The Gawker Christine O’Donnell scoop has done the impossible. Although the Gawker Christine O’Donnell story doesn’t involve witchcraft, or embarrassing talks with Bill Maher, they may have actually crossed a line in covering her. For all of the constant attacks on the Delaware Senate candidate, there are some who believe they are perfectly legitimate. Yet this method of digging up her past has drawn more widespread criticism, from people other than her supporters. For this rarity, Gawker’s “I Had A One Night Stand With Christine O’Donnell” piece is getting credit and scorn.
Ever since the Republican primary, O’Donnell has been subject to constant criticism and bashing, due in part to her past public appearances. After all the jabs about witchcraft, masturbation and the like, it didn’t appear there was much more dirt left. But with days to go before the election, one more part of her past was dug up.
The Gawker Christine O’Donnell story posted yesterday was from someone who hooked up with her three years ago. The man claims that the night started with her changing Halloween costumes in his apartment with a friend. But she allegedly dressed as a ladybug, instead of another Halloween icon.
The man went on to say that he went out drinking with O’Donnell, and that she had five Heinekens before she asked to go back to his place. However, although the title says that they had a one-night stand, he claims they never had sex, and that the virginal O’Donnell had no intentions of going all the way. With that, the man lost interest – especially when he saw her without underwear.
Despite a lack of sex in the article, the Gawker Christine O’Donnell piece is gaining headlines in the blogosphere – like everything attached to the candidate. But in this case, more people are convinced that the website went too far, and are attacking the source of O’Donnell dirt more than the candidate for once.
O’Donnell herself called the story a sexist attack, and another example of sexism against female candidates this year. Even the National Organization for Women, and the spokesman for opponent Chris Coons, condemned the article. Bill Maher had no comment, though he may save it for his show tonight.
For perhaps the first time in the last month, a story about the candidate’s past has been condemned by people other than Republicans. Before the Gawker Christine O’Donnell backlash, stories about her past had been considered legitimate by half of the country.
In this case, the article did not speak to any political or personal beliefs, since the writer said she didn’t talk much about politics. It doesn’t shed any new light on her character, since it has already been discussed and attacked endlessly. All it does is depict a crazy Halloween night, with a somewhat misleading title and sleazy bedroom commentary.
Although the Gawker Christine O’Donnell backlash is transcending party lines for now, the actual election fight continues on, as she needs much more support by Tuesday.
Gawker- “I Had A One Night Stand With Christine O’Donnell”
Washington Post- “O’Donnell calls blog posting shameful, sexist”
Guardian- “Gawker’s Christine O’Donnell sex smear marks a new low”