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Friday, September 21, 2018

Nothing Normal About Allegations Against Teenager Kavanaugh

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

Tuesday evening, I was scrolling Twitter for news updates when I came upon this post by Emma Thatcher:

“Hello, female high school student here. I would just like to say that the emergence of this whole ‘teenage boys should get a pass because they’re not mature enough to understand consent’ narrative is probably one of the most unsettling things I have ever witnessed.”

She was referring, of course, to recent attempts to simultaneously excuse and demonize all teenage boys to salvage the reputation of one man, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist and professor, has accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party when he was 17, and she was 15.…

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On Kavanaugh, Does The Senate Want The Truth?

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

How would the Senate proceed if its highest priority were establishing the truth? That objective should be paramount with regard to the allegation that Brett Kavanaugh, at age 17, tried to rape a 15-year-old girl. Getting the truth is the most important thing for Christine Blasey Ford, the alleged victim, but also for Kavanaugh.

Unless, of course, he is guilty. In that case, the best outcome for the nominee is a quick, minimal inquiry that lets him skate past the charges and onto the Supreme Court. The way Senate Republicans are handling the matter suggests they are afraid of what they will learn if the digging goes too deep.…

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Conspiracists Smear Ford Over Yearbook Photo

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

An emerging attack on Christine Blasey Ford falsely claims that her high school yearbooks undermine her account of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulting her while they were in high school.

The yearbook pages in question don’t include any information that reflects negatively on Ford or contradicts any part of her account, but she is now being smeared over their contents. Those launching the attack include prominent conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who baselessly identified a photo of a girl wearing a skirt as Ford in order to claim she was promiscuous in high school — as though such a claim would in any way excuse or negate sexual assault.…

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