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New York Times Admits Error in Having Op-Ed Writer Who Bashed Kavanaugh Later Report on Him

New York Times Magazine writer with a byline in an article revealing Judge Brett Kavanaugh‘s rowdy college behavior previously bashed the SCOTUS nominee on Twitter, deeming him a threat to democracy and society.

Emily Bazelon helped to report the scoop along with Ben Protess in an article published Monday titled “Kavanaugh Was Questioned by Police After Bar Fight in 1985.” The piece recounts an evening during Kavanaugh’s junior year at Yale when he became involved in a scuffle, allegedly tossing ice at a fellow patron.

While the story doesn’t bode well for the judge who’s already embroiled in sexual assault allegations which have prompted an FBI probe into his past, Bazelon, an alumna who’s lectured at the school, received some flak from The Daily Caller over her opinionated tweets on Kavanaugh which were posted last July.

In her comments, Bazelon wrote, “I strongly disassociate myself from tonight’s praise of Brett Kavanaugh. With respect, he’s a 5th vote for a hard-right turn on voting rights and so much more that will harm the democratic process & prevent a more equal society.”

She then added, “Those are fundamental values we try to instill in our students. They matter more than collegiality and credentials.”

Explaining that Bazelon sometimes authors opinion pieces, a Times spokesperson told Mediaite that in hindsight, it should have enlisted a newsroom staffer to work on the Kavanaugh story instead.

The spokesperson’s statement in full:

Emily Bazelon is a writer for The New York Times Magazine who occasionally writes op-eds for the opinion section. She is not a news reporter. Her role in this story was to help colleagues in the newsroom gather public documents in New Haven, where Emily is based. In retrospect, editors should have used a newsroom reporter for that assignment. To be clear, the story is straightforward, fact-based and we fully stand behind it.

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