Conservative Pundit Smacked Down After Saying Forced Kissing Isn’t Sexual Assault

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During an appearance on ABC’s This Week, National Review writer Rich Lowry tried to assert that “attempted forced kissing” by men on young women didn’t count as sexual assault. The conservative commentator made the claim during a conversation on Rolling Stone’s controversial gang rape story involving the University of Virginia. Lowry was a member of the show’s roundtable and, after taking a shot at at the publication for running the story, then refuted statistics that fellow panelist Van Jones brought up regarding sexual assault on women in college.

In reference to Rolling Stone no longer standing by the story, Lowry petulantly stated that the magazine should stop covering music and become the “alumni magazine of the University of Virginia.”

Below is from the show’s transcript:

LOWRY: Well, when something is so explosive, you have to be certain it’s right. And “Rolling Stone” didn’t do basic fact checking here, I believe because they had an agenda to portray UVA as this bastion of white male privilege where, basically, rapists rule the social life. And the damage will never be undone.

And I think if there’s any justice in the world, “Rolling Stone” would have to give up covering music and become the alumni magazine of the University of Virginia.

George Stephanopolous, the show’s host and moderator, asked other panelists their thoughts on the subject. For the most part, the other roundtable guests felt that now that the story is being questioned, women once again may not be as willing to come forward about their assaults. As Matthew Dowd pointed out, there has never been a woman who got rich or famous for falsely accusing someone of rape or sexual assault.

Jones then brought up the statistic that one in five women are sexually assaulted when attending college. Those numbers come from two studies that were done in 2007 and 2009. Lowry immediately complained that the stats Jones was citing were bogus. Lowry’s reasoning? The studies counted actions such as forced kissing as sexual assault. As soon as Lowry made that claim, the rest of the panel ganged up on him, telling him that actions such as that absolutely constitute sexual assault. Panelist Loretta Sanchez pointedly told Lowry that is definitely sexual assault while Jones asked Lowry if he could come over and force a kiss on him.

Below is video of the exchange, courtesy of Media Matters:



It was good to see that the panelists didn’t let Lowry get away with pushing a falsehood like that without pushback. It was even more refreshing as the panelists represented a diverse group, with different backgrounds, genders, ethnicities and political ideologies. The funny thing is Lowry whined about Rolling Stone’s agenda when it came to the UVA story. However, he showed his true colors and his agenda pushing when he tried to make it appear that college-aged women aren’t facing threats on campus.

10 Replies to “Conservative Pundit Smacked Down After Saying Forced Kissing Isn’t Sexual Assault”

  1. Correct me, if I am wrong, but, to Conservatives, doesn’t “holding hands” make one pregnant?

  2. In fact, whether called a sexual assault/sexual battery or not, it does qualify as a misdemeanor battery under the criminal code of most jurisdictions, and a tortious battery at common law.

  3. My god, how intensely stupid do you have to be? Doesn’t he understand the word forced?

    Let me guess, anyone this stupid has to be aconservative

  4. “Projecting Through The Screen”:

    A very wise TV executive once told me that the key to TV is projecting through the screen. It’s one of the keys to the success of, say, a Bill O’Reilly, who comes through the screen and grabs you by the throat. Palin too projects through the screen like crazy. I’m sure I’m not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, “Hey, I think she just winked at me.” And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America. This is a quality that can’t be learned; it’s either something you have or you don’t, and man, she’s got it.


    Rich Lowry 2008

  5. Unbelievble.

    When someone of the left stands up to one of their own who’s a women for what she said, they call us sexist, but when they do something like this, they act like it’s no big deal and can’t understand why people are upset.

  6. Rich Lowry is such a pathetic schmuck. He’s still got Starbursts in his pants from $arah Palin winking at him.

  7. There’s one quick way of testing this–Bubba, come on out and show Rich how much you love him!

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