The New York Times engaged in a quiet re-write session Monday night on their article “Brett Kavanaugh Vows To Fight ‘Smears’ and Will Not Withdraw.”
The re-working of the article downgrades the importance of Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti, whose attempt to ingratiate himself into the controversy is being soundly rejected by Democrat lawmakers. The article details allegations made by Debbie Ramirez, who said with no supporting evidence that Kavanaugh exposed himself at a college party. But that second round of allegations stands to sink the entire Resistance narrative, because many people do not believe Ramirez.
Avenatti’s unfounded claim that he is in contact with a third accuser, apparently, is being swept under the rug.
Stephen Miller, known as @redsteeze on Twitter, pointed out the Times’ un-announced re-write, stating, “The NY Times article on Ramirez has been almost completely re-written after being published originally. No editors notes. Nothing.”
The wayback machine at Newsdiffs.org shows how the article was drastically changed.
How much of the substance was changed?
In the original version, the Times reported: “Adding to Republican concerns, Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stephanie Clifford, the pornographic film actress who claims to have had an affair with Mr. Trump before he became president, posted additional salacious allegations on Twitter. A spokesman for Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa and the Judiciary Committee chairman, said Republicans are looking into the new allegations, but they intend to continue with Thursday’s hearing as planned.”
In the updated version, there is no mention of Avenatti’s claims sparking interest from Republicans on Capitol Hill, and there is no support for the idea that Avenatti is making a serious case.
Here is the only Avenatti reference in the second version: “Even before that account was published, Washington was reeling from a rat-a-tat spate of other accusations against him. The New Yorker magazine published an account from a second woman, Deborah Ramirez, who attended Yale University with Judge Kavanaugh and said he exposed himself to her during a drunken dormitory party. And the lawyer Michael Avenatti posted additional salacious allegations on Twitter.”
Avenatti is clearly being downgraded.
Top-ranking Democrats are keeping their distance from Michael Avenatti, the creepy porn lawyer whose representation of Stormy Daniels might spawn his own dark-horse bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
The prospective candidate is claiming that a third woman has some information about alleged drunken antics undertaken by adolescent Brett Kavanaugh and his Georgetown Prep classmate, writer Mark Judge. But Democrats are not pouncing on Avenatti’s claims.
Does this mean the Avenatti Era in left-wing media — a creation of CNN — is coming to an end because Avenatti has no credibility left, even with his own Resistance comrades? Or are Democrats just ticked off that Avenatti wants to run against them for president, and is even picking up inexplicably straight-faced New Hampshire speculation from the Associated Press?
“Avenatti has tweeted that his client is a “woman with credible information” concerning “the targeting of women with alcohol/drugs” by Kavanaugh and his longtime friend Mark Judge, whom Ford has identified as the third person in the room during the alleged assault against her. But Democratic senators are treading lightly on the claims from Avenatti, who also represents Trump accuser Stormy Daniels and is weighing a presidential run.
“You know I never have no comment, but I have no comment about Michael Avenatti,” Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) said.
“Until we have more information, there’s not much that anyone can do with that,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), like Sanders a member of Schumer’s leadership team and leading 2020 presidential contender, said of Avenatti’s client.
“But since there are two women who have come forward – they have made credible claims, they have made their names public – it now means that the FBI should be conducting a full investigation” into both Ford and Ramirez’s allegations, Warren added.
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), who’s become one of the Judiciary panel’s most vocal Democrats on sexual misconduct issues, delivered blunt advice to Avenatti: “If he has something to introduce, he should do it now. I haven’t had any contact with him.’”
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