What makes the case so unusual is that the defendant is conservative talk-show host Armstrong Williams, who is best known for his vigorous defense of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas against the charge that he sexually harassed Anita Hill
. "Sexual harassment comes in all shapes and sizes," says Mickey Wheatley, a Washington, D.C., attorney who is representing the plaintiff, Stephen Gregory.
Perhaps most ironically of all, Bork sees "the end of Western civilization in living color" in the televised hearings of Anita Hill
's charges of sexual misconduct by Clarence Thomas, but then turns around and concludes that the American public's failure to show interest in sexual misconduct charges against Bill Clinton is a sign of our moral decline.
Eleanor Clift hoped that the Simpson case would be to domestic violence what Anita Hill
was to sexual harassment, that in the aftermath of this hideous murder, domestic violence finally would be taken seriously.
Other notable backers include the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, a funder of David Brock's attacks on Anita Hill
("a little bit nutty and little bit slutty"); the Sarah Scaife Foundation, a major benefactor of right-wing think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation and the Free Congress Foundation; and the Adolph Coors Foundation.
The Jones affair is not an Anita Hill
rerun any more than Lani Guinier was Judge Bork turned on his swelled head.
And I think one of the things that we've seen over the last few years in some of the spectacles that have been served up on television such as the Anita Hill
hearings is the way the system has revealed itself as a white man's system.
Duberstein is a Washington staple, a former chief of staff and a powerful lobbyist, and the architect of Clarence Thomas's comeback on Capitol Hill during the Anita Hill
On the Senate side, Chairman Biden, who bungled the handling of Anita Hill
's accusations against Clarence Thomas in 1991, said closed hearings on any allegations against the Supreme Court nominee's personal conduct and the classified investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation would avoid future problems.
Fans of Clarence Thomas are enjoying a moment of triumph with the publication of The Real Anita Hill
: The Untold Story, by David Brock, which savagely attacks the character and credibility of the University of Oklahoma law professor whose charges of sexual harassment by Thomas riveted--and divided--the nation during the Senate Judiciary Committee heatings on his nomination to the Supreme Court.
In the thick of the Clarence Thomas confirmation battle, Anita Hill
took and passed a lie detector test.
It might be just a footnote that Thomas understated his academic exposure to the abortion debate--yet another instance of the misrepresentation in Thomas's testimony even before Anita Hill
took the floor.
But before Zoe Baird becomes any sort of fashionable feminist icon, suburbia's answer to Anita Hill
, it's important not to gloss over one of her saga's key plot points.