Before reporting on the 1985 bar fight story involving Brett Kavanaugh in The New York Times, journalist Emily Bazelon shamelessly skewered Judge Kavanaugh's potential Supreme Court nomination on Twitter, The Washington Free Beacon reported.
On Tuesday, the Times conceded it should not have assigned the writer to the story. But it still said that it stood by the story.
"As a @YaleLawSch grad & lecturer, I strongly disassociate myself from tonight's praise of Brett Kavanaugh," Bazelon tweeted July 9. "With respect, he's a 5th vote for a hard-right turn on voting rights and so much more that will harm the democratic process & prevent a more equal society. "
She followed up her tweet with another:
"Those are fundamental values we try to instill in our students. They matter more than collegiality and credentials."
Bazelon might not have been an "enemy of the people," as President Donald Trump claims of left-leaning media, with those tweets, but she had no fear of being an enemy of Judge Kavanaugh – alternative facts not lost on Fox News political analyst Brit Hume.
"This NYTimes 'news' article is co-written by @emilybazelon, an anti-Kavanaugh activist who announced her opposition to his nomination back in July, declaring that he would be a 'fifth vote for a hard right turn' on the court," Hume tweeted Tuesday morning.
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. responded with a sharp condemnation of the Times' "membership in media wing of Democratic Party" as a "total disgrace."
"@nytimes not even trying to hide anymore its membership in media wing of Democratic Party, allows 'reporter' @emilybazelon to write about Judge Kavanaugh even though she announced her opposition to him in July on ideological grounds," Cotton replied to Hume's tweet. "Total disgrace."
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