As Twitchy reported Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee released a letter signed by 65 women of all political parties vouching for the character of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced she was turning over to federal authorities a letter accusing him of something falling under the #MeToo banner and dating back to his high school years.
ThinkProgress reporter Aaron Rupar immediately floated the hot take, “GOP responds to assault allegation against Kavanaugh by pointing out there are women he didn’t rape,” so we can’t promise anything that low or journalistically irresponsible, but it’s close.
Journalist Garrett M. Graff, a contributor to CNN and WIRED, tweeted that the letter just felt “so slimy.”
This just feels so slimy. Senate GOP obviously knew about allegations and spent weeks lining up this list to knock it down. https://t.co/Krh2pPGhn9
— Garrett M. Graff (@vermontgmg) September 14, 2018
Turns out the Senate GOP did not spend weeks lining up this list. The woman who started the letter told BuzzFeed she decided on Thursday to put together the letter of support for him and it all came together very quickly from there.
CORRECTION: I have been told subsequently that the letter was prepared yesterday. It still seems quite strange to me, and I remain suspicious about GOP's prior knowledge of new allegations. But letter appears separate effort.
— Garrett M. Graff (@vermontgmg) September 14, 2018
Even though it’s been explained, it still seems “quite strange” to Graff, the professional journalist who spread the completely false accusation that the GOP had been cobbling the letter together for weeks.
Leaving this up even though you know it's false. And that you jumped to the assumption. Nice how "journalist" is your bio's first word. https://t.co/SWWQC8jZvv
— Anthony Bialy (@AnthonyBialy) September 15, 2018
Seems slimy to me to leave this tweet up when you know it’s flat out wrong and had to make a correction. https://t.co/qaGHSNnJp8
— Spencer Shaffer, RUN, DMC, MBA (@buckeye73170) September 15, 2018
when you're a journalist but you decide *THIS* is what feels "slimy" https://t.co/pKpLYYhLa7
— Joe Gabriel Simonson (@SaysSimonson) September 15, 2018
Oh, so *that's* the slimy part in all this. Okay. https://t.co/FRAQMOJMSY
— EricEEE (@EEElverhoy) September 14, 2018
Wait a second. So your outrage is because the pro-Kavanaugh folks knew the dems would stoop this low and prepared for this 11th hour attack? That is what you are outraged about?
— Kyle Sisk (@kylesisk1) September 14, 2018
That was his first thought, yes.
Hey, JournoBro? Feinstein knew of this Great Injustice since July and didn’t say a damn word until it was maximum politically convenient.
— Big Pickle Energy (@sunnyright) September 14, 2018
But Feinstein sitting on a letter for 6-8 weeks without questioning the judge doesn’t appear to be slimy to you?
— Tyler Ness (@tylerjness) September 14, 2018
Ms Feinstein has been sitting on this since July. If it were a valid concern, shouldn't it have been made public immediately?
Yet another baseless character assassination by the left.
Even RBG agrees this has been a sh*tshow.
— PJ Boyle (@PJforAmerica) September 14, 2018
“We can back him” is slimy…but anonymous allegations and withheld letters that Feinstein waited on isn’t. Got it.
— Wittorical (@Wittorical) September 14, 2018
How dare people from Kav's past vouch for his character. https://t.co/Q0j2j8oMYW
— Christopher D. White (@ZanderKelly30) September 14, 2018
How dare they! https://t.co/WyYyirCofH
— Cuffy (@CuffyMeh) September 14, 2018
Slimy? Ya joking? You don’t see anything slimy about bringing up anonymous misconduct allegations FORTY YEARS AFTER THE ALLEGED INCIDENT, a week before his confirmation vote? @SenFeinstein only did it b/c all other obstruction attempts failed. It’s gross. It’s sick. It’s WRONG.
— Russian Bot 12875 (@msbviper) September 14, 2018
Why did Feinstein not turn this over to the Committee the moment she received it?
And why send it to the FBI? Not their jurisdiction.
— Rather Notsay (@rathernotsay) September 15, 2018
No, they know how slimy Democrats operate with 11th hour dossiers. These last-minute allegations are nothing more than an attempt to delay the process even further. Sorry, Charlie. Your faux outrage is noted. https://t.co/fVBk01n6Ba
— Randy Clemens™ (101-47) +9.5 (6) (@bostonrandy) September 14, 2018
An anonymous 35-year-old allegation is leaked at the eleventh hour by an opposition Senator who sat on it since July… and the women speaking up in his defense are called “slimy.” https://t.co/h31PF1p9yL
— Laurie Lin (@WVPundette) September 14, 2018
And the allegation isn’t slimy? https://t.co/AtrjkuYprB
— John Chadwell (@JEChadwell) September 14, 2018
Yeah. Run with that, Stymie.
— German Shepherd (@GermanShepher10) September 14, 2018
Garrett the real journalist has deep thoughts. https://t.co/uZfMmfohkR
— Just Brad (@bradcundiff) September 14, 2018
You would think being a fake news purveyor would be the slimy part if these people had morals. https://t.co/0xYcgWp3ys
— Liars Never Win (@liars_never_win) September 14, 2018
What seems slimy is someone pretending to be a "journalist" falling for Feinstein's disgusting ploy.
— William Keane (@largebill68) September 15, 2018
Even the New York Times can write a better correction than this guy.
A NEW new low? ThinkProgress' spin on Senate GOP letter defending Kavanaugh is absolutely SHAMELESS https://t.co/tWbFu9TwAw
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) September 14, 2018