Brett Kavanaugh may now be a sitting Supreme Court Justice — his confirmation hearings long over, and the woman who accused him of sexual assault, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, now a mere memory since she's refused to pursue the case any further — but The Washington Post is still tirelessly digging up dirt on the good judge — and making big mistakes.
On Saturday, WaPo published a piece claiming that Brett Kavanaugh's former prep school, Georgetown Prep, is hiring a director of alumni relations, ostensibly to help handle the fallout from Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings. Kavanaugh, and his long-time friend Mark Judge, were accused of multiple sexual assaults while students at Georgetown Prep, and in one case, alleged to have run a "gang rape ring" with other Georgetown Prep students.
"The elite Bethesda school, attended by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, posted a job listing this week for a director of alumni relations," WaPo declared, apparently presuming Georgetown Prep needed help handling its alumni in the wake of the "gang rape" news.
There was just one problem: Georgetown Prep began its search for an alumni director back in July, before the allegations against Kavanaugh surfaced. And that's what they told The Washington Post's reporter ... who apparently published the story anyway.
Twitter user "@AG_conservative" uncovered the problem.
BREAKING: 1 article was WaPo on Georgetown Prep, which falsely suggested that they were hiring an alumni director to deal w bad publicity from Kavanaugh story.— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) October 20, 2018
I've now obtained the email exchange between the WaPo reporter and the school, which makes the story look even worse. https://t.co/Q554cS5JmN
As you can see from the email exchange below, a representative for the school responded to the Washington Post reporter, Emily Heil, 8 minutes after she first contacted the school. He clearly told her the position was posted in July.— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) October 20, 2018
WaPo chose to run with their story anyways. pic.twitter.com/eH3dNnjKdl
As AG pointed out, the response undermines the entire story. The school doesn't need to hire extra PR talent to handle a fallout. They just ... need to hire extra PR talent.
The reporter eventually responded, and appeared to admit that no matter when the job listing was published, The Washington Post would have run with the story anyway, regardless of whether Georgetown Prep was experiencing actual alumni fallout or not.
-I would have written the item no matter the date the job was posted— Emily Heil (@emilyaheil) October 20, 2018
-I really did miss the response about the date-I KNOW I shouldn’t have, but that’s what mistakes are
-I don’t mean to sound blasé about a correction. Believe me, I hate them\have kicked myself plenty over it
The Washington Post eventually updated their story, but just to say that the school was hiring an alumni relations director, still seemingly implying the post was somehow connected to Kavanaugh.
Brett Kavanaugh has now been on the Supreme Court bench nearly a month. He's heard cases. And most of the Left has moved on to more important things, like whether Senator Mitch McConnell deserves to be tossed out of restaurants and whether American relations with Saudi Arabia suddenly sprang into being in 2017, when President Donald Trump took office.
But the media has yet to let the issue go. Kavanaugh may never be safe.