Television news networks have largely refused to cover a letter from a former boyfriend of Christine Blasey Ford that seemingly contradicts major parts of her sworn testimony given before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
The ex-boyfriend, who claims he dated Ford for six years, wrote in a sworn statement to the committee that he witnessed Ford coach a woman on how to pass a polygraph exam. He also claimed Ford never expressed a fear of flying, and that she lived in a small apartment with only one exit.
His letter appears to sharply undercut Ford’s remarks during her testimony, when she claimed to have never given tips to anyone planning on taking a polygraph. Ford also expressed a fear of flying, and that she felt claustrophobic in small spaces and in residences with only one exit, saying this fear was part of the reason why she and her husband remodeled their house years ago. (RELATED: NBC Stealth Edits Article Accusing Kavanaugh Of Perjury)
Yet this letter failed to catch the attention of most networks and news outlets.
CNN has yet to run any segments about the story on-air, according to a search of TV clipping service Grabien.
MSNBC did not fare much better and dedicated approximately just one minute about the news, thanks to a report from NBC reporter Kristen Welker. On NBC, only Megyn Kelly discussed the story on her show.
“That’s yet another example that some officials are pointing to as to why President Trump felt emboldened to go after Dr. Ford,” Welker said of the consequences of the sworn statement.
As of 1 PM, neither CBS or ABC covered the story either in their morning and afternoon news programs.
Yet the absence of coverage about the letter does not mean these outlets have shied away from the Kavanaugh story. Instead, anchors and commentators have instead focussed on President Donald Trump’s at a rally Tuesday night.
Ford’s lawyers released a statement from the friend of Ford who the ex-boyfriend claims received polygraph coaching.
“I have NEVER had Christine Blasey Ford, or anybody else, prepare me, or provide any other type of assistance whatsoever in connection with any polygraph exam I have taken at any time.”
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