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    December 04, 2007

    Spelling 'sex scandal' with no 'H'

    Posted by: Chris

    Smokinggun The latest Washington sex scandal has set very few tongues wagging in the gay blogosphere, apparently because it's lacking the "big H" — hypocrisy.

    A male U.S. Senate aide, Mike McHaney, 28, was busted Nov. 30 in D.C. for showing up to have sex with what he thought was a 13-year-old male. According to TheSmokingGun, which broke the story:

    [The Cooperating Witness (CW)] and McHaney were conversing online Friday afternoon when the CW asked whether McHaney was interested in engaging in anal sex with a 13-year-old boy. "I'll be there," McHaney allegedly replied.

    He later asked for a photo of the child with whom he and the CW would have sex and whether the boy had "any pubes." When told no, McHaney allegedly replied, "That's hot." McHaney was nabbed in the lobby of an unnamed "predetermined location," where he had arranged to meet CW.

    There can be little doubt that if McHaney were an aide to, say, Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott or some other anti-gay Republican, the blogosphere would be having a field day with the arrest. But as it turns out, McHaney works for gay-friendly Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Washington state Democrat.

    The logic here is what fascinates me. It would be hypocritical for the aide to an anti-gay Republican to be busted as a sexual predator, but it's not hypocritical for the aide of a pro-gay Democrat. What does that say about pro-gay Democrats exactly? That we expect this sort of behavior from them and their staff? Or is that so long as you don't legislate morality, your own immorality and that of your staff doesn't "stick" on you?

    It will also be interesting to see as this story plays out whether it's picked up in the gay press or treated as a gay story in the mainstream press. Whether it should is not an easy question if you're reporting the story fairly. McHaney's name isn't familiar to me, so I don't know if he self-identified as gay or not.

    Dealing in the hypothetical, a 28-year-old like McHaney who attempts sex with an 8-year-old is clearly a pedophile, but if he tried the same thing with a 15-year-old then he looks a lot more like a predator who is gay. In this case the fictional victim was a male of 13 -- who shouldn't be called a "child" as he was in press accounts but is clearly beyond the pale for adult sexual interest -- putting the perp in a gray area to be called "pedophilic."

    When the gay newspapers under my direction covered the Catholic priest sex scandal, we regularly confronted the question of when a particular allegation was gay vs. pedophilic or, as some psychologists argued, ephebophilic, which means a sexual interest in teens in the midst of the puberty. In this case, McHaney would appear to be ephebophilic or pedophilic, if the police reports are accurate -- especially since he thought it was "hot" that his fictional sex partner had no pubic hair.

    And speaking of whether the police report was accurate, I was also interested to see that Cantwell fired McHaney hours after his arrest, before he even entered a plea, much less was found guilty. Just a reminder that "innocent until proven guilty" is true in a court of law but not in the court of politics and public opinion.

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    1. Double T on Dec 4, 2007 2:39:41 PM:

      Hypocrisy??? Chris go look in a mirror.

      The press is reporting this story. Now you want to talk about “working both sides of the street”. If this guy did work for Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott, you would be all up in arms about defending this guy’s right to have sex with a 13 year old. You would be howling about police entrapment.

      And as for his being fired, generally in D.C. when you embarrass the hell out of the person you work for, you get sh-t canned.

    1. Kevin on Dec 4, 2007 4:04:36 PM:

      Tee Tee:

      Extremely weak cup of tea, even for you.

    1. Double T on Dec 4, 2007 6:11:47 PM:

      Special K,
      I'm happy to disappoint you.

      Interesting news about Hugo. I and all of the other pinko liberals will miss him. I hear he's moving to L.A. to host his own show.

      Cheers.

    1. Kevin on Dec 4, 2007 8:10:33 PM:

      Bit of Crumpets:

      I really did kind of sigh. I was expecting something a little more clever from you in your usual attack on Chris, and not the scraping sound from inside the barrel. Oh well. I guess the bizarre accusation you lodged against Chris will have to be it.

      Alas, this business with Mike McHaney is very sad as well as disgraceful, and I hope he never actually did sexually molest a child at some point. I know he has a boyfriend and a lot of friends in D.C., and he's essentially destroyed his career with his own sick behavior, if not much more for himself. Seriously, it's very sad. But alas, so many have done the same before him (and some have gotten away with it). The whole thing should be humbling to us, as Foley, Craig, Vitter, Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy, the priests, etc and ad nauseum, should have been. (To their credit, Barney Frank and Gerry Studds were indeed humbled, and preached humility, after their scandals came to light.) This business should not be just another football to score with, playing to the bleachers.

      Still, for the players on the field, like you, I expected a little more hustle and fancy footwork on this one. Maybe all this business is just getting too vile for any of us anymore? Dare I think?

    1. Double T on Dec 5, 2007 1:48:08 AM:

      Gee Kev, if I give you folks my full court press, then your screaming that I'm "baiting" people.

      What do you want me to say.
      McHaney's life is now ruined at the ripe old age of 28. I blame no one for this but himself.

      I'm just saddened and shocked that Chris would try spinning hay out of this train wreck.

      How truly sad. And this from a former journalist.

    1. Double T on Dec 5, 2007 1:50:13 AM:

      And wait a minute.......Kev...
      I didn't think you're were going to waste anymore time on the "little cups of tea" I serve up.....things must be slow for you.

    1. Monster Beats Sale on Nov 26, 2011 2:09:43 AM:

      on the "little cups of tea" I serve up.....things must be slow for you

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