John Cloud’s piece on the alleged sexual harassment by Armstrong Williams (“He Said/He Said,” 6/13) promises more than it delivers. Cloud strains to imply that both Williams and his accuser, Stephen Gregory, are lying. He writes that “Gregory’s claims resonate only as cheap gossip. With a little investigation, a more nuanced story appears.”
I kept looking for the “nuance,” but there was none to be found. Cloud uncovers several lies by Gregory, but none by Williams. Finally, toward the end of the story, he writes: “Consider this: Not a single individual named in the suit other than Stephen Gregory and the three women who signed affidavits for him…would confirm for me that the lawsuit accurately reflects their memories.” He reports that he could find nobody who similarly claims to have been sexually harassed by Williams. So why does Cloud strain so hard to establish mutual guilt and suspicion in this case (“both men…seem to be hiding something”)?
As one who opposes homosexual activism, I was a guest last year on Armstrong Williams’ radio show (now canceled), The Right Side. Opposing me was a gay activist and avowed “Christian” who was trying to justify his sexual relationship with another man to an incredulous Williams. Armstrong listened intently but was baffled as to how anyone could justify such behavior before God. In his inimitable way, he queried the gay representativefor the better part of a half-hourabout his lifestyle. He was kind to him but was obviously stunned at his assertion that “gay” sexual relationships are morally OK. If Armstrong was not sincere and was really faking itand somehow masking his own “homosexuality”he surely deserved an Oscar that night for his performance!
Reporter John Cloud did a good job finding the many kinks in the lawsuit filed by Gregory and his homosexual activist lawyer against Williams. But there is a ring of disappointment in his writing, arising from his inability to come up with anything implicating Armstrong Williams. Next time Cloud should leave the editorializing at home, and not promise “nuances” where there are none. I came away from his piece more convinced than ever that this is case of false accusations against one of black America’s rising stars.
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