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Kavanaugh book co-author admits to writing 'misworded' NY Times tweet
The New York Times reporter who co-authored a book detailing new allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh admitted Tuesday to having written a tweet for her newspaper that it had to apologize for.
New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly are the authors of "The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation."
The two reporters also co-wrote an essay about their book for the newspaper's op-ed page over the weekend that sparked controversy after it initially omitted that friends of a woman who had made a new sexual misconduct allegation against Kavanaugh had said the woman did not recall the incident.
Separately, the Times was forced to apologize after a tweet from the @nytopinion account about the essay, stated: "Having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun. But when Brett Kavanaugh did it to her, Deborah Ramirez says, it confirmed that she didn't belong at Yale in the first place."
The Times was forced to apologized over the tweet, which was about a separate sexual misconduct allegation involving Kavanaugh, calling it "clearly inappropriate and offensive."
Pogrebin told "The View" that the tweet was not worded well and that it was an attempt to make a larger point around sexual misconduct.
"It was a misworded tweet, but what happens at the Times is the reporters are asked to draft tweets and we're also asked to draft headlines. They don't always get used, sent out, they often don't."
"I drafted this with this in mind to have actually the opposite effect, which is to anticipate those who would say, 'A guy pulling down his pants at a party when they're drunk is on the spectrum of sexual misconduct. It's not sexual assault. It's not rape. What's the big deal?'"
The tweet was immediately slammed on social media, prompting the Times to delete it while apologizing.
"A tweet that went out from the @NYTOpinion account yesterday was clearly inappropriate and offensive. We apologize for it and are reviewing the decision-making with those involved," the Times said in a statement on Twitter on Monday.