The Republican controlled Senate Judiciary Committee is continuing on its bullheaded mission to rush through the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court. Their callous approach to the charges of Kavanaugh's alleged sexual assault on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford could not even be slowed down by the resignation of the committee's spokesperson due to charges of sexual harassment. Seriously, you can't make this stuff up.
However, Fox News can make up phony allegations against Dr. Ford to malign her character and introduce demonstrably false speculation as to her motives for coming forward. Throughout this melodrama, Fox News has participated in the deliberate vilification of a woman who has already endured untold suffering. She has been accused of lying, having a faulty memory, and even misidentifying her attacker. She has also been accused of having political motives that none of her critics can actually verify.
Among the worst of the Fox News attack squad is "judge" Jeanine Pirro. She has been relentless in her criticism of Dr. Ford, and her defense of Judge Kavanaugh. But she went to a new extreme on her program Saturday night. In her "Opening Statement"segment, Pirro launched a typically (for her) rancid, spittle inflected tirade against Dr. Ford that began with the baseless charge that she was "highly political." And then she dived into what she said was an "even more compelling" incident (video below):
"Do you remember when the President nominated Brett Kavanaugh, we heard that Kavanaugh's mother was a judge. Ford's parents – follow me – Ford's parents had a foreclosure claim against them and their home in 1996, in Maryland. Ford's parents lost their home. The judge ruled against them. The judge was a woman. The judge was Brett Kavanaugh's mother."
There is no other way to put this than that Pirro is brazenly lying. The only part of those remarks that is true is that Kavanaugh's mother was a judge. Follow me: Ford's parents did not lose their home. And Kavanaugh's mother did not rule against them. In fact, the foreclosure was dismissed by Kavanaugh's mother after Ford's parents and the bank agreed on a settlement. So the whole conspiracy theory that Dr. Ford was acting out as revenge is ridiculous since the ruling by Kavanaugh's mother was favorable to the Fords. And these facts were reported by none other than Fox News:
"The parents of the woman who is accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct have a connection to the Supreme Court nominee through his mother, a Maryland state judge, online court records show. Martha Kavanaugh granted a motion dismissing a 1996 foreclosure action against Ralph and Paula Blasey, according to the records."
The story by Fox News was published five days ago, so Pirro has no excuse for disseminating her lies last night. Pirro likely got her bogus accounts from the phalanx of rightist websites that were pushing this notion despite all the evidence to the contrary. They included well known purveyors of fake news like America First, Pacific Pundit, and the renowned "Stupidest Man on the Internet," the Gateway Pundit (and even he corrected his story). This was all previously debunked by PolitiFact.
For Fox News to permit this sort of flagrantly dishonest commentary on their network is further proof of how careless they are about factual reporting, and/or how biased they are and prepared to spread false information if it advances their ultra-conservative agenda. They must be especially desperate considering how poorly Kavanaugh is regarded by the American people, who in the latest Fox News poll are opposed to his confirmation by fifty percent to forty percent in favor. That wouldn't be a sufficient reason to allow lies like these to be broadcast by any other news network. But for Fox it's just business as usual.
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