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Friday, October 05, 2018

When a third woman came forward to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct during 1980s house parties in Maryland, some in the mainstream media kept their distance. NBC News made a different decision.

MSNBC aired a 10-minute story Monday about reporter Kate Snow's interview with Julie Swetnick, with an excerpt on NBC's "Nightly News." During the interview, Snow highlighted inconsistencies between what Swetnick wrote in a sworn affidavit and what she told her. Attempts to reach people who could corroborate her story were unsuccessful. Swetnick changed significant aspects of her story and walked back others. Dispatches from other news organizations have questioned Swetnick's credibility, including an Associated Press story that detailed her extensive history of legal disputes.

Those are normal signals for news organizations to apply the brakes: NBC, however, went all in, even with overwhelming inconsistencies in Ms. Swetnick's story.


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Hours after it aired, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham called NBC News a "co-conspirator" in Kavanaugh's destruction. He said NBC News would never have done the story if the nominee were a Democrat.

"Their journalistic integrity has been destroyed over this case," Graham said.

The area of sexual misconduct is fraught at NBC News, where the network was criticized for letting Ronan Farrow take his investigation into Harvey Weinstein's actions to The New Yorker magazine, where he won a Pulitzer Prize. NBC also fired "Today" show anchor Matt Lauer because of sexual misconduct.

When the Swetnick allegations initially emerged, editors at The Associated Press decided against reporting about her specific accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior allegedly engaged in by Kavanaugh and others because of an absence of corroborating information, said John Daniszewski, the AP's standards editor.


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"He (Lindsey) said NBC News would never have done the story if the nominee were a Democrat"

The Senator wouldn't come within ten feet of Keg is he were a Democrat.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2018-10-05 12:31 PM | Reply

Swetnick was a obvious nutter from the get-go.

She'll probably sue Avenatti for groping her.

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-10-05 12:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

NBC-DNC didn't have much "journalistic integrity" to begin with.

#3 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-10-05 12:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

If the AP is calling out NBC for their lack of integrity, you know that this is bad.

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-10-05 02:10 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

How many ridiculous hit pieces have come out of FAUX News for which Ms. Lindsey had no objection, or omitted calling into question FAUX's "Journalistic Integrity"?

This is simply pearl-clutching and partisan --------------.

#5 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2018-10-05 10:53 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Come on. If news orgs didn't report false or misleading claims from obvious liars, Twitter would be the only way to hear from Trump.

#6 | Posted by bored at 2018-10-06 12:33 AM | Reply

And they whine and cry when they are called out for Fake News.

#7 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-10-06 03:44 PM | Reply

Why does anyone defend Kavanaugh? He's representative of the actual problems with white male privilege.


You people ignoring the credible women are scum. Total, unabashed pieces of trash.

Lindsey Graham doesn't care about women one whit. In fact, he wants to bring a suit against Dr. Ford.

I would bet he was the leaker..

#8 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-10-07 09:04 AM | Reply

Oh, the reason we know it was a Republican - their meme is "we might never know who the leaker was".. That isn't their M.O., btw.

#9 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-10-07 09:05 AM | Reply

Trust in the news media is at a record low. This is one of the countless reasons.

#10 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-10-07 02:48 PM | Reply

"Alyssa Milano ‏ To Be on Meet The Press. When NBC News Wants Top Legal Analysis Look Who They Pick"

#11 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-10-07 02:55 PM | Reply

Whatabout FOX News - #5 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2018-10-05 10:53 PM
Another day, another whataboutism.

#12 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-10-07 03:03 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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