Media Mum On Sexual Assault Allegation Against Steve Bullock

Do you remember a time, before the Democrats’ nomination of Joe Biden, when all women were to be reflexively believed? That white male patriarchy, itself an inherent evil, needed to be beaten back no matter the cost? Remember #MeToo?

How times have changed.

Now, a viral social media post containing explicit allegations of sexual impropriety leveled against Steve Bullock has mysteriously led to precisely zero coverage from the legacy media, in Montana and elsewhere.

The video at issue, where a young woman asserts that Bullock groped her, has received over 273,000 views, and yet, you will not find a single word about it in the Great Falls Tribune, Billings Gazette, Missoulian, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the Helena Independent Record, or anywhere else.

As we reported, Governor Steve Bullock was unambiguously accused of sexual assault:

To be fair, I cannot in good conscience endorse, nor can I discount the woman’s claims. While I oppose Bullock’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate, I steadfastly believe in his right to due process — a fundamental right Democrats were all too eager to snatch away from Brett Kavanaugh.

So what really happened?

It’s impossible to know, but it is undeniable that Bullock’s #MeToo resume is far from clean. As The Resugent’s Matthew Monforton wrote on May 29, 2019 (about the mysterious departure of Bullock’s then lieutenant governor, Angela McLean), this isn’t the first time that Bullock, despite his contrived “family man” schtick, has behaved inappropriately with women:

McLean and several staff members joined Bullock one evening at Lindey’s Steakhouse in Seeley Lake, Montana, about a hundred miles west of Helena.  They later left Lindey’s – all except Bullock and a female state official. 

Shortly after leaving, McLean realized she had forgotten to pay for her drinks. She returned to Lindey’s and, upon entering, observed Bullock groping the female state official, who was seated on his lap.

I reached out to McLean as well as the Bullock campaign for comment on this story. Neither offered any. Two sources, however, independently confirmed that McLean had informed them of Bullock’s misconduct.

Bullock’s opponent, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines – R, has never been the subject of these types of improprieties, but it does beg the question: what if he were? Do you think the media would at least question the veracity of such claims, if not affirm them outright?

One can only look back to the Kavanaugh case as the standard. Recall that Kavanaugh, a conservative, originalist jurist nominated by the odious President Trump, was vilified en masse by Democrats and progressives, their slurs echoed loudly by partisan media — all hell-bent on destroying the reputation of a man through unverified and decades-old claims, including those parroted by disgraced attorney and serial grifter Michael Avenatti.

Why, then, in the supposed #MeToo Era, cannot Montana media be bothered to even ask the question about whether or not there is veracity to this allegation? More than a quarter of a million people have viewed the charges. It is indisputably and firmly in the public square, eminently newsworthy, and ripe for serious audit from professional journalists who otherwise purport to care about the truth. Where are they?

When it came to Kavanaugh, Montana outlets were not shy about fanning the flames.

The Great Falls Tribune wrote about Kavanaugh here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

The Billings Gazette covered it here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

So did the Missoulian here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle published a sole letter-to-the-editor here.

And the Helena IR mixed it up, too, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

The aforementioned “journalistic” platforms in Montana published 42 separate pieces about the allegations surrounding a nominee to the Supreme Court in Washington, DC.

Yet, in their own backyard, these same outlets have collectively produced precisely zero words about the allegations centered around Montana’s governor, the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate — despite over a quarter of a million views of Bullock’s wandering hands, still raging on social media.

Forget #MeToo. It died when Democrats pinned their hopes to Biden, who vacantly sniffed and grabbed his way to the nomination before being relegated to his basement. (Remember Tara Reade?) #MeToo’s death is a welcome development; the return of due process is a good thing, no matter one’s political views.

What isn’t welcome, though, is the double standard embodied by the mainstream media.

If there was ever any doubt that they are not real journalists, but political activists, you can breathe easy. And you can also thank Handsy Steve Bullock, their ideological tribe mate, who they will cynically protect at any cost.

Posted by Philip M. Faccenda

Philip M. Faccenda is an AIA award-winning architect and planner. He is the Editor-in-Chief of E-City Beat.

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5 Replies to “Media Mum On Sexual Assault Allegation Against Steve Bullock”

  1. Wow, unreal. Well done, Phil!


  2. Frank ( Bud ) Truman September 16, 2020 at 8:56 AM

    “ These people need to be banished from any public office for life: they obviously believe they are above the law & privileged “ ! Just touching another person without permission can get you arrested for assault !


  3. Can you imagine the liberal outcry if this was about Gianforte? Yup double standard. Clinton and creepy Joe are embraced. Sex predator that Assaulted an eight-year-old child in California is out of prison on bail. All thanks to liberal and including funding from guess who – Kamala. Sick. Good story here.


  4. Since the media is an extension of the Democratic Party it is no surprising that it has been silent on this issue. Montanan’s have a right to know about this.


  5. Except that this is all just partisan garbage.


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