Accuracy in Media

The New Yorker published Sunday a second accusation of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 

But the magazine failed to confirm any eyewitnesses that Kavanaugh was present at a reported party held at Yale University, at which Deborah Ramirez alleges that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her and forced her to touch his genitals.

Conservative satirist Tim Young pointed out the flawed priorities of The New Yorker: “The New Yorker had time to take Deborah Ramirez out for a nice photo shoot, but they didn’t have time to find witnesses to confirm that Kavanaugh was even at the party,” he tweeted.

The New York Times reported that: “The Times had interviewed several dozen people over the past week in an attempt to corroborate her story, and could find no one with firsthand knowledge.

“Ms. Ramirez herself contacted former Yale classmates asking if they recalled the incident and told some of them that she could not be certain Mr. Kavanaugh was the one who exposed himself.”

By the New Yorker’s own admission, Ramirez was reluctant to speak with certainty on the allegation:

“In her initial conversations with The New Yorker, she was reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh’s role in the alleged incident with certainty,” wrote New Yorker writers Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer.

It took six days of “assessing her memories” for Ramirez to be willing to publicly state that she recalled Kavanaugh allegedly committing the misconduct, and this claim came only after consulting with an attorney provided by Democrats.

“After six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections… Senate aides from Ramirez’s home state of Colorado alerted a lawyer, Stanley Garnett, a former Democratic district attorney in Boulder, who currently represents her.”

The New Yorker reported that a former student who said she was best friends with Ramirez said she never told her about the incident despite their close friendship.

“The former friend who was married to the male classmate alleged to be involved, and who signed the statement, said of Ramirez, ‘This is a woman I was best friends with. We shared intimate details of our lives. And I was never told this story by her, or by anyone else. It never came up. I didn’t see it; I never heard of it happening.’”


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