At the end of last month, The Daily Caller reviewed the top 32 "worst cases of media misquotes, misleading narratives, major corrections and straight-up fake news" in 2018. It's no surprise that nearly all of them portrayed President Trump, Trump Administration officials, Trump nominees, or Republicans in an inaccurately poor light. What may be surprising is a full quarter, or eight, related to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court:
2. CNN and The Hill Spread Retracted Sexual Assault Claim Against Kavanaugh: CNN and The Hill both reported on a sexual assault claim against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in late September without ever mentioning that the claim had been quickly retracted. . . .
6. CNN Analyst Publishes Dubious Report on Additional Kavanaugh Allegations . . .
9. NBC Sat on Information That Contradicted Kavanaugh Allegations: While NBC’s story is not incorrect, its choice to sit on evidence that contradicted a serious sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh earned them a spot on this list. . . . That second woman actually contradicted the allegations in a phone interview with NBC News on September 30. Mysteriously, NBC chose not to publish this information until weeks later and after Kavanaugh had already been confirmed to the Supreme Court. . . .
12. WAPO Ran Kavanaugh Story with Knowingly False Information . . .
25. Lawrence O'Donnell Spreads Fake Lindsey Graham Quote: MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell misquoted Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham in September to suggest that he was bashing Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. . . .
26. Jennifer Rubin Makes False Accusation about GOP's Kavanaugh Prosecutor . . .
28. New Yorker Publishes Kavanaugh Accusation with Zero Corroboration . . .
31. Kavanaugh Clerk Flashed 'White Power' Symbol: Former Brett Kavanaugh clerk Zina Bash, who was sitting behind the Supreme Court nominee during his hearings, was accused of flashing a white supremacist symbol on camera. . . . Far from being a white supremacist, Bash is Mexican and Jewish and her grandparents were Holocaust survivors.
As we begin a new year of confirmation battles over judicial nominees, it is worth remembering the lengths to which liberals, Democrats, and their allies in the mainstream media were willing to go in their effort to derail Justice Kavanaugh's confirmation by smearing his good character. It is unlikely that they will tone down their attacks, particularly in the event of another Supreme Court vacancy, but incoming Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham will not let them prevent the confirmation of President Trump's qualified judicial nominees.