Two days ago, The New York Times published an article in its News Analysis section recounting a previously uncorroborated claim that now Justice Brett Kavanaugh had shoved his penis into the face of an intoxicated woman at a dorm party while an undergrad at Yale. Within the mountains of paragraphs detailing the incident, Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, the authors of the piece, a new and similar claim of sexual assault was made, but this time with a twist.
Pogrebin and Kelly focus primarily on the claim made by Deborah Ramirez, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh, which alleged the Supreme Court Justice had stood over her, and dangled his ding dong in her face while she was nearly blacked out drunk, thus robbing her of her innocence and making her feel unwelcome at the university. A truly heinous act if true. Kavanaugh “pulled down his pants and thrust his penis at her, prompting her to swat it away and inadvertently touch it,” the NY Times authors wrote.
Though Ramirez now claims to have 25 individuals willing to back her story, in the original story when the story broke, The New Yorker reported, “[Ramirez] was at first hesitant to speak publicly, partly because her memories contained gaps” due to alcohol consumption at the time of the incident, and it had taken her “six days” to fully recall all critical details, through the use of a lawyer I might add. This doesn’t sound very solid already. The article also adds that no students present at the party could corroborate her story.
Anyhow, that’s not the purpose of this piece. Within the New York Times article, the authors expose another “previously unreported story” surrounding Justice Kavanaugh.
They wrote, “a classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student.” Stier is the CEO of Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit dedicated to fixing management issues in Washington. Stier had allegedly notified the FBI of the incident, though they had taken no steps into investigating this specific case.
“We corroborated the story with two officials who have communicated with Mr. Stier,” they wrote. Though Stier has subsequently refused to speak publicly about the incident, leaving doubt to the credibility of the claim, seeing as though the only witness so such an incident refuses to make any open statement about it; considering it was notable enough to report the claim to the FBI during the Kavanaugh hearings.
Here’s the kicker; the New York Times previously ended that segment there, leaving no context to the alleged victim’s point of view. However, hours later, the Times came back and added a correction to the article stating, “the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say she does not recall the episode.”
It’s marvelous that the New York Times can get away with reporting an incident that even the alleged victim denies or has no memory of. Sure, journalists get information wrong from time to time, and it’s ethical to add corrections to missed details, but when the victim herself reportedly has no knowledge of the claim made in her honor, which was known at the time of publication, one has to wonder why every mistake made by the mainstream media is favors one side of the political spectrum.
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