Today’s paragraphs come to us from Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, writing for thefederalist.com.
In her just-published commentary, Ms. Hemingway asks a simple, logical question regarding the Brett Kavanaugh “investigation” – but one that I strongly expect will be anathema to the people she asks it about.
Here are the paragraphs. See if you agree:
What happened to the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct levied against Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation battle? The claims ranged from Christine Blasey Ford’s remotely plausible if unsubstantiated allegation of a violent attempted rape to Michael Avenatti’s completely outlandish and also unsubstantiated allegation of hosting serial gang rape parties.
From September 12 to October 6, the claims absolutely dominated all major media. They ran on the front pages of all major newspapers and filled the hours on cable and network news. Magazine journalists at The New Yorker ran with the claims, despite massive corroboration problems.
The claims were taken so seriously by the media and some U.S. senators it led to serious delays of the confirmation voting process. A hearing was held during and after which all the talking heads on cable asserted Blasey Ford was completely “credible.” Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, even maneuvered to reopen an FBI investigation to dig into the claims. Then they disappeared. Overnight.
The argument for delaying the confirmation process indefinitely was that everyone needed time to investigate the allegations. The argument underlying the media coverage was that these allegations were “credible” and needed to be investigated and reported on given the importance of the lifetime position for which Kavanaugh was nominated. The allegations were hitting in the midst of the Me Too movement, which claims to address sexual assault by powerful men. It should be noted that for a claim to be declared “credible,” it doesn’t need to be verified or have any substantiating evidence but merely that journalists and pundits “believe” it or find it possible.
If it was important to investigate the claims because Kavanaugh was up for a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court, it remains just as important to investigate it now that he’s been confirmed. This would be true even if impeachment were not an option if the allegations were ever substantiated. That impeachment is an option makes the October silence even weirder. Why did media outlets go from hourly updates on this story to dropping it like it’s hot?
Does Ms. Hemingway have a valid point?
Well, for openers, ask yourself what you have seen or heard about Brett Kavanaugh from our mainstream media, since he was confirmed by the Senate.
As Hemingway points out, if the claims alleged against Mr. Kavnanaugh were in any way credible, if they were even partially true, how can they not be investigated past the point that Kavanaugh is handed a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court?
Where are the updates by the same mainstream media which breathlessly provided them – whether there was any new information or not – right up to the Senate confirmation vote? Where is the evidence from any of Judge Kavanaugh’s accusers beyond the unsubstantiated, uncorroborated and, in the case of avenatti’s joke, julie swetnick, asinine on steroids claims they had made?
And, while we’re on the subject, what about those media assurances that christine blasey ford “had nothing to gain” by coming forward…and then finding out that she collected almost $1,000,000 in #gofundme contributions? Is it unfair to ask when those same media are going to check on what happened to that money….and, maybe, point out that if she kept it she had A LOT to gain?
Here’s another one you might not be aware of (and don’t expect most media to tell you about): something like $600,000 was contributed to a #gofundme for Judge Kavanaugh…and that he has turned that money down flat.
Do you think christine blasey ford did the same? How much do you figure she ultimately raked in…and how much went to her “pro bono” lawyer, left wing activist Debra Katz?
I award Mollie Ziegler Hemingway Paragraphs Of The Day honors for bringing this up, and reminding us that – once again – the second a supposed scandal doesn’t work out for our severely compromised media – i.e. in this case, Kavanaugh was confirmed – it is dropped like the BS nothingburger it always was.
And if you think this is a one-time anomaly, I suggest you ask Herman Cain about how many investigations media conducted regarding the many women who came forth to accuse him of sexual impropriety…every one of whom disappeared like gas in the wind the minute they got the desired result/he dropped out of 2012 presidential contention.