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Kurtz: Anita Hill, Christine Ford, a huge cultural change
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs Kavanaugh in the culture and media change, of Anita Hill’s testimony for today’s upcoming testimony with Christine Ford against the Board.
According to the nation the testimony of Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas, the Supreme Court nomination was tied up by the Senate came to a vote.
Democrats controlled the Senate. Joe Biden was the chair of the hearing.
And yet Thomas was confirmed, with 11 Democrats, 41 Republicans to join the margin of victory (and two Republicans voting against him).
That would be unthinkable today. The Hyper-partisan nature of today’s politics would never allow that so many Democrats nominated for the deficiency in favor of a Republican President, one who was not only extremely conservative, but had a last-minute allegation of sexual harassment.
To say with Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination is now on the line after an eleventh-hour free-of-charge of the long-past sexual assault, it is a cliché that America is quite different than it was back in 1991. In fact, it is very different to that of 1998, when most of the Democrats put Bill Clinton in spite of numerous sex scandals, including his affair with a White House Intern.
The cultural landscape of now also includes Bill Cosby (who is doomed, in the next week) and a #MeToo movement, cost powerful men their jobs in Hollywood, the media, Silicon Valley, and many other businesses and areas of life. With more female officers, there is an automatic presumption that women are entitled to such accusations, a fair hearing.
That is why Christine Blasey Ford that came with a harrowing story of what you tried to rape cried, when she and Kavanaugh were high school students, presented such a serious threat to the judicial confirmation.
But in the last day or so, this threat seems to be sobering.
If the Republicans invited Ford to a hearing next Monday, she had a Prime opportunity to make your case. A credible appearance, even with Kavanaugh steadfast denial, it would be difficult to approve at least some GOP senators, him for the high court.
But Ford, after he is through her lawyer, she was willing to testify, balking. She is balking, although Chuck Grassley offered her the opportunity, testified in a private session (but mitigated the public impact of their appearance). And the air takes from the Kavanaugh opposition.
Mika Brzezinski, the liberal MSNBC and a women’s rights activist, said yesterday that, if Ford is not the statement, “you have to ask, what to do, the Republicans, except to demand a voice … this is something that happens in high school. This is a must go to, your voice. There is no other way to him. No one can do it for you, misery how can that be.”
Across the political spectrum, National Review, David French agreed:
“It is, of course, extremely difficult for a person to face cross-examination. It is even more difficult when, after examination, is based on memories so painful, and so far in the distant past.” But, he said, it is of vital importance to our legal system.
Now I get why this is so daunting for Christina Ford. She has, according to The New York Times, received death threats, moved out of her house, away from their children, and is “essentially in hiding.” She is now abuse a ton of online, along with a lot of support. It is a sad spectacle that underlines why she was reluctant to go to the public in the first place.
But for Ford to an FBI investigation, before it is displayed, whether you agree or not, is overplaying their hand. It turns what was an alleged history of moral indignation, which in a process of history. Now we are sending Grassley offer to a team to interview Ford in California. Maybe she’s just cold feet.
Some of the smaller developments are not going to help your case. Mark judge Kavanaugh friend by the name of Ford, as Kavanaugh joined in the attack on a party (and who has confirmed a teenage alcoholic), has denied that the party or involved in such an attack.
A woman named Cristina King Miranda wrote on Facebook that she knew that Ford and Kavanaugh in high school and that “the incident was spoken of for days then in school. Kavanaugh should stop lying.” But the Ford account, told anyone for 30 years, and Miranda deleted the post. (“I’m not going to do more [sic] interviews. No more circus,” she tweeted yesterday.)
Patrick J. Smyth, said at the Georgetown Prep with Kavanaugh, said in a statement that he understands, he’s identified the person who was of Ford as a “PJ” supposedly present at the party: “I have no knowledge of the party in question, nor do I have knowledge of the allegations of inappropriate behavior leveled has Kavanaugh against the Board.” It is not clear why he believes that Ford called him.
All of this dramatized how difficult it is to prove that a 36-year-old a claim, without witnesses, without an address, and without at least an approximate date. And without Ford’s statement that it is very likely, where it remains.
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.