“The View” host Whoopi Goldberg had to fact-check Meghan McCain’s description of a New York Times correction in a bombshell new report about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The newspaper reported that the FBI failed to interview former Yale classmates about sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh during the confirmation process last fall, and the authors of a new book found a new accuser.
McCain pointed to an editor’s note appended to the story that she believes casts doubt on the new reporting, but Goldberg asked her to clean up some of the claims she made.
“What we know about the article that came out, and again, I have not led investigations so I can’t speak to the legalities of it, but I can speak to the politics of it,” McCain said. “The woman that was named in the article that was supposedly victimized says she denies any memory of the alleged event.”
Goldberg interrupted, and pointed out that the new alleged victim, according to the Times, declined to be interviewed and friends said she does not recall the incident, which was recounted by former classmates.
“Okay,” McCain said, “again, this is very nebulous, and if it’s hard for us to explain, and I think the New York Times, the fact they didn’t mention it came from Max Stier who was a Clinton defense attorney who battled with Kavanaugh during the Whitewater investigation is a fact we should have known.”
McCain said the new allegations were too lewd to repeat on daytime television, but she didn’t think the report would change anyone’s opinion about Kavanaugh or his fitness to serve a lifetime judicial appointment.
“This is a battleground culture war issue right now,” she said. “There’s a thing called the ‘Kavanaugh effect,’ which happened during midterms where moderate Democrats ended up losing their seats because of Kavanaugh. Heidi Heitkamp, Claire McCaskill, Joe Donnelly, Bill Nelson. The politics of this — going into 2020, you want to impeach Trump and impeach Kavanaugh. Is that the winning strategy for democrats going forward in 2020? I want to know, do you think that’s what’s going to win over the Rust Belt?”
Co-host Sunny Hostin didn’t think Democrats would try to impeach Kavanaugh, because impeachment of a U.S. Supreme Court justice was historically rare and politically risky.
“It’s happened to federal judges, certainly,” Hostin said. “I think there have been impeachment proceedings against one Supreme Court justice, probably in the 1800s if I’m — tweet me if I’m wrong.”
McCain asked if a justice hadn’t been targeted for impeachment more recently, and seemed genuinely surprised by Hostin’s answer.
“Clarence Thomas, did they?” McCain said. “No? Okay.”
Hostin said the justice appears safe, but she said the president who appointed him might still face impeachment.
“It’s not going to happen, and it’s not a winning strategy,” Hostin said. “Impeaching Trump, I don’t know.”
John Oliver unleashes on news sites that sent out stupid push notifications
"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver doesn't come back until Feb. 16, but he dropped a new web-exclusive video Sunday complaining to news agencies that they should stop sending out stupid push notifications on their apps.
Oliver told his audience that there are two major criteria when considering a push notification: 1. Is there something I should be doing differently?; and 2. Is this something I need to know now?
Things like declarations of war, earthquakes or acts of terrorism are all perfect examples of things news agencies should inform readers about quickly. But when CNN sent out a push notification about a 115,000 Neanderthal child that was only found "half-eaten" by a bird, Oliver was understandably frustrated.
Billionaires are now richer than 60 percent of the world’s population: report
The world's billionaires have doubled in the past decade and are richer than 60 percent of the global population, the charity Oxfam said Monday.
It said poor women and girls were at the bottom of the scale, putting in "12.5 billion hours of unpaid care work each and every day," estimated to be worth at least $10.8 trillion a year.
"Our broken economies are lining the pockets of billionaires and big business at the expense of ordinary men and women. No wonder people are starting to question whether billionaires should even exist," Oxfam's India head Amitabh Behar said.
"The gap between rich and poor can't be resolved without deliberate inequality-busting policies," Behar said ahead of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, where he will represent Oxfam.
Alcohol-infused gummy bears infuriating candy giant Haribo
Ander Mendez and his friends were hoping they'd struck it rich when they came up with the idea of selling alcohol-infused gummy bears -- until they found themselves in the sights of sweet giant Haribo.
Now, these three Spaniards say they're afraid of being shut down by the German confectionery king, which is famed for its vast array of jelly sweets and was founded 100 years ago in the western city of Bonn.
In a not-so-sweetly worded legal letter, Haribo has accused their startup of infringing its trademarked little bear.
But these graduates from the northern Spanish port city of Bilbao insist they will carry on producing their "drunken gummy bears" -- "because people like them."