The things we liberals aren't told: Yesterday, Kevin Drum wrote about the widely-discussed new book about Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford. His post appeared beneath this headline:
New Kavanaugh Book Is a Gift for ConservativesUnfortunately, that headline may well be right. We say that because the book includes new information—new information which we liberals pretty much aren't being told.
Conservatives are being given the new information, on Fox and at conservative sites. But we aren't being told Over Here, and we haven't been told to date by the New York Times.
In short, we're being propagandized. Here's the part of Drum's post which we principally have in mind:
DRUM (9/17/19): Back during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, Chistine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of pinning her on a bed and covering her mouth—before eventually letting her go—at a small house party when he was 17. In the book, we learn that Leland Keyser, a friend of Ford’s who was at the party, now says that she doesn’t remember the event and that “it just didn’t make sense.” And: “It would be impossible for me to be the only girl at a get-together with three guys, have her leave, and then not figure out how she’s getting home. I just really didn’t have confidence in the story.” Keyser says that her original equivocal testimony had been delivered under duress.That's right! According to Blasey Ford, Leland Keyser, a high school friend, was the only other girl at the gathering where the alleged attack occurred. But here's what Keyser told the two Times reporters concerning Blasey Ford's account:
“I don’t have any confidence in the story.” (We're taking our quote from the work of the Times reporters in this Atlantic essay.)
There's an uglier part of what Keyser told the Times reporters. As Drum notes, she told them that she was pressured by supporters of Blasey Ford to get in line with Blasey Ford's story.
More accurately, Keyser seems to have said that she was threatened by Blasey Ford's supporters. “I was told behind the scenes that certain things could be spread about me if I didn’t comply,” she told the Times reporters.
The fact that Keyser has said these things doesn't mean that they're true. The fact that liberals haven't been told these things is part of the way our liberal orgs subject us to propaganda—keep us barefoot and clueless.
The fact that Keyser has said these things doesn't mean that Blasey Ford's account is false. The fact that you haven't heard these things means that you're being played. Propaganda isn't just for The Others any more!
The New York Times didn't include this information in the multiply-bungled excerpt of the new book which it published on Sunday. It did feature a grossly misleading account of another claimed assault, but only after editors removed the part of the piece which explained that the woman who was allegedly mistreated has refused to make any such claim and has apparently told friends that she recalls no such incident.
(Long after Sunday's report was published, the Times reinserted that basic information in its published account.)
If you were watching Fox last night, you were told about these facts and about these major journalistic bungles. You were told, not unreasonably, that this information helps you see how fake the New York Times is.
If you get your news from liberal sources, you probably haven't heard these things. If you want to read a bit more, we'll link you to two sources:
At this link, you'll see a report about these matters by the Washington Post's Aaron Blake. The report appeared on-line at 9:30 yesterday morning. It didn't appear in today's hard-copy Post.
At this second link, you'll find a report by Mollie Hemingway, who published a book in July about these same events. Hemingway apparently reports the same things in her book, but she seems to say that Keyser spoke with her off the record. She's quite sardonic in her appraisal of the Times reporters, possibly with reason.
Did Kavanaugh assault Blasey Ford? We have no way of knowing.
Is information being kept from us liberals? Dearest darlings, use your heads! Did you have to ask?