As assistant counsel to President George H.W. Bush, Mark Paoletta played a role in the 1991 Senate confirmation hearings for the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court.
But he’s taking on a new role when it comes to the upcoming HBO movie about the hearings starring Kerry Washington as Anita Hill, the woman who accused Thomas of sexual harassment: Paoletta is now leading an effort to fact-check the flick. Today he launched confirmationbiased.com, a website he thinks will combat what he calls the pro-Hill “false narratives” in the movie, with documents, video footage and other content about the real-life hearings. (Washington and HBO brass say it’s not biased against Thomas.)
While some other Republicans involved in the hearings have preemptively bashed it, Paoletta says his complaint isn’t just a drive-by one — he plans to “devote himself” to correcting the record.
25 years later, the Thomas-Hill affair is still a “he said-she said.” Will we ever know the real truth? Probably not.
Most of us had our own opinions back in 1991. I believed Anita Hill. Seriously, what would have her motive been?
I probably believe her more today than I did back then. Why? Various life experiences. I know more now than I did 25 years ago.
I watched the HBO movie Confirmation. It fell a little short. From a historical point of view, there should have been a name tag on each character. I thought the casting was mediocre, other than the two main characters.
The person I am disappointed in is Joe Biden. If the film portrayed him correctly, I am disappointed in his behavior. I just don’t remember all the details, however. I was working then and I missed a lot of the actual footage. I had to rely on news rather than CSPAN.
I spent the evening reflecting on how Anita Hill actually had more impact on sexual harassment in the work place more than she did on SCOTUS confirmation. How many times have I uttered, “In a post Anita Hill world, that is simply unacceptable.”
I must confess–the worst case of sexual harassment I have ever witnessed was not some man picking on a helpless woman. In was, in fact, a woman sexually harassing the men in the work place. To say that she made the rounds is understating the problem. After witnessing this woman in action, I had to seriously rethink how I felt about sex/relationships/harassment in the work place. I think actually I am quite a prude about what is acceptable and what is not.
Your feelings about Anita Hill? Do you believe her? How about relationships in the workplace? What really constitutes sexual harassment? How have we changed in 25 years?