WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Critics from both political sides have slammed The New York Times for publishing a story that left out significant details regarding Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assault during his college days.
- On Sunday, the paper run a story sourced from an upcoming book that validated the incident where Kavanaugh indecently exposed himself to a female classmate in Yale.
- However, due to a key omission marked by The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway, the paper later modified the piece following backlash from the public.
The New York Times has been taking flak for back-pedaling on its now-revised statements against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Sunday after swift repercussions from both sides including “The View” taking issue with the Gray Lady.
On Sunday, The New York Times walked back a combustive report about a reemerged sexual assault allegation by Kavanaugh during his time at Yale. This story was adapted from an upcoming book by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly that claimed a then college student Kavanaugh exposing himself to a female classmate at a party, is a confirmed incident.
But after The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway highlighted a glaring omission from her review of the book, the newspaper later edited the explosive story after being bashed over the gaffe by social media.
The updated version now revealed the relevant detail that the alleged victim’s friends said that she did not recall the supposed sexual assault. It also included for the first time that the alleged victim who has refused interviews, has made no other comment about the incident. As a result, critics from across the political spectrum united and slammed the paper.
Conservative strategist Chris Barron told Fox News that the Kavanaugh story is the latest example that The Times “has abandoned any pretext of journalistic integrity,” adding that the paper ought to be treated the same way the White House treats the Vox or Slate.
GOP chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel, who called the outlet “disgraceful” tweeted, “The New York Times left out critical evidence – all to push their own narrative.”
Liberals and never-Trumpers were equally outraged with the Gray Lady.
While MSNBC’s anti-Trump host Joe Scarborough said it “was a stunning decision to leave that central fact out of an article filled with damning accusations”, NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik tweeted, “One can’t argue that that fact didn’t need to be in the Kavanaugh story from the outset.”
Calling The Times a ‘once universally respected paper of record’, Mediaite columnist John Ziegler commented: “There is absolutely nothing ‘new’ or legitimately credible in the piece, and there are key omissions that should humiliate The Times and, in a rational world, would never have allowed the story to run as it did.”
The latest blunder would even help Trump in 2020, says ABC News’ “The View” co-host Abby Huntsman.
“New York Times, Congratulations. If the president gets reelected you are helping him get there,” said Huntsman on Monday.
Source: Fox News