The Jury Talks Back

9/29/2018

This Is CNN

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 10:40 am

Enjoy this headline:

CNN Blasey Ford

The actual content? Nothing has changed and she doesn’t remember anything:

Leland Ingham Keyser, a friend of the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were at a party in high school, does not refute the veracity of the allegation, although she does not remember the alleged incident, her lawyer said in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, claims that during a party in the early 1980s at which Keyser and several others were present, Kavanaugh drunkenly pushed her into a bedroom, pinned her down and attempted to remove her clothes before she was able to escape. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegation.

“Ms. Keyser does not refute Dr. Ford’s account, and she has already told the press that she believes Dr. Ford’s account,” Keyser’s attorney, Howard Walsh, wrote in the letter, which was sent to the committee overnight Friday. “However, the simple and unchangeable truth is that she is unable to corroborate it because she has no recollection of the incident in question.”

Walsh also said in the letter that Keyser will “cooperate fully” with an FBI investigation into the allegation.

But it doesn’t really matter that a friend doesn’t remember an unspecified incident from 36 years ago, right? I actually thought that, before the testimony. Now? I’m not so sure:

Regardless of how it’s phrased by the Feinstein-referred lawyers who apparently didn’t even tell Ford about the offer to interview her privately in California…the real takeaway here, CNN, is not that the friend doesn’t refute Ford. It’s that the friend does not corroborate Ford.

That’s your headline. Or, it would be if you weren’t partisan hacks.

2 Comments »

  1. I’ll disagree with you here:

    I think the headline is appropriate. A week ago I would have said that “Friend cannot recall incident” or “Friend does not corroborate story” would have been the better headline, but not today. Many Americans at this point have the mistaken impression that her friend has said it didn’t happen. This has been repeated often in numerous conservative media outlets, despite being untrue.

    This headline clarifies a misbelief many hold, and so is probably the better headline.

    Comment by Nathan — 9/29/2018 @ 1:32 pm

  2. So she lied then or is lying now, either way she’s committed perjury. Smart move, except I doubt anything has changed.

    Comment by Sean — 9/30/2018 @ 5:03 pm

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