[Ed. – Double standard]
Once then-Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault, the media rushed to uncover more accusations against him. One of the most irresponsible examples of journalism – not just relating to this episode, but in recent history – came from Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer at The New Yorker.
The pair chronicled the claims of Deborah Ramirez, who attended Yale University at the same time Kavanaugh did. Ramirez claimed that during a party one night, Kavanaugh exposed himself to her and placed his penis near her face. The New Yorker published the article despite its significant flaws, such as the fact that the only corroborating witness said he heard the story from someone who had been there, but that person said they didn’t remember such an incident. The story was published despite the fact that Ramirez herself was not sure whether the man-in-question was Kavanaugh, but only decided that it was him after consulting with a Democrat attorney and “six days of carefully assessing her memories.”