As NewsBusters previously reported, schlockumentary filmmaker Michael Moore got himself in trouble this week when he defended WikiLeaker Julian Assange from Swedish rape charges.
Moore doubled down with this defense Friday publishing "Dear Government of Sweden" at the Huffington Post:
- Sweden has the HIGHEST per capita number of reported rapes in Europe.
- This number of rapes has quadrupled in the last 20 years.
- The conviction rates? They have steadily DECREASED. [...]
Message to rapists? Sweden loves you!
You probably can see where this is going: in Moore's view, Sweden doesn't care about rape thereby making the charges against Assange clearly trumped up:
So imagine our surprise when all of a sudden you decided to go after one Julian Assange on sexual assault charges. Well, sort of: first you charged him. Then after investigating it, you dropped the most serious charges and rescinded the arrest warrant.
Then a conservative MP put pressure on you and, lo and behold, you did a 180 and reopened the Assange investigation. Except you still didn't charge him with anything. You just wanted him for "questioning." So you -- you who have sat by and let thousands of Swedish women be raped while letting their rapists go scott-free -- you decided it was now time to crack down on one man -- the one man the American government wants arrested, jailed or (depending on which politician or pundit you listen to) executed. You just happened to go after him, on one possible "count of unlawful coercion, two counts of sexual molestation and one count of rape (third degree)." And while thousands of Swedish rapists roam free, you instigated a huge international manhunt on Interpol for this Julian Assange!
Interesting to see a liberal so passionately defend a man accused of rape. Maybe even more interesting is that the Huffington Post, an extremely liberal outlet run by an extremely liberal feminist woman, would publish such stuff.
But this isn't the first HuffPo piece defending Assange from these charges.
Naomi Wolf took a similar position in Wednesday's, "Sweden's Serial Negligence in Prosecuting Rape Further Highlights the Politics Behind Julian Assange's Arrest." This followed her "J'Accuse: Sweden, Britain, and Interpol Insult Rape Victims Worldwide" published at HuffPo Monday.
It appears alleged sexual misconduct is acceptable to liberals when the suspect is someone they revere.
This of course shouldn't surprise anyone, as we learned this well when liberal feminists weren't the slightest bit offended by President Clinton's many sexual indiscretions.
Now with Assange, his alleged misdeeds are clearly trumped by the far-left's delight in the military secrets he's exposing.
It takes a staggering amount of rationalizations to be a liberal these days.