NewsBusters Podcast: A Sappy Rerun for Christine ‘No Evidence’ Ford

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Christine Blasey Ford provided what they call “no evidence” to back up her 2018 claim that Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were teenagers. Kavanaugh fiercely denied the charge. Her “witnesses” didn’t see it her way. But CBS and ABC and NPR have provided sappy publicity for her new book – which provides no new evidence of her story.

Interviewers sympathetically asked why she would go through this “trauma” again — ignoring that there was money to be made. Ford claimed this was for all the other victims.Ford’s new book is published by St. Martin’s Press….which is the same Manhattan publisher that issued E. Jean Carroll’s book What Do We Need Men For?, the 2019 book where she accused Donald Trump of sexual assault in a department store, only she couldn’t remember which year it happened. No reporter asks about the payout. 

When women accuse Democrats of sexual assault — as Paula Jones and Juanita Broaddrick did against Bill Clinton — they found no book deals. Kathleen Willey authored a book for World Net Daily books. The major publishers at Manhattan aren’t interested.

In every venue, interviewers failed to ask Ford how she perceived the other accusers of Justice Kavanaugh, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick. The media believe Ford is the most plausible accuser, so the others are buried in the past. 

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At least CBS reporter Tracy Smith offered a few seconds of balance by displaying the 2018 testimony of both Ford and Kavanaugh. Smith also gets credit for pressing Ford with the Kavanaugh camp’s pushback — that no one in that teenage circle recalls this party she’s talking about.

National “Public” Radio did not present any Kavanaugh soundbites of denial. Morning Edition co-host Michel Martin mentioned at the beginning that Kavanaugh “vehemently denied” the accusation. On Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Gross never mentioned Kavanaugh’s denials. She began by warning “As a heads up to our listeners, the introduction I’m about to give describes a sexual assault.” Not an “alleged assault.” Gross asked: “How did you write your book without retraumatizing yourself?” Ford replied “I did retraumatize myself.” This interview lasted for almost an hour (including the promotional breaks).

ABC’s The View also celebrated Ford for her great “courage.” Donald Trump sued ABC News this week and their Sunday host George Stephanopoulos for claiming a jury held Trump “liable for rape.” (That’s not accurate.) 

We discuss this and the networks and newspapers who completely skipped the hearing on Hunter Biden this week. Enjoy the podcast below or wherever you listen to podcasts. 

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