Male Navy officer lodges sexual harrassment complaint against female reporter.

Via Ryan Witt of the St Louis Political Buzz Examiner, who ruefully notes that “if conservatives grab a hold of this story Carol Rosenberg may become their poster child for abuse by the “liberal media.”” Sounds like a plan:

In a letter to the paper’s editor, Cmdr. Jeffrey Gordon accused Carol Rosenberg of “multiple incidents of abusive and degrading comments of an explicitly sexual nature.” Gordon, who deals primarily with the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison, said in the letter that this was a “formal sexual harassment complaint” and asked the Herald for a “thorough investigation.”


Gordon, 41, detailed a number of “vile and repulsive comments” he attributed to Rosenberg, stretching back to last summer. In the July 22 letter, Gordon alleges that:

— While watching Sept. 11, 2001, co-defendant Mustafa al-Hawsawi seated on a pillow in court last year, Rosenberg told Gordon: “Have you ever had a red hot poker shoved up your [butt]? Have you ever had a broomstick shoved up your [butt]? . . . How would you know how it feels if it never happened to you? Admit it, you liked it.”

It goes on. It’s the usual stuff from antiwar enthusiasts: attacks on sexual orientation, causal profanity, verbal attacks on appearance and habits, accusations of various fetishist behaviors, calling soldiers Nazis, nothing really out of the ordinary for that sort. On the off chance that the Miami Herald does something meaningful about this, she’s going to be a shoo-in for MSNBC’s nightly lineup.

What makes it interesting is that first, this is actually being brought up (Cmdr. Gordon’s retiring next year); and that second, he’s run this past the Department of Defense. That last bit may suggest that, even if nothing is formally done to Ms. Rosenberg, she’s probably going to be ending up not covering that particular area for much longer. Which is almost a shame; there’s something to be said for somebody who doesn’t hide the hate.

Moe Lane

PS: See also Instapundit and Media Bistro.

Crossposted to RedState.