Skip to comments.Press Pack Set Aside Standards in Zeal to Smear Brett Kavanaugh
Posted on 10/09/2018 4:26:28 PM PDT by Kaslin
Of course Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was angry.
When he was about to win confirmation, Senate Democrats produced an accusation from his high school years more than three decades old. Partisans and like-minded journalists automatically believed the accuser, a California professor, even though she could not corroborate her story.
And when Kavanaugh talked back to his Democratic accusers on the Senate Judiciary Committee, they used his anger to argue that he lacked the temperament to sit on the big bench. CNN devoted hours to the unseemliness of his anger, with little thought to how dirty the news media looked for its role in the sliming of Kavanaugh.
But really, it's journalists who, in their zeal to prove Kavanaugh is too partisan and unable to control himself, came across as too partisan and unable to control themselves.
Consider the Oct. 1 New York Times story about a 1985 barroom brawl at which then Yale undergraduate Kavanaugh "was accused of throwing ice on another patron." The story fit the media narrative of a frat boy who couldn't hold his liquor, so of course the Times ran it.
The Gray Lady could not have found a better vehicle to make its reporters look as if they are out to get conservatives.
One of the two writers who shared the story's byline is Emily Bazelon, a Yale professor who this summer tweeted that she opposed Kavanaugh because "he's a 5th vote for a hard-right turn on voting rights and so much more." That doesn't make her reporting erroneous, but it confirms that Kavanaugh's high school and college years are considered fair game because he is conservative.
"They don't talk about his last 35 years," President Donald Trump complained at a recent campaign rally -- hitting a media soft spot. Too often the press pack concentrates on chew toys while ignoring the meat.
Also on Monday, CNN ran breathless live coverage of a former classmate who said that, contrary to Kavanauagh's testimony, he believes Kavanaugh had drunk so much that he passed out -- even though he admitted he never saw him passed out.
The Times also reported on an accusation, first reported in the New Yorker, made by former Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez. Ramirez said Kavanaugh exposed himself at a dormitory party.
The Times interviewed dozens of people, none of whom corroborated the story, and learned that Ramirez told former classmates she could not be sure Kavanaugh was the student who exposed himself -- and still ran the story.
Tuesday, NBC News aired an exclusive interview with a third accuser, Julie Swetnick. Network reporter Kate Snow warned viewers, "NBC News for the record has not been able to independently verify her claims. There are things that she told us on camera that differ from her written statement last week."
In a media feeding frenzy, a source does not have to be credible to rate a story in the nation's reputed paper of record or a one-on-one on network news. Journalists cover their backsides by reporting that they have no corroboration to support -- and that's supposed to make it OK.
The last time Gallup polled on American trust of the media, in September 2016, only 34 percent of Americans said they had a great or fair amount of trust in newspapers, TV and radio.
It's the lack of self-knowledge among journalists as to how bad they look when they toss aside their own standards that makes it so easy for Americans to hate us.
The press has standards?
Standards? WTH is that?
The press has standards? Who knew?
They are Fake News.
Trump is right.
Smearing the right is their standard.
given this study was done prior to even more millions waking up to the FakeNewsMSM, I’d say trust is in negative territory now:
18 Apr 2016: NBC: AP: Bad News: Just 6 Percent of People Say They Trust the Media
Just 6 percent of people say they have a lot of confidence in the media, putting the news industry about equal to Congress and well below the public’s view of other institutions. In this presidential campaign year, Democrats were more likely to trust the news media than Republicans or independents...
Faced with ever-increasing sources of information, Americans also are more likely to rely on news that is up-to-date, concise and cites expert sources or documents, according to a study by the Media Insight Project, a partnership of The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute...
The poll shows that accuracy clearly is the most important component of trust.
Nearly 90 percent of Americans say it’s extremely or very important that the media get their facts correct, according to the study...
The Press is Evil and do not deserve the freedom to lie!
Impossible. They have no standards.
There are “Standards in Zeal”?
The good to come from all this Democrat crap storm is that the public has seen through it and is fairly PO’ed at the Dems. If the elections were tomorrow, the DEM would he handed their heads on a plate. Hopefully, voters will stay angry.
Beat me to it.... “standards” hogwash.
The press shook hands with the devil and they didnt let go! They will be important only in their own mind!
That is interesting. It suggests that more people are looking for quality, verifiable information than ever before. That can only be a good thing.
Hate is too soft a word for my attitude toward the MSM.
34%, loving and living the lie.
The Democrat Party is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the MSN. Some time in the last year ownership has passed from the educational establishment to CNN, NBC, ABC, NYT and SeeBS. The party takes its orders from the editorial pages and talking heads. Orwellian I know but this is how things have evolved. No need to listen to Democrats just tune in your local TV.
ANYTHING MORE?? ANYONE??
His anger was justified. His restraint was not. He would have been justified in unloading on his false accusers.
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