Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Joe Biden Should Apologize To Clarence Thomas, Not To Anita Hill

But Hill’s story was hardly incontestable. Her testimony to the committee was markedly different—and more salacious—than what she had given to the FBI just days earlier. She changed key points of her narrative before and after a lunch recess.

After the date she claimed harassment had taken place, Hill followed Thomas to another office, routinely called him even to exchange pleasantries, and volunteered to drive him to the airport. Colleagues asserted that she had praised Thomas’ nomination before accusing him. An officemate—whom Hill denied knowing until she was forced to acknowledge familiarity under questioning—told The New York Times that the allegations were the result of Hill’s unrequited sexual pursuit of Thomas, not the other way around.

Yet today the allegation that Thomas harassed Hill is treated as fact by the majority of mainstream media outlets, and she is hailed as the godmother of the Me Too movement. Questioning her story, as Biden’s capitulation shows clearly, is no longer an option in polite company.


I was working in the White House during Judge Bork's confirmation hearing ("The White House" included those of us who worked in the Old (now Eisenhower)Executive Office Building. Those who worked in the White House proper were said to work in the "West Wing.") The whole thing, especially the viciousness of the Democrats attack, was deeply shocking. I'm still not over it. I was at a Democratic law firm during Thomas's Borking, and saw the rubbish lie detector test one of our lead litigators put together for Prof. Hill. To call it a joke dignifies it far too much. Truth wasn't a casualty of the confirmation process. It was barely even a memory.

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I found Bork's book persuasive.

Posted by: dearieme | May 1, 2019 3:41:53 PM

Juan Williams' coverage of the Hill-Thomas issue for the WaPo at the time was a lonely voice of skepticism concerning Hill's claims.

Posted by: Greg | May 3, 2019 2:06:46 PM