The allegation: Bernie Sanders published a “rape-fantasy essay”.
The decision: Nonsense. Unless Sanders contributed to Penthouse forum under an assumed name, he did not publicize a rape-fantasy.
Analysis: This right-wing smear derives from a rambling inchoate essay Bernie wrote for the Vermont Freeman – an alternative magazine – in 1972. In the essay Sanders writes about two individuals who have fantasies:
“A man goes home and masturbates his typical fantasy. A woman on her knees, a woman tied up, a woman abused.”
“A woman enjoys intercourse with her man – as she fantasizes about being raped by three men simultaneously.”
If conservatives want to bash a well-known politico for publishing pornographic descriptions of forced sex, they should go after Bill O’Reilly.