The Washington Post published a story on Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughRepublicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally Senators denounce protest staged outside home of Justice Kavanaugh Why isn't Harris leading the charge against the Texas abortion law? MORE returning to coach his daughter's basketball team under its “public safety” category, drawing howls from conservatives.
Kavanaugh returned to coach his daughter's team over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend after telling the Senate Judiciary Committee last month that he “may never be able to coach again” due to accusations of sexual misconduct, which he denied, that were made against him during his confirmation hearing.
National Republican Senatorial Committee member Logan Dobson flagged the Kavanaugh story while questioning its placement in the public safety section. It was placed above a story about a 6-year-old child struck by a bus in Charles County, Md.
yes truly this is where a story about a local youth basketball coach belongs pic.twitter.com/SSepTvi80q— Logan Dobson (@LoganDobson) November 27, 2018
A spokesperson for The Washington Post said stories written by the author of the piece on Kavanaugh automatically default to the public safety category. The spokesperson said the story on Kavanaugh should not have been and that it would no longer appear under that category.
The story is not categorized as "local" though it can still be seen on a page cataloging the Post's public safety stories.
Conservatives criticized the story's initial placement.
The gutter journalism that still surrounds reports about Brett Kavanaugh make me want to tear my hair out: https://t.co/EHli4IwPsY— Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow) November 28, 2018
What a JOKE... Media BIAS is REAL...— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) November 28, 2018
Washington Post TAGS story about Kavanaugh coaching GIRLS basketball under ‘PUBLIC SAFETY’...https://t.co/P5XlAviMIv
Well it's official now. The Enquirer/The Onion have more credible headlines and articles than the WaPo and the NYT.— Just Jeff (@bahamamills) November 28, 2018
WHAT BIAS? Washington Post Puts Story About Kavanaugh Coaching Basketball Under ‘Public Safety’ Tag https://t.co/Rbr5Cuz5v7
Umm, why did the Washington Post categorize a story about Justice Brett Kavanaugh coaching girls basketball in the “Public Safety” section? pic.twitter.com/wOcVCItwxC— Ellen L. Carmichael (@ellencarmichael) November 28, 2018
Kavanaugh, 53, was confirmed by the Senate mostly along party lines, 51-49, on Oct. 5.
Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinPelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill topline higher than Senate's To reduce poverty, stop burdening the poor: What Joe Manchin gets wrong about the child tax credit Overnight Health Care — Presented by Indivior —Pfizer: COVID-19 vaccine safe for young kids MORE (D-W.Va.) was the only Democrat to vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
This story was updated at 12:33 p.m.