Here’s an interesting take on the phone call from Ginni Thomas to Anita Hill:
Getting the FBI involved is just the height of silliness. Though it may have been a dumb thing to do, there’s nothing in that voicemail that objectively constitutes a threat. However, by doing so, Hill and her colleagues at Brandeis have found another way to embarrass Clarence Thomas, and that’s something that Anita Hill has a history of doing.
So a couple decades ago, you believe you were sexually harassed. You testify honestly and truthfully, and are smeared and attacked for coming forward. You let things go, and twenty years later there is a voice message on your office phone. The message claims to be from Ginny Thomas, and if that wasn’t odd enough, she’s asking YOU for an apology? After her husband sexually harassed YOU! After they tried to destroy YOU for simply telling the truth. Thinking no one is that stupid, you decide it must be a prank, and pass it off to Campus Security.
But in the world of Doug Mataconis, you’ve just “found another way to embarrass Clarence Thomas.” Pro-tip, Doug: Ginni Thomas was the one who found another way to embarrass her husband.
I seriously don’t understand how half this country ties their shoes in the morning.