Kavanaugh: Tried by Innuendo, Guilty by Media
Kavanaugh: Tried by Innuendo, Guilty by Media
For more than a week, the media has blasted the “news” about Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh allegedly attempting to assault a woman back in high school. Demands for his confirmation to be denied rose to a almost all-pervasive roar even before the woman behind the accusation stepped forward. Finally, at the end of this past week, we learned her name: Christine Blasey Ford. While making the morning news show rounds, her attorney said Ford would testify before the Senate. Because of that, the vote scheduled to have taken place last week was rescheduled to this week. But hold your horses. Now Ford has called a “king’s x”. Nope, she won’t testify. Not yet, at any rate. She has conditions. She wants the FBI to investigate her allegations first. Hmm, between the timing of Senator Diane Feinstein’s release of Ford’s accusation against Kavanaugh to this, one could almost make a case for the Democrats grandstanding and doing anything and everything possible to derail the hearing. Why does the term, “by hook or by crook” come to mind?
Ford contends there should be an investigation into what happened before she is put “on national television to relive this traumatic and harrowing incident.” She further claims the investigation should be conducted by the FBI.
What the good professor, and her Soros-backed attorney, seem to forget is the investigation is for the Senate Judiciary Committee to do, not the FBI.
The FBI does not do investigations like this. The responsibility falls to us.
Chairman @ChuckGrassley has moved our committee vote to accommodate Dr. Ford’s lawyer’s offer on TV yesterday to have her client testify before the Judiciary Committee.
We should proceed as planned.
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) September 19, 2018
Isn’t it strange how Ford wants to save herself from possible embarrassment but has absolutely no qualms about putting Judge Kavanaugh and his family through it. Her accusation, with nothing to back it up and without her being willing to testify, is “traumatic and harrowing” for them. But they, in the grand scheme of Democratic thinking, don’t matter.
Or at least they don’t seem to where the media is concerned. Instead of devoting a segment to Judge Kavanaugh’s response to the allegations, you have less than a minute in a more than 3 minute segment going over what Kavanaugh said before then cutting to Ford’s attorney and her take on what should happen.
No bias there, just as there isn’t any in the fact so few in the mainstream media are asking why Sen. Feinstein sat on the letter that started this whole hist storm for so long?
Instead, we have Anderson Cooper and others all but fawning over Ford’s demands, via her attorney, for “a full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the Committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions.” We have other stories attempting to build sympathy for Ford because she has allegedly been forced from her home over fears for her safety. Where are the articles about the impact these allegations have had on Judge Kavanaugh and his family? Where is the concern that the facts be assessed in a non-partisan manner FOR Judge Kavanaugh’s benefit?
We even have Sen. Feinstein, who sat on the Ford’s accusations, saying, “Now, I can’t say everything’s truthful. I don’t know.” Of course, she also says, “it’s really too bad that no one called her, or called her lawyer.” Yeah, maybe they would have if Feinstein told them about the letter before the hearings had basically ended. But few in the media are pointing this out or asking the good senator, and I use that term loosely, why.
Instead, we have Hillary Clinton, telling us Ford deserves the benefit of the doubt. Now, I don’t know what they taught her in law school, but it should have been that the accused gets the benefit of the doubt. It’s certainly something she advocated for when it was her husband being accused of sexual misconduct. Funny, isn’t it, how her tune has changed. Bill Clinton deserved every benefit of the doubt when, as President, he was accused of having “sexual relations” with a White House intern. But Judge Kavanaugh, accused of something that may or may not have happened decades ago, apparently doesn’t get the same sort of consideration.
And let’s not forget Sen. Mazie Hirono who wants all men to sit down and shut up.
Then you have the New York Times giving a platform to Anita Hill. She’s going to tell us how to get the Kavanaugh hearings right because things were done so wrong in the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings.
Despite the subtext in much of her article, Professor Hill does get a few things right. First, “[r]efrain from pitting the public interest in confronting sexual harassment against the need for a fair confirmation hearing.” Second, select a “neutral investigative body” to look into the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh because such investigators are less likely to be tainted by partisanship.
Her third point, not to rush the hearings, falls right into the trap set by the Democrats. If they’d really wanted to avoid partisanship and give the committee time to investigate the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh in a timely manner, this would have been brought to the committee’s attention more than a month ago. But that didn’t suit their timeline. They didn’t want the hearing to end and a vote to happen before the mid-term elections. To further delay only postpones the inevitable, assuming Judge Kavanaugh doesn’t throw his hands up in the air and say a seat on the Supreme Court isn’t worth the heartache this has caused his family.
Finally, while Ford does deserve “the respect of being addressed and treated as a whole person.,” so does Judge Kavanaugh. That is what the media and too many others have forgotten. Justice may be blind but she isn’t supposed to be deaf and dumb as well. This is still a nation where one is presumed innocent.
Unless, of course, you are a man accused of sexually harassing or assaulting a woman. Then, according to some, the rules no longer apply. Then it is trial by innuendo and guilty by media.
We are better than that as a country. The Dems need to remember that because, if they don’t get their blue wave (and, signs are getting stronger they won’t), there will be hell to pay afterwards–for them. If there is a blue wave, heaven help this nation.
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