Media shuns damning sworn statement from Ford’s ex-boyfriend that contradicts her testimony

DCNFJoe Simonson, DCNF

Major media outlets have largely refused to cover a letter from a former boyfriend of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford that seemingly contradicts major parts of her sworn testimony given to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.

The ex-boyfriend, who claims he dated Ford for six years, wrote in a sworn statement to the Committee that he witnessed Ford coach a woman on how to pass a polygraph exam. He also claimed that Ford never expressed a fear of flying, and that she lived in a small apartment with only one exit.

His letter appears to sharply undercut Ford’s remarks during her testimony last Thursday, when she claimed to have never given tips to anyone planning on taking a polygraph. Ford also expressed a fear of flying, and that she felt claustrophobic in small spaces and in residences with only one exit, saying this fear was part of the reason why she and her husband remodeled their house years ago.

Yet this letter failed to catch the attention of most networks and news outlets.

CNN currently has zero stories about the letter on its website and has yet to run any segments about it on-air, according to a search of TV clipping service Grabien.

MSNBC did not fare much better and dedicated approximately just one minute about the news, thanks to a report from NBC reporter Kristen Welker.

“That’s yet another example that some officials are pointing to as to why President Trump felt emboldened to go after Dr. Ford,” Welker said of the consequences of the sworn statement.

America’s “paper of record,” The New York Times, also failed to find the letter as newsworthy as Kavanaugh’s adolescent drinking habits. Rather than assign a reporter to investigate the claims of Ford’s former boyfriend, The Times simply re-published an Associated Press story that only mentioned his letter in the third and second-to-last paragraph.

The Washington Post chose an identical editorial strategy and ran the AP story as well.

Ford’s lawyers released a statement from the friend of Ford who the ex-boyfriend claims received polygraph coaching.

“I have NEVER had Christine Blasey Ford, or anybody else, prepare me, or provide any other type of assistance whatsoever in connection with any polygraph exam I have taken at any time.”

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