Kirsten Powers Embarrasses Herself…Then Decides to Make It Worse

Angered by what appears to be the impending confirmation of Kavanaugh, the left-wing commentator lost it on Twitter.

Kirsten Powers is a left-wing columnist for USA Today and television commentator at CNN. So no one was going to be surprised that she opposed the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

And given her past experience with sexual assault, no one could fault her sympathetic tilt towards the allegations and testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

But neither Powers’ experiences, nor her reputation as a known left-winger excuses what was one of the most intellectually stunted and factually challenged tweets you’re ever going to read. Angered by what appears to be the impending confirmation of Kavanaugh despite all the delay tactics of the media and Democrats (but I repeat myself) these past few weeks, Powers took to Twitter to vent.

Pointing to Republican Senator Coburn’s reference to the character Atticus Finch from the classic To Kill a Mockingbird, Powers groused:

“False rape accusations are so common that the only example the GOP could come up with was a fictional character from a 1960 novel.”

To say that tweet didn’t age well would be ignoring the fact that it was so bad, it got destroyed before it ever had a chance to age. The responses began pouring in to Ms. Powers with examples that came from days far more recent than 1960:

And those were just the beginning. Powers’ humiliation was so thorough, so rapid, so profound that she couldn’t even pretend she wasn’t noticing. Instead, she doubled down:

“Do conservatives really believe that I have said that false rape claims ‘never happen’? I said they were exceedingly rare – which is the case, so please stop arguing with me about something I never said.”

It is true that she didn’t say that false rape claims ‘never happen.’ So it wouldn’t be right to argue with her about saying such a thing. Of course, those who were providing her examples of false rape accusations weren’t suggesting that she said they never happen. So it isn’t really right for Powers to try to deflect from her embarrassment by arguing about something no one was saying to her. (How’s that for confusing).

Here’s the truth: Powers stated that the only example the GOP could come up with of a false rape accusation was one in a novel from 1960. It didn’t take more than a couple moments before those associated with the GOP came up with a large number of others.

It’s fine to be loyal to your tribe. It’s fine to stick to your convictions. It’s fine to err on the side of your personal biases. But it’s not fine to say something epically dumb and then keep pretending it wasn’t when you aren’t fooling, well, everyone.

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perronepj
perronepj

As a father of three daughters and four granddaughters I fear for their future. Not because of Kavanaugh getting away with something that he obviously did not do, but with the vicious toxic feminist and left wing attacks on him and the people who support him. There is a backlash building that if it ever becomes mainstream it will make the Handmaiden's Tale look like paradise. Talk about inheriting the wind - it will be a hurricane.

Clodagh
Clodagh

It's disingenuous for Powers to be angry that others ACCUSED her of claiming that false accusations never happen. Her tweet was intended to jab Republicans for a weak example. (And, probably most 'protestors' don't know who Atticus Finch is) Powers must not be that strong because when she was with the Fox network, although left-leaning, she was usually tempered and thoughtful. Now, at CNN where thoughts are news, not facts, she's adapting to her new environment.

AJ_Liberty
AJ_Liberty

Saying that "most women don't lie about this"....or...."this is oddly reminiscent of something that happened to me or someone I knew".....or "I knew boys like that in high school"...or...."Kavanaugh sounds like a spoiled privileged boy I knew back in school"....or...."he was such a drinker in high school, he must not have remembered things he's done"..or...."victims of sexual assault need to be heard"

All of these statements share some truth, but generalizations....and in some cases over-generalizations....and crass stereotypes.....don't help prove this specific accusation. Powers is not objective. She remains rightfully angry about her own high school assault.....and is using Ford's accusation to validate her own. This isn't how justice works......and it's not how we judge credibility.

In my estimation, Ford falls short because she is missing crucial details about where she was at, how she got there, who invited her, how she left, and why she wouldn't have ever told her life-long friend Keyser. Add to that no direct collaboration from anyone she identified as being at the gathering....despite her sudden and hurried departure from the house. Ford's credibility was then hurt by alleging claustrophobia with needing a second front door.....which then appeared to be used for business purposes and for renters.....and no other second doors were found on other houses...or previous small apartments that she occupied.

Too many people are painting this as a referendum on how serious society is treating sexual assault....and thus as a bludgeon against Republicans. But maybe the message ought to be, that claims need some minimal amount of backing...with at least some precise details that can be verified and hopefully substantiated. Here, we just have too little....and fairness demands more....

Kywrite
Kywrite

Terrorist tactics during Jim Crow literally depended, in part, on false rape accusations by white women toward black men.

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