Pete's Prep: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018

Media bias is evident in what's not covered

Yesterday, two big developments in the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation battle occurred. You can tell they are meaningful because they are not getting the amount of coverage that flying ice cubes did yesterday.

Or that Kavanaugh wrote a letter outlining everyone's responsibilities for the annual Beach Week party.

But let's look at what is not getting the coverage...

First, there is a letter from a former TV weatherman and Democratic congressional candidate who dated Julie Swetnick. She's the "third accuser" who allegedly went to about a dozen parties where she said Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge were operating a rape gang. His letter shreds her credibility.

More importantly, there is the letter from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's ex-boyfriend. It's done grave damage to Ford's credibility.

In a written declaration released Tuesday and  obtained by Fox News, an ex-boyfriend of Christine Blasey Ford, the  California professor accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault,  directly contradicts her testimony under oath last week that she had  never helped anyone prepare for a polygraph examination.

The  former boyfriend, whose name was redacted in the declaration, also said  Ford neither mentioned Kavanaugh nor mentioned she was a victim of  sexual misconduct during the time they were dating from about 1992 to  1998. He said he saw Ford going to great lengths to help a woman he  believed was her "life-long best friend" prepare for a potential  polygraph test. He added that the woman, Monica McLean, had been  interviewing for jobs with the FBI and U.S. Attorney's office.

He  further claimed that Ford never voiced any fear of flying (even while  aboard a propeller plane) and seemingly had no problem living in a "very  small," 500 sq. ft. apartment with one door -- apparently contradicting  her claims that she could not testify promptly in D.C. because she felt  uncomfortable traveling on planes, as well as her suggestion that her  memories of Kavanuagh's alleged assault prompted her to feel unsafe  living in a closed space or one without a second front door.

Ford "never expressed a fear of closed quarters, tight spaces, or places with only one exit," the former boyfriend wrote.

As of 12:00 pm today.... CBS, ABC, NBC, and CNN have all ignored this story.


Also, it appears ONE reporter has decided to check into the story about Ford's home renovation project that went so badly they ended up in marriage counseling.

This entire affair has exposed just how deep in the tank legacy media outlets are for Democrats. Jonah Goldberg has a great piece on this today at National Review

Meanwhile, Thomas Friedman at the NY Times says there's a coming civil war in America, and it's the Republicans' fault (naturally).

His column doesn't even dismissively offer a "both sides do it" caveat, either. It's just straight-up the GOP's fault.

The shift in the G.O.P. to tribalism culminated with [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell denying  Obama his constitutional right to appoint a Supreme Court justice with  almost a year left in Obama’s term. As NPR reported:  “Supreme Court picks have often been controversial. There have been  contentious hearings and floor debates and contested votes. But to  ignore the nominee entirely, as if no vacancy existed? There was no  precedent for such an action since the period around the Civil War.”

It's profoundly instructive that Friedman calls upon history to argue that McConnell violated a norm that was sacrosanct - thus destroying the Republic.

Friedman does not mention how virtually everyone believed Hillary Clinton would win. It was predicted she might even pull Merrick Garland's nomination and name a younger and more leftist judge to the seat.

But, more importantly, Friedman ignores the entire journey that led to the Garland moment.

Supreme Court Justice – Ruth Bader Ginsburg - attacked Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign. Nobody on the left seemed to mind or worry about politicization of the High Court. Republican protests were dismissed.

From the well of the Senate, then-Majority Leader Harry Reid accused Mitt Romney of a felony during the 2012 election. Speeches from the well are protected, so Senators suffer no legal penalty for defaming and slandering a rival. 

Democrats blocked Bush’s nominee - Miguel Estrada - from the DC Circuit for more than 2 years because he is Hispanic. Literally. They (at the urging of special interest groups) were so worried about Republicans being able to put the first Latino on the Supreme Court, they dragged the guy for so long that he eventually withdrew. He was the first Circuit Court nominee ever filibustered in US history (although, Democrats forced nine others out using the same tactic.) 

During his Estrada’s grueling confirmation, his wife miscarried, sunk into a depression, and overdosed on sleeping pills and alcohol.

When rumors swirled that Estrada might be nominated to US solicitor general, he told The National Law Journal, Estrada said, “I would never accept a job that requires Senate confirmation or, for that matter, willingly place myself in any situation (e.g., a hearing room) in which convention requires that I be civil to Chuck Schumer.”

Blocking the appointment of Bush’s judges allowed Obama to pack courts all over the nation, even as Democrats were getting wiped out in state legislative races, congressional races, and gubernatorial races. 

For example, the Fourth Circuit that covers NC was the most conservative court in the US. By the time Obama was done, it was second-most liberal - behind the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco.

When the GOP attempted to slow down the Obama administration's court packing, Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid blew up the filibuster.

Democrats have been playing this game for a long time.

Republicans are now playing, too.

They should have started after Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas.

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