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Kurtz: Media get vertigo while Rosenstein frenzy
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the chaos to news that the Deputy attorney-General, Rod Rosenstein, was summoned to the White house and is expected to be triggered.
The second allegation of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh, published by the New Yorker, seems to me to be highly problematic.
The New York Times, having examined the same claim for weeks, decided to publish anything, because it could not confirm the story of the woman Deborah Ramirez. And New York has no first-hand confirmation of her allegation that Kavanaugh, sat down next to her at a party.
I say this as a admirer of Ronan Farrow, the story is the co-author, whose meticulous reporting, subjected to sexual misconduct on the part of Harvey Weinstein, Les Moonves and New York ex-state attorney General Eric Schneiderman, among others. But I don’t think that this piece, which confirms its many holes, and released against a ticking clock, is up to his usual standard.
Politically, however, it is a setback for Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. The prosecution of Christine Ford from a drunken attack in high school, if it can be proven or not, was the sole focus of the furor, to bear witness to on the way to a Saturday showdown Thursday following your preliminary deal. It seemed to be a “one-off” in an otherwise largely flawless career.
But to believe now, those who choose, Ramirez can tell, there is a pattern of bad behavior by President Trump nominated. The Dianne Feinstein, both Democrats, to agree with Chuck Grassley, the Ford hear, are now calling for a further delay. And Michael Avenatti, the Stormy Daniels is a lawyer, says he represents a woman with allegations against Kavanaugh (although he teases sometimes and not deliver). All of these cloud the confirmation waters.
In the article by Farrow and Jane Mayer, Ramirez describes an alleged incident in which she and Kavanaugh student at Yale University in the early 1980s. But here is the blinking red light, the concerns of each subsequent word of the piece:
“At first she was hesitant to speak publicly, in part because their memories contained gaps, because they had been drinking at the time of the alleged incident. In your preliminary talks with the New Yorker, she was about your hate, Kavanaugh’s role in the alleged incident with security.”
It was only after the “six days of carefully your memories, and consultation with your lawyer,” Ramirez felt “self-aware” enough to have the charges against Kavanaugh.
Gaps. Drink. Six Days.
To say, this makes guessing your account is a huge understatement.
Check now, what is The New York Times says that in the reporting on this:
“The Times interviewed had several dozen people in the last week, in an attempt to confirm their story, and no one could, with first-Hand knowledge. Ms. Ramirez even contacted asked former Yale classmates, whether she recalled the incident and said some of them that you can’t be sure, Mr. Kavanaugh was the one who exposed himself.”
The times, not the right thing to do, to publish. (Farrow, says the paper could not be published because Ramirez spoke with the New York only.)
And Kavanaugh, says in a statement: “This alleged event of 35 years ago didn’t happen. The people that knew me, then you know that this is not going to happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple.”
In Ramirez’s account, they had drunk was at the party, in the Lawrence Hall and on the ground, “foggy and push their words,” as two male students cheered on Kavanaugh. (The two of them, which were not named, said they had no recollection of this incident.)
“A third male student then, continued to look at her. “I remember a penis in front of my face,” she said. “I knew that is not what I wanted, even in this state of mind.’ She remembered the remark, “This is not a real penis,” and the other students laugh at confusion, and taunted her, you encourage him to ‘kiss’ …
“She remembers Kavanaugh Stand to your right, and laugh, and pulls off his pants. ‘The Board laughed,” she said. “I can still see his face.'”
A terrible incident, if true. But now to the question of confirmation.
The New York “contact with several dozen classmates from Ramirez and Kavanaugh” and “has not been confirmed, with other witnesses, that Kavanaugh was at the party.”
A big fat zero.
All the magazine has a second-hand account, a classmate “, rejected, identified,” who “said that another student told him of the incident on the night of the party, or in the next day or two.”
That seems pretty weak.
Oh, and for those who think that the partisan, Farrow looks said, “Good Morning America” that Ramirez “came to us, because the Senate Democrats were on the search for this claim. It has no flag.”
Farrow defended the piece in a round of morning show interviews to tell George Stephanopoulos that Ramirez, the gaps in memory are “very much typical with these stories, if you are dealing with drama and alcohol.” He told CNN’s “New day” and the article “a strong evidentiary basis.”
I’m not automatically the dismissal of Ramirez’s claim, but in view of the problems, which will be used with your account, it necessarily to cast Ford-hit charge as part of an eleventh-hour job, especially since Feinstein sat on Ford letters for months.
Kelly Anne Conway told the “CBS This Morning” to feel that “this begins, like a giant left-wing conspiracy.” (For younger readers, she’s famous right-wing conspiracy comment after plays from Hillary ‘, the Monica Lewinsky story broke.)
The media has reacted rather cautiously to the Deborah Ramirez account of Christine Ford’s accusations. Maybe it will wind-up, is nowhere to be found, if it is of the essence no delay on Thursday, Ford’s hearing and the GOP on a vote of soon after.
This, again, is up to the three or so Republican senators to sway their votes either safe or derail Kavanaugh’s ascent to the Supreme court.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.