It’s not exactly unheard of for a media source to actually act like a proper journalism source and fact-check a Democrat the right way. However, it is rare, which is why I marvel at the fact that, after Democrat Candidate for Senate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke claimed he did not try to flee the scene of an accident in 1998 after driving drunk, the Washington Post fact-checked him and gave him a rating of 4 Pinocchios.
In a debate last Friday against Republican Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Beto was faced with the charge that on September 27th, 1998, he was caught driving drunk and attempting to leave the scene of an accident he created. While he did admit to having driven drunk, admitting that there is no excuse for his behavior, he adamantly denied attempting to leave the scene of the crime.
During the debate, this is what O’Rourke said regarding the topic: “I did not try to leave the scene of the accident, though driving drunk, which I did, is a terrible mistake for which there is no excuse or justification or defense, and I will not try to provide one.”
However, Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler looked into the allegation made against O’Rourke and O’Rourke’s counterclaim. Kessler noted: “The Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News had recently obtained police reports of the collision and reported that O’Rourke had done so.”
The report stated that on September 27th, 1998, roughly at 3 in the morning in Anthony, Texas, police officer Richard Carrera had been dispatched to the scene of a collision on I-10, roughly a mile from the border with New Mexico. Officer Carrera met O’Rourke and wrote in a complaint that “The defendant (O’Rourke) advised in a slurred speech that he had caused an accident.”
In another report, Carrera wrote that O’Rourke “was unable to be understood due to slurred speech” and that he displayed “glossy eyes” and “breath that smelled of an alcohol beverage.” When the officer asked O’Rourke to step out of the vehicle, O’Rourke “almost fell to the floor.” Upon being given a breathalyzer, O’Rourke clocked in at 0.136 and 0.134, which is above the legal limit of 0.10.
A witness to the accident had informed Carrera that O’Rourke’s vehicle passed him going at high speeds in a 70 mph zone, lost control of the vehicle and “struck a truck travelling the same direction.” Carrera wrote that O’Rourke “then attempted to leave the scene. The reporter then turned on his overhead lights to warn oncoming traffic and try to get the defendant to stop.” The incident and crime report stated that “the driver attempted to leave the accident but was stopped by the reporter.”
Kessler then wrote that some people said the Post could not “rely on police reports because they often have incomplete and contradictory information.” Kessler also noted that the O’Rourke campaign issued no response when the Post offered them the chance to talk.
Finally, Kessler concluded that “At The Fact Checker, we place a high value on contemporaneous records. The police reports show not only that O’Rourke was highly intoxicated but that a witness to the crash said he tried to leave the scene… given his blood alcohol content at the time of the crash, O’Rourke’s memory 20 years after the fact is not nearly as credible as the police reports written just hours after the crash… he earns Four Pinocchios.”
As I said, it is rare for the media to try to be journalistically fair and credible. Now, I’m not saying they are credible just because they are going against the word of a Democrat, particularly a rising star in the Democrat Party (if he wins, that is, which I would doubt). They are credible because they look at the evidence presented, i.e. the police reports, and contrast that with O’Rourke’s claim, as well as the likelihood that his inebriation could have affected his memory and come to the conclusion that the police report from a few hours after the incident is more credible than O’Rourke’s defense 20 years later.
The ironic thing is that this then offers some problem to Dr. Ford’s accusation against Brett Kavanaugh. Now, I won’t get into too much detail, as the testimony hearing and confirmation hearing have not yet happened as of the writing of this article. However, if we, and by “we”, I include Kessler, make the argument that O’Rourke’s memory likely was faulty due to his inebriation, then we can likewise make the argument that Dr. Ford’s memory likely was faulty due to the fact that she had also been drinking.
Now, I don’t know exactly how much O’Rourke was actually drinking (though he reported having had only two drinks, which should not have gotten him as drunk as he was given his stature and weight), and we also do not know how much exactly Dr. Ford was drinking. However, Dr. Ford did mention in her letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that she herself had been inebriated during the time of the alleged assault.
How inebriated, I cannot say, but given that this was a 15-year-old girl at a likely unsupervised party, it could have been a fair bit, barring any sort of self-restraint from Ford.
Like I said, I won’t get into too much detail about the Kavanaugh case, but it is important to point out that if we are going to go by the rule of law regarding O’Rourke driving drunk, causing an accident and attempting to flee the scene of said accident, we should also go by the rule of law regarding the allegations made against Brett Kavanaugh.
O’Rourke himself had a presumption of innocence, but police reports prove his guilt. Kavanaugh himself should have a presumption of innocence as well (though the Democrats like Chuck Schumer want to pretend that he doesn’t) and there has yet to be any evidence at all, let alone any substantial evidence to prove his guilt regarding any of the allegations made against him, including the newest one about a supposed gang-rape ring he had, which is all kinds of preposterous.
Regardless, that’s an argument to be made another time. As it stands, I mostly wanted to focus on the fact that a fact-checker from an MSM source such as the Washington Post exercised proper journalistic integrity and called out the Democrat candidate in Texas, not necessarily of lying, but certainly of not telling the truth as it happened.
Like I said, it’s not unheard of to have an MSM source abide by journalistic standards, but it is a sight to behold. It’s a rarity in today’s America, where every source is either talking about Russian collusion (which has since been pretty much entirely dropped, both because of Kavanaugh and because the Deep State is being exposed) or assuming Kavanaugh’s guilt, accompanied by Justice Clarence Thomas’ guilt, all-the-while ignoring Keith Ellison’s abuse and mistreatment of his then-girlfriend Karen Monahan.
To have the Washington Post, a news organization that features radical Leftists like Jennifer Rubin, offer a number of Pinocchios to anyone who is a Democrat is rare.
I simply choose to relish in it for as long as I can before they try to go back to attacking Trump/Kavanaugh/America/anything that is good and not evil.
1 John 1:8
“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
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