By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – It’s a depressing sign of the times that we so often wind up talking about basic decency and respect for people, or rather, the lack of it. But, here we go again.

“I was patient zero, the first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the internet,” Monica Lewinsky said recently.

She was the young White House intern whose affair with then-President Bill Clinton more than two decades ago led to his impeachment. She is now an anti-bullying activist.

And this week when Town and Country magazine abruptly pushed her out of a forum they were hosting because Mr. Clinton had accepted an invitation to attend, Lewinsky pushed back, tweeting:

The magazine has apologized. Mr. Clinton’s people say he had no idea what was going on. But the incident is being widely noted as an example of how the “establishment” still doesn’t quite get the point about giving due respect to women even when it might make important men feel uncomfortable.

Monica Lewinsky is right, this is bad manners, to say the least. Maybe next time, it’ll be Mr. Clinton who’ll be asked to stay home if he doesn’t want to face up to the fallout from his own behavior.

Comments
  1. I agree with your comment, Jon.

    But I dispute your implied definition of “the establishment”. It is far too broad, and in its broad sweep if fails to recognize t hat narrow, political nature of the set of people who are guilty of the sin.

    This “establishment” is the one that offered Hillary Clinton her coronation, This is the “establishment” that allowed a Harvey Wientien to continue us allegedly criminal behavior towards women. This is the “establishment” that continue to support the likes of Anthony Wiener, Elliot Spitzer, Eric Schnieder, even the support of Stanley Rosenberg.

    But Donald Trump does the same, your thought balloon reads in 72-point bold italic with half a dozen “screamers” tacked on the end.

    To a degree, your thought balloon is correct…Trump is crude and sex-driven…

    The differences, however, aer that Trump has yet to be credibly accused of sexually criminal activity.

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