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New York Times Edits Article Claiming Kavanaugh’s Friend Said He Remembered The Alleged Incident

By  Ashe Schow

The New York Times on Monday wrote an article claiming that one of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s high school classmates remembers the party where the current judge was alleged to have sexually assaulted a woman 35 years ago. That article has since been updated to say that this classmate does not, in fact, remember the party.

The original article was titled “Kavanaugh’s Accuser Has Yet to Confirm Appearance at Monday Hearings,” and included the following paragraph:

One possible witness is a friend of Judge Kavanaugh’s, Mark Judge, who Dr. Blasey said was in the room with Judge Kavanaugh when the assault occurred. Mr. Judge had told the Judiciary Committee that he does remember the episode and has nothing more to say, seemingly foreclosing the possibility of an additional witness interview, at least for now.

The article has since been updated with a new headline: “Christine Blasey Ford Wants F.B.I. to Investigate Kavanaugh Before She Testifies,” referring to the woman who made the accusation against Kavanaugh. The paragraph regarding Mark Judge now reads:

Another potential witness, Mark Judge, a friend of Judge Kavanaugh’s who Dr. Blasey said was in the room when the assault occurred, told the Judiciary Committee he does not remember it. “I never saw Brett act in the manner Dr. Ford describes,” he said in a statement sent by his lawyers, adding that “I do not wish to speak publicly” about the matter.

A “correction” now appears at the bottom of the article, posted on Monday.

“An earlier version of this article misstated what Mark Judge told the Senate Judiciary Committee. He said that he does not remember the episode, not that he does,” the correction states.

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