A reader posse responds to Ben Stein’s treatment of DSK. Plus: What about that second helicopter?
Re: Ben Stein’s Presumed Innocent, Anyone?
I love Ben Stein’s work but we part ways on this one. As
the former governor of California attests to, secret lives and
secret unseemly pasts can be kept quiet for a long time. And though
I agree with Mr. Stein that to single this IMFer out for being able
to afford a $3,000 a night hotel room speaks of class envy,
proffering that he should not get the same treatment as a less
affluent person would get charged with a similar crime doesn’t make
— Robert Brennan
Presumably, though not certainly, the legal mind of the greatly-admired Ben Stein will agree that “presumed innocent” has no application outside the courtroom. We are all free to assume as we like about anyone — famous or not — accused of a crime. Perhaps when the “mighty” fall, the American imagination takes special delight, but the facts as recited by Mr. Stein concerning DSK’ s treatment do not seem that different from the manner in which the lowliest crack dealer is treated. As for his “lifetime of service,” so far, there are no facts to support that contention. All we know for certain is that an European blow-hard womanizer has been caught with his pants down and may have criminally assaulted a chambermaid.
Riker’s Island sound like a terrible place; much like the Detroit House of Correction where I spent a week-end on a spurious murder charge. The people who were in the clink with me were from all over the place. The few things they had in common were that no one wanted to be there and most of them — probably all of them — had done something to attract the attention of the arresting officer.
I’m not saying that DSK should be judged, all I’m saying is that we are entitled to think that he’s guilty. Unless we are picked to be jurors in his case.
As for the special treatment Ben want to afford him
(separate quarters, house arrest), I ask: what entitles a bigwig
Eurocrat to such amenities?
— John C. Shea
East Lansing, Michigan
Ben Stein’s latest article is ridiculous. It assumes that the NYC cops would proceed with a case absent the type of evidence required to make the rape accusations stick.
How about you not defend the “innocent until proven guilty” rapist until the facts come out? And until then, everyone who’s heard rumors about him being a “sexual primate” can feel free to talk smack about the guy. After all, we’re not sitting trial.
If there’s anything these past few years have proven, it’s
that rich white guys don’t need any more protection than they’re
already getting from the elite power structure. Give it a
— Todd Giles
I’m a liberal with nothing positive to say about The American Spectator’s political views or guiding ethos. You don’t like me. And I don’t like you.
And yet, even I — sitting here on my ivory tower with
George Soros and Bill Ayers, my French wine in one hand and latte
in the other — even I thought you guys were better than to put
your masthead above Ben Stein’s… whatever the hell that was
supposed to be.
— Andy Barr
I am a fan of Mr. Stein, but argue that DSK deserves no extra special treatment because he is a person of breeding.
Mr. Stein in the missive comes off as an elitist. Two
— Dennis Bausch
Please inform Ben Stein, that I usually enjoy his columns.
His latest one was beyond grotesque. I would be happy to engage him
in a discussion. I promise no bloody bed-sheets. Unless, he chooses
otherwise. I could not be possibly more serious. Ben, have you no
shame whatsoever? Better for you to pray to all the gods. One, will
certainly, not be enough. Shame on you!
— Ray Aube
Ben Stein says this guy is one the most recognizable
people in the world? Recognizable to who? I live in Washington,
have worked in politics and government for 35 years, and am an avid
consumer of news. I never heard of him until his arrest. Ben Stein
seems to live in some alternative economists’ universe. But I did
love him in Ferris Bueller.
— Edwin Davis
Falls Church, Virginia