The Sexist

Examiner Called On Sexual Assault Coverage, Cites Intern Defense


Last month, Washington Examiner gossip columnists Tara Palmeri and Nikki Schwab drafted a hot little item about Miss D.C. 2009 Jen Corey "kicking some tail at the local bars." Corey, the gossips reported, recently physically defended herself after being repeatedly "spanked," "touched," "pushed," "slapped," and "sexually harassed" by men in public. Corey's got a different word for what those men are doing— "sexual assault"—and she wishes the Examiner would use it.

The terminology dispute arose today, when Palmeri and Schwab attempted to get some additional mileage out of Corey's history of being publicly sexually assaulted. The gossip duo asked newly-crowned Miss D.C. 2010 Stephanie Williams if she would also "slam a man" while out at the bars, and reported that "Williams, 23, told Yeas and Nays that she respects all of the controversial decisions of her predecessor Jen Corey, including that bar fight last month."

Corey took to Twitter to contest the Examiner's characterization of the "bar fight," which suggests that Corey was the aggressor—not her sexual assailants.

"Still pissed @washexaminer for not getting the story right. My controversial decision to fight? You mean defend myself when attacked?" she wrote, adding: "Apparently @tarapalmeri is the only reporter in dc who doesn't understand the term 'sexual assault' #stillcantgetitright."

Palmeri also jumped on Twitter to defend her work. Her excuse? She didn't actually write that story—she just slapped her byline on an intern's reporting. And if Palmeri attached her name to a story that happens to downplay the seriousness of sexual assault? Well, that's hilarious!:


Corey's response:


UPDATE: Examiner moves on to victim-blaming to defend its journalism.

  • Kit-Kat

    I didn't think it was possible to love Jen Corey more than I already did, but I was wrong. Palmeri is a moron.

  • J

    The Examiner is awful - not even worth talking about

  • kza

    If you ever see my leave a dumb comment then just assume my intern wrote it okay?

  • Elise

    I wish I could do that with MY work! "Not my fault - an intern did it!"

  • Pam

    Did you see the one guy from Examiner's twitter response? That the "appropriate response" is to always run away? Well it may be .. but in a crowded bar, getting a way is a little difficult, plus it brings up the great point about sexual assault in public places. Bravo for one guy getting what's coming.

  • Jeff Fecke

    So how does Tara Palmeri keep her job if she's passing off someone else's work as her own? I know, silly question, but still, isn't her defense that she's not insensitive, but instead, that she's a plagiarist?