The battle over Brett Kavanaugh is almost over. It looks like he gets his lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, but oh, have the news media made him pay for it.
It was always a problem for Kavanaugh that he was the one chosen to fill the crucial swing seat on the court (even more of a problem that he was a white man), but now that Democrats and their media friends have run out of ways to delay his confirmation, the obituaries have been written.
The press, meanwhile, is turning Christine Blasey Ford into a hero for coming forward with her claim that couldn’t be corroborated, even by a good friend that Ford said was at the house where it happened.
Kavanaugh, on the other hand, is the untouchable. (And don’t forget that he’s a white man — ew!)
Thursday evening, when it was clear Kavanaugh was likely headed for confirmation, the liberal New York Times editorial board said everyone involved in the process, even Democrats, had “failed.”
Everyone except Ford, who the Times said “presented the one image of dignity and calm in this howling maelstrom.”
And Kavanaugh, because he reacted emotionally at his hearing last week to accusations of inappropriate conduct, blackout drunkenness, and involvement in gang rapes, was, according to the Times, “a jerk.”
Feminist writer Roxane Gay laid it on thick Friday in the same paper, commending Ford for “speaking her truth in front of the nation” and having “the courage to come forward out of a sense of patriotic duty, the greater good.”
On Kavanaugh, Gay shrugged and said Ford’s accusation may end up with him “losing this career opportunity,” as if being called a drunken sexual predator in front of the nation were merely a matter of receiving a college rejection letter.
Washington Post writer Jennifer Rubin on Friday called Ford’s testimony “entirely credible” while bemoaning the “baggage” that Kavanaugh “totes,” should he make it through confirmation — a confirmation, she says, that “will taint him and the Supreme Court.”
“Baggage” is usually defined as something a person brings to a situation because of their own explicit doing. The “baggage” Kavanaugh supposedly carries is unproven accusations and a pissed-off news media, neither of which he has any control over.
But that doesn’t matter. Ford is the hero, and Kavanaugh is the leper.
Time magazine featured an illustration of Ford on its latest cover, heralding her influence on the national discourse over sexual assault.
“The facts remain unsettled, and Ford’s testimony may not prevent Kavanaugh’s confirmation,” Time’s Haley Sweetland Edwards wrote in the story. “But it was a powerful warning that wealth, status, and a record of professional accomplishments were no longer enough to override credible allegations of sexual assault, no matter when they occurred. To young men, it was a message that drunken violence could shadow them all their lives. And to victims, Ford’s testimony was an invitation to speak up, no matter how powerful the accused, no matter how long ago the attack. People will listen, the country seemed to reassure them. We will believe you.”
Only in the national media can “the facts remain unsettled,” and yet we can still be assured that “we believe” any woman who directly accuses a man of sexual misconduct.
If the facts “remain unsettled,” shouldn’t everyone still be, at least, equally unsettled?
Time magazine: Nah!
It can never be said enough that every single witness put forward by Ford and Kavanaugh’s two other accusers, have either denied any memory of the alleged events or outright refuted that they ever could have even taken place.
The Time article continued, “[E]ven if Kavanaugh joins the bench, Ford has cemented herself as a historic figure. In her courage, many Americans saw the opposite of everything they think is wrong with Washington.”
Perhaps “many Americans” did see that in Ford.
But in the press’ coverage, many Americans saw everything they think is wrong with the media.