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New Book Reveals Christine Blasey Ford’s Witness Had No Confidence In Her Story and the Media Has Gone Silent

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Christine Blasey Ford listens to her attorney Michael Bromwich as she testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

The media sure did spend an inordinate amount of time focusing on a New York Time story that claims a witness to confirm a story about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh exposing himself at a party during college, but conveniently left out that the “witness” was a Clinton attorney and the woman whom Kavanaugh sexually harassed doesn’t even recall the incident.

But what is also being conveniently not discussed much is the fact that one of the witnesses of Kavanaugh’s most popular accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, has zero confidence in her story.

According to Mollie Hemmingway at The Federalist, a new book investigating the Kavanaugh debacle revealed that Ford’s lifelong friend Leland Keyser thought the story was false from the get-go as they both attended the same party where Kavanaugh had allegedly attacked her. Regardless, the authors considered her statement true:

Buried at the end of their new book “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation,” reporters Robin Pogebrin and Kate Kelly quietly admit that Christine Blasey Ford’s lifelong friend Leland Keyser did not believe her friend’s tale of a sexual assault at a party they both supposedly attended. Keyser was named by Ford as a witness, one of four who denied any knowledge of the event in question.

The book offers no evidence in support of the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford, but, they write, their “gut reaction” was that her allegations “rang true.”

Their “gut” instinct was based on the fact that Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh grew up in the same rough area and she had dated one of his friends. Further, Leland Keyser had gone out on a date — maybe even two dates, they’re not sure — with a friend of Kavanaugh’s. “None of that means that Ford was, in fact, assaulted by Kavanaugh,” they write, “But it does mean that she has a baseline level of credibility as an accuser.” It is unclear what they mean.

Keyser was one of the four witnesses who Ford said could back up her claim and was subsequently one of the four witnesses who could do no such thing. What’s more, Keyser was threatened with her own reputation being tarnished if she didn’t help out according to Hemmingway’s report:

“I was told behind the scenes that certain things could be spread about me if I didn’t comply,” Keyser told the reporters, a stunning admission of the pressure to which she was subjected to by Blasey Ford’s allies.

Oddly enough, very little of this is being discussed, and what’s worse, the authors of the book seem to take all of this information into account and still come out with Ford’s testimony being somewhere between fact and gospel. Their “gut” tells them Ford is being truthful, and if their feelings are saying that Ford is being honest, then facts be damned.

Who cares if Keyser was threatened? Believe women. Not Keyser, but yeah, believe women.

That this isn’t being plastered on every working television screen and headlining articles from mainstream sources is one more testament to the fact that the media is about as trustworthy as a nail made out of a wet noodle. The mainstream media should be not only reporting this in detail but apologizing to Brett Kavanaugh and removing the dark cloud they’ve cast over his head.

But the collapse of an innocent man’s reputation means nothing in the name of politics, I guess.

 

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Halperin’s accusers not thrilled with book deal

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This weekend we learned that former MSNBC regular and accused serial sexual harasser Mark Halperin has landed himself a new book deal. Regan Arts will be releasing a new book by Halperin in November, providing advice on “How to Beat Trump” next year. The author remains something of a sore spot in the #MeToo movement and this news left some of his former friends and allies shaking their heads. But that was nothing compared to the reactions of some of his accusers, who feel that he’s being given a pass without doing the required walk of shame first. (Daily Beast)

The news came as a shock to accusers, including one who described the development as a “slap in the face to all the women that he has victimized.”

Reached by phone, Eleanor McManus, cofounder of Trident DMG, who came forward with her own story about Halperin in 2017, said the book deal comes before an apology to his alleged victims.

“He leveraged his position as a prominent journalist to prey on women. He has yet to take responsibility for his actions by apologizing to his victims or demonstrating genuine contrition,” McManus said in a statement to The Daily Beast. “Giving him a book once again puts him in a position of authority and that is a slap in the face to all the women that he has victimized.”

First of all, speaking purely from a cold, capitalist perspective, I should point out that Mark Halperin has never been convicted of a crime to the best of my knowledge and, as such, is entitled to pursue a living to the best of his ability. If Regan Arts wants to cut a deal with him and is willing to live with the fallout from that decision, that’s on them. But with all that said… c’mon, man.

It’s true that some other men who were caught up in the Me Too storm managed to make a comeback. For example, Chris Hardwick was shut out of show business for a time, but now he’s back hosting all the old shows he used to have, plus a few more. Then again, Hardwick’s situation involved a single woman (his former girlfriend) who seemed to raise questions about her own accusations. Halperin was credibly accused by at least a dozen women telling remarkably similar stories from a contemporaneous time period. Back in 2017, even his Morning Joe buddies were forced to throw him under the bus.

Also, Halperin (unlike some others accused during the same period) has offered neither a vigorous denial of the claims nor any sort of meaningful apology. He just seemed to disappear into the wilderness for almost two years.

Unless the blowback from this announcement results in the publisher canceling the deal, however, the die seems to have been cast. So what happens then? Two immediate groups of people will be under a lot of scrutiny.

The first will be the networks and morning show hosts who usually line up dutifully and offer free publicity in the form of interviews whenever a member of their own tribe puts out a new book. MSNBC, CNN, NBC News and all the rest would, in earlier times, have all given generous appearances to Halperin to drive his book sales. Will Morning Joe, Jake Tapper or Chuck Todd be allowing Mark to darken their doorways? If so, the reactions should be… interesting.

The people who participated in interviews with Halperin and are quoted in his book will probably be facing even more of a backlash, and some of it has already begun. He reportedly quotes at least 75 Democratic strategists in the tome, including some very recognizable names. He lists Donna Brazile, David Axelrod, James Carville, Jennifer Granholm, and Kathleen Sebelius among them. The women, in particular, will likely be asked why they decided to toss Mark a lifeline. (For her part, Donna Brazile said she felt her voice was “too important” to leave out of this important strategic offering.)

The Democrats are in the middle of a nasty primary battle right now and have been looking for ways to close ranks and focus on their GOP enemies. I’m sure yet another internal food fight over Halperin’s sudden reappearance is just about the last thing they needed.

The post Halperin’s accusers not thrilled with book deal appeared first on Hot Air.

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The Word “Racism” Has Lost All Meaning

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In 2006, Michael Richards was very angry when he was continuously heckled while he was on stage doing a stand-up comedy show. Richards, unsure of what to do, began doing what some comedians do when they feel up against the wall. They immediately go to shock value. Richards began throwing around the “n-word” as a way to try to get cheap shock-laughs while freaking out on some hecklers and was labeled a racist for it. The hecklers were black, making Richards’ screaming of the “n-word” a racist act, and fair enough.

Richards has had the label of “racist” attached to him ever since. Thing is, I’m not exactly sure that Richards could be considered a racist. He committed a racist act, to be sure, but in subsequent interviews spanning years, I can only conclude that the guy isn’t actually harboring animosity toward people of different skin color. He was just a bad stand-up comedian who had a moment of panic-induced rage that made him cross a societal line in an attempt to gain footing.

It happens to comedians all the time in varying levels. It recently happened to Whoopie Goldberg. It doesn’t make what Richards did right, but it does offer us context, and context is exactly what seems to be thrown out in almost every accusation of racism nowadays.

As I wrote earlier on Wednesday, Tim Allen topped trending lists on Twitter because of accusations of racism being thrown at him. Why is he racist? Because he doesn’t know how to play spades, and six years ago he tried to reason that saying the “n-word” in a specific context should be allowed if the context has zero racist connotations.

Years of the “n-word” being used by all sorts of people proved Allen correct. One shining example is Matt Stone and Trey Parker of South Park making an entire episode centered around the Richards incident where they used the “n-word” openly many times. There was little to no blowback over it. Stone and Parker even made the argument in the South Park episode that Richards wasn’t racist, he was just a bad comedian. Richards himself has made that observation.

Here we see four white men using the “n-word” in various contexts, and yet none of them actually are racist when nuances are considered.

Yet context and nuance are given no quarter in today’s social justice infested society.

People are labeled “racist” left and right for simply opposing a person of color in any way regardless of the subject. I was recently labeled a racist for pointing out that twerking on cop cars and sticking your butt out at a camera at a Pride parade does nothing to help acceptance or tolerance of LGBT peoples.

The people in the video and pictures just happened to be black, but being black wasn’t the issue. It didn’t matter. I opposed something black people happened to be doing.

But you don’t even have to be doing anything to necessarily be labeled as racist. Are you a white Republican? You’re a racist? Are you a doctor or a nurse? Kamala Harris thinks you’re a racist. Did you vote for Trump? Clinton thinks you’re a racist. Are you a Hispanic woman wearing a MAGA hat? A white SJW will be along shortly to label you as racist. According to the activist left, Veggie Tales is racist too. Oh, and Lord of the Rings also causes racism to magically appear in people.

Most recently, Steven Crowder was labeled as a racist for daring to call Vox’s Carlos Maza a Mexican, which he is, and is something Carlos Maza proudly calls himself.

What isn’t racist? Anything that the left does.

MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace claimed there wasn’t a “strain of racism” on the left. Yet leftists activists and politicians embrace rabid antisemites like Nation of Islam hate preacher Louis Farrakhan, who think Hitler was a great man and that Jewish people are termites. CNN’s Don Lemon called white men the number one threat to America.  Leftist “comedian” Kristine Wong made a YouTube show that openly teaches kids racism against white people.

Even Virginia governors doing blackface seem only elicit a finite outrage from racially obsessed activists.

The word “racism” is no longer a description, and hasn’t been for some time. Now it’s simply a political tool with no meaning. The word doesn’t need context to be used, and you need not worry about dissecting nuance in order to toss it around. Just find something you don’t like and apply liberally. No pun intended.

This isn’t good for obvious reasons. For one, any actual racism gets lost in the minutia. We also lose sight of what actual racism looks like, and soon actual racism gets pardoned as reactive defensiveness against another race over accusations of racism that never happened. We clown ourselves and call it “being woke.”

This is why the word is losing its edge. People having the accusation of racism nowadays are more likely to laugh it off than actually go through the time-wasting process of proving they aren’t. Why should they? The vast majority of people accused of racism did nothing racist at all and have nothing to answer for.

What’s more, the general public isn’t asking them to answer for it either. The only people stomping their feet and demanding a pound of flesh are the mainstream media, politicians, and activists, and they’re losing the public’s ear thanks to overuse of the accusation.

The word “racism” just doesn’t mean anything now, and the left has only itself to blame.

The post The Word “Racism” Has Lost All Meaning appeared first on RedState.

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