A least one good thing has come from the otherwise disgusting Judge Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. Always willing to put an optimistic face on even the worst situation, we have found an excellent way to tell if a person own principles put them on the conservative or progressive team. Simply, if you used the phrase, “Credible Accusation”, in speech and/or print in describing Mrs. Ford’s unsubstantiated 36 yr old allegation you’re a Progressive. Simply, centuries of principles of fairness and justice took no part in your judgement just simple expediency. She’s a women with an elite background so her accusation must be taken as credible. Now, she can be considered a credible witness in the sense of not being a convicted felon or perjurer. A credible accusation is entirely different. It requires substantiation which to this point is totally lacking. Forget time-tested principles, if you don’t like his policies or him personally, she’s credible and must be believed. This means disregarding the long accepted concepts of fairness whereby unsubstantiated 36yr old claims are not to be used to destroy someone. It means disregarding the presumption of innocence by demanding the accused prove his innocence. Remember, it was Edmond Burke, revered by many as the father of conservatism, who remarked of those who put “policy” above justice, “Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society, and any eminent departure from it under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.”
Why is this important? Because there are many masquerading as impartial or as conservatives who are nothing of the sort. Reporters claiming to be fair are exposed by including their own judgement by using “Credible Accusation” in their stories. We’re talking straight news stories in any media. Opinion journalists have every right to make judgements, but not those reporting the news. When you do this you reveal your own and by extension your employer’s bias. You give credence to the cries “fake news.” A free press in a cornerstone of our society, but it’s a two-way street. To maintain our esteem you need to keep your bias out of news stories. If you’re thinking they can’t possibly be looking at me, just do a simple search of your reporting on the Kavanaugh Hearings. If you find you said, wrote, tweeted or posted that Mrs. Ford made a “credible accusation” or it’s equivalent you violated your ethical obligations. If you want to see this bias in living color, just look at the CNN programs featuring rotating panels of journalists from across media, Reliable Sources and Inside Politics, over the past few weeks. The one thread throughout these programs is the use of “credible accusation” by these “journalists”. Check the record. Just this past weekend on CBS” Face the Nation, host John Dickerson opened the program with “current credible allegations” against Judge Kavanaugh. How these “journalists” right this wrong we leave to them, but they can’t be expected to be trusted in the future until they do. Trust in the news media was at an all time low before the hearings. It is in no one’s interest to see how low you can go.