Kilmeade says of Deborah Ramirez, who says Kavanaugh assaulted her: “She's a valedictorian who ended up at Yale. Things could be worse.”

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Citation From the September 18 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends

STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Let's talk about the other big story this week, and that is the embarrassment over at The New York Times, where they've had to walk back not only an embarrassing tweet, but --

BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): The worst ever.

DOOCY: But also they had to affix an editorial note to explain why they took key facts out of a story that made them look bad.

AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): Yeah, they were on The View yesterday, and they were asked many questions by the ladies there. Meghan McCain was saying this is exactly why we don't trust -- many people don't trust the media. Abby Huntsman was asking who actually wrote this tweet. Here's a little bit of what they said yesterday about some of the missing information from that article in The New York Times.


KILMEADE: It's unbelievable, if you were in junior high school, I could see making this mistake. But they want us to honestly believe that these two reporters wrote a column that the news division of The New York Times rejected, the opinion editors accepted, and then they just said, you know, this is getting a little long and we don't want to use the person's name, so we're going to take out the fact that the second accuser doesn't remember the entire incident? Oh well, they just want to protect the person so people don't end up knocking at their door. Nobody believes that. No one even on The View believes that. Nobody at home believes that. And everyone should be fired.

DOOCY: Apparently yesterday they ran a column in The New York Times answering a lot of questions regarding how they botched this up. And one of the questions was, if this was such a blockbuster story, why wasn't there a news story? Why wasn't this on page 1? And they said, well, you know what? We did do a news story about, essentially, the fallout after this actually hit the fan. The president of the United States --

KILMEADE: That's a ridiculous answer.

DOOCY: Of course it is, but they said hold on, we did a story after this hit the fan.

KILMEADE: But it's important to point out the news people turned it down.

DOOCY: That's right.


KILMEADE: What about all those presidential candidates that immediately called for Kavanaugh's impeachment, who now look stupider than ever for not even looking into the facts of having a staffer say, before I put out this statement, should we make sure that this whole opinion section column is correct and hasn't left anything out? I mean, should they walk back and say now that The New York Times screwed up, I apologize?

EARHARDT: Well, you can tell that they're trying to defend the paper, they're trying to defend their employer, they're trying to defend their actions. They even said that Deborah Ramirez -- one of the ladies said that she admitted to writing that vulgar tweet, and she said that Deborah Ramirez came from a sheltered Catholic background, she was a person of color, it was a big deal, having that happen made an impact on her life for the rest of her life.

KILMEADE: She's a valedictorian who ended up at Yale. Things could be worse.