Accuracy in Media

Vox reporter Ella Nilsen gave her readers imbalanced reporting about the state of play surrounding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in her article, “Progressive activists think they have a shot at stopping Brett Kavanaugh.”

Without interviewing any Republicans on or off Capitol Hill, Vox stated that “What was looking nearly impossible earlier this summer is now looking considerably more possible.”

Vox cited activist outbursts at the Senate and two women claiming that Kavanaugh sexually harassed them as evidence that Republicans will fail in their desires to seat Kavanaugh on the bench.

But Vox didn’t mention that the allegations have been met with skepticism by many senators, particularly the more recent allegation published by the New Yorker, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted about: “Here are the facts before us: This is an allegation of misconduct which all four supposed witnesses either flatly contradict or are unable to back up. It’s not just one alleged witness disagreeing with the allegations — it’s literally every person who was supposedly there.”

Vox quoted an activist who said she saw momentum in the push against Kavanaugh.

“‘Over the last six to seven weeks, I have begun to have a sense of optimism,’ said Ana Maria Archila, co-director of CPD Action, one of the groups organizing the protests.”

Vox did not mention in the piece, posted Monday at 8:30 p.m. EDT, long after a Senate floor speech given Monday by McConnell, who controls the Senate voting process, and a speech at the Values Voter Summit on Friday giving a full-throated defense of Kavanaugh and vows to ensure he’s seated.

“I want to make it perfectly clear, Mr. President,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “Judge Kavanaugh will be voted on here on the Senate floor. Up or down on the Senate floor, this fine nominee to the Supreme Court will receive a vote in this Senate in the near future.”

“In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court,” McConnell said at the Value Voters Summit. “So my friends, keep the faith, don’t get rattled by all of this. We’re going to plow right through it and do our job.”

Vox also reported that “[Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey] Ford says she is receiving death threats and has had to move her family out of her home for going public with her story,” without a mention that the Kavanaughs have said they have also been receiving death threats as well.

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