At Common Dreams, Annette Bonsignore asks the questionI hadn’t got around to: ” Will the Media Give Leon Panetta the Same Pass Provided to Robert Gates on the Military’s Rape Epidemic?” She lays out the challenge very well:
The media now has an opportunity to confront and question the next Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who was unanimously confirmed by the Senate. Will the media give him a pass too? Will the media continue to ignore those in Congress that have been addressing the issue? On June 9th Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) questioned Panetta about the rape and sexual assault crisis – but where was the media coverage? Oh, that’s right the media frenzy over Representative Weiner’s “crisis” was blanketing the airwaves. Panetta’s boiler plate “zero tolerance” policy response to Senator McCaskill needs to be questioned as well as the ongoing narrative that women are the only victims of sexual violence in the military.
I’m starting by sending you to her. Read it, then forward it to your Congresscritter and ‘cc our new SecDef.