Representative Dan Johnson was a husband, father, and grandfather of nine. He aided rescuers during the September 11 World Trade Center attack and suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. This week, Johnson took his own life, but it wasn’t PTSD that drove him over the edge.
This December, a member of Johnson’s church accused him of sexually assaulting a 17-year old girl back on New Year’s Day of 2013. No evidence was found to support the claim Johnson called, “politically motivated.” Police did not file charges citing a lack of interest by the alleged victim.
Johnson, 57, had been the subject of a highly inflammatory series from Louisville Public Media’s Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. As a pastor, he ministered to veterans, bikers, and other societal outcasts. Being both a conservative and a minister, who posed in a picture with Donald Trump, likely made him a viable target.
Wednesday evening, Johnson drove to a bridge spanning the Salt River in Mt. Washington put a revolver to his head and pulled the trigger. In a stirring Facebook post, now deemed a suicide note, he denied the allegations against him one last time:
“The accusations from NPR are false. GOD and only GOD knows the truth, nothing is the way they make it out to be. AMERICA will not survive this type of judge and jury fake news. Conservatives take a stand…”
While NPR did not investigate or publish any allegations against the Kentucky representative, Louisville Public Media does operate three of the outlets’ member stations. Ironically, NPR is currently reeling from a sexual assault scandal involving their top news executive Mike Oreskes.
The Power of Maybe
Nevertheless, Johnson’s suicide highlights the problem of accepting allegations of sexual harassment and assault without proof. Some may conclude that Johnson taking his own life is proof of his guilt and maybe they are right.
But, what if they’re wrong?
Just as you saw with Roy Moore in Alabama, accusations alone are enough to sink a career and destroy a life. Evidence of wrongdoing is no longer necessary for liberal media. Not liking you, (i.e., President Trump,) is all the proof they need to place a bulls-eye on your back. That, and the promise of a 100k shares on social media.
All of us at Monday Monday Network send condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Rep. Johnson as they mourn this heartbreaking tragedy.