Sometimes the media is criticized for sensationalizing a story and then, when the hoopla dies down, failing to report the outcome.
And often the criticism is justified.
Take the case of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Allegations of sexual assault leveled against Kavanaugh drew a lot of headlines and TV coverage. A lot.
The judge denied the allegations. There were hearings where both sides were heard. And in the end a majority in the Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh to the court.
But what many may not know — at least not yet — is that late Saturday, the Senate Judiciary Committee issued its full report on its investigation into Kavanaugh allegations.
The committee found no evidence to support the allegations against Kavanaugh.
“This was a serious and thorough investigation that left no stone unturned in our pursuit of the facts. In the end, there was no credible evidence to support the allegations against the nominee,” U.S. Sen Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a prepared statement
That’s the rest of the story.
No doubt here are those who will cry “cover up” or continue to believe Kavanaugh guilty of wrongdoing. Nothing anyone can say will change that.
We agree any accusation of sexual assault or misconduct should be taken seriously. But it’s important to remember in this country we do not convict on words alone. The allegations against Kavanaugh were heard and they were investigated. There was no evidence. And in the end, evidence is what matters.
An editorial from the Texarkana Gazette.