Editorial Mistake My Ass: New York Times Made Numerous Serious Judgment Errors

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As details emerge in the New York Times Kavanaugh scandal, it's very clear the NYT repeatedly made serious errors

Blatant Sleaze

On September 14, the New York Times resurrected unsubstantiated and graphic rumors about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in a purposeful smear article Brett Kavanaugh Fit In With the Privileged Kids. She Did Not.

The article was by disgraced NYT authors Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly to promote their upcoming book “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation.”

I do not normally report on sleaze but to understand what the NYT did, I have to.

Here is one controversial paragraph.

"We also uncovered a previously unreported story about Mr. Kavanaugh in his freshman year that echoes Ms. Ramirez’s allegation. A classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student."

Coverup Whitewash

The NYT later added this correction.

"The book reports that the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident. That information has been added to the article."

That's one hell of a correction don't you think?

Editing Error

Making matters worse for itself, The NYT came out and blamed it all on an "editing error".

Reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly said in an interview on MSNBC that they wrote in the draft of their Sunday Review piece that a woman who Kavanaugh was said to have exposed himself to while a student at Yale had told others she had no recollection of the alleged incident.

Their editors, they say, removed the reference. “It was just sort of. . . in the haste of the editing process,” said Pogrebin.

The editor responsible for editing the Kavanaugh piece, Times Deputy Editorial Page Editor James Dao addressed select questions about the piece on a Times “Bulletin Board” posted on Monday and updated Tuesday. But he did not address why the information about the woman’s recollection was removed from the story.

Dao declined a POLITICO request for comment.

Half Bullshit

We certainly never intended to mislead in any way,” Pogrebin said in discussing the editor’s note on MSNBC. “We wanted to give as full a story as possible.”

I know bullshit when I see it. The whole story is bullshit. On second thought, make that half bullshit (I will explain in a moment).

Since when do you post unsubstantiated sleaze of this nature when the people allegedly involved do not remember the incident?

Someone shoved a penis in my face and I don't remember.

Really?

Here's the believable part: “We wanted to give as full a story as possible.”

Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly want to sell books and sleaze sells.

Of course they wanted as "full a story as possible" and the more bullshit the better.

Bullshit Replicated

Entire Book Unravels

Zerohedge fills in the remaining pieces in his take As Kavanaugh Smear Unravels, Original Accuser's 'Witness' Now Doubts Story

As the left-wing smear against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh continues to unravel amid a journalistic malpractice scandal at the New York Times, original Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford's "lifelong friend" and alleged witness now doubts her story.

Keyser - who said she was pressured by Ford's ex-FBI buddy to lie and say that she didn't remember the party instead of saying that it never happened - originally said through her attorney that she "does not refute Dr. Ford's account," however "the simple and unchangeable truth is that she is unable to corroborate it because she has no recollection of the incident in question."

"I was told behind the scenes that certain things could spread about me if I didn't comply," Keyser told the Times journos - who felt it wasn't notable enough for their smear article.

Now, Keyser says she doesn't believe Ford's story at all

"We spoke multiple times to Keyser, who also said that she didn’t recall that get-together or others like it," wrote Pogrebin and Kelly in their new book, The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation (yet another item that didn't make it into their inflammatory Times article). "In fact, she challenged Ford’s accuracy."

Editors Should Be Fired

At a minimum, the editors responsible should be fired. They are corrupt, incompetent, or both.

Anyone at the NYT defending the editors should also be fired.

NYT Pours On the Bullshit

NYT opinion columnist Jamelle Bouie says Mad About Kavanaugh and Gorsuch? The Best Way to Get Even Is to Pack the Court.

So what should Democrats do? They should play hardball back. Congress, according to the Judiciary Act of 1789, decides the number of judges. It’s been 150 years since it changed the size of the Supreme Court. I think it’s time to revisit the issue. Should Democrats win that trifecta, they should expand and yes, pack, the Supreme Court. Add two additional seats to account for the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the Gorsuch and Kavanaugh nominations.

To post that article in the wake of blatant errors adds fat to the fire.

It's also asinine.

The fact of the matter is Republicans control the Senate and Trump gets to make the nominees.

Even assuming that changes, all it would do is encourage Republicans to counter the next time they are in charge.

Nonpolitical Court

The court is supposed to be nonpolitical.

In that regard, Trump made two excellent choices. He could easily have appointed two far-right choices but didn't.

Excellent Choices

Some of my own readers incorrectly accused me of TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome).

The notion is absurd. I am a free market, anti-war Libertarian.

When Trump strays from either, I criticize.

Here, Trump is correct.

Trump Tweets

Instead of admitting how stupid they were, Democrat presidential nominees want a Kavanaugh impeachment.

The people in charge of this fiasco at the NYT should be fired.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (63)
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awc13
awc13

any NYT employees who lose their job over this will probably find work at the DNC

Je'Ri
Je'Ri

I don't know if Kavanaugh is the sleazebag they say he is, and nobody, especially Kavanaugh, has had an adequate opportunity to test the witnesses to determine the veracity of the allegations; Dr. Ford was theatrically tested with no real judicial standards applied, and she still failed miserably to make the case.

What I would really like to know is why none of it came up from the mid-1990's onward as he climbed the ladder into increasingly responsible Federal positions. "Classmate" Mr. Stier actually worked on the Clinton (Bill) defense team during the impeachment proceedings while Mr. Kavanaugh worked on Ken Starr's team. Wouldn't that have been the time to call Mr. Kavanaugh into question? Or why not later as he was nominated to the Federal bench?

Sorry, but these allegations are barred under the principles of estoppel and laches..

Onni4me
Onni4me

“We wanted to give as much The Full Monty as possible.” I find these so called trustworthy magazines and newspapers so untrustworthy nowadays that I refuse to pay for them. There is loads of free information available and it encourages to think oneself not just suck the tits of we-know-it-better-trust-us.

Sechel
Sechel

New York Times still has among the best reporting. They screwed up no doubt. But don't carry Trump's water by calling for firings. The system worked, other reporting came out questioning the accuracy of what the NY Times was putting out. What's next we'll hear cries to retry the famous and important Peter Zenger case? Maybe we can exhume Andrew Hamilton.

Sechel
Sechel

Kavanaugh was not properly vetted. The FBI investigation was minimal. I still don't know if we should believe whether the allegations are true but I do know his conduct at the hearings was awful and should have been disqualifying.

avidremainer
avidremainer

One of the reasons I got disenchanted with the MSM is because I knew from my own experience that what they were writing was tosh. One of the things that I like about this and other of my favourite sites is that they bring back the sheer gusto of what it was like in my youth when the newspapers and television were unafraid of talking about big things. I swear that if you only get your news from the MSM you would not know that the Magnitsky family substantially lost their case against Putin in the, I think, ECHR. You really would be ignorant of Rep Gabbard's coruscating put down of President Trump over his subservience to Saudi Arabia. The MSM are culpable because of what they do not report , and what they do report is mostly gossip and tittletattle.

Cichocki
Cichocki

You say that you are free market, yet you also say that the people in charge of this fiasco at the NYT should be fired. Maybe you're better off just not reading the NYT.

shamrock
shamrock

Screw what kind of juvenile shenanigans or crimes he committed as a high school and college student, Kavanaugh committed perjury in his confirmation hearings testimony. He is overtly political. The supreme court is now overtly political. Sad.

Euromario
Euromario

.......Even assuming that changes, all it would do is encourage Republicans to counter the next time they are in charge. Mish, sad thing is ; they are not going to be in charge any more! Ever. We are at the braking point, generational rift.

RonJ
RonJ

On Monday, after the New York Times "correction," the KTLA news at Ten PM doubled down on the smearing of Kavanaugh, ignoring the NYT correction entirely. Fortunately, i do not have to rely on MSM leftist partisan propaganda as my source for news.

Their editors, they say, removed the reference. “It was just sort of. . . in the haste of the editing process,” said Pogrebin.

That comment doesn't even pass the smell test. Editor is a serious responsibility.

KidHorn
KidHorn

I don't read the NYT but I do read the WaPo. Which many have said is basically a mirror of NYT. The WaPo is no longer a news organization. They're a DNC propaganda arm. Almost everything they publish has an anti Trump or anti republican slant. Even their weather and sports. Every weather story contains a mention of global warming making whatever happened worse or the cause of whatever happened. They recently wrote an article about iguanas invading Florida and blamed it on global warming. Even though the entire state has always been habitable to them.

thimk
thimk

good commentary, highlights the politicization/ polarization/bias of the mega media conglomerates. Even some fox commentators are trump sycophants. (i.e hannity has got trump walking on water ). all I read is alt-news, switch and you will see the difference. welcome to my ted talk .

Herkie
Herkie

"Since when do you post unsubstantiated sleaze of this nature when the people allegedly involved do not remember the incident?"

Newspapers LEFT AND RIGHT have been publishing stories that mislead and push the boundaries of truth long before any of us were born, where was the outrage when they got us into the Spanish American War when it was reported The Maine was blown up in Havana harbor? Just to give one example. Yes, there are stories like this and pushing the Kavanaugh nomination through was bound to trigger many, if you look for a lowest common denominator with no morality other than to advance an agenda of the far right (or left for that matter) through the senate this is what you can expect. And no, you are never going to convince me that Kavanaugh was the best choice for the post, in fact he could not even answer some basic questions in matters of law. If this is the best we can do, well it is just another nail in our collective coffins.

Latkes
Latkes

I am starting to think that Sechel and a few other TDS victims in these comments work for Shareblue or some other Correct the Record style shilling organization.

abend237-04
abend237-04

Mish, I can sense that you're not entirely onboard with the NYT in this, but an Occam's Razor approach to understanding the situation would suggest that the authors, editors and sources simply lost track of their lies. It's a quite common problem. In fact, the humorist Will Rogers openly admitted that he started out lying frequently as a kid but realized quickly that he wasn't nearly smart enough to keep sorted out which lie he'd told to whom and when. These folks haven't made that breakthrough and it's causing them a lot of grief. Unfortunately, they will quickly forget the lesson. I'd also advise the NYT that, when you're using Saul Alinsky's rules in lieu of doing your own thinking, it's vitally important that you follow them faithfully. They ignored rule 7: "A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Don't become old news"

The Indians had an even better way of putting it, I think: "A smart Indian knows to get off a dead horse." The Kavanaugh smear horse is dead. Hanging around with dead horses probably won't grow readership.
Rule 7

CeeB
CeeB

I'm sorry, but is anyone else confused about how the alleged misconduct may have even happened? How does some one other than you push YOUR penis into another person's hand? The whole accusation sounds absurd and written in salacious terms to grab headlines. Are we supposed to believe Kavanaugh was walking around the party with his junk out, and a friend purposefully shoved him into a woman who happened to be waiting with outstretched hand? Shouldn't the accusation of harassment be leveled at the shoving friend as well?

Webej
Webej

At the NYT they were sifting through reports from the wire services and other feeds, thinking: How can we fill the paper today? Suddenly someone came up with the idea of reporting on the justices in the Supreme Court, and another added, why not write something about where Brett's penis has been over the last century.

(Hint: There's a little more going on than an honest mistake...)

Mish
Mish

Editor

My position with firing is logical. I am not asking for gov't intervention. I am telling the NYT that if they wish to have any sense if integrity such errors should not be allowed and heads ought to roll.

I say the same thing about banks, about bad teachers, and things like the VW scandal.

People ought to be held accountable by the boards of these companies.

It's amazing that someone cannot grasp this simple construct.

Blurtman
Blurtman

Trump is spot on with FAKE NEWS. But it’s not about reporting real news. It’s about maintaining and growing a subscriber base. So the NY Times is basically MAD Magazine.

Hansa
Hansa

Whenever its a case of admitting corruption or incompetence, the correct answer is always incompetence. That's what Bill Clinton did practically every week during both Presidential terms. Every scandal was blamed on incompetence. And the media reported it as such. "Gosh, he's just the clumsiest sweetheart, isn't he?" was the tone from the NYT et al.

So when the NYT itself is caught in a morbidly corrupt situation, the editor must ask, "What would Bill do?"

As for Kavanaugh, who DOESN'T believe this? "A classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student."

C'mon, we're talking about drunken preppie teen boys here. Every teen flick from the 80s had this exact thing going on. It happened. A lot. But was it bad? Was it life-shattering for the dipsy drunken bimbos who hung around the boys' dorms EXPECTING those sorts of things to happen? Uh.... no.

I reckon every single NYT hack reporter under the age of 50 WISHES he or she had been there/done that. Dorm life is more promiscuous than ever these days, but the vibrant dorm culture that accompanied the rampant behavior was killed off long ago by the sterile SJWs infesting those places.

stillCJ
stillCJ

Editor

Country Bob
Country Bob

The NYTimes has been about partisan politics, not factual news, for a long time. The crap reporting of the last 10-20 years (this is not the only story the NYT was caught fabricating) has finally reached a point where it overwhelms the legacy reporting the Times used to do decades ago.

Its telling how many commenters here are so anti-Trump that they are willing to believe any lie they hear as long as in meets their confirmation bias. The Times has admitted they screwed up -- mostly because they got caught again. And yet commenters here are still trying to conjure up some nonsense to justify their own bias.

I know moneymaven.io wants Mish to have lots of readership and page clicks, but Mish might want to consider the effects of continuing to have users like Sechel, hmk and herkie comment. People are known by the company we keep, and I for one don't get any benefit debating with morons. I know Mish has banned people before, and the decision not to ban these people reflects poorly on Mish's blog.

Crazy people inflate page clicks in the short term -- on "news" websites, on TV shows and on blogs. But long term, their low intelligence drives people away. We don't want to be associated with them (not even anonymously) and we don't want to waste our time with their bullsh!t.

Its too late to save the NYTimes. Their readership has changed over the last 5-10 years, because their reporting went to crap over the last 10-20 years. The NYTimes company continues to hemorage money. Advertisers want to reach the best potential customers, not low quality customers.

Ultimately, this story is about the decline and fall of the NYTimes (and WaPo) whoring themselves out to sell books because the newspaper itself has the same future as K-mart or Sears. Remember when Sears used to stand for quality? Maybe I'm dating myself, but a long time ago....

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

The article was in the opinion section. When Sean Hannity or some other hack on faux news talk like they are telling the truth they are no different. Now when the New York times does it, it is a big deal ? Whenever the shoe is on the other foot the other side complains and whines but they never see the irony or hypocrisy.