Have the media overplayed their hand and exposed their bias when covering all the allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh? Andrew Klavan explains they have and that is why that is terrible for the country, on Wednesday’s episode of “The Andrew Klavan Show.”
“It’s so clear from the reporting that the FBI are not going to help the Democrats on this [Kavanaugh investigation],” he said.
He continued, “So all these things are coming in, but the thing that you just have to hear is the way the senators are talking, because we know the senators have sources in the FBI, we know The New York Times has sources in the FBI, and yet suddenly there are no stories about this investigation.”
Klavan also ripped into Democrat Senators Cory Booker and Mazie Hirono for moving the goalposts from “credible allegations” against Brett Kavanaugh to criticisms of his temperament.
“So suddenly it’s about the decisions again,” Klavan points out. “Which is what the whole hearing was about, was why they brought this up, because they lost the argument.”
The bestselling author also slammed the media for being willing participants of the change in topic without vetting the stories for accuracy.
“They said they were gonna do it, they said from the very beginning that they were gonna use any means necessary, they would not have done it if they hadn’t known the press would run protection for them,” Klavan said.
He added, “If they had known the press was gonna act like that, they would never have covered themselves in shame.”
Video and transcript below:
It’s so clear from the reporting that the FBI are not going to help the Democrats on this [Kavanaugh investigation]. There are some things that have come out – there’s real estate and other records that undercut a part of Christine Ford’s account, remember that she told her husband about this attack when they were arguing about whether to put a second door in their home as they were redesigning their door, and they went into therapy and they were talking about that, that happened a long time before the therapy – and the second door was built in there to let guests in so they could rent out the room, so that didn’t hold together. There’s a new letter that was released by Chuck Grassley, the Senate Judiciary Chairman, that a former boyfriend of Christine Ford says that he personally witnessed her coaching someone on how to take a polygraph test, which she said she didn’t do. So all these things are coming in, but the thing that you just have to hear is the way the Senators are talking, because we know the Senators have sources in the FBI, we know the New York Times has sources in the FBI, and yet suddenly there are no stories about this investigation. Here’s Spartacus, we all remember Cory Booker “Spartacus”, listen to what he says, they’re shifting the ground of the argument:
Sen. Cory Booker: “So my hope is that just beyond the vicious partisan rancor that is going on, beyond the accusations, we don’t lose sight of what this moral moment is about in this country, and ultimately ask ourselves the question ‘is this the right person to sit on the highest court in the land for a lifetime appointment when their credibility has been challenged by intimates, people that knew the candidate well as a classmate. When his temperament has been revealed in an emotional moment where he used language that frankly shocked a lot of us?’ And then ultimately, not whether he’s innocent or guilty, this is not a trial, but ultimately have enough questions been raised that we should move on to another candidate?”
You know, Brett Kavanaugh should have a beer every time he uses the phrase “moral moment” he just loved his moral moment, this is the moral moment. So Spartacus says it doesn’t matter whether he’s innocent of guilty, suddenly it’s about his record and it’s temperament, where we’ve heard all that about how he got angry about being accused of rape. How could anybody get angry about that? But suddenly it doesn’t matter whether he’s innocent or guilty or not, but Mazie Hirono from Hawaii, remember “shut up all white men”, suddenly it’s about his record. This is the argument that they lost at the hearings, they could not get him on his record, his judicial record is excellent. His rulings have been adopted by higher courts again and again, he has an impeccable judicial record, and now listen to Mazie Hirono, that’s the argument they lost, so is she talking about rape any more?
Sen. Mazie Hirono: “He has a pattern for making decisions that limit a woman’s right to choose, that should be a major concern to Susan Collins. He has certain attitudes about native peoples, that should be a major concern to Lisa Murkowski, and so I hope that they’re not just banking everything on the FBI report, there’s enough evidence of his pattern of decision-making – not to mention his very expansive views of presidential protections – because he is the only one who wrote that the president should be immune from any kind of criminal or civil proceedings while he’s sitting in office.”
So suddenly it’s about the decisions again, which is what the whole hearing was about, was why they brought this up, because they lost the argument. They wouldn’t have done this, they have covered themselves in shame, if it turns out as I very much believe it is now going to turn out, that Christine Ford’s story is not at least backed up by something, doesn’t have any kind of backing at all. This was a shameful, cruel, stinking rotten thing to do. They said they were gonna do it, they said from the very beginning that they were gonna use any means necessary, they would not have done it if they hadn’t known the press would run protection for them. The press ran protection for them, if you know that you are gonna go out there and do that and the New York Times is gonna say “ho ho oh wait a minute, wait just a minute, we don’t agree with Brett Kavanaugh, we hate his opinions, but accusing him without proof of rape or molestation without proof, that’s going too far!” Just that much common decency, that much fairness, if you had gotten that from NBC instead of putting on Julie Swetnick, who had those now debunked attacks on him of these rape parties and gang rape parties and nonsense, if they had known that they were not gonna put that woman on the air because NBC was gonna say “hey, this is not a charge that I am willing to air against another human being until I’ve got proof. I’ll send out somebody to investigate, but I will not just let her come on the air like that.” If they had known the press was gonna act like that, they would never have covered themselves in shame.
I just want to end up by saying today the New York Times ran a piece, I think it was 500 pages long, accusing Donald Trump and his family of committing tax fraud. Now I read the whole piece, and the whole idea was basically that Donald Trump’s father gave his children lots and lots of money, and when you give gifts to your family over a certain amount you have to pay taxes on it, but they built corporations to avoid the taxes. Now the IRS has not said anything about this, the IRS closed all these cases, it has not attacked them, but the New York Times says it’s a problem. Now if the New York Times were fair, if the New York Times is not every single day running a piece telling me that “oh one of our board members was molested therefore Brett Kavanaugh was guilty.” If they hadn’t run that piece every day, if they didn’t attacked Donald Trump in screaming twelve-year-old girl headlines every day I’d be a lot more prone to say “okay, well Donald Trump has never struck me as the most honest businessman in the world, I’m willing to look into this.” As it is, I’m not sure. They’re saying that New York State says it’s going to investigate, New York State has been trying to get Trump for a hundred years, so I’m not sure they’re gonna be that far, but how do you believe anything? We are divided against each other because the press divides us, the media divides us. If we knew they were going to be fair we would sit and listen, we wouldn’t be arguing with our friends, we’d be saying “here’s the latest story from the New York Times, it has both sides, this is the one I believe, that’s the one I believe.” What they call on Fox News “fair and balanced” – the only guy still doing it is Bret Baier, he’s the only one who’s still giving you the whole story on Fox News, so you can rail “Fox News is conservative” all you want, it’s the only one that’s got that show that tells the news straight.
I would call it a low point in the press, but if they got any lower they would be able to walk under a snake with a top hat on, it is just absurd