Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough questioned why the New York Times originally left out certain facts about a new sexual misconduct allegation in a piece about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“Everybody makes mistakes,” Scarborough said Monday. “We were on the phone yesterday asking each other, wait a second, there’s a woman who [Max] Stier claims was abused by Kavanaugh. Has she denied this? Has she claimed this happened? Why is there this glaring omission in the New York Times story?”
“I could not believe the New York Times would write this piece without that information contained in it,” he continued.
The New York Times piece was adapted from an upcoming book by reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, titled The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation.
The adaption said Max Stier, one of Kavanaugh’s male classmates at Yale University, had witnessed Kavanaugh make inappropriate sexual contact with a female student in the mid-1980s.
An updated version of the piece included an editor’s note that said the female student “declined to be interviewed and friends say she does not recall the episode.”
The piece also did not include that Stier was one of the attorney’s representing former President Bill Clinton during Ken Starr’s investigation into the president in the 1990s. Kavanaugh was part of Starr’s team.
“Was it not relevant to note that he was opposing counsel on the other side of Brett Kavanaugh in the Monica Lewinsky legal proceedings? I just don’t understand why they didn’t put this information in the article,” Scarborough said.