The New York Times Preparing Hit Piece On Brett Kavanaugh For Party Planning

The New York Times Preparing Hit Piece On Brett Kavanaugh For Party Planning

Multiple sources tell The Federalist that the New York Times is prepping yet another attack piece on Brett Kavanaugh for his party planning efforts in the 1980s.
Mollie Hemingway
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Having failed to corroborate any allegations of rape against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, The New York Times is now preparing to smear him for organizing party planning and logistics more than 30 years ago. This comes on the heels of a blockbuster Times report alleging that Kavanaugh might have thrown ice at someone at some point in the 1980s.

The Times is calling around to classmates asking them about a letter Kavanaugh allegedly wrote to a classmate to organize a week at the beach during the 1980s, according to multiple sources. The letter notes the location on the Maryland shore where the classmates planned to stay, the estimated costs for each organizer, and items they should bring with them, such as “sheets, pillowcases, blankets, etc.”

The letter noted that a total of eight friends, including Kavanaugh, were “in charge” and that they would each get to have beds to sleep in at the designated rental property and a say in who else was invited. The tongue-in-cheek note, infused with inside jokes, said they should talk to neighbors of the property ahead of time and give them a heads up that a party would be hosted there and that alcohol and obnoxious students would be involved.

“P.S. It would probably be a good idea on Sat. the 18th to warn the neighbors that we’re loud, obnoxious drunks with prolific pukers among us,” the letter said. The note also joked that “the danger of eviction is great and that would suck because of the money and because this week has big potential.”

The letter noted that each of the eight boys owed an additional $50 to secure the remainder of the costs of the rental property, which totaled $398. Kavanaugh openly discussed needing to maintain order to prevent the festivities from getting out of control.

“If half of Gonzaga/St. Johns starts coming,” he wrote, “we might have to give the boot or else we might get it ourselves.”

The letter also made note of their awkwardness with girls, whom the teenage boys very much hoped would join them at the party.

“I think we are unanimous that any girls we can beg to stay there are welcomed with open …” he wrote.

The letter addressed to Patrick “P.J.” Smyth was signed by Kavanaugh as “Bart,” which friends say was a nickname P.J. used with him.

“FFFFF, Bart,” the letter closed, using an inside reference to a speech tic of one of the boys’ friends.

Classmates contacted by The Federalist confirm that Kavanaugh organized “Beach Week,” which to this day remains a popular rite of passage in the D.C. metro area for public and private school students alike. The letter was apparently shared with Georgetown Prep alumni years later as an example of the camaraderie and shared hijinks of Kavanaugh and his classmates. One person told The Federalist that the letter was shared as an homage to Kavanaugh, who even then was seen as the most organized individual in a school full of them.

“Brett was very organized, the most organized of everybody. This was his attempt to get people informed about where we were staying,” said one classmate, who described the note as innocuous. He described his friend set as having a good reputation with women at neighboring schools, a view confirmed by many female contemporaries who have signed letters in praise of Kavanaugh.

The friend said Kavanaugh was “one of the most reserved and conservative guys in this group. Did he drink beer? Yes, but absolutely he was one of the most reserved and conservative guys in the whole group.” He expressed disappointment in the Times, which he said couldn’t care less about the truth. “They have an objective and will do whatever it takes to achieve that objective,” he said.

This isn’t the first attempt by The New York Times to spuriously slime Kavanaugh and his classmates for their high school friendships. As The Federalist previously noted, a Times article scrutinizing inside jokes in the 1983 yearbook of Kavanaugh’s Georgetown Preparatory School hid multiple problems with its claims, including that it was sourced to a rabidly anti-Trump politician in Maryland and his associate.

The article revealed inside jokes about a friend of Kavanaugh and his classmates named Renate Schroeder Dolphin. The classmates were featured in a picture with a caption “Renate Alumnius,” which the Times’ named and anonymous sources argued is a reference to sex. The classmates themselves, however, strenuously insist that the reference was nothing of the kind and that none of the men had sexual relations with the friend. They say that they attended each other’s dances and prep school functions and maintained the friendship throughout the next several decades.

More recently, The New York Times reported that Kavanaugh may or may not have thrown ice in the 1980s in an article reported by Emily Bazelon, an abortion fanatic and virulent critic of Kavanaugh who publicly opposed his confirmation in July.

The Senate is awaiting the completion of a supplemental background check investigation by the FBI before it votes on the confirmation of Kavanaugh to be a Supreme Court justice.

Mollie Ziegler Hemingway is a senior editor at The Federalist. Follow her on Twitter at @mzhemingway
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