The Brett Kavanaugh hearing is one of the most interesting news items of the last decade. It touches on so many issues, involving sexual assault, male culture, how seriously we should take one allegation, media bias, etc.
On the Kavanaugh story, two journalists posted the same criticism based on an article of the Intercept.
The Intercept reports that Brett Kavanaugh lied during his testimony about having no connections to Yale when he said, “I have no connections there. I got there by busting my tail.”
In fact, he was a legacy student: His grandfather, Everett Edward Kavanaugh, also went to Yale as an undergrad, as this yearbook shows.
At one point in the testimony, when Kavanaugh was making the point that he had worked hard and earned his success, Kavanaugh told the committee that he had no connections to Yale before attending. “I have no connections there,” he said. “I got there by busting my tail.”
In reality, Kavanaugh was a legacy student. His grandfather, Everett Edward Kavanaugh, attended Yale as an undergraduate. The Intercept published a photo of a 1928 yearbook as evidence:
Looking at the transcript, he said something different. His comments weren’t about Yale, but about Yale Law School.
KAVANAUGH: I would refer you to what I said in the sealed or redacted portion about his relationship with the other two roommates, and I’m going to leave it at that. I will say – Senator, you were asking about college.
I got into Yale Law School. That’s the number one law school in the country. I had no connections there. I got there by busting my tail in college.
One can easily say that it’s ridiculous for a Yale undergrad to claim no connection to Yale Law School, but that isn’t the argument made here. There is a transparently false interpretation about what he said.
I’m curious as to how respectable journalists got this wrong, and what that means. Is the rush for content just preventing them from doing due diligence, or is this caused by bias of some kind? What makes this ironic and hypocritical is that it comes in the context of arguments about whether Brett Kavanaugh is too dishonest to be on the Supreme Court.