Amid the first calls from Democrats to delay proceedings, following the 11th hour introduction of sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, as day follows night, it was inevitable that other victims would surface.
Right on cue, after Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, reached an agreement with the first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, to appear at a hearing this week, The New Yorker published a story of a second woman making claims of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.
The accuser, Deborah Ramirez, claimed Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a party at Yale University in the mid-1980s.
As outlandish as the claim may appear, given Kavanaugh’s impeccable reputation, there is a big problem with the troubling claim — that being the liberal New York Times wanted nothing to do with Ramirez.
The Times investigated the claim in The New Yorker story before it was published on Sunday night and after interviewing “several dozen’ people,” they were unable to find anyone who could corroborate the accusation.
The Times interviewed dozens to corroborate 2nd allegation against Kavanaugh and could find no one with firsthand knowledge. Ramirez told ex-classmates she couldn't be certain Kavanaugh was the one who exposed himself. @SherylNYT @npfandos https://t.co/lGVc4hJzEU
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) September 24, 2018
Not only that, but the paper found that Ramirez had contacted former classmates and admitted she “could not be certain” Kavanaugh was the person she now says exposed himself to her.
From The Times:
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.
As to the new accusation, Kavanaugh was adamant that the incident never happened.
“This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen,” he said in a statement. “The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple. I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name.”
The finding by The Times was a reference point in a Fox Business Network discussion on whether the unsubstantiated claim hurts Democrats more than it does Kavanaugh because it gives the impression that the party is using these allegations for political gain.
The reaction online suggests that while Democrats are running with the second claim, as seen when U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., called for an “immediate postponement” of the Kavanaugh nomination, the stench is all too real.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses from Twitter:
New York Times could not find a single witness to corroborate Ramirez’s story. Not unlike the Ford allegation. https://t.co/jwFHpeX7jf
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) September 24, 2018
So the @nytimes couldn’t break the story about a 2nd woman with accusations against Kavanaugh so they see fit to try and discredit Deborah Ramirez? Weird how The New Yorker found a corroborating witness. What a trash tabloid they’ve become.
— Vivian Suzanna (@wordsmithviv) September 24, 2018
Interesting excerpt from The New York Times re: Deborah Ramirez Allegation | The New Yorker did not confirm and The NYT was unable to confirm Kavanaugh's presence at the party. https://t.co/osNzvlcL98 pic.twitter.com/ToGD8ZoTOB
— Lauren Wynn (@TorchSinger65) September 24, 2018
Deborah Ramirez' story did not rise to the level @nytimes felt comfortable to publish. Seems a lot of news orgs had this rumor delivered to them but Ramirez decided to go directly to @NYMag while the others didn't feel comfortable running the story.
— Francis (@smelllikesugar) September 24, 2018
Some Washington Post, NBC and New York Times reporters were "uneasy" with Ms. Deborah Ramirez's allegation against Brett Kavanaugh? Why?
— Matt Naham (@matt_naham) September 24, 2018
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