The Media Is Not a Court of Law - Let's Stop Pretending It Is
America has watched for several weeks as the United States Senate Committee has interviewed Judge Brett Kavanaugh for a position on the Supreme Court. The testimony and questions from the Committee followed expected Party-Line narratives and it appeared that the Judge was likely to be confirmed. That was until after the hearing ended, but before the vote took place. Senior Senator Diane Feinstein started talking about a letter that she had in her possession for several months from an individual that claimed the Judge has molested her at a party in High School. She stated that she intended to turn the letter over to the FBI for analysis with the expectation that they would engage in a full investigation and derail the Judge from being confirmed.
The hours turned to days as information was slowly leaked to the media; some say it was planned that way, while others claim the details were still “emerging.” Regardless of which side you stand on, the information became known through the media. Christine Blasey Ford, a California teacher, made claims that the Judge attacked her at a house party when she was 15 and he was 17. She is unable to back up any portion of her accusation with any facts. She does claim to have a polygraph test, which has been kept secret and says therapist notes and the word of her husband can back up the allegations. The one other person she states was in the room is denying the charges completely.
Delay, Delay, and Delay Some More
Ford was invited by Senate Committee Chairman Grassley to speak under oath in front of the Senate Committee several times, but her legal representation keeps asking for special considerations. As of yet, she has not confirmed whether she will show up on her scheduled appearance date. The letter she sent to Senator Feinstein has already been shown to have irregularities. Many have asked why she chose to send it to a Senator rather than to the FBI or another law enforcement agency. The therapist notes she claims will corroborate her accusation have not been released and those who have seen them also claim they are in direct dispute with her current claim.
One key thing to remember throughout this short timeline is that the media, not law enforcement or any agency, has been advancing the narrative. In fact, there is no evidence that a police report has actually ever been filed in this incident. Three people who she claims to have been present at the party are all stating that nothing happened. There are no witnesses, no one has ever heard of this incident until now, she cannot put an exact time or date on the incident, and much of it rests on what is known as “recovered memory.” Her lawyers are demanding an FBI investigation, but there is nothing to base such an investigation on. So from a legal standpoint, she has zero pieces of evidence.
The Clock is Ticking
Because of her accusations being so weak, Democratic operatives have been canvasing the nation trying to find others to support her testimony. They weren’t disappointed when the New Yorker, a fading magazine, published a story by Ronin Farrow and Jane Mayer that focused on a second accuser. This one, Deborah Ramirez, claims that Judge Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party, but, and it’s a big one, that she was so intoxicated that she couldn’t be certain who the person was. The New Yorker published an article with no proof of anything from a person who had significant memory gaps from drinking. The Senate Committee took the allegation serious and invited her to testify under oath. She of course refused to testify and to provide a written document to the Senate, instead working through the media instead; another claim with absolutely zero traction under the rule of law.
So far, two strikes against the attacking Democrats. But, before you could say case closed, yet another accusation suddenly materialized. This one comes from Attorney Michael Avenatti, who also chose to use the media as his main contact with the world, rather than the legal system. His client, Julie Swetnick, claims to have witnessed lines of men waiting to gang rape drugged and intoxicated girls at parties in her youth. She also claims that the Judge and his friends were the ones drugging and raping the helpless girls; this supposed happened on a regular basis. She continued to attend these parties until becoming a victim herself. She says it was only after 10 parties that she was chosen to be assaulted. She’s basically saying that she stood by as helpless girls were assaulted and she did nothing. And to make matters worse, she kept going to those parties where predatory behavior was taking place. And yet she never filed a police report, never contacted authorities, and never actually observed the Judge involved in any of these activities. But, that didn’t stop the lawyer from pushing this narrative out to a complicit media. The lawyer is also demanding a full FBI investigation which would further delay the confirmation process.
Why The Lack of Real Hard Evidence?
With the date set for tomorrow, no one is sure who will show up except for Judge Kavanaugh; who has already released actual evidence and has had six FBI background checks. The GOP led Senate appears to be losing patience for the repeated delays and attempts to force the Judge to withdraw. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t budging and has indicated there are enough votes to confirm the nomination regardless of the media noise. The Democrats think that the media will be their savior rather than the actual laws of this great nation. If they were all assaulted by the Judge, then why is it, that none went to the police? Why weren’t any of these assaults ever reported in any of the six background checks the Judge had done on him? There are too many questions and too many gaps in any of the stories for them to be taken seriously, expect by a media determined to stop a Conservative Justice from reaching the Supreme Court.
© 2018 Ralph Schwartz