In yesterday's Iraq snapshot, C.I. talked about how men and some women work are not about 'we the people' because they're not about women who are half the population. And that these sexists are harmful and you can see the harm in Iraq. I agree. So did Trina, Elaine and Rebecca:
Trina covered Diane Rehm last night. I noted I would be writing about the topic tonight. Some people thought Trina jumped the gun on me. No, the four of us had discussed writing about the topic. I had told Trina to go for it with Diane. In the conversation, Rebecca wanted Amy Goodman, Elaine she could take Laura Flanders and Trina said she'd write something but the only thing she knew enough to write about would be Diane Rehm. I told her to grab that because I had another thing to write about that I knew she wouldn't cover.
I was raped. Trina wasn't. So I didn't expect Trina to go there but it is where I go automatically.
I have been raped. Diane Rehm was sexually assaulted as a child.
I have an obligation because I survived to help shine a light for others. So if I have a talk show and I have to fill two hours a day, five days a week, and in 2006, summer of, news breaks that a March 2006 insurgent attack in Iraq was actually a US soldiers attack and that they gang-raped a 14-year-old girl, that they murdered the girl, that they murdered her parents and that they murdered her five-year-old sister, I've got an obligation to cover that.
As a survivor, I have an obligation. And with ten hours to fill each week, I have plenty of time.
I missed it in 2006?
Okay, I can do a show on it any year after. There are trials within the military and, for Steven D. Green, there's the civilian trial (he was tried in a federal court because he was already discharged when the truth was discovered).
If somehow, I miss all those military trials -- where soldiers are either found guilty or confess -- and I miss the civilian trial, the fact that a reporter for Time magazine writes a book about the crimes means I can grab the topic via that.
To refuse to do, which Diane Rehm did, is shameful and goes to a Queen Beeish personality that's far beyond her inability to book men and women in equal numbers as guests.
Diane Rehm should be ashamed of herself.
Her radical roots may have grayed but she's still playing from the same playbook of years ago that judged women to be not as important, that judged us not to matter. Shame on Diane Rehm.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"