While on the subject of the Pioneer Press...check out the editorial page column today by Ann Woolner, a Bloomberg columnist. Here's the lede:
What we would have is an adult propositioning another adult. If that is a crime, then an entire industry of singles bars across the nation should be raided...
You can probably imagine where the column is headed, and if so, you're right:
For (Craig), there simply was no defense to the real "crime," which wasn't disorderly conduct. That, his constituents probably could have managed. Craig's problem is that he now appears to be what he vehemently denies: a gay man.
According to this line of "reasoning," the Idaho senator is a victim of gay-bashing -- even though he says he's not gay.
Unbelievable. A U.S. senator is ticketed by police for what clearly appears to be a tawdry attempt to have sex in an airport restroom -- he pleads guilty by paying the ticket and hopes no one finds out -- and it's the cop's fault. The law's fault. Society's fault for not accepting gay people, or not allowing anonymous sex in a public restroom.
And if he's guilty, then single people who go to bars to meet other single people are just as guilty.
The column, by the way, has a headline kicker that says, "The Charge vs. The Real 'Crime.'" The senator wasn't simply charged; he pleaded guilty. Note the booking mug above.
This wacky column, along with the paper's front page story headlined, "There are lots of lewd signals, but was Craig sending one? Cops used to brazen advances may have arrested the Idaho senator too hastily, scholars say," makes the Pi-Press seem like a public defender for Larry Craig.