CNN's Camerota: Uncorroborated Deborah Ramirez Accusation 'Certainly Credible'

October 9th, 2018 7:45 AM

CNN is still clinging to the notion that Deborah Ramirez's uncorroborated allegation that Brett Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a drunken Yale party is not merely credible, but "certainly credible."

On this morning's New Day, host Alisyn Camerota spoke of "these accusations against Brett Kavanaugh—not one, but certainly two credible ones."

Camerota also mentioned that there was a third accusation against Kavanaugh, one which she did not describe as credible. The latter was surely a reference to the tale concocted by Julie Swetnick—Michael Avenatti's client—accusing Kavanaugh of organizing multiple gang rapes.

That leaves us with the accusations by Christine Ford and Deborah Ramirez, both of which Camerota was characterizing as "certainly credible."

Let's review just how "certainly credible" was Ramirez's accusation:

  • Even The New Yorker, which broke the story, acknowledged that Ramirez "was reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh’s role in the alleged incident with certainty.” 
  • The New Yorker also admitted: "Ramirez says that her memories contain gaps because she had been drinking at the time of the alleged incident."
  • The New Yorker also reported that Ramirez was only willing to make her accusation "after six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney."
  • In contrast, The New York Times reported that it: "had interviewed several dozen people over the past week in an attempt to corroborate her story, and could find no one with firsthand knowledge. Ms. Ramirez herself contacted former Yale classmates asking if they recalled the incident and told some of them that she could not be certain Mr. Kavanaugh was the one who exposed himself."
  • Not one person has come subsequently come forward to say that they witnessed the incident that Ramirez alleged. 
  • While the FBI investigation has not been made public, it is clear that it found no corroboration for the Ramirez story.

So let's pose this rhetorical question: on what basis—other than pure liberal partisanship—does Camerota make her claim that the Ramirez accusation is still "certainly credible?"  

ALISYN CAMEROTA: Listening to the President call these accusations against Brett Kavanaugh—not one, but certainly two credible ones, there was also a third one, a "hoax," it was like the real President Trump was back from hiding.

Note: Camerota's sentence requires some deconstruction. She was not calling the third accusation, that by the fabulist Swetnick, a "hoax." Rather, she was referring to the fact that at the White House yesterday, President Trump called the accusations against Kavanaugh a "hoax."