NBC News deliberately hid vital information that would have helped clear Brett Kavanaugh of the serial rape allegations Julie Swetnick and her attorney, Michael Avenatti, leveled against him.
On September 16, Kavanaugh and his loved ones were dropped into a pit of hell due to allegations of sexual assault from Christine Blasey Ford. Although her story quickly fell apart during public testimony, for the three-plus weeks that would follow, in an effort to derail his confirmation, Democrats and their allies in the establishment media did everything in their power to personally destroy this man as a drunken serial rapist.
NBC News and Avenatti played a huge role in this obscene smear campaign. One notable example was NBC breathlessly publishing and airing an assault allegation against Kavanaugh that was quickly exposed as a hoax. NBC did not even bother to independently corroborate this allegation prior to airing it. A Democrat handed NBC the smear, and NBC ran with it.
To make matters worse, we now know NBC News withheld crucial information that undermined the allegations made by Swetnick, the Avenatti client who accused a high school-aged Kavanaugh of spiking punch bowls at house parties so he and his buddies could engage in serial rapes.
And we know NBC deliberately withheld this crucial information because NBC is now admitting it had this information all the way back on September 30.
On September 30, a week prior to Kavanaugh’s confirmation, during the most intense days of this scandal, when Kavanaugh’s confirmation was still very much in doubt, here is what NBC did not want the public to know …
If you recall, although he withheld the name, Avenatti tweeted out a sworn statement from a woman who backed up Swetnick’s outrageous rape allegations. In her statement, this second woman swore that she, too, had witnessed Kavanaugh spike punch bowls and take sexual advantage of girls.
Well, unbeknownst to us, NBC interviewed this anonymous witness on September 30, and she recanted!
But only now is NBC News bothering to report this bombshell:
Referring to Kavanaugh spiking the punch, “I didn’t ever think it was Brett,” the woman said to reporters in a phone interview arranged by Avenatti on Sept. 30 after repeated requests to speak with other witnesses who might corroborate Swetnick’s claims.
When asked in the phone interview if she ever witnessed Kavanaugh act inappropriately towards girls, the woman replied, “no.”
Wait, it gets worse …
On October 3, NBC News again spoke to this woman, and this time, she all but accused Avenatti of fabricating her statement:
[R]eached by phone independently from Avenatti on Oct. 3, the woman said she only “skimmed” the declaration. After reviewing the statement, she wrote in a text on Oct. 4 to NBC News: “It is incorrect that I saw Brett spike the punch. I didn’t see anyone spike the punch…I was very clear with Michael Avenatti from day one.”
When pressed about abusive behavior towards girls, she wrote in a text: “I would not ever allow anyone to be abusive in my presence. Male or female.”
And now, we come to the grand conclusion…
When asked about the total contradiction between his client’s sworn statement and what she told NBC, after it no longer matters, NBC now informs us, “At one point, in an apparent effort to thwart the reporting process, [Avenatti] added in the phone call, “How about this, on background, it’s not the same woman. What are you going to do with that?”
So Avenatti’s witness, the woman he brought forward to bolster Swetnick’s serial rape claim, totally recanted to NBC News, and NBC News hid this news until now.
Moreover, NBC News believed Kavanaugh’s chief tormentor — Avenatti — was attempting to “thwart the reporting process,” and NBC also chose to hide this information until long after it mattered.
So what we have here is an NBC News eager to publish completely unfounded allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh while at the same time hiding vitally important information that would have helped to clear Kavanaugh at the most crucial time of this scandal.
In other words, in a partisan effort to derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation, to do its part to keep Kavanaugh off the Supreme Court, NBC News published uncorroborated smears against him and then engaged in a deliberate cover up of a legitimate story that backed up Kavanaugh’s claim of his innocence and his claim that there was a coordinated campaign at work to personally destroy him.
Mollie Hemingway has a brilliant column on the Federalist website asking a very simple question: is the media following up on accusations against Brett Kavanaugh?
The press endorsed all the “misconduct” allegations thrown at the Justice with headlines and TV sound bites. So why has the allegation story gone dormant? As Ms. Hemingway points out, any journalist finding corroboration of charges against Kavanaugh would instantly become a media hero.
But after four weeks - silence of the lambs.
And what about Dr. Christine Ford? She could file criminal charges in Maryland that would have to be investigated by the police. But she has not. Perhaps she’s distracted by her million dollar “go fund me” account.
With full respect, I will answer Mollie Hemingway’s question. The national press no longer seeks the truth. It is content to enthusiastically accuse people especially non-liberal high-profile folks. They almost got Kavanaugh. That was apparently enough. Why investigate further when the facts might show his innocence? Too risky.
A woman who accused Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault admitted to congressional investigators she made up her claims to “get attention.”
According to a letter sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions late Friday afternoon, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley referred Judy Munro-Leighton for criminal prosecution and revealed her actions were part of a ploy to take down Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Given her relatively unique name, Committee investigators were able to use open-source research to locate Ms. Munro-Leighton and determine that she: (1) is a left-wing activist; (2) is decades older than Judge Kavanaugh; and (3) lives in neither the Washington DC area nor California, but in Kentucky.
On November 1, 2018, Committee investigators connected with Ms. Munro-Leighton by phone and spoke with her about the sexual-assault allegations against Judge Kavanaugh she had made to the Committee.
Under questioning by Committee investigators, Ms. Munro-Leighton admitted, contrary to her prior claims, that she had not been sexually assaulted by Judge Kavanaugh and was not the author of the original “Jane Doe” letter. When directly asked by Committee investigators if she was, as she had claimed, the “Jane Doe” from Oceanside California who had sent the letter to Senator Harris, she admitted: “No, no, no. I did that as a way to grab attention.
She further confessed to Committee investigators that (1) she “just wanted to get attention”; (2) “it was a tactic”; and (3) “that was just a ploy.” She told Committee investigators that she had called Congress multiple times during the Kavanaugh hearing process – including prior to the time Dr. Ford’s allegations surfaced – to oppose his nomination.
Regarding the false sexual-assault allegation she made via her email to the Committee, she said: “I was angry, and I sent it out.” When asked by Committee investigators whether she had ever met Judge Kavanaugh, she said: “Oh Lord, no.”
Grassley has also referred Julie Swetnik, Michael Avanetti and an unnamed man for criminal prosecution after making false claims to congressional investigators.
“The Committee is grateful to citizens who come forward with relevant information in good faith, even if they are not one hundred percent sure about what they know … But when individuals intentionally mislead the Committee, they divert Committee resources during time-sensitive investigations and materially impede our work. Such acts are not only unfair; they are potentially illegal,” Grassley wrote.
“It is illegal to make materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements to Congressional investigators. It is illegal to obstruct Committee investigations.”
An investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh by multiple women found that no witnesses could provide evidence to substantiate their claims, a letter to Senate Republicans from the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman said Friday. According to the 414-page report released by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, investigators interviewed more than 40 people, monitored social media and news reports and reviewed evidence provided by the judge and his accusers. “Following the separate and extensive investigations by both the Committee and the FBI, there was no evidence to substantiate any of the claims of sexual assault made against Justice Kavanaugh,” the report states. Grassley said, “Indeed, the evidence appears to support the position that Julie Swetnick and Mr. Avenatti criminally conspired to make materially false statements to the Committee and obstruct the Committee’s investigation.”
On a weekly basis, we watch members of the media hyperbolize or distort reality to fit their politically motivated foregone conclusions. It’s no longer shocking. Many journalists view themselves not as reporters but as vigilantes: they aim not to share the truth, but to sway their readers or viewers in the ideological direction they seem moral. It is no surprise, then, that they often get the story wrong. Blinding bias tends to have that effect.
We recognize that most mainstream outlets don’t like anyone to the right of Nancy Pelosi, so we read and watch reports with a critical eye. Knowing the truth about a person or a situation takes significant effort and digging, and most people get burnt out and eventually don’t bother. The media know this well.
So, we learn to ignore the madness. We become comfortable in the not knowing. We grow content with the realization we will never be told the whole story. Most of us don’t have time to fact-check the fact-checkers, so we unplug and disengage, unwilling to confront the reality that we live in an Orwellian dystopia where ignorance is strength, unsure of whether it’s Eurasia or Eastasia we’re fighting. So, we tune in to the Two Minutes of Hate on Twitter, read and provide our hottakes, and tune out until tomorrow.
But, sometimes, there’s a story that wakes us up from our stupor—something that reminds us of just how tangibly dangerous misinformation is. The media pushes an inch too far, and we erupt.
Cue the Covington coverage. Journalists and pundits ran with an incomplete story about an out-of-context video, showing a student at the March For Life wearing a red MAGA hat smiling in front of a Native American man beating a drum. They said the boy, Nick Sandmann, and the surrounding students were mocking and harassing the man, Nathan Phillips. This, apparently, was an egregious crime. Accordingly, blue checkmarks and the members of the Hollywood Morality Police raged uncontrollably, blaming Donald Trump for inciting this kind of horrific bigotry and calling for the Sandmann’s information to be made public. Others suggested Sandmann should be expelled and that his mom should be fired from her job.
We heard the students had been chanting “build the wall!” and were behaving aggressively. Phillips himself said the kids were to blame for starting the conflict seen on video. The media ran with this. They had to—the story checked all of the boxes they are ever-so-eager to check: white, Christian, pro-life Trump supporter is a racist. They couldn’t have concocted a more delicious recipe if they tried.
Then the truth came out. Nearly two hours of footage was published, and the context it provided exonerated the Sandmann and the other Covington students. As it turns out, members of the cult, Black Hebrew Israelites, were the real perpetrators of hate on the scene, hurling homophobic and racist insults at the teens (haven’t heard a peep from leftists about them, though—fascinating). Phillips marched in-between the two groups, beating his drum, and approached Sandmann. Sandmann stood there, smiling. Other kids stood there, smiling and laughing, too. There is no one shouting “build the wall!”, no student acting in an aggressive manner, no evidence of Sandmann or his peers inciting any chaos.
Understandably, conservatives were outraged. As TheWashington Post noted, we “pounced.” Chris Hayes of MSNBC tweeted that he hadn’t seen the right this worked up over a story since Kavanaugh. He’s absolutely right. Call us crazy, but we have distinct distaste for ruining people’s lives based on a lie. We’re not too keen on exploiting a kid to perpetuate a factless narrative.
The media seem genuinely shocked by this, and, amazingly, downright defensive. Kirsten Powers of CNN concluded that the “real lesson” of all of this is that the media “shouldn’t succumb to orchestrated harassment campaigns against journalists.” Rewire News claimed those who corrected the story were merely “whitewashing white supremacy.” Right. Okay. It’s not journalists’ fault for getting it wrong, it’s everyone else’s fault for correcting them. Because, like, racism, or something. Got it.
I guess this is what AOC meant when she said it’s possible to be morally right while being factually incorrect. The truth doesn’t matter, as long as the “correct” narrative’s still there. Sounds good.
Hayes’s observation of the similarities between the outrage regarding Kavanaugh and Covington was more profound than he likely intended. In both cases, leftists, the media and even a few of their friends on the right maligned Kavanaugh despite the holes in their story. They knew the facts weren’t all there, and they ran with it anyway. We understood then what we understand now about the Covington case: this has much less to do with actions and much more to do with beliefs. Kavanaugh and Sandmann are conservative, white, Christian males. Kavanaugh was nominated by Trump; Sandmann is a Trump supporter. In the inane world of intersectionality, they’re the worst of the worst. Conservatives weren’t going to stand for that kind of bigotry last year, and we’re not willing to stand for it now.
The media seem confused by pushback of this ferocity. So insulated are they in their progressive echo chambers that they forget there are millions who don’t see the world like they do, who are not so quick to believe someone is evil because they’re a white Republican. They seem to particularly underestimate the compassion and passion of non-far-left women, who don’t look at men Kavanaugh and Sandmann and see toxic masculinity and racism but rather see in them the men and boys in our lives that we respect and love.
While it doesn’t appear that members of the media have learned their lesson on the dangers of false reporting, we should learn ours: never stop digging for details and asking for answers. We are alone in our journey to distinguish between fact and fiction, but it’s worth the taking the trek. As we’ve learned again this week, people’s very lives are at risk if we don’t.
the LMS will never report the truth on anything involving Trump or the republicans..they conveniently leave out facts..twist facts and down right lie
just look how they are reporting on the partial government shutdown..immigration...the border wall even lie about the state of the union address..its ludicrous that any logical thinking human being believes anything that the LMS reports anymore..especially outside North America
btw..Trump will be giving the state of the union..just not in Washington DC..the hell with piglosi