WASHINGTON: Over the last year, since the unveiling of Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement, women have come out from the shadows and they are being believed. Today, the #MeToo movement celebrates a win in the sentencing of sexual predator Bill Cosby for his assault on Andrea Constand. Even as it suffers a loss at the hands of Playboy White House Correspondent Brian Karem. Karem is part of the liberal mass media hearsay assault on Judge Kavanaugh.
Cosby’s conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault were the results of the sexual assault of Constand in his Pennsylvania home. During the trial, in addition to Constand, five women gave testimony that Cosby assaulted them using a similar pattern of behavior.
Unfortunately, as women have made a giant leap forward, reporters lies that are bubbling out of the DC Beltway – like a middle-schoolers baking soda volcano – are pushing them back two steps.
The treatment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh by the media in light of the unspecified accusations of Christine Blasey Ford sets whatever gains women have made since the unveiling of Harvey Weinstein back decades.
Once upon a time, Playboy was a respected publication that also had girlie pictures.
Playboy was, at one time, one of those publications that you could count on for honest reporting. All our dad’s read it for the articles and the cartoons. Not the pictures. By association with their White House Correspondent Brian Karen, they are now a part of the Fake News Cabal, no longer to be taken seriously.
Karem is caught in his own deceitful web and it wasn’t even a smart
lie mistruth. It was stupid, easily debunked. A lie as stupid as Karem is when he rudely screams his demands at White House Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Karem’s little story
Monday the sometimes CNN contributor reports police in Montgomery County, Maryland are investigating another assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Only county officials say no, that Karem’s claim is fabricated. Further proof of the erosion of not only Karem’s journalistic integrity but that of the publications he writes for, namely Playboy, CNN and The Sentinel who was duped into running the story.
Karem’s little lie
Under the headline, “SUPREME COURT NOMINEE KAVANAUGH FACES MORE ALLEGATIONS,” Karem’s report in The Montgomery County Sentinel says:
“Investigators in Montgomery County confirmed Monday they’re aware of a potential second sexual assault complaint in the county against former Georgetown Prep student and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. While investigators weren’t specific and spoke on background, they said they are looking at allegations against Kavanaugh during his senior year in high school after an anonymous witness came forward this weekend.”
Karem alleges that anonymous sources tell him:
- Investigators in Montgomery County have apparently spoken with either a woman or her attorney about allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh that date back to his senior year of high school.
- Investigators have apparently spoken to multiple witnesses about the allegations.
- A formal complaint has not been filed.
- “Without a complaint, they cannot conduct a further investigation,” said Karem. “That’s the fulcrum.”
- In Maryland, there is no statute of limitations for rape and attempted rape.
- The county police and the Montgomery County prosecuting attorney’s office have said they would conduct an investigation into the case, if a complaint is filed.
- The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Karem says that it is “unclear” whether the alleged anonymous witness was Deborah Ramirez. The original article is no longer available at The Sentinel. But it still exists, at least in part.
When making up a story, avoid the details
Like any good avoider of fact, Karem did not go into details, which, like facts, are troublesome things. For example, details about which “investigators” are looking into the claim. Who has filed the claim? What the basis of the claim is?
However, the Montgomery County Police Department responded to the allegations saying:
“…has not received a request by any alleged victim nor a victim’s attorney to initiate a police report or a criminal investigation regarding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.”
Montgomery County police say they have not heard from anyone bringing such allegations forward.
“I have spoken with my chief of detectives, and neither of us has any knowledge of anyone coming forward to us to report any allegations involving Judge Kavanaugh,” Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said in an email.
Karem’s article noted that the investigators he spoke with on background are affiliated with law enforcement.
Late on Monday afternoon, The Sentinel modified its reporting, changing the original wording from “Montgomery County investigators” to “Government investigators.”
The revised report now reads: “Government investigators confirmed Monday they’re aware of a potential second sexual assault complaint in the county against former Georgetown Prep student and Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh.”
Karem double downed on Twitter:
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) September 24, 2018
“We updated the story so people would not think that MoCo police were our source.”
An important designation that should have been clear from the start.
The journalist did not elaborate either on the source of his reporting or the investigators with whom the reported Kavanaugh misconduct witness communicated.
The Creepy Porn Lawyer gets pranked
Even as the circus of chaos over President Trump’s Supreme Court Nomination news cycle blew up with allegations that Kavanaugh was part of a “gang rape club.” Today we learn it was all (possibly) a prank against Michael Avanatti, the creepy porn lawyer (hat tip to Tucker Carlson) for Stormy Daniels.
Did Avenatti get punked by 4chan? pic.twitter.com/DK9eoM4DD7
— Jon Nicosia ?? (@NewsPolitics) September 25, 2018
Fake News Media: No friend to women or justice
The believability bar for women claiming assault, sexual or otherwise, has always been high. When reporters, like Karem, misrepresent the truth it not only erodes his credibility, but it pushes that bar up another notch or two.
As President Trump calls them, the fake news, those that lie, speculate, assume and guess in order to create a salient, click-bait headline, are doing far more harm to women and justice than we have suffered before. For every woman that comes forward in truth, there will be the niggling question if she is telling the truth.
Not because she has lied, but those that have represented women’s stories in the past have lied. And every lie muddies the clarity of the truth.
Why Karem’s inaccuracy matters
Maryland is one of those very blue states, despite our Republican Governor, Larry Hogan. In fact, the state keeps moving to become a sanctuary state (Maryland moves to be ‘sanctuary state’). It is not an easy state to be a conservative in. Additionally, Maryland does not have a statue of limitations on rape or sexual assault.
And Maryland Democrat Lawmakers, long before Ford stepped up with her tenuous allegations, were anti-Kavanaugh. In fact, in hindsight, Rep Cummings tweet that we need a Justice who “will apply the law fairly” is laughable.
We must have a Justice who will apply the law fairly even for the most vulnerable among us, and not interpret it to protect the privileges of the most powerful. Judge Kavanaugh will not be that Justice. https://t.co/b1QwLE3pjr
— Elijah E. Cummings (@RepCummings) July 10, 2018
Kavanaugh is being treated by Karem and the mainstream media as being guilty until proven innocent (Pundits assume Kavanaugh is guilty, and that’s a slippery slope for our nation: Trish Regan).
Don’t forget, as far as women go, we are married to men. We have sons, we have fathers. And there’s a danger here that if we’re suddenly in a world where it is automatically assumed that she’s right and he’s wrong, then you’re losing half your population. This is not who we are. It’s a very slippery slope.
I hope to God it is not all political, but I suspect it is.
No American, including Judge Kavanaugh, should be convicted on hearsay utterances
Political. Dishonest. Wrong. While President Trump works on the swamp, The White House press corps should be clearing out any reporter that prints inaccuracies (i.e., lies). Journalism is the reporting of fact, not the mad utterances of people, particularly those with political agendas. Since Benjamin Franklin adopted the persona of a middle-aged woman Silence Dogood to get his work published in the New-England Courant, the power of the pen to sway public opinion has affected American politics.
The media is way too important to be treated so cavalierly. And way too harmful in the wrong hands. It was not created to be glad handled by Karem, CNN or anyone else.
Unfortunately lazy reporters are too quick to rely on hearsay over facts. Instead of asking if Avanatti’s hysterical tweets were based in reality, and doing a bit of fact-checking, they ran to their keyboards and disparaged a father of two girls as running a “gang rape club”.
All the complaints against the judge, whether from Ms. Ford or from FourChan prank of Avenetti, are hearsay, defined as “an out-of-court statement offered to prove the truth of the matter asserted”. However, journalists should know that as hearsay is not admissible in the court of law, nor should it be allowed in the court of public opinion.
In the case of the gang rape story, Avenatti took the bait like a wild dog. As did the rest of the circus hungry media. If the thread of contacts as revealed on twitter is to be believed, it would be hysterical if it were not about the deliberate smearing of an honorable man.
The voracious appetite, including payments to “accusers”, to engage in character assassination for political purposes degrades the process, and destroys the integrity of the journalist.
Senator Mazie Hirono – the democrat’s medieval interrogator
There is not a single person, other than the accusers, can confirm any of the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh. And now the media is saying that if Judge Kavanaugh is unable to get indignant and speak forcefully, this measured and careful man will be found guilty.
And when that happens, people like Senator Mazie Hirono should be given a special room in hell. Because not only has she besmirched a good man, she has demeaned all men.
She ignores the rules of law our republic is built upon. Including that important “innocent until proven guilty” idea. An idea to counter medieval interrogators, who would torture until they got the response they demanded. Mazie needs to be careful about bringing out her cudgel. Nothing dies once its on the internet.
“I just want to say to the men of this country just shut up and step up. Do the right thing for a change,” Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) slams treatment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser. pic.twitter.com/ApVKqAc5xz
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 18, 2018
And any man, or women who is married to a man, the mother to a man, the sister to a man, who votes for those who would plot against Kavanaugh to ruin him for political advantage can join her. The legal precedent being created against men in this latest bid for Democrat power will harm men, and families, for generations to come.
Unfortunately, for Karem he better keep his day job, because his weekend pursuits are not much better than his journalistic credentials:
At least Mazie will have music in the afterlife.
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