I didn’t watch the interview because frankly I really don’t give a fuck. Daily Beast:
Whether or not Michelle and Jim-Bob Duggar are hypocrites, I suppose, is still a matter of debate. Whether they are despicable asshats, however, most certainly is not.
Appearing on Fox News to answer Megyn Kelly’s questions about the scandal they’ve found their sprawling brood of holier-than-thou religious conservatives embroiled in, the matriarch and patriarch of the family featured in the TLC series 19 Kids and Counting dug themselves into a PR hole no amount of high-minded righteousness can get them out of.
Michelle and Jim-Bob were interviewed for two ostensible purposes. One was to explain themselves in the wake of the revelation that their eldest son, Josh, molested 5 girls, including siblings, 12 years ago, after which they took strides to cover it up and skirt the law as they eventually rose to fame on a reality TV show.
The other was to defend themselves against accusations that they are religious hypocrites.
They have used their fame to preach principles that, to many, could be construed as hateful, but they’ve defended as pure and moral. Women who have abortions are complicit in a “baby Holocaust,” they’ve said. They’ve damned the gay community. Michelle has recorded robocalls implying that transgender women are pedophilic child molesters.
They’ve campaigned against proposed ordinances that would have protected gay parents from lawful discrimination when it came to raising their children. And they’ve taught their daughters that women should submit to men.
All while their son molested children, and they helped to bury it.
This is what is called “objective reporting”. Lena Dunham talks about molesting her younger sister and this is dismissed as normal sexual behavior. Bruce Jenner is praised for announcing he is transgendered. His daughters post a video of one sister sticking her hand way down the front of the other’s pants and nobody cares. Woody Allen is lauded as an artist despite allegations of child molestation. Roman Polanski drugs, rapes and sodomizes a 13 year old girl and the Hollywood elite defend him.
But Josh Duggar gets figuratively burned at the stake along with his entire family.
The thing I want to know is how many parents would turn in their own kid? What were they supposed to do?
First of all it is unlikely he would have gone to jail. In at least some of the incidents the girls were asleep and unaware of what he had done. The only evidence was Josh’s confession. A conviction based on a confession without corroboration violates the corpus delicti rule. Considering his age he would not have been required to register as a sex offender and his record would have been sealed when he reached adulthood. He could probably even get a job as a teacher.
If they had turned him into the police the most likely outcome would have been to send him home with probation and counseling. That’s pretty much what they did informally. He would still be their son. Were they supposed to disown him and send him to permanent foster care?
They didn’t “cover up” what he did, they just didn’t report it to the police. There is no evidence that he has done anything like that since then.
But wait! There’s more!
Is it possible to pick just one jaw-dropping, blood-boiling, unfathomable quote from this interview? Oh, there are dozens of them (and counting).
Certainly a frontrunner for the top prize would be when Michelle maintained that her daughters are being more abused by the press in the wake of the uncovering of Josh’s scandal than they were by Josh as children. “They’ve been victimized more by what happened in these last couple weeks than they were 12 years ago,” she said.
What a disgraceful thing to say. If we’re throwing stones from glass houses and talking about “protecting” victims, how about we, as members of the press, talk about how we’re protecting the world from being influenced by bile like this by vilifying Michelle and Jim-Bob Duggar after this interview.
What is more traumatic, being inappropriately touched by your older brother in your sleep, or having the whole world hear about it and having your family vilified?
If Josh Duggar was a Democrat this would be nothing more than a local crime story, if that. Seriously, isn’t there more important shit to talk about?