Times' handling of Kavanaugh story draws widespread criticism

Posted On: Sep 16, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

Times' handling of Kavanaugh story draws widespread criticism

The New York Times' bungled handling of revelations from a book on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh managed to draw fire from both conservatives who long defended the Supreme Court justice and feminists who fought against his confirmation, both of whom expressed consternation over the paper's decisions. The Times revealed a fresh allegation of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh while a student at Yale University in a Sunday Review piece by reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, who are co-authors of the new book, rather than through a traditional news story. In addition, the authors omitted a key piece of information - the fact that the alleged victim of the incident didn't remember it - and the Times promoted the piece with a shockingly tone-deaf tweet. All three missteps prompted condemnation across political boundaries on Monday, while the fallout from the piece in the Times's Sunday Review has overshadowed the release Tuesday over the hotly anticipated book, “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An...

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