The New York Times reporters who wrote the smear article on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh claimed on Monday night that they included the exculpatory evidence in their article but the editors removed it.
The allegation targeting Kavanaugh, contained in a new book, was published in The New York Times over the weekend: “We also uncovered a previously unreported story about Mr. Kavanaugh in his freshman year that echoes Ms. Ramirez’s allegation. A classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student.”
The New York Times was pummeled online for nearly all of Sunday after it was revealed that they left critical information out of their report and were later forced to issue a correction:
An earlier version of this article, which was adapted from a forthcoming book, did not include one element of the book’s account regarding an assertion by a Yale classmate that friends of Brett Kavanaugh pushed his penis into the hand of a female student at a drunken dorm party. The book reports that the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident. That information has been added to the article.
Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” with host with Lawrence O’Donnell, Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly said that they included in their article the fact that the alleged victim does not remember the incident but that the far-left newspaper’s editors removed it from the story.
Among those criticizing the Times for its handling of the story is President Trump, who has issued a series of tweets condemning the Times for “assaulting” and “smearing” Kavanaugh and is now calling on anyone involved in the publishing of the story to resign.
“I call for the Resignation of everybody at The New York Times involved in the Kavanaugh SMEAR story, and while you’re at it, the Russian Witch Hunt Hoax, which is just as phony!” Trump tweeted Monday. “They’ve taken the Old Grey Lady and broken her down, destroyed her virtue and ruined her reputation. She can never recover, and will never return to Greatness, under current Management. The Times is DEAD, long live The New York Times!”
Trump also tweeted out a quote from Fox News host Greg Gutfeld, asking, “How many stories are wrong? Almost all of the stories the New York Times has done are inaccurate and wrong.”
“The New York Times should close its doors and throw away the keys,” Trump added. “The women mentioned in the Kavanaugh story said she didn’t even remember the event.”
Trump has also repeatedly urged Kavanaugh to sue the Times and other media outlets who push unsubstantiated smears about him. “Brett Kavanaugh should start suing people for libel, or the Justice Department should come to his rescue,” Trump wrote in another post. “The lies being told about him are unbelievable. False Accusations without recrimination. When does it stop? They are trying to influence his opinions. Can’t let that happen!”