones and his fellow Climate Research Unit perjurers to be rank amateurs when it came to the art of information control.

But now the feminists' Orwellian methods have been outed for all to see ( ):

  1. Make propaganda-like claims about a fabricated "consensus."

  2. Play definitional word-games with terms like "abuse" and "violence."

  3. Rely on biased crime surveys.

  4. Use a single outrageous incident to reach an absurd conclusion. (Example: If we really want to stop the violence, we need to pass a law that requires potential golf-club wielders to submit to criminal background checks.)

  5. Slant your questions to support a pre-determined conclusion.

  6. Purge the data on violence perpetrated by females.

  7. Refuse to approve studies that study male victimization.

  8. Misconstrue the results of prior research.

  9. Publish "fact sheets" that claim to debunk abuse myths, but in fact expand on them.

  10. Instigate legal action against researchers who challenge the good ol' girls network.

  11. Resort to cheap-shots, name-calling, and motive-questioning.

  12. Engage in strong-arm tactics.

Just as a group of brave climatologists refused to be intimidated by the global warming thugs, the family violence field has its truth-tellers as well: Murray Straus at the University of New Hampshire, Richard Gelles at the University of Pennsylvania, Michelle Carney at the University of Georgia, Miriam Ehrensaft at Columbia University, Donald Dutton at the University of British Columbia, and Denise Hines at Clark University.

All these years, the domestic violence lobby has been sullying the atmosphere with its gaseous assumptions, foggy logic, and over-heated rhetoric. When will the media blow the lid off of this story?

© Carey Roberts


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Carey Roberts is an analyst and commentator on political correctness. His best-known work was an exposé on Marxism and radical feminism... (more)

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