Radio personality Garrison Keillor wrote a column to defend Sen. Al Franken against sexual harassment allegations, but just 24 hours later Keillor himself was outed for sexual misconduct.
In a Nov. 28 column for The Washington Post, the Minnesota Public Radio giant called sexual harassment allegations against Sen. Franken “absurd.”
You’ll remember, broadcaster Leeann Tweeden accused Franken of groping and forcibly kissing her while they were on a USO tour back in 2006. A picture of the incident went viral and Franken later issued an apology.
Keillor, who writes regular columns for The Post was quick to come to Franken’s defense.
At times, he even seemed to hail Franken as a hero.
“He (Franken) did USO tours overseas when he was in the comedy biz,” Keillor said in his column.
“He did it from deep in his heart, out of patriotism, and the show he did was broad comedy of a sort that goes back to the Middle Ages,” he continued.
Keillor then defended Franken – using strong language to demonize the public who condemned Franken’s grotesque actions.
“On the flight home, in a spirit of low comedy, Al ogled Miss Tweeden and pretended to grab her and a picture was taken,” Keillor wrote.
“Eleven years later, a talk show host in LA, she goes public, and there is talk of resignation. This is pure absurdity, and the atrocity it leads to is a code of public deadliness. No kidding,” he continued.
Little did Keillor know that a bomb of his own was about to explode. Less than 24 hours after this post was published, Keillor was fired from Minnesota Public Radio because of “inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him.”
According to The New York Times, news of Keillor’s firing went public on Nov. 29. Of course, he was quick to deny any allegations.
In a statement, Keillor said: “I’ve been fired over a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard. Most stories are.”
The Washington Post hastily released a statement of their own explaining that Keillor never told the news outlet that he was under investigation when he wrote the article defending Sen. Franken. Then, they fired Keillor.
Is anyone really surprised? That is such a slimy thing to do. The liberals will stick together and defend each other’s horrific actions, because they’re all so used to being hypocrites.
Keillor probably thought he could get away with it – just like every other famous name that has been outed for sexual misconduct. He thought he could get away with painting sexual harassment allegations as absurd and ridiculous – just to cover his own name.
To that we say: goodbye and good riddance, Keillor.
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