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.
City of Denver Unanimously Votes to Rename Columbus Park “La Raza Park”
There might come a time when nothing in the US is named after Christopher Columbus.
The Denver City Council unanimously voted to rename Columbus Park last week Monday, and now it will be named “La Raza Park.”
“La raza” is Spanish for “the race,” which has connotations with Latino identity politics. A Denver Post article tells us that the phrase “viva la raza” (long live the race) was the “rallying cry of the Chicano movement in the 1960s and ’70s.” The Chicano Movement encouraged Mexican ethnic and cultural solidarity with a particular emphasis on their indigenous heritage. The movement, however, rejected assimilation and thus the term “Mexican-American,” essentially branding themselves as the Hispanic version of the Black Power movement.
Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval claims that the unanimous vote was an act of officially naming a park that has “always” been unofficially called by its new name. “La raza is a word of unity and about celebrating community,” she said without a hint of irony.
The reason for officially renaming the park is about what you’d expect, namely because Christopher Columbus is irredeemably associated with colonialism and genocide and is thus not fit to be honored in any way, shape, or form.
Arturo Gonzalez, a retired professor, said that “Mexican Chicanos and Indigenous peoples have suffered genocide over the last 500 years. We live with that trauma. We continue to live with that trauma.”
Renaming parks, buildings, and schools that were previously named after so-called “problematic” or “white supremacist” historical figures is nothing new, of course, but the practice has accelerated over the past several months due to the hysteria following the George Floyd riots.
Big League Politics has covered many instances of this phenomenon. One of the most recent instances included a San Francisco school district renaming Abraham Lincoln High School because black lives apparently “didn’t matter” to him:
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