Joe Scarborough said he wouldn’t vote for Brett Kavanaugh if he were a senator, but that doesn’t mean he’s happy about how the judge is being treated in the wake of multiple sexual misconduct accusations against him.
On Wednesday, the “Morning Joe” host slammed the “mainstream media” and accused it of “one-sided” coverage, saying that fair questions about the accuracy of Christine Blasey Ford’s story should be part of the 24/7 news cycle. Scarborough described attending an event in which many participants wanted to know more answers than the media was providing.
“Quite a few people that we talked to — a lot of them were registered Democrats — raised questions about Dr. Ford’s story. That’s something in 24/7 news coverage, at least in mainstream media … they won’t talk about it.”
“If anybody sticks their neck out and says that they disbelieve any part of her story or they talk about how there are no corroborating witnesses, they’ll get absolutely slammed,” he continued. “The media coverage of this has been so one-sided, it has been so biased. There has been the presumption from the very beginning that every single allegation made against the judge was true.”
Once on a smooth path to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination was throw into turmoil after Ford came forward to accuse him of sexually assaulting her at a party in the early 1980s. She testified publicly about the alleged assault last Thursday. Two other women have also come forward with stories of how Kavanaugh engaged in sexual misconduct against them around the same period.
The judge has categorically denied all of the allegations, also publicly doing so to the Senate Judiciary Committee. In equal parts angry and weepy testimony, Kavanaugh said the allegations had “destroyed” his family and were part of an orchestrated plot against him by Senate Democrats as revenge for his work in the 1990s investigating Bill Clinton.