One of the people the Senate Judiciary Committee reached out to in advance of the hearings last Thursday was Christine Blasey Ford’s best friend as a teenager, Leland Ingham (now Keyser), who said through her attorney, Howard Walsh:
Simply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford.
In a new statement released yesterday, Keyser indicated her willingness to “cooperate fully” with an FBI investigation into the allegation, while re-emphasizing “the simple and unchangeable truth … that she is unable to corroborate it because she has no recollection of the incident in question.”
This time, however, Walsh included the statement, “Ms. Keyser does not refute Dr. Ford’s account, and she has already told the press that she believes Dr. Ford’s account.”
It is nothing more than a vote of confidence, especially in light of Ford’s own testimony before the committee, in which she said:
Oh no, she [Keyser] didn’t know about the even. She was downstairs during the event and I did not share it with her.
In other words, Ford’s friend has nothing new to tell the FBI. But you wouldn’t know that judging by the mainstream media’s reporting on this “development.” CNN ran a story yesterday with the attention-getting headline “Ford friend does not refute Ford’s account, believes Ford,” since modified to the more sedate “Christine Blasey Ford’s friend is not refuting Ford’s allegation, will cooperate with FBI, lawyer says.”
The HuffPost take on the new statement continues to sensationalize it with the headline “Christine Blasey Ford’s Friend Doesn’t Deny Assault Claim, Lawyer Says,” while CBS News is content to mislead readers with the title “Christine Blasey Ford’s friend clarifies statement about alleged assault by Brett Kavanaugh.” There is no clarification whatsoever in the revised statement.
The media continue to engage in deception, misdirection, and straight-out lying, which is frankly nothing new for them. They did the same thing during the eight years of the Obama presidency, only the sleight of hand was intended to divert the public’s attention away from actual wrongdoing by the president.