• More of Same? New York Times Levels New Wobbly Charges at Bret Kavanaugh

    Surge Summary: New attacks against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh published in the New York Times appear to be as dubious as those leveled at him during his confirmation hearings.

    The unrelenting Left is after Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh – but, as with previous allegations, they seem especially dubious.

    John McCormack over at National Review provides this specific:

    The authors omitted the fact that the alleged victim has no memory of the alleged incident.

    Sunday morning the bombshell news broke: “NYT reporters’ book details new sexual assault allegation against Brett Kavanaugh.”

    The New York Times story is adapted from a forthcoming anti-Kavanaugh book by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly and carries this allegation:

    “We also uncovered a previously unreported story about Mr. Kavanaugh in his freshman year that echoes Ms. Ramirez’s allegation. A classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student.”

    McCormack poses what ought to be the obvious questions:

    What? How does that happen? Who are the friends? Who is the female student? Were there any witnesses besides Stier?

    All that the authors write in the New York Times essay about corroborating the story is this: “Mr. Stier, who runs a nonprofit organization in Washington, notified senators and the F.B.I. about this account, but the F.B.I. did not investigate and Mr. Stier has declined to discuss it publicly. (We corroborated the story with two officials who have communicated with Mr. Stier.)”

    The book will not be available for public perusal until Tuesday, but Mollie Hemingway, who got a copy tweeted:

    “The book notes, quietly, that the woman Max Stier named as having been supposedly victimized by Kavanaugh and friends denies any memory of the alleged event.” Omitting this fact from the New York Times story is one of the worst cases of journalistic malpractice in recent memory.

    Note: Late Sunday, the New York Times “updated” their article to admit it originally “did not include” the rather meaningful piece of information that the alleged victim did not recall the alleged assault.

    If the charges are deconstructed – isn’t it delightful what current, Leftist hysterics require us to do nowadays? – other problems with their relevance surface:

    If Kavanaugh’s “friends pushed his penis,” then isn’t it an allegation of wrongdoing against Kavanaugh’s “friends,” not Kavanaugh himself? Surely even a modern liberal Yalie who’s been to one of those weird non-sexual “naked parties” would recognize both the female student and Kavanaugh are both alleged victims in this alleged incident, barring an additional allegation that a college-aged Kavanaugh asked his “friends” to “push his penis.”

    This new allegation is supposed to harken back to and buttress those brought forth by Kavanaugh’s Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez 2018.

    “She and some classmates had been drinking heavily,” report Pogrebin and Kelly,

    “when, she says, a freshman named Brett Kavanaugh pulled down his pants and thrust his penis at her, prompting her to swat it away and inadvertently touch it. Some of the onlookers, who had been passing around a fake penis earlier in the evening, laughed.”

    The writers downplay Ramirez’s own doubts about whether Kavanaugh did what she now claims. Instead? They load their Times account with details that are supposed to demonstrate Ramirez’s formerly under-privileged status:

    She had to sell ice cream during the summer in high school, bought a cheap car, and only had an above-ground swimming pool as a teenager (the horror).

    As opposed to many, many kids in America who have to borrow mom or dad’s wheels and resort to the local lake or town pool?

    None of these details corroborates her accusation against Kavanaugh. But the story is framed to make it seem like Kavanaugh was the type of privileged jerk who might expose himself in front of an under-privileged college classmate.

    Again: “journalistic malpractice”.

    To review, last October McCormack offered reasons why Ramirez’s allegation was questionable:

    Deborah Ramirez is the Yale classmate of Kavanaugh’s who now claims that Kavanaugh exposed himself as a college freshman at a party. Ramirez’s claim was already dubious because (1) named eyewitnesses deny the allegation and (2) Ramirez herself wasn’t sure in recent weeks if Kavanaugh had done what she now alleges. “Ms. Ramirez herself contacted former Yale classmates asking if they recalled the incident and told some of them that she could not be certain Mr. Kavanaugh was the one who exposed himself,” the New York Times reported. Ramirez was only willing to make the allegation, the New Yorker reported, after “six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney.”

    Pogrebin and Kelly write that a couple of students declare they had heard about the alleged incident in the days after it allegedly occurred. The authors offer no evidence of any first-hand witnesses to corroborate it, however.

    Meanwhile, we already knew last fall

    that the “corroborating” source for Ramirez’s claim, classmate Kenneth Appold, was not present when the alleged incident occurred, but Appold told the New Yorker he was “one-hundred-percent-sure” he heard about it from an eyewitness. Shortly before Kavanaugh was confirmed, the New Yorker reported that Appold’s supposed eyewitness “said that he had no memory of the incident.”

    McCormack allows that Pogrebin and Kelly’s book might be stronger than their essay, but he remains skeptical. Writing for the Times, Hanna Rosin points out in her review of the book, “In the end they turn up no smoking gun.”

    As with so many of the previous slurs against then-Supreme Court nominee/ now-high court Justice Brett Kavanaugh … that’s a problem. But you’ll pardon me for presuming that shortfall will make zero difference to pro-abortion, LGBTQ-activist, progressive, big-state secularists, rabid with loathing toward Trump-appointed Kavanaugh.

    H/T: John McCormack/National Review

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