Despite debuting over two months ago, the best-selling “Justice On Trial” by Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino is outselling a brand new book from two New York Times reporters that peddles discredited smears against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The Amazon best-sellers rank as of Wednesday, the day after the Times reporters’ book was released, placed “Justice On Trial” at No. 168, while “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation” trailed behind at No. 188.
Hemingway and Severino’s book is based on extensive interviews with more than 100 different people, including witnesses, senators, and Supreme Court justices, while the New York Times reporters, Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, conceded they found a lack of evidence from Kavanaugh’s opponents, but that their “gut” told them to believe their stories anyway. Days prior to the release of Pogrebin and Kelly’s book, Hemingway and Severino obtained a copy and quickly discovered several major factual errors, in both published book excerpts as well as in the book itself.
An excerpt that ran in the New York Times highlighting a new allegation against Kavanaugh deliberately omitted a crucial detail: The alleged victim had never made a claim against Kavanaugh and had told several friends she did not remember an incident as described by the reporters. An excerpt that ran in The Atlantic on Tuesday claimed that witnesses and friends of Kavanaugh “kept mum” about an alleged incident, but it had been previously reported that those same witnesses did in fact speak out saying they had no recollection of an incident.
When the Times reporters appeared on “The View” Tuesday to promote their new book, host Meghan McCain asked, “Can you understand why so many people think this is a hatchet job?” The reporters went on to complain that their critics had “seized” on the errors for political gain.
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When “Justice On Trial” debuted this July, it was Amazon’s top-selling book overall, non-fiction or otherwise, from Monday through Friday. It also ranked No. 1 on Publisher’s Weekly, which is based on actual point-of-sale data, and No. 6 on the New York Times best-seller list, which is not based on sales figures.
A spokesperson for the publisher of “Justice On Trial,” Regnery Publishing, said these types of inaccurate reports and books are exactly why they wanted to make sure a definitive account of what really happened during the Kavanaugh confirmation was put on the record.
“In Justice on Trial, Mollie and Carrie have clearly exposed the left’s playbook when it comes to Supreme Court nominations, and the sales activity we’re seeing of the NYT book in its first week compared to Justice on Trial’s in its 11th week is evidence that the American people see right through the corporate media’s agenda and are standing by Justice Kavanaugh,” they said.
Update: As of Wednesday afternoon, the day this piece was published, the New York Times book was over 60 places behind “Justice On Trial” in Amazon sales.
Update: As of Friday, three days after the release of the New York Times reporters’ book was released, “Justice On Trial” is ranked No. 367 in Amazon sales and “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh” is ranked No. 885.