Getting the name right: News outlets split on Kavanaugh accuser

September 19, 2018
Category: Newsletters

Brett Kavanaugh's accuser wants an FBI investigation of her charges before she testifies before the Judiciary Committee. The Republican committee chair had a take-if-or-leave-it response: Whatev. I've extended an invitation for you for Monday.

The timing is crucial because Republicans, facing election reverses in November, want to push through the conservative Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court ASAP. 

News outlets have their own questions for Christine Blasey Ford, starting with the proper second reference for her name. Here's my full story on that issue

In other Kavanaugh coverage:

— Accuser's lawyers say she has been "the target of vicious harassment and even death threats," forcing her to relocate. (Washington Post)

— GOP's response sends unmistakeable message to women. (The Atlantic)

— Dark money Kavanaugh defender: Could have been 'rough horseplay.' (Mother Jones)

— Feinstein handling of case under scrutiny. (Washington Post)

— Why the FBI likely won't investigate. (NPR)

— Joe Biden: When a woman alleges sexual assault, presume she is telling the truth. (Los Angeles Times)

Quick hits

WHAT’S NEXT FOR TIME?: During a massage, Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff texted The New York Times to say he’ll be a hands-off owner of Time magazine, his first media company. “I was interested in the potential,” said the tech billionaire, who purchased the magazine for $190 million.

AN INSIGHT: Benioff wrote the introduction of a soon-to-be-published biography of a mentor, longtime IDG chief Pat McGovern, who founded ComputerWorld and was a U.S. pioneer in the Chinese market. “Pat didn’t see technology or his business as isolated from his community and humanity,” Benioff wrote. “This was his unique gift  — he served as an inspiring role model for me and other entrepreneurs looking for ways to give back to society. He viewed technology in terms of how it could make the world a better place and traveled throughout the world looking for insight and inspiration to feed this passion.” The book, “Future Forward,” by Glenn Rifkin, is out Friday.

THE 19TH BOOK IS THE CHARM: In its first week, more copies of Bob Woodward’s “Fear” have been sold than any other title Simon and Schuster has published in its 94-year history. After 1.1 million copies (print books, e-books and audiobooks) have been sold, the publisher has ordered another printing of the exposé of the Trump presidency, The Wrap reported.

LA TIMES BUREAU CHIEF OUT: Jonathan Kaiman, the bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times in Beijing, has resigned after accusations of sexual misconduct.

EXPANDING: New York Magazine is growing its Intelligencer site, adding three high-profile staffers. They are: Josh Barro, formerly of Business Insider; The New Republic’s Sarah Jones and Mic’s Zak Cheney-Rice. The magazine’s parent company, New York Media, also hired Boris Kachka as books editor as part of a drive to triple book coverage across its titles.

FOLLOWING MARIA: As the anniversary approaches, Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Día and Grupo Ferré Rangel will be hosting New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet and national editor Marc Lacey on Wednesday on the hurricane’s impact and the media’s role in following the story. The live webcast from begins at 10 a.m. eastern here. Background: What Puerto Rico’s journalists learned from the storm, the worst natural disaster on U.S. soil in 111 years. How bad is it still? The AP's Danica Cato profiles kidney patients from the island of Vieques who are still being ferried to Puerto Rico after the only dialysis center on Vieques was destroyed in the storm. At least five patients have died since then. 

MOVES: Matt Viser, who rose from covering suburbs for The Boston Globe to covering Washington from its bureau, is moving to cover national politics for The Washington Post. Politico's Annie Karni, previously at the New York Daily News and the New York Post, is moving to cover the White House for The New York Times. Puja Patel, now editor in chief at Spin, is moving to the EIC spot at Pitchfork. Donna Bryson, an author and longtime foreign correspondent for the AP, is joining Denverite to report on housing and hunger. (h/t Paul Stevens)

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