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Brian Stelter Bashes ‘Right Wing Smear Machine’ For False Reports on Kavanaugh Accuser

Ahead of Senate testimony expected Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, CNN’s Brian Stelter ripped into right wingers for spreading lies about the woman who’s accused Judge Brett Kavauagh of sexual assault.

During his Reliable Sources program Sunday, Stelter asked the audience to take a moment to put themselves in her shoes.

“Now, if you’re Ford, you’re living in a hotel, you’re staring down death threats, you’re thinking about testifying, the President of the United States is tweeting about you, casting doubt on your story,” he said, referring to President Donald Trump‘s comment last week appearing to discredit Ford’s story that Kavanaugh assaulted her when the two were in high school.

Stelter then continued, remarking on the media’s fascination with the allegations.

“Everybody on TV is talking about you,” he said. “Of course, none of them actually know you, but they all sound like they do. They all sound so confident like they want to know the truth, or they do know the truth, but only you know your truth.”

However, Stelter contended the internet was worse, slamming “the right wing smear machine” for promoting negative reviews from RateMyProfessor.com of a Professor Ford, who turned out to be a different individual who coincidentally shared the same name with Kavanaugh’s accuser.

“Social media full of lies about you,” Stelter explained. “You’re a private person, not a public person. You’re not used to people talking about you at all, and all of a sudden all these smears, all these hoaxes from people pretending they know you.”

Stelter flagged conservatives like Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, the Drudge Report and Mark Levin, along with “other bright lights of the right” for spreading the false narrative that left journalists with the job of debunking the stories.

“It’s going to be an intense week ahead whether she does testify or not, but I think we should try to keep in mind what she might be feeling as well as what Kavanaugh might be feeling as everybody else talks about them all around them,” Stelter added.

Watch the clip above via CNN.

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