A Maryland newspaper is facing scrutiny after a story that it published alleging new allegations and a potential criminal investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was quickly debunked.
“Investigators in Montgomery County confirmed Monday they’re aware of a potential second sexual assault complaint in the county against former Georgetown Prep student and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh,” said the Montgomery County Sentinel.
“While investigators weren’t specific and spoke on background, they said they are looking at allegations made against Kavanaugh during his senior year in high school after an anonymous witness came forward this weekend,” the paper continued.
The original story was reported Monday morning.
But at 12:09 PM, the Washington Examiner confirmed with the Montgomery County chief of police that no such allegations or investigation existed.
“I have spoken with my chief of detectives, and neither of us have any knowledge of anyone coming forward to us to report any allegations involving Judge Kavanaugh,” Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said.
The Sentinel story then updated at 5:00 PM, reflecting slight changes to the original, clarifying that the paper did not speak with investigators within the Montgomery County Police Department, but rather unidentified investigators “in the county.”
“Government investigators confirmed Monday they’re aware of a potential second sexual assault complaint in the county against former Georgetown Prep student and Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh,” the update said.
The story was written by Brian Karem, the Executive Editor of the Sentinel, the White House reporter for Playboy, as well as a political analyst at CNN.
Big League Politics spoke with Karem, and attempted to get to the bottom of the essential question: Which investigators did the paper speak with?
“We did not say we spoke to the Montgomery County Police, we said we spoke to investigators,” he said.
When asked if he spoke with a private investigator, Karem answered in the negative.
Pressed further, BLP asked who the investigator was with whom Karem spoke, if not a private investigator or a police investigator. He declined to comment.
“The story is not made up,” Karem assuredly said.
Karem, obviously a member of the leftist media machine, was defiant, and plans to stand by the story.
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