Lena Dunham APIt’s no secret that individuals who identify as liberals tend to put quite a bit of stock in feelings and emotions. A liberal’s stated intentions have a higher value than the consequences of the policies he supports. However, recent revelations surrounding Rolling Stone’s UVA rape story, Lena Dunham’s rape allegations, and the “Hands up, don’t shoot!” protesters indicate that modern liberals have elevated their feelings to a whole new level: truth” is whatever it is a liberal man or woman is feeling at any specific moment. If it feels true, then it must be true — at least until the shouts of enough people blow the delusional fog of self-righteousness from their eyes and they are forced to acknowledge the lies.

First up we have Rolling Stone’s ‘A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA,’ which turned the lives upside down for an entire campus, a slew of innocent men, and their families. “Rape culture” feels so true that it must be true — so why bother interviewing men accused of gang-rape, right Rolling Stone?

Sabrina Rubin Erdely wrote “Jackie’s” story Nov. 19:

“Shut up,” she heard a man’s voice say as a body barreled into her, tripping her backward and sending them both crashing through a low glass table. There was a heavy person on top of her, spreading open her thighs, and another person kneeling on her hair, hands pinning down her arms, sharp shards digging into her back, and excited male voices rising all around her. When yet another hand clamped over her mouth, Jackie bit it, and the hand became a fist that punched her in the face. The men surrounding her began to laugh. For a hopeful moment Jackie wondered if this wasn’t some collegiate prank. Perhaps at any second someone would flick on the lights and they’d return to the party.

“Grab its motherfucking leg,” she heard a voice say. And that’s when Jackie knew she was going to be raped.

She remembers every moment of the next three hours of agony, during which, she says, seven men took turns raping her, while two more – her date, Drew, and another man – gave instruction and encouragement.

What a horrible experience. Unfortunately, the story is bogus. The reason Rolling Stone didn’t know earlier: feelings.

Rolling Stone’s Will Dana wrote in his “Ooops, did I do that?” apology:

“Because of the sensitive nature of Jackie’s story, we decided to honor her request not to contact the man she claimed orchestrated the attack on her nor any of the men she claimed participated in the attack for fear of retaliation against her.”

As The Washington Post pointed out, there wasn’t even an event at the fraternity on the night “Jackie” told Rolling Stone she was gang-raped. But hey, the “larger truth” of “rape culture” needs to be addressed. What’s the big deal? That, of course, brings us to Lena Dunham.

Ms. Dunham wrote in her memoir, “Not That Kind of Girl,” that she was raped by a college Republican named “Barry” when she attended Oberlin College. Breitbart News actually went to the campus to investigate, and found out that her description of the campus “remains the only detail Breitbart News was able to verify.” When Ms. Dunham’s story started to fall apart, Oberlin’s radio station historian suddenly began to sound like she would fit right in with the editors at Rolling Stone.

Sophie Hess: “People here are less interested in justice for this kind of crime and more interested in helping the victim. I’m not psyched to help you do this.”

John Nolte: “You can look at everything I’ve thus far written about this. We just want to know the truth.”

Sophie Hess: “Asking whether or not a victim is telling the truth is irrelevant,” Ms. Hess proclaimed. “It’s just not important if they are telling the truth. If this person had wanted criminal justice they would have pursued it.”

John Nolte: “I’m not just talking about criminal justice,” I responded. “The details in the book point to a specific individual.”

Sophie Hess: “Who graduated years ago.”

John Nolte: “This man is easily found using Google and says he’s innocent. Right now everyone is looking at him and he’s just twisting out there.”

Sophie Hess: “Our archives are private. We have no obligation to share them with anyone. I don’t want our organization to be a part of this. I’m the general manager and the answer is no.”

Again: the truth is “just not that important” if someone feels like a victim. In Ms. Dunham’s book, she says she took alcohol and drugs on the night she was allegedly raped. What is more likely, given Breitbart’s investigation — that Ms. Dunham was raped, or that she’s found a way to turn a drug-fueled experience she regrets into a public service announcement on “rape culture”?

I may feel really gross and dirty for what I did while high on cocaine with some random guy, but at least now I can turn it into a positive experience while damaging Republicans (score!) and dealing a blow to rape culture.

The same mentality also applies to those who feel like racism can only be defeated with lies.

Consider The Associated Press’ coverage on the “Hands up, don’t shoot!” protests that are based on a lie (debunked by forensic evidence and multiple [black] eye-witnesses):

To some, it doesn’t matter whether Brown’s hands literally were raised, because his death has come to symbolize a much bigger movement.

“He wasn’t shot because of the placement of his hands; he was shot because he was a big, black, scary man,” said James Cox, 28, a food server who protested this week in Oakland, California.

The truth “doesn’t matter” because a lie that can sway public opinion in support of a “bigger movement” is — in the minds of many modern liberals — better than a reality that doesn’t move large masses into action for a progressive cause. Sad.

When an ideology becomes so warped that the lies become the truth, that is how you get a.) men like Jonathan Gruber wielding enormous influence in the nation’s capitol, and b.) elected officials like Nancy Pelosi saying she doesn’t know who he is — despite video evidence to the contrary.

We live in interesting times: the truth seems treasonous, the biggest liars are given the bully pulpit, and hard-working Americans are told to sit silently while they’re blamed for the bad behavior of total strangers.

As I’ve said before: It’s been fun, Western Civilization! It’s a shame it had to end this way, but it was grand while it lasted.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

11 comments

  1. Another symptom of this mentality seems to be the inability to see people as flesh and blood people- with thoughts and feelings and imperfections. In the minds of the leftists the details don’t matter because their characters are two dimensional symbols embodying the problem that they are desperate to solve- thus George Zimmerman must be a bad, evil man while Mike Brown- instead of being a real individual with some massive flaws- goes through a kind of social apotheosis that results in a sainthood that ignores all of the details of who the man actually WAS, choosing instead to make him a symbol.
    This is a kind of dehumanization of the individual and when taken to the extreme leads to an ability to do horrible moral things to an entire group because you begin to see them as characters in a cosmic drama instead of actual, real flesh and blood human beings. Thus we can say “well- those people are just kulaks/Jews/whatever and wipe them out.
    It is this kind of thinking that lies at the heart of racism- turning real individuals into two dimensional characters with personality traits based on a narrative not in line with reality that allows an individual to dismiss/elevate/infantilize them. This is the racism that lies at the heart of liberalism (and, to be honest, the only way that racism has actually played a part in any of the recent events that we’ve seen)

    1. Another symptom of this mentality seems to be the inability to see people as flesh and blood people- with thoughts and feelings and imperfections. In the minds of the leftists the details don’t matter because their characters are two dimensional symbols embodying the problem that they are desperate to solve- thus George Zimmerman must be a bad, evil man while Mike Brown- instead of being a real individual with some massive flaws-goes through a kind of social apotheosis that results in a sainthood that ignores all of the details of who the man actually WAS, choosing instead to make him a symbol.

      Wow. Fernpombeiro, that was incredibly well said. Good stuff. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I really appreciate it.

  2. Rolling Stone tried to pass off shitty fanfiction as legitimate reporting… incredible.

    “Only the 14th guilty person in UVA’s history.” LOL. Is it a BAD thing that people are getting (usually misaimed) justice?

    I’m thankful that up here the craziness is for the most part confined to two universities, UofT and York.

    1. A guy throws “Jackie” through a glass table and then he and six other take turns raping her in the broken pieces for three hours. Apparently, rape victims who were punched, raped and rolled around in shards of glass for hours on end show no visible signs of rape, don’t need to go to a hospital, don’t go to the police, and instead go to Rolling Stone editors — who then write up the story without doing the minimum amount of fact-checking required to call yourself a journalist. Gotcha.

  3. It just amazes me how people like Dunham and “Jackie” blatantly lie about having been raped and people eat it up without bothering to check the facts first. They expect people to automatically believe them, even if there are obvious holes in their stories. It’s ridiculous. If I were “Barry” and/or the fraternity at UVA, I’d sue the hell out of my accusers.

    This whole “rape culture” thing is a myth, but a dangerous one at that, and has resulted in some pretty Orwellian measures being implemented at college campuses, such as the creation of on-campus kangaroo courts. You’re declared automatically guilty no matter what. But to the left, feelings and emotions trump facts.

    The “rape culture” myth reminds me of the Satanic daycare abuse hysteria of the 1980s and 1990s, where innocent people were accused of molesting children at daycares. But that was a hoax, manufactured by the media and so-called “experts.”

    And the colleges’ response to the fact that the allegations are false is telling. I’ve heard variations of the “it doesn’t really matter it’s true” bit in the past, and that’s disturbing. Like I said, to the left, feelings and emotions trump facts.

    1. They expect people to automatically believe them, even if there are obvious holes in their stories. It’s ridiculous. If I were “Barry” and/or the fraternity at UVA, I’d sue the hell out of my accusers.

      It looks like “Barry One” may in fact sue Lena Dunham. He has started a legal defense fund. There are some potential downsides with suing her, but if he’s had his named dragged through the mud long enough because of this, then it may very well be the appropriate decision.

    2. The “rape culture” myth reminds me of the Satanic daycare abuse hysteria of the 1980s and 1990s, where innocent people were accused of molesting children at daycares. But that was a hoax, manufactured by the media and so-called “experts.”

      I remember when they did a movie about one of those cases, Indictment: The McMartin Trial. James Woods played the lawyer defending the accused and had a key piece of dialogue about how everyone always talks about “justice” and “innocent until proven guilty”… until someone invokes rape or molestation.

    3. I’ve never seen that movie, but I have read a bit about the McMartin trial, which was at the time of its conclusion in 1990 the most expensive trial in American history. The kids, of course, were never molested, and were coerced into making false statements about it by the media and so-called child “experts.” As with Ferguson and the UVA and Dunham “rape incidents,” the facts simply didn’t matter to the media and they continue to push their false narrative until the very end. It’s pathetic.

      Also, did you see that idiot Amanda Marcotte’s response to the fact that Dunham’s “rape” was fake? She called people “rape deniers” and compared it to Holocaust denial. I kid you not. These people are out there.

    4. What disgusts me about things like this is the fact the media seems to derive great pleasure in destroying the lives of innocent people based on lies, whether it’s Darren Wilson or someone who has been falsely accused of rape. Even if they win their lawsuits and get charges against them dismissed, it will still follow them for the rest of their lives, because even if their names were cleared, there are still clowns who believe the falsehoods about them.

  4. Was this from her book? No other source has reported on the line pertaining to damaging a republican.

    I may feel really gross and dirty for what I did while high on cocaine with some random guy, but at least now I can turn it into a positive experience while damaging Republicans (score!) and dealing a blow to rape culture.

    1. Kent, it is clearly me sarcastically translating Ms. Dunham’s rationale for writing about a so-called “Republican” named “Barry One” who raped her, given that it increasingly looks like she made it all up. In the book she says she was using drugs and hooked up with a guy. The rest…seems to be a giant fabrication meant to fuel book sales.

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