Watch: Michael Moore Talks Wikileaks, Assange's Rape Charge on Rachel Maddow

Michael Moore and Rachel Maddow came together in a meeting of the minds last night for a special edition of her show broadcast from 92Y in New York. They discussed Wikileaks and his assistance in Assange's bail, of course. But perhaps most importantly, Moore addressed the accusations that he's been dismissive of Assange's rape allegations, amid a firestorm of criticism from those who have felt betrayed and appalled by his dismissal of the charges as “hooey” on Keith Olbermann's show. Here, he clarifies his position -- that we must take the charges “very seriously” -- notes he started a rape crisis center in Flint, Michigan, and credits the women's movement for advances in rape being taken seriously. From the Maddow blog:

MADDOW: Can your suspicion about the forces arrayed against Julian Assange and Wikileaks -- your suspicion about the timing and pursuit of these charges -- coexist with respect for the women making these accusations against him and with a commitment to take rape allegations seriously, even when the person accused is someone that for other reasons you like?

MOORE: ...Every woman who claims to have been sexually assaulted or raped has to be, must be, taken seriously. Those charges have to be investigated to the fullest extent possible," Moore said. "For too long, and too many women have been abused in our society , because they were not listened to, and they just got shoved aside. . . .So I think these two alleged victims have to be taken seriously and Mr. Assange has to answer the questions.



Check Maddow's blog for more.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at December 22, 2010, 3:29am

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