One small problem: In the book, Pogrebin and Kelly write that the female student in question “refused to discuss the incident” and that “several of her friends said she does not recall it.” That calls the entire allegation into question. Yet the Times did not include this vital information in the excerpt it published.
Pogrebin and Kelly conveniently blamed their editors for the omission. Why didn’t they insist it be included when they reviewed the story before publication? And how then do they explain the fact that they also failed to mention it in an interview with NPR? When asked by Terry Gross the specific question “Are there other women who have come forward?” (emphasis added), they repeat their uncorroborated accusation without mentioning that this “other woman” not only did not come forward but also does not recall the incident.
Robin Pogrebin is currently blaming her woes on (checks rolodex) Fox News:
Joliet Jake Blues could not be reached for comment on Pogrebin ripping off his shtick:
UPDATE: “Pogrebin seems determined to humiliate her newsroom at every turn — and all for the sake of selling her new book:” Don’t believe the victim, says New York Times reporter — she was probably drunk!
JUST THINK OF THE MEDIA AS DEMOCRATIC PARTY OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES, AND IT ALL MAKES SENSE: Ted Cruz Says NY Times Kavanaugh Story Was Not ‘Accidental’ Because ‘They Want to Intimidate the Court.’
Not least of which, the asterisk strategy, to coin a phrase.
THE GUILD PROTECTS ITS OWN: Blackout: ABC, NBC Ignore Pro-Kavanaugh Bombshell; CBS Gives Scant 36 Seconds.
While the liberal broadcast networks ABC, CBS, and NBC have spent nearly 32 minutes (31 minutes, 47 seconds) hyping the disintegrating bombshell against Justice Brettt Kavanaugh over the past three days, they have withheld from viewers how Christine Blasey Ford friend (and supposed corroborating witness) Leland Keyser now states that she has does not believe Ford’s account.
Both of these disclosures were contained in a new book excerpt by New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, but apparently only the anti-Kavanaugh allegation was deemed worth of airtime and inclusion in the Sunday Review print section of The Times.
Thanks only to CBS News Justice correspondent Jan Crawford on Monday night, there have been 36 seconds dedicated to Keyser’s admission. In totality, that translated to a measly 1.89 percent of network Kavanaugh coverage from Sunday through Tuesday morning highlighting this inconvenient fact.
ABC and NBC, you say? Nice consistency at least, given that Tom Brokaw and the later Peter Jennings defended Dan Rather in the fall of 2004.
But don’t worry, NYT. Even CBS is busting you for journalistic malfeasance, but the “fact-checking” hacks at Politifact are still swinging in your defense: No, the New York Times has not admitted to peddling ‘fake news’ about most recent Kavanaugh claim. See, they’ve just admitted to things that make it clear that the story was fake news, they haven’t admitted to the story being fake news. So there.
Then again, why bother fact-checking a party organ like the NYT, when there are weightier publications to dissect like the Babylon Bee?