Accuracy in Media


After Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination cleared a key procedural vote in the Senate, several media outlets reported that the FBI did not sufficiently investigate Christine Blasey Ford’s claims against the judge.

In  “Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination Advanced by Senate,” Jennifer Bendery and Arthur Delaney of HuffPost wrote: “Ford testified about her memory of the assault last week and, because of a last-minute request by Flake, Republicans postponed Senate votes to give the Federal Bureau of Investigation more time to investigate Ford’s claim. The FBI wrapped up its investigation late Wednesday, prompting Democrats to complain that the bureau hadn’t interviewed enough people with relevant information, such as Ford’s friends she’d previously told about the assault.”

The piece then quoted Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) saying, “’I think I’ve made my case as best I could. The materials are what they are, and it is now left to senators to reach their conclusions. I do not think we’ve done as thorough and fulsome a job of assessing the facts and the allegations as we should have.”

Not mentioned were Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s remarks that these additional people were not interviewed because they had no relevant information and did not witness the events in question. It also did not mention that some Democratic senators, including Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) had conceded the investigation was thorough.

In running down the calculus for final passage, CNN took a shot at McConnell.

“Kavanaugh repeatedly denied the allegation, but emotional testimony Ford delivered to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, and the judge’s own explosive and partisan performance raised doubts about his temperament and left his hopes hanging by a threat,” CNN’s Stephen Collinson and Clare Foran wrote in “Senate votes to advance Kavanaugh nomination to final Saturday vote.”

As for McConnell: “In the tense moments before the vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for whom a conservative Supreme Court majority would represent a career-defining achievement, accused Democrats of trying to derail Kavanaugh’s nomination with delaying tactics and obstruction – even though he is possibly Washington’s most accomplished master of the dark arts.”




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