end some of their whining about not being respected. Because they'd have some respect again.
I listened to an MSNBC host this morning sound almost panicked about how
the FBI might not be able to confirm Julie Swetnick’s — absolutely
ludicrous — charges against Kavanaugh even as she reported that NBC
couldn’t confirm any of it. The urgency wasn’t that the media let
Michael Avenatti play them all for suckers, but that it might be just
too difficult to prove allegations Swetnick herself walked back almost
entirely. In other words the fear, palpable in many quarters, is that
the charges might unravel prematurely, and so the press must start
Or, in other cases they must spin new ones. Hence the New York Times’
decision — for which they’ve now apologized — of assigning deeply (and
openly) partisan reporter Emily Bazelon to go spelunking for the latest
bombshell: that Brett Kavanaugh threw some ice at a bar scuffle while in
Meanwhile, whole panels of pundits and experts on MSNBC are made up
of people who cannot imagine why Kavanaugh might be upset at the
unverified, uncorroborated, and literally unbelievable claim that he ran
a rape gang when he was 15. Instead, we get hours of hand-wringing
every day about his supposedly unjudicial temperament, as if any judge
or justice on the bench, now or ever, would be expected to remain calm
under such circumstances.
I know, expecting journalists to read this, and understand it? Fat chance.