Accuracy in Media

Despite renewed calls from multiple 2020 Democratic Party presidential candidates and some television pundits and analysts to impeach Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the mainstream media outlet Politico poked holes in their impeachment argument.

A recent New York Times piece claimed there was another sexual misconduct allegation levied against Kavanaugh, but the details were obscured by the Times’ editors. Only after public outcry did the newspaper revise their article and decided to include the information that the alleged accuser did not recall the specific incident in question.

Politico reported that senior Democrats in the Senate moved “quickly to snuff out calls to impeach Brett Kavanaugh, arguing those tactics are unrealistic and politically harmful.” Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told Politico, “Get real,” to make his point of the implausibility of getting an impeachment through Congress. Also, because the Senate has a Republican majority, it would be unlikely it would go through the Senate. As Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said, “Mitch McConnell would block any impeachment. So that’s a moot point.”

Also, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said that he would not move for a Kavanaugh impeachment because he is focused on impeaching President Donald Trump.

Politico’s article is a stark contrast from the rest of the mainstream media, which reported on the New York Times allegations and the resulting fallout from the news. Much of the media’s coverage portrayed impeachment as a viable option by quoting 2020 Democratic Party candidates, but not recognizing the political realities in the Senate (i.e. Republican majority in the Senate).

Adding to context, if Kavanaugh were impeached, he would be the second sitting Supreme Court justice to undergo impeachment proceedings in the history of the United States. Samuel Chase was impeached by the House of Representatives in 1805, but the Senate declined to move impeachment proceedings forward, which killed the impeachment efforts. In other words, it would be difficult for Democratic Party lawmakers to impeach Kavanaugh in both the House of Representatives and Senate because it has never been done before.

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