On Wednesday, Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) posted a lengthy Twitter thread with damming evidence of Biden Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson’s record of being soft on child porn offenders. All three evening news broadcasts (ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News & NBC Nightly News) ignored Hawley’s allegations. This comes in stark contrast to the way the networks treated the baseless allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation process in the fall of 2018.
While the networks ignored these troubling allegations, they were busy reporting on the St. Patrick’s Day parade, Food deserts, and the weather.
“I’ve been researching the record of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, reading her opinions, articles, interviews & speeches. I’ve noticed an alarming pattern when it comes to Judge Jackson’s treatment of sex offenders, especially those preying on children,” Hawley tweeted.
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I’ve been researching the record of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, reading her opinions, articles, interviews & speeches. I’ve noticed an alarming pattern when it comes to Judge Jackson’s treatment of sex offenders, especially those preying on children
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) March 16, 2022
The Senator claimed that “Judge Jackson has a pattern of letting child porn offenders off the hook for their appalling crimes, both as a judge and as a policymaker.”
Hawley also said that Judge Jackson has been advocating for letting child predators off the hook since she was in law school. This includes her questioning whether to make “convicts register as sex offenders – saying it leads to ‘stigmatization and ostracism.’ She’s suggested public policy is driven by a ‘climate of fear, hatred & revenge’ against sex offenders”
Posting screenshots from a court brief which was presumably written by Judge Jackson, Hawley wrote how she believed that “some people who possess child porn ‘are in this for either the collection, or the people who are loners and find status in their participation in the community.’” To which Hawley rightfully asks “what community would that be? The community of child exploiters?”
Hawley also noted that during Jackson’s time on the U.S. Sentencing Commission she said she “‘mistakingly assumed that child pornography offenders are pedophiles’ and she wanted ‘to understand this category of nonpedophiles who obtain child pornography’.”
Hawley also alleged that while Jackson served on the D.C. District Court, she also ruled in decisions that gave pedophiles much lighter sentences than the guidelines require.
According to the Daily Caller, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki “pushed back against these claims, saying Jackson’s sentencing of sex crimes were ‘consistent’ with recommendations at a Thursday press briefing. She claimed Hawley ‘took a snippet of a transcript out of context’ when Jackson was repeating a witness’ remarks in order to ask a question about their testimony.”
Regardless, the fact of the matter is that if these allegations were waged against a Republican Supreme Court nominee, the evening newscasts would have led with the story, not ignored it. We know this because, in 2018, Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA) alleged in a letter to the FBI that Brett Kavanaugh had attempted to assault a 17-year-old girl at a party almost forty years prior.
There was little evidence provided at the time, as well as scant details about what was even in the letter and NBC Nightly News still ran with it. Then when more details emerged showing the whole story was full of holes, including accounts from others who denied certain events even occurred, the networks were not at all intellectually curious about them.
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