MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough said on Wednesday that the media coverage of the sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been “one-sided” and “biased.”
“The media coverage of this has been so one-sided, it’s been so biased,” he said. “There’s been this presumption from the beginning that every allegation made against the judge was true.”
Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual misconduct by three women, most notably Christine Blasey Ford who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh held her down on a bed, groped her, and attempted to take her clothes off when they were at a high school party in the 1980’s.
Kavanaugh has vehemently denied all allegations made against him.
Both Scarborough and co-host Mika Brezezinski said they found Ford “very persuasive” but noted that they recently spoke with Democrats who were skeptical of Ford.
“Over the weekend,” Scarborough said,”we were at different events and were surprised that it was a pox on both their houses. You had people attacking Judge Kavanaugh, saying he wasn’t temperamentally fit to be a judge, they were attacking the Republicans. But the part that you don’t really see in the media that much, they were also attacking the Democratic senators and quite a few people that we talked to, who I think a lot of them were registered Democrats, raised questions about Dr. Ford’s story.”
Scarborough said that those in the media who doubt Ford are often treated harsly.
“In 24/7 news coverage … they won’t talk about it,” he said. “If anyone sticks their neck out and says that they disbelieve any part of her story or they talk about how there are no corroborating witnesses, they’ll get absolutely slammed.”
“The media coverage of this has been so one-sided on this story,” he said. “It has been so biased.”
“I have turned on all networks at all times,” he said, “and Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of being a serial rapist – a serial rapist by columnists in national newspapers.”
Scarborough’s criticism of the media’s coverage comes despite the fact that he doesn’t support Kavanaugh’s nomination.
“Before the allegations, I didn’t think he should be on the Supreme Court,” Scarborough said.
Scarborough concluded by saying that “The media has dropped the ball on this from the very beginning,” and that ” just like Trump being elected, going to be shocked by what they see in the polls.”