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  • Following New Yorker’s piece on latest sexual assault report against Brett Kavanaugh, conservatives attack the wrong Deborah Ramirez

    A false attack quickly moved from Quin Hillyer to John Fund to Bret Baier

    Blog ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON


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    John Fund, a columnist for the conservative National Review known for his false claims about the prevalence of voter fraud, attacked New Yorker’s reporting on a sexual assault report made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by claiming that the outlet “leaves out [a] tie to George Soros.”

    Citing conservaitve columnist Quin Hillyer, Fund wrote that Deborah Ramirez, who says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her and put his penis on her face when they were both students at Yale University, “got [a] 2003 Soros Justice Fellowship to strengthen understanding between law enforcement and Arab, Muslim, and Sikh communities.”

    The recipient who received the fellowship is Deborah A. Ramirez, a professor at Northeastern University, not the woman who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her. Fund later issued a “correction” with “sincere apologies” for misidentifying Ramirez. Hillyer apologized on Twitter, writing, "I am told it might be a different Deborah Ramirez. If so, I apologize."

    Conservative media figures amplified Fund’s false claim, including Fox News chief political anchor Bret Baier who retweeted Fund's tweet:

    Baier later quietly unretweeted Fund’s claim, without acknowledging that he promoted false information.

    Tom Fitton, the president of conservative group Judicial Watch, also promoted the falsehood:

    The sloppy attack on Ramirez and The New Yorker echoes attacks made against Christine Blasey Ford, who said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school. Among the numerous smears spread about Ford, one posited that she was not credible because of negative reviews left at RateMyProfessors.com for a different Christine Ford.

  • The sky still isn't falling: Doocy and Hillyer push right-wing conspiracy theory about Illinois military votes

    Blog ››› ››› CHELSEA RUDMAN

    Fox & Friends wants to know: Man, why does Illinois hate our soldiers so much that they want to disenfranchise their vote? And, could it be that they love prisoners more?

    No, Steve Doocy and guest Quin Hillyer. They don't, and they don't.

    In an especially misleading chapter of the ongoing saga of several states' failure to send out all military ballots on time, Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy today brought Washington Times editorial writer Quin Hillyer on to the show to push one of the most outrageous "voter fraud" conspiracy theories yet. Seizing on the story that 35 Illinois counties failed to mail absentee ballots to service members overseas on time, Doocy and Hillyer suggest that Cook County officials, the Illinois Board of Elections, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Obama administration are in some kind of conspiracy to steal the election by robbing soldiers of their votes and giving them to felons instead. Grab the popcorn, cause this will take a few minutes.

  • Wash. Times uses discredited allegations to accuse DOJ of "rigging" elections

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    Washington Times editorial writer Quin Hillyer dubiously accused the Justice Department of "rigging" elections, citing DOJ actions against the New Black Panther Party, black leaders in Mississippi, and state election officials in Missouri to support the allegation. In fact, the DOJ sought injunctions to protect voters in two of those cases and dropped the third due to outdated evidence.