ABC’s ‘This Week’ Can’t Understand How People Believe Kavanaugh, Not Accuser

With absolutely no evidence to speak of and no public testimony from the accuser (so far), the liberal media had found Judge Brett Kavanaugh guilty in their kangaroo court of public opinion. They’ve declaring his confirmation dead in water the calling for him to withdraw himself. During ABC’s This Week, none of their liberals could understand how people could believe Kavanaugh, and lamented that people did.

Their skepticism began early in the broadcast and was shared often. During an interview with Republican strategist and Kavanaugh defender Sara Fagen (also a This Week regular), Clinton henchman George Stephanopoulos was bewildered by how she could give a full-throated defense to the accused man. “You said categorically the allegation against Judge Kavanaugh is false. How do you know that?” he demanded to know.

That ridiculous question came after Stephanopoulos admitted that one of the people Dr. Christine Blasey Ford (Kavanaugh’s accuser) insisted attended the alleged party claimed she wasn’t there, but still believed her anyway.

A short time later, the network’s fakest Republican Matthew Dowd spouted off about how the unverified allegations against Kavanaugh were part of a “cultural moment” we were going through. He completely threw out the “presumption of innocence” (a cornerstone of the American justice system) and whined about how people would believe Kavanaugh.

“And when we look at this from that context and women have had to deal with this for many, many years,” Dowd mansplained. “Part of the problem when we get to a ‘he said, she said’, is almost every single time in a ‘he said, she said case’, the default position is he wins.” Adding, “In the extremely rare cases that somebody gives false witness and doesn’t tell the truth, is compared to the extremely common cases where is women aren’t believed.”

 

 

With no obvious moral reservation regarding his role in the Clinton smear machine in the ‘90s, Stephanopoulos suggested he was worried about Senate Republicans attacking Ford as a liar. “The difficulty for so many of the Republican Senators on that committee is, how do they vote for Kavanaugh without calling Dr. Ford a liar?” he asked New York Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg.

“I think that’s exactly right,” Stolberg touted. “Women are given a presumption of telling the truth, right now. She is presumed to be credible. Very few Republican Senators will you hear say, ‘oh, I think she's lying.’ I was struck.” She compared it how Republicans were opening calling Anita Hill a liar in the ‘90s. Of course, there was no mention of Hill’s lies or how more people believed her than him.

Continuing his mansplaining, Dowd asserted that “most women are not looking at this politically” and connected Kavanaugh to “5,000 year(s)” of male oppression:

For 5,000 year, women have been treated as property, for centuries, by institutions -- including the Catholic Church, which I'm the member of, they have been treated as second-class citizens. Women didn’t get the right to vote in this country until 1920 even though they were told in the 1780s that all men are created equal in this. Women have dealt with this for hundreds and hundreds of years, and the question is, will they be believed when they actively accuse a powerful man?

But when former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie accused California Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) of leaking the accusations to the press, the liberals exploded. “We don’t know that,” Dowd angrily shouted. “That is an allegation without evidence!

So, accuse a GOP Supreme Court nominee of attempted rape without evidence = “cultural moment” we should all get behind. Accuse a Democrat of “reprehensible” political shenanigans “without evidence” = how dare you say such a thing without evidence! And the liberal media wonder why people don’t trust them.

The transcript is below, click "expand" to read:

ABC
This Week
September 23, 2018
9:13:35 a.m. Eastern

(…)

SARA FAGEN: All the other witnesses have said that this did not happen.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: He (Mark Judge) said a couple of different things about it. She said—The Leland said she wasn't at the party. But she also says she also believes Dr. Ford. But I take your point. You said categorically the allegation against Judge Kavanaugh is false. How do you know that?

FAGEN: I know it because I know his character.

(…)

9:28:50 a.m. Eastern

STEPHANOPOULOS: One of the big questions, then, Matthew Dowd, is going to be: is it possible for Americans to look through any prism but partisan politics?

MATTHEW DOWD: Well, that’s – that’s the total—that’s the totality of the problem with almost everything we have today. We’re -- We automatically, if somebody uses their voice, we don’t listen to them if they’re not saying what we want them to say. If they’re not saying what we want them to say.

I think this is a really, really important cultural moment. It's been brewing for decades. And this a moment where, yes, presumption of innocence is a standard and something we need to do, but part of the problem is that we’ve also said, “we presume in these cases that the woman in most cases is lying”. So, instead of saying, let's presume she is telling the truth and we have a presumption of innocence, what do we do?

And when we look at this from that context and women have had to deal with this for many, many years. It wasn’t until the '80s that we were finally telling women that, yes, you can be raped in marriage. That most cases of rape aren’t reported, that most cases aren’t investigated, that most of these things women aren’t believed. In the extremely rare cases that somebody gives false witness and doesn’t tell the truth, is compared to the extremely common cases where is women aren’t believed.

Part of the problem when we get to a “he said, she said”, is almost every single time in a “he said, she said case”, the default position is he wins.

(…)

9:30:33 a.m. Eastern

STEPHANOPOULOS: The difficulty for so many of the Republican Senators on that committee is, how do they vote for Kavanaugh without calling Dr. Ford a liar?

SHERYL GAY STOLBERG: I think that’s exactly right. Cokie [Roberts] said we're in the #MeToo era. And that’s true so we have to take this in the context in which we’re in. Women are given a presumption of telling the truth, right now. She is presumed to be credible. Very few Republican Senators will you hear say, “oh, I think she's lying.” I was struck.

(…)

9:35:33 a.m. Eastern

DOWD: Most women are not looking at this politically. I’m going to reiterate this. They’re looking at his as if their, finally, voice is going be heard and if they're going to be believed. For 5,000 year, women have been treated as property, for centuries, by institutions -- including the Catholic Church, which I'm the member of, they have been treated as second-class citizens. Women didn’t get the right to vote in this country until 1920 even though they were told in the 1780s that all men are created equal in this. Women have dealt with this for hundreds and hundreds of years, and the question is, will they be believed when they actively accuse a powerful man?

(…)

CHRIS CHRISTIE: And that’s why what Senator Feinstein did here is reprehensible. Because she and her staff leaked this information.

DOWD: We don’t know that!

[Cross talk]

DOWD: That is an allegation without evidence!


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