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DT Daily: WaPo under fire for attempt to gin up controversy for SCOTUS nominee

Steve Burns July 13, 2018 96 No Comments

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President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh brings an impeccable resume to the table, and no major blemishes from his personal life have materialized as of yet. Of course, that’s not for a lack of trying by the mainstream press.

The Washington Post’s Amy Brittain penned a piece which was apparently aimed at shining a negative light on Kavanagh, as indicated by the hyperbolic headline.

“Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh piled up credit card debt by purchasing Nationals tickets, White House says,” reads the title of Brittain’s article.

The general gist of the article is that Kavanagh dropped a healthy amount of funds for a number of tickets for an apparent group outing to a baseball game. Yes, that was the substance of the piece. It remains unclear exactly how this qualifies as news, let alone how it could have possibly received a green light from the editorial department.

Chris Barron, a conservative strategist, is among those who was completely flabbergasted by the obvious attempt to create a mountain out of a molehill.

“The same day the Post runs a story talking about the ‘elite’ lifestyle of Judge Kavanaugh, they run a piece on his credit card debt that points out he would be one of the least wealthy Supreme Court justices,” he said in an interview with Fox News. “This much is clear — there is absolutely no reason, outside of pure partisan politics, not to confirm him. Stories like this only reinforce how pathetically they are grasping at straws to come up with anything to make him look bad.”

Some observers seem to believe that WaPo didn’t horribly swing and miss with the piece, including

CNN’s Chris Cillizza, who took the time to share a link to the story on Twitter. That didn’t work out as well as Cillizza anticipated, as the overwhelming majority of users who responded to his post called him out for unnecessarily stirring the pot.

Based on early attempts by the Left to paint Kavanagh as the latest sign that the apocalypse is around the corner, they simply don’t have the ammunition to pull it off. That can change of course, but the Democratic Party is at serious risk of alienating all but its most ardent supporters if it continues to be heavy on the hysteria and light on the substance.

 


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