The New York Times wound up apologizing this weekend on Twitter after it described an alleged and outrageous act of sexual misconduct it claimed was committed by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh years ago — a claim it did not and could not corroborate — as seemingly “harmless fun.”
Both the original tweet and the apology have provoked anger on social media.
The Times made the “harmless fun” comment in a tweet — which was sent out by the publication’s opinion account.
That Twitter account was sharing a story written and reported by two New York Times staffers ― Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly ― who claimed their 10-month investigation uncovered new and damning information about past behavior by the Supreme Court justice, who was confirmed last summer after a bruising confirmation battle.
The apology by The New York Times doesn’t erase, of course, what it said earlier.
The reporters wrote about alleged incidents from Kavanaugh’s time while a student at Yale University in the 1980s.
The Times claimed that witnesses said that at a party, he thrust his penis at two different women, one of whom was previously known accuser Deborah Ramirez..
The outrageous charge has already evoked the anger of President Donald Trump and many others.
However, The Times’ description of the alleged outrage did not match, in any way, the seriousness of this so-called charge.
“Having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun,” the Times tweet read. “But when Brett Kavanaugh did it to her, Deborah Ramirez says, it confirmed that she didn’t belong at Yale in the first place.”
The Times eventually deleted that tweet and sent out an apology: “It was offensive, and we apologize.”
We deleted a previous tweet regarding this article. It was offensive, and we apologize. https://t.co/gbUdweKbDg
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) September 15, 2019
Justice Kavanaugh has consistently and categorically denied the charges of sexual misconduct lodged against him.
He was confirmed to the high court last October by the Senate.
Check out the reaction below, more of which is still being shared on social media as of right now.
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Another NYT fail, congratulations https://t.co/ukzeFUFX0F
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) September 15, 2019
— ReporterMcCabe (@NeilWMcCabe2) September 15, 2019
NY Times sparks furor, apologizes for ‘offensive’ Kavanaugh tweet. Lily Tomlin Line: “No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.” Bias has killed the NYT: Her homicide an inside job https://t.co/QNVHjbyRdh#NYT #NEWS #Media #Democrats #Republicans #Independents pic.twitter.com/qSmuKQFJoc
— Max Thomas (@SemperNike) September 15, 2019
Is anybody in charge at the NYT? Same people who obsessed on HRC's EMAILS? | The New York Times apologized after tweeting that Brett Kavanaugh's alleged sexual misconduct "may seem like harmless fun." https://t.co/XmEAELcSMn via @HuffPost
— Rural Freedom Network (@RuralFreedomNet) September 15, 2019
From the article: “The authors omit the fact that the alleged victim has no memory of the alleged incident.” https://t.co/GGmvmU7ZLW
— Brit Hume (@brithume) September 15, 2019