You may have heard about this irresponsible Ed Whelan theory that Christine Ford might have confused Kavanaugh with his friend named Chris Garrett.
Just in case you missed it…
I didn’t post the story because I thought it was an irresponsible claim. To suggest a case of mistaken identity like this is to blame Garrett and that’s not something I felt was appropriate.
But that’s not the point of this post.
Peter Alexander asked Ford about the two look-a-likes and reported that Ford said:
“I knew them both, and socialized with Chris Garrett. I even visited Garrett when he was in the hospital. There is zero chance that I would confused them.”
NEW: Dr. Ford dismisses mistaken identity theory: “I knew them both, and socialized with Chris Garrett. I even visited Chris Garrett when he was in the hospital. There is zero chance that I would confuse them.” https://t.co/5c6ffb2EDC
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) September 21, 2018
The Washington Post reported the quote from Ford, but they CHANGED it. Here’s how:
Ed Whelan, a former clerk to the late justice Antonin Scalia and president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, pointed to floor plans, online photographs and other information to suggest a location for the house party in suburban Maryland that Ford described. He also named and posted photographs of the classmate he suggested could be responsible.
Ford dismissed Whelan’s theory in a statement late Thursday: “I knew them both, and socialized with” them, Ford said, adding that she had once visited the other classmate in the hospital. “There is zero chance that I would confuse them.”
If you read that, you’d think that Ford socialized with both Garrett and Kavanaugh. But that’s not what she said at all! She only socialized with Garrett. Why would the Washington Post make this change?
I wish I could take credit for finding this, but it was actually Matt Wolking:
Is it normal for journalists to manipulate a quote to change its meaning? WaPo's @seungminkim @jdawsey1 @emmersbrown changed Dr. Ford's quote to refer to "them" instead of a specific person. Now it reads as if Dr. Ford stated she socialized with Kavanaugh too. Why? pic.twitter.com/zR2IlwwCsf
— Matt Wolking (@MattWolking) September 21, 2018
Yeah I don’t know why either. Totally irresponsible for Wapo to do this and completely unnecessary to make their point.