The Truth About Kavanaugh and that Parkland Parent

It was easily one of the most tweeted-about moments of the first day of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing (rivaling perhaps only the ridiculous liberal conspiracy about white nationalist hand signals): Kavanaugh refusing to shake the hand of Fred Guttenberg, the grieving father of a 14 year-old girl gunned down in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida this past February.


It was portrayed as a cold snub by a callous judge who couldn't be bothered to even acknowledge an innocent man who lost everything because of opposition to gun control laws by people like Kavanaugh.

None of the stories under those screaming headlines, however, bothered to mention this tweet, which Guttenberg sent a day earlier: 


Even though the tweet, in which Guttenberg clearly outlines his intention to do whatever he can to stop Kavanaugh's confirmation, is clearly visible on his Twitter timeline and was easily found with a 30-second search, he was never asked about it in any of the interviews he did with CNN and MSNBC in the hours after the incident:


Even more amazingly, Guttenberg was never identified as an activist invited to the hearing by Senator Dianne Feinstein, one of the chief Democratic opponents of Kavanaugh specifically to make a political statement.


Without once mentioning Guttenberg's tweet of his connection to Feinstein, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo laid into Kavanaugh for refusing to shake Guttenberg's hand.


Also never mentioned in the coverage of the handshake attempt was the fact that 70 protesters were arrested during the first day of Kavanaugh's hearing and unhinged demonstrators screaming inside the hearing room repeatedly had to be removed.

With that context in mind, watch the video of Guttenberg approach Kavanaugh again:


As Kavanaugh gets up to leave his seat, Guttenberg makes a beeline straight toward him and aggressively juts out his hand while saying something forcefully. Kavanaugh is clearly taken aback and, on edge after hours of hearing random crazies scream about him in a hostile environment that prompted his wife and children to leave, he decides he wants to play no part in yet another activist's demonstration.

Moreover, as this video from White House Deputy Press Secretary clearly shows, security agents in the room jumped to action as Guttenberg approached Kavanaugh. 


Neither this security intervention nor Kavanaugh's perfectly rational decision to hustle away from this latest activist targeting him was never reported on in the mad rush to make Kavanaugh seem like a heartless monster.   

Failing to identify Guttenberg as an activist invited to the hearing by one of Kavanaugh's political opponents with the express aim of derailing Kavanaugh's confirmation is the very height of media dishonesty.

Dan O'Donnell

Dan O'Donnell

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