Skip to comments.CNN's Dana Bash Attempted to Sandbag Susan Collins Over Her Kavanaugh Vote. There's Just One Problem
Posted on 10/07/2018 10:42:26 AM PDT by jazusamo
Two cnn videos at link.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), one of the swing votes during now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation vote, went on CNN's "State of the Union" to explain how she decided to vote.
Initially, Collins said she was undecided about how she was going to vote, especially after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. She initially thought Kavanaugh should withdraw from the proceedings. The lack of corroborating evidence and the fundamental right of being innocent until proven guilty ultimately made Collins vote in favor of Kavanaugh.
Instead of accepting Collins' reasoning, Dana Bash pressed the senator...and even tried to put words in her mouth.
"Do you still think it's possible that he [Kavanaugh] did it [sexually assaulted women] but you don't have the proof to back it up?" Bash asked Collins.
"I do not believe Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant. I do believe that she was assaulted. I don't know by whom, and I'm not certain when, but I do not believe he was the assailant," Collins replied.
"And so, people watching you, hearing you say that, you understand that they'll think you're saying you don't believe her?" Bash asked.
Bash then went into some mumble jumble about a he-said-she-said scenario in which Collins ultimately decided Kavanaugh was innocent.
Bash's "interview" with Collins wasn't an interview at all. If anything, it was a sad attempt at shaming the senator for her vote. Just because Collins voted for Kavanaugh's confirmation does not mean that she doesn't believe Dr. Ford. It means she didn't find any corroborating evidence to suggest Kavanaugh was the assailant. The two conclusions are not a direct result of each other. It is possible to believe that someone was raped without believing that the person they accused was the perpetrator, especially when the accusations come up 30+ years after-the-fact.
CNN should be ashamed of their "journalist" and her so-called quest for the truth.
Here's a thought: Dana, if you're going to put Collins on trial for her decision, simply because you disagree with her outcome, then at least be up front about it. Don't disguise it as an "interview" and make sure you talk to the other 47 senators who voted alongside Sen. Collins. Let's see how your anti-male, pro-feminism type of questioning stands up over time.
Why would Collins go on that network and expect a fair interview?
The press is not after the truth, they are the Democrat’s advocate.
Gee I wonder what Dana Bash was saying when Juanita Broderick accused Bill Clinton of rape..oh yeah I remember, she didn’t believe her since it was her butt buddy Bill Clinton accused..oh and to answer your question Dana, Christine Ford is a LIAR..yeah I said it..a HORRIBLE liar, the baby voice thing convinced me that she was full of sh*t
I agree on Christine Ford being a liar, the entire mess was a planned setup to deny Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
FOR GOD’S SAKE, THERE WAS NO RAPE ACCUSATION FROM FORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She was, at the VERY worse, groped.
The guy stopped when she resisted.
This, under the democrat, "one free grope" rule makes him a hero and champion of women.
At least, that was what they said about WJC.
Hey, msm interviewers can be very helpful....
Obama: “My Muslim Faith”
Hillary Clinton defended a rapist who raped a 12 year old girl back in the 70s..after she got him off she was heard on audio LAUGHING about it saying she knew he was guilty but didn’t care, “I got him off didn’t I” no outrage from the commie left
Dana Bash is one of the ugliest women on tv. She has filled out a bit, but when she started years ago she looked like someone with aids. She must have an uncle in the business. Fortunately, I never watch her network.
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The press is the almost-official press organ of the Democrat party. Or, as Rush calls them in no-uncertain terms, the “state-run media.”
Seeing the train wreck Ford is and the accounts of her extremely promiscuous teenage years, I am absolutely sure she was sexually assaulted and abused and I’d lay everything I own on it happening while she was growing up, while she was a little girl.
People don’t become that much of a mess for no reason.
That said, ONE incident of what she describes does NOT mar someone for life.
So while I absolutely believe she was habitually abused, I also am 100% certain Kavanaugh had NOTHING to do with it and that he never behaved in the way he’s been accused of.
Haven’t watched cnn for many years, I think between 18-20. I probably stopped watching before she started with them because I don’t remember her.
Well said, I agree.
If you are objective about it, it is hard to not reach that conclusion — it was a complete frame-up of Kavanaugh. The only question is where did it start. It is not implausible that it started with Andrew McCabe, Michael Bromwich, and Monica McLean who covertly co-opted Ford and Feinstein who were abetted by Debra Katz.
“The press is not after the truth, they are the Democrats advocate”.
They are the Devil’s Advocate.
I bet a whole lot of people would change their mind if their husband, significant other, brother,father, uncle, nephew, cousin or good friend was accused with no evidence. Just, “He did it.” They can’t tell you anything else. We all would not accept that.
You cannot wantonly ruin someone’s life with no hard evidence. Just like false accusations of child abuse/child sexual abuse.......that false accusation lingers in people’s mind.
And if we’re honest most of us know someone in our past or right now who we could imagine falsely accusing someone. Very scary stuff.
Ms Collins, you have to agree with the opinions of the CNN staff, why did even accept to be on the show where your opinion does not match theirs?” Like the NYT, their audience expects you to agree, or else!
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