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Kavanaugh book authors battle The View’s Meghan McCain over New York Times uproar

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The authors of a new book about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh appeared on “The View” to explain some of the controversial aspects of an excerpt published by the New York Times.

Co-host Meghan McCain pressed authors Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, whose book The Education of Brett Kavanaugh was published Tuesday, to explain an editor’s note that conservatives have argued invalidates some of their bombshell reporting about sexual misconduct allegations against the justice.

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Thank you for the question,” Kelly explained. “We’re eager to clear the air on this. First of all, there was no desire to withhold important information from our readers. We have all of it in the book and the essay is an adaptation of the book that of course we had to edit for length and clarity.”

“The thrust of the essay was about — probably a bad word choice — the point of the essay was about Debra Ramirez, a woman who had gone to college with Justice Kavanaugh and had this experience where she alleged that he exposed himself to her and it was a very troubling event, and we lay out all the reasons why that was, not just the moment itself but the experience she was having at Yale being very difficult,” Kelly added.

While reporting the book, they heard that Kavanaugh had exposed himself to another woman in a similar way, and they included those allegations because of the similarities — and Kelly said some information about those accusations were cut during the editing process, and were not intended to be deceptive.

“During the editing process there was an oversight and this key detail about the fact that the woman herself has told friends she doesn’t remember it and has not wanted to talk about it got cut, and it was an oversight and the Times adjusted it and we’re very sorry that it happened,” Kelly said.

McCain asked why they included the alleged victim’s name if she did not come forward with the allegations herself.

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“Her name is in the book because we think it’s relevant information,” Kelly said, “and we think it’s accurate and we know that her name was provided to members of the Senate and the FBI by a witness named Max Stier, who is a good governance activist in Washington who’s a respected figure.”

McCain and fellow conservative Abby Huntsman were troubled by Stier’s past work as a member of President Bill Clinton’s defense team in the late 1990s, and they asked why that was not initially reported in the Times excerpt.

“I understand it’s relevant background,” Kelly agreed. “In this case it was a very short mention and we only talked in brief terms about what he’s doing right now, so we didn’t see all of that context to be necessary, but I understand why you’re bringing it up and I think it’s fair.”

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The reporters said Stier’s name, and the second alleged victim’s reluctance to come forward, were removed in the editing process, in part to take the woman’s name out of the draft.

“As soon as we realized this, we corrected it and they wrote an editor’s note and they restored it,” Pogrebin said.

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Pogrebin also revealed that she drafted a tweet sent out by the newspaper that was widely criticized as belittling the allegations against Kavanaugh, and she explained how it got posted.

“It was a misworded tweet, but what happens at the Times is the reporters are asked to draft Tweets and we’re also asked to draft headlines,” Pogrebin said. “They don’t always get used, sent out, they often don’t.”

She said her intent was nearly the opposite of the tweet’s reception.

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“I drafted this with this in mind to have actually the opposite effect,” she added, “which is to anticipate those who would say, ‘A guy pulling down his pants at a party when they’re drunk is on the spectrum of sexual misconduct. It’s not sexual assault. It’s not rape. What’s the big deal?’”


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Colbert names Trump’s siege on DC the ‘Tinyman Square’ incident

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It wasn't quite Tiananmen Square, where a still-unknown number of Chinese protesters were murdered by the government in 1989, but it was the closest thing President Donald Trump managed to score this week.

After watching the footage of the military tear gas, beat and shoot at protesters so Trump could march from the presidential bunker to St. John's Church for the cameras.

"It was like Tiananmen Square," Colbert deemed. "Except, in Trump's case, Tinyman Square."

Trump claimed on "The Fox & Friends" that no one was tear-gassed, so it's unclear what was stinging people's eyes and making them cough, choke and tear up. The Park Police released a statement saying it wasn't tear gas. While the moment was captured on video from dozens of different camera angles, one protester actually grabbed a canister of Oleoresins Capiscum, or "OC," the gas that was used.

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Vladimir Putin must love watching the US fall apart: columnist

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New Yorker columnist Susan Glasser made the astute observation that if Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to destabilize the United States with the election of President Donald Trump, he's clearly achieved his objective.

It was reported in March that Russian intelligence services are working to incite violence using white supremacist groups to try and sow racial chaos in the United States ahead of the November election.

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Conservative columnist links all Republicans to the attack on Lafayette Square

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Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump decided to walk across Lafayette Square for a photo-op. To get there, however, it took an outright battle with mounted park police, police covered in body armor and rattled Secret Service members who had just rushed the president to the bunker several nights before. Armed with semi-automatic weapons and military gear, they staged a siege on Lafayette Square against unarmed hippies, woke whites and people of color, again, forced to fight for justice.

Writing for the Washington Post Wednesday, conservative columnist Max Boot attacked Attorney General Bill Barr, who accepted responsibility for demanding that demonstrators be tear-gassed, beaten and shot with rubber bullets. Like Bull Conor ordering fire hoses on students marching in Birmingham, Alabama, Barr's attack on Lafayette Square for a photo-op proved he is willing to do what it takes to stroke the fractured ego of a president forced to cower in a bunker.

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