Magazine October 29, 2018, Issue

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The media went all in to stop Kavanaugh

Perhaps the strangest moment in the coverage of the battle over the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh was when much of the media decided that he had lied about how much he drank in high school and college.

In his electrifying testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee responding to the allegations against him, Kavanaugh said about his high-school days, “Some­times I had too many beers.” He denied, however, that he had ever drunk beer “to the point of blacking out” or “sexually assaulted anyone.”

Emily Stewart, writing at Vox, claimed that Kavanaugh had “largely denied that he drank excessively in his youth.”

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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