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NBC Exposed: Buried Interview Where Avenatti Witness Flipped, Defended Kavanaugh

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What is newsworthy? It is a question reputable journalists always ask themselves, but readers and viewers shouldn’t have to. However, it seems all of that has gone out the window with media bias appearing to be at an all-time high.

Anyone still questioning the “fake news” and general discontent with media narratives of the public-at-large need look no further than this example featuring NBC to understand. It proves the point quite nicely — at least in the minds of some.

The Daily Caller reported, “An NBC News reporter accused of withholding a story that undercut allegations that Justice Brett Kavanaugh drugged girls at parties in high school is defending her reporting, though questions remain about why the network sat on the story for more than three weeks.”

Three weeks. When the truth could have helped then-Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, NBC “sat on it.”

They had it. They chose not to reveal it.

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From later in the thread: Snow admitted it.

Not “newsworthy” enough then, when it mattered. But “newsworthy” enough now, when it doesn’t?

Do you believe NBC made the wrong call in not publishing this story sooner?

But they “had enough reporting” to “fully report and vet” Swetnick’s claims? Even after admitting it was full of inconsistencies?

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The whole “he said, she said, she said” can get a little confusing, but The Daily Caller highlighted the gist of it, writing, “The woman said she never saw Kavanaugh misbehave or drug girls’ drinks. ‘I didn’t ever think it was Brett,’ the unidentified woman told NBC when asked if Kavanaugh spiked drinks at parties.”

“The woman, who said she knew Kavanaugh in high school, also said she never witnessed him behaving inappropriately with girls. During their interview the next day, Snow challenged Swetnick over inconsistencies in her story. But the reporter did not reveal the interaction with the purported witness provided by Avenatti.”

They had a witness who contradicted Swetnick and claimed Avenatti twisted her words. Not newsworthy? No news value there?

The establishment media went wild with reporting on anonymous sources, unfounded allegations and unproven allegation. Those were apparently all of sufficient “news value.”

But a claim that a witness didn’t see Kavanaugh do what he was accused of? Nope, not newsworthy. A claim that a “creepy porn lawyer” had twisted the words of a witness? Also nope.

This example certainly does nothing to build public trust in the media. If anything, it adds to the belief that establishment media is biased and utterly failing their duty as the fourth estate.

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