Week-ends (12/02/17)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Johnny Bobbitt Jr

Arianna Nichols

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Matt Lauer

John Conyers

Julia Poff

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“After over 33 years of military service to our country, including nearly five years in combat away from my family, and then my decision to continue to serve the United States, it has been extraordinarily painful to endure these many months of false accusations of ‘treason’ and other outrageous acts. Such false accusations are contrary to everything I have ever done and stood for. But I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right. My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel’s Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions.”
Statement by Lt. General Michael T. Flynn (Ret.) who pleaded guilty on Friday to one felony count of lying to the FBI about conversations he had with Russia’s ambassador last year

“We are strengthened by due process.  Just because someone is accused — and was it one accusation, was it two?  I think there has to be.  John Conyers is an icon in our country.  He’s done a great deal to protect women.  Violence Against Women Act…he did great work on that.  As John reviews his case, which he knows and I don’t…I believe that he will do the right thing.”
Nancy Pelosi on the sexual assault allegations against House Democrat John Conyers. Pelosi spoke with NBC’s Chuck Todd on last Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”

“And is ‘the right thing’ what?  Resign?”
Todd responding to Pelosi

“He will do the right that about what he knows about his situation. That he’s entitled to due process, but women are entitled to due process, as well.”
Pelosi’s muddled answer

“Liberalism allows its practitioners a pass for transgressions they’d otherwise decry. Alec Baldwin can scream an anti-gay slur on the streets of New York because he’s not a homophobe. Al Franken can grab women’s butts or forcibly kiss a woman and grope her while she sleeps because he’s pro-abortion and abhors sexual harassment. It’s different when they do it. It’s not a sign of societal ill that these guys don’t recognize their own hypocrisy, it’s a sign of their arrogance.

“No normal person thinks, ‘I really like this woman. Maybe I should strip naked and walk around her. That will totally work.’ Or, ‘I’ll just really lay a kiss on her when she’s not expecting or wanting it, that’ll turn her on.’ No, that’s not society fault, that’s on you.”
Derek Hunter, a Washington, DC based writer, radio host and political strategist

“Before we consider all men guilty of harassment or abuse until proven innocent, a reality check is in order. Most of the sensational harassment cases in the media involved high-profile men working in unusual environments with little or no accountability. That suggests they are atypical.

“Vice President Mike Pence has a rule: He never eats alone with a woman other than his wife. It was widely mocked as prissy just a few months ago. But now, in the aftermath of the scandals, some think it might be a good way to protect women. Maybe so. But they could also hurt young women, who need the support and mentorship of male supervisors. In many industries, this means the kind of after-hours collaboration that has always advanced young men.”
Christina Hoff Summers, NY Daily News

“I mean, we all talked about for years: ‘Don’t get in the elevator with him,’ you know, and the whole every-female in the press corps knew that, right, don’t get in elevator with him.”
National Public Radio’s Cokie Roberts

“There are two sides to this coin.  We have to own up to the fact that women, since time immemorial, have gone out of their way to make themselves attractive. And unfortunately it has backfired on us — and this is where we are today. We must sometimes take blame, women. I really do think that. Although it’s awful to say we can’t make ourselves look as attractive as possible without being knocked down and raped. Should women be prepared for this? No, they shouldn’t have to be! There’s no excuse for that. And I think it will stop now – it will have to. I think a lot of men must be very worried at this point.”
92-year old actress Angela Lansbury

“I just want to thank you because you’re very, very special people. You were here long before any of us were here — although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas. But you know what? I like you. Because you are special.”
President Donald Trump mocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday at an event honoring Native American veterans, invoking his “Pocahontas” nickname for the Massachusetts Democrat as he talked about how long Native Americans have been in America. Trump often refers to Warren as “Pocahontas” because of Warren’s claim of Native American heritage when she was a law professor, which became a campaign issue during her 2012 Senate run.

“It is deeply unfortunate that the president of the United States cannot even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur.”
Elizabeth Warren

“What most people find offensive is Sen. Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career. Look, I think Sen. Warren was very offensive when she lied about something specifically to advance her career. I don’t understand why no one’s asking about that question and why that isn’t constantly covered.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

The verdict in the Kate Steinle murder trial

Offensive Christmas fare explodes

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Want to Know Why Roy Moore Might Win? Blame the Media.

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Colin Kaepernick won the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award from Sports Illustrated

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