Column: Liberals Are Rather Shameless on Ketanji vs. Kavanaugh

Liberal politicians and journalists are shameless. Their outrage over the treatment of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Jackson is a clear sign of their indignation.

The Washington Post editorial board was roundly roasted for claiming “Republicans boast they have not pulled a Kavanaugh. In fact, they’ve treated Ketanji Brown Jackson worse.”

George Takei and other leftist celebrities slammed Senator Tom Cotton’s suggestion that Judge Jackson would defend the Nazis at Nuremberg. This is similar to how she supported Guantanamo terrorist suspects even though she was a public-defender. Democrats can disparage that, since leftists rarely defend Nazis at trial, and there weren’t a lot of black female lawyers in the 1940s. It is not comparable to being accused of being gang rapist.

The leftist site Politicus USA also posted juicy proof of shamelessness under the headline “News Icon Dan Rather Condemns GOP’s Treatment of Judge Jackson.” The “icon” who smeared George W. Bush with phony National Guard documents is outraged! Rather tweeted “It is shameful that Judge Ketanji Jackson was treated by the majority of Republican senators.

Is it difficult to find Rather, who in 2018 voted for Kavanaugh as a hardline Democrat? It’s not hard. Rather tweeted: “The picture of Judge Kavanaugh has emerged, which indicates that he could be. [be] ‘That Guy,’ who many have seen before — the dangerous drunk (strong language I grant you but we have to consider the evidence before us).”  

In an appearance with CNN’s Don Lemon at the time, Rather compared the old white male Republicans to dinosaurs. “In these theories of evolution, we talk about what happened to the dinosaurs. They were yesterday’s animal, and they got to be extinct. If the Republican Party isn’t careful, that’s what’s going to happen to them.”

It’s odd for Dan Rather to suggest there are old white male dinosaurs that have failed to evolve. He never evolves. He’s always partisan. In 1999, Juanita Broaddrick, NBC’s first interviewee, said that Bill Clinton had raped her at a Little Rock hotel. Rather was determined to get rid of the allegation quickly. He told Don Imus on MSNBC that “even if it turns out to be true, it happened a long time ago” and “they’ve gotta be figuring maybe, just maybe the American public has heard all they want to hear about this and are saying you know, ‘Next. Let’s move on to the next thing.’”

On his Substack website, Rather recently wrote about the exposure of Ginni Thomas text messages to Trump aide Mark Meadows and whether Justice Clarence Thomas was aware of his wife’s agitations about the 2020 election.

He wrote, without introspection: “But here’s the thing that eats at me, or at least whatever is left of the instincts that guided me into a life of reporting. You don’t report hunches. You have to be careful about not seeing ghosts where there are none.”

Doctor, take care of your self.

Under Trump, Rather proclaimed, “Truth has regularly galloped past the limits of fiction. The half-life of outrage can be measured in nanoseconds.” So when it comes to their new hot story on Mrs. Thomas, “We have to be careful not to let our suppositions drift into fantasy. But at the same time, we need to expand the bounds of our imagination.”

Dan Rather isn’t qualified to lecture Donald Trump or anyone else about truth and fiction. Democrats and liberal journalists don’t have a right to lament the treatment that their preferred Supreme Court nominees received.

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