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Mollie Hemingway: New York Times’ Kavanaugh Story Is Journalistic Malpractice

Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino discuss why it is unacceptable for The New York Times to publish allegations that the alleged victim doesn’t recall.


Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino, authors of the best-selling book, “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court,” discussed the latest allegations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh on “The Story With Martha MacCallum” Monday night.

After The New York Times published an article reporting a new alleged incident of sexual assault involving Kavanaugh on Sunday, Hemingway broke the news that the reporters failed to include a crucial detail tucked at the end of their forthcoming book that invalidates the allegation the Times published. After Hemingway pointed this glaring omission, The New York Times issued an editor’s note with a correction.

“They claimed it was a new allegation. It turns out it’s not new, and it’s not even an allegation, and that what they put in the New York Times story, they didn’t mention that the alleged victim herself said she has no recollection of this incident,” Hemingway said. “That is journalistic malpractice.”

“Having an allegation that runs wild for days without mentioning that the supposed victim does not even recall the incident is unacceptable,” Hemingway said.

Severino pointed out that this type of smear campaign is precisely the reason they felt the need to write “Justice On Trial.”

“The scary thing is, this is part of a playbook that we’ve seen repeatedly by liberal Democrats. That’s part of the reason we wanted to write the book, so people understood how these are run,” she said. “Because we know they’re going to be run again. We didn’t know there would be another one run again so soon after this book came out.”