UPDATE: On Sunday night, The New York Times “PR” account posted an update on the offensive deleted tweet: “[A] tweet that went out from the [NYT Opinion] account yesterday was clearly inappropriate and offensive. We apologize for it and are reviewing the decision-making with those involved.”
On Saturday, The New York Times Twitter account for their opinion section quickly deleted a tweet posted about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s “penis.”
“Having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun,” the now-deleted tweet said. “But when Brett Kavanaugh did it to her, Deborah Ramirez says, it confirmed that she didn’t belong at Yale in the first place.”
Ramirez made the dubious claim last year to The New Yorker. As noted by The Daily Wire’s Emily Zanotti, the accusation was “deemed so specious by Congressional researchers and FBI officials that they were never fully investigated.” This apparently wasn’t enough to stop the Times from running the story or posting the offensive tweet.
According to the New York Post, the Times deleted the tweet just two minutes after it was published. Then the outlet promptly put up a retraction: “We have deleted an earlier tweet to this article that was poorly phrased.”
That tweet was also deleted.
All that remains of The New York Times’ offensive tweet is an apology. “We deleted a previous tweet regarding this article. It was offensive, and we apologize,” the tweet says.
The Times’ piece claims that a former Yale classmate of Mr. Kavanaugh’s, Democratic donor and former Clinton attorney Max Stier “told them that Kavanaugh dropped his pants at a college party and that Kavanaugh’s friends forced a woman to hold his penis,” Zanotti reported. “The Times reports the claim as uninvestigated, but it turns out that Senate Democrats heard about the allegation during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. As for the claim itself, investigative reporter Carrie Severino, who wrote a book about the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, noted that the Times’ reporters own book can’t substantiate the allegation, relies solely on Stier for information (and two people who spoke with Stier), and admits that the woman Stier believes fell victim to Kavanaugh’s ‘advances’ says she has no idea what he’s talking about.”
Since President Donald Trump named Justice Kavanaugh as a nominee for the Supreme Court, the Left worked overtime, unsuccessfully so, to cancel his confirmation.
Democrats thrust Christine Blasey Ford into the limelight last year after she sent a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) claiming Kavanaugh attempted to rape her at a house party in the early 1980s, though Blasey Ford was unable to specify exactly where or when the alleged incident took place. The dubious claim was found to be uncorroborated, the alleged witnesses she named denied any knowledge of the party or outright refuted the accusation, and the Senate Judiciary Committee ultimately found that there was “no evidence to substantiate any of the claims.”
“In neither the committee’s investigation nor in the supplemental background investigation conducted by the FBI was there ANY evidence to substantiate or corroborate any of the allegations,” the Committee said.
Still, as we see with the Times’ latest piece on Mr. Kavanaugh, the Left is not done trying to delegitimize the justice.