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Mollie Hemingway: ABC "Quashed" Epstein Story, But Broadcast "Wild" Allegations About Brett Kavanaugh

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"The Federalist" senior editor Mollie Hemingway raised questions Tuesday on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" about Disney-owned ABC News refusing to air an interview with one of Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers.

"Project Veritas" released hot-mic footage yesterday showing ABC reporter Amy Robach talking about how she was not allowed to broadcast her reporting on Epstein.





"You know, she specifically mentions Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, other high profile people. It pays to have friends in high places, I suppose. But this is such a great example of why people have come to just profoundly distrust their media," Hemingway said. "They know the game is rigged. They know that things are not -- that that the media gets to decide what gets a high play and what doesn't. And that who gets destroyed and who doesn't. And seeing that power that the media have and seeing how corruptly they wield that power is really eye opening for a lot of Americans."

"It is worth remembering that it was just a year ago with the Brett Kavanaugh situation that wild allegations were coming forth. Things that had no supporting evidence, that Brett Kavanaugh was the leader of a serial gang rape cartel. Those things came to came to be broadcast on that network, even though there was no corroboration for them and a lot of reasons to doubt the veracity of those stories," she also said.

CARLSON: Well, that Robach tape, which you should watch yourself on the Project Veritas website and it's good. But in that tape, she discussed more than ABC's role in spiking the story. She also expressed her thoughts about how Jeffrey Epstein died. Watch this.

ROBACH: So do I think he was killed? A hundred percent. Yes, I do. Because you want it -- he made his whole living blackmailing people.

There are a lot of men in those planes, a lot of men visited that island, a lot of powerful man who came into that apartment.

And they made it seem as though he made that suicide attempt two weeks earlier. His lawyers claimed that he was roughed up by his cellmate around the neck. That was all like to plant the seed and then -- that's why I really believe it, like really believe it.


CARLSON: "The Federalist's" Mollie Hemingway joins us tonight. What do you make of this, Mollie?

MOLLIE HEMINGWAY, COLUMNIST, THE FEDERALIST: Well, I just thought that video was so interesting, and it was confirmed that it was real by the reporter and ABC putting out the statement.

But what was so stunning was not that they went with this explanation that they didn't run these stories, because they didn't have evidence. That would seem reasonable that you really want to make sure you have that story nailed down.

CARLSON: Of course.

HEMINGWAY: It's that we have seen so many examples over and over again, where if you don't share the political viewpoint or the close celebrity friendships of these media people, they will destroy your life with no corroborating evidence.

It is worth remembering that it was just a year ago with the Brett Kavanaugh situation that wild allegations were coming forth. Things that had no supporting evidence, that Brett Kavanaugh was the leader of a serial gang rape cartel. Those things came to came to be broadcast on that network, even though there was no corroboration for them and a lot of reasons to doubt the veracity of those stories.

So we're seeing this inconsistency that is indefensible. You look at what happened with the Covington boys where people went crazy with trying to destroy these boys' life even though the actual story was precisely the opposite of the one that the media presented.

CARLSON: Right.

HEMINGWAY: And you had them just doing really tough hits on these children when they had no actual supporting evidence.

CARLSON: This is such an amazing story. Everything about the Jeffrey Epstein story is remarkable and it intersects with some of the most famous people of our time, very much, including Bill Clinton.

And these networks, CNN notably today, Jeff Zucker's personal toady, his grinning minion was not saying one word about the story all day. It does seem like there's a concerted effort to cover up for this guy. Why is that?

HEMINGWAY: I was struck even by what the reporter was saying that she worked on this story for three years. She tried to bring it to air for three years and now it was coming out.

Three years ago was 2016. We did not see reticence from our media about running stories about Donald Trump that were based on -- that made him look bad, and yet, you saw this profound reticence for any story that might negatively affect Hillary Clinton.

You know, she specifically mentions Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, other high profile people. It pays to have friends in high places, I suppose. But this is such a great example of why people have come to just profoundly distrust their media.

They know the game is rigged. They know that things are not -- that that the media gets to decide what gets a high play and what doesn't. And that who gets destroyed and who doesn't. And seeing that power that the media have and seeing how corruptly they wield that power is really eye opening for a lot of Americans.

CARLSON: It's unbelievable that CNN would devote a better part of a year to destroying, for example, Roger Stone's life. Staking out his house as the F.B.I. comes and roughs up his 72 year old wife, because he was friends with Donald Trump, and that's not allowed in our country.

And then to cover up for Jeffrey Epstein. I mean, it really does make you think that like maybe the system is too rotten to continue, seriously.

HEMINGWAY: Well, and I don't particularly -- I don't personally doubt that he killed himself. But you can see why people do doubt it when so many powerful people who would like to have seen him dead are part of this story, and you know, and just -- it's a very --

CARLSON: Yes. I don't know what happened to Jeffrey Epstein personally, but I do think it's worth pushing a little bit. And aren't journalists supposed to be the ones who push a little bit? But they're not.

HEMINGWAY: Right. But this reporter did show a good --

CARLSON: This one did.

HEMINGWAY: She showed -- and it also is a good reminder that a reporter can be good, but if the higher ups are crushing it and that happens on so many stories.

CARLSON: That's totally true. That's totally true. And I'm sure -- by the way, Amy Robach is upset that this tape has come out because you would be upset if a tape that was shot without your knowledge came out. But I hope that she takes solace in the fact that she comes out as one of the good people in this, I think.

HEMINGWAY: Yes.

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