Christine Blasey Ford listens to her attorney Michael Bromwich as she testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)
The media sure did spend an inordinate amount of time focusing on a New York Time story that claims a witness to confirm a story about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh exposing himself at a party during college, but conveniently left out that the “witness” was a Clinton attorney and the woman whom Kavanaugh sexually harassed doesn’t even recall the incident.
But what is also being conveniently not discussed much is the fact that one of the witnesses of Kavanaugh’s most popular accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, has zero confidence in her story.
According to Mollie Hemmingway at The Federalist, a new book investigating the Kavanaugh debacle revealed that Ford’s lifelong friend Leland Keyser thought the story was false from the get-go as they both attended the same party where Kavanaugh had allegedly attacked her. Regardless, the authors considered her statement true:
Buried at the end of their new book “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation,” reporters Robin Pogebrin and Kate Kelly quietly admit that Christine Blasey Ford’s lifelong friend Leland Keyser did not believe her friend’s tale of a sexual assault at a party they both supposedly attended. Keyser was named by Ford as a witness, one of four who denied any knowledge of the event in question.
The book offers no evidence in support of the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford, but, they write, their “gut reaction” was that her allegations “rang true.”
Their “gut” instinct was based on the fact that Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh grew up in the same rough area and she had dated one of his friends. Further, Leland Keyser had gone out on a date — maybe even two dates, they’re not sure — with a friend of Kavanaugh’s. “None of that means that Ford was, in fact, assaulted by Kavanaugh,” they write, “But it does mean that she has a baseline level of credibility as an accuser.” It is unclear what they mean.
Keyser was one of the four witnesses who Ford said could back up her claim and was subsequently one of the four witnesses who could do no such thing. What’s more, Keyser was threatened with her own reputation being tarnished if she didn’t help out according to Hemmingway’s report:
“I was told behind the scenes that certain things could be spread about me if I didn’t comply,” Keyser told the reporters, a stunning admission of the pressure to which she was subjected to by Blasey Ford’s allies.
Oddly enough, very little of this is being discussed, and what’s worse, the authors of the book seem to take all of this information into account and still come out with Ford’s testimony being somewhere between fact and gospel. Their “gut” tells them Ford is being truthful, and if their feelings are saying that Ford is being honest, then facts be damned.
Who cares if Keyser was threatened? Believe women. Not Keyser, but yeah, believe women.
That this isn’t being plastered on every working television screen and headlining articles from mainstream sources is one more testament to the fact that the media is about as trustworthy as a nail made out of a wet noodle. The mainstream media should be not only reporting this in detail but apologizing to Brett Kavanaugh and removing the dark cloud they’ve cast over his head.
But the collapse of an innocent man’s reputation means nothing in the name of politics, I guess.