SUPREME COURT HEARING TO BE TELEVISED
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s a daytime drama, all right. But unlike “Days of Our Lives,” “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” – The Nominee and the Accuser isn’t scripted – and will be on just about every channel you’ll turn to this morning. All the biggest broadcast and cable news networks have cleared their daytime schedules today to cover today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Cavanaugh and Christine Blasey (BLAH’-see) Ford, the woman who says he sexually assaulted her when they were high school students during the 1980s. The wall-to-wall coverage (beginning at 10 a.m., EDT) of a hearing involving a Supreme Court nominee will no doubt rekindle memories of the hearings held when Clarence Thomas was accused by Anita Hill of sexual harassment in 1991.
KAVANAUGH HEARING TELEVISION PLANS
UNDATED (AP) – Here are individual network plans:
-ABC will follow the testimony live starting at 10 a.m., anchored by George Stephanopoulos in New York and David Muir from Capitol Hill, with analysts including Dan Abrams, Cokie Roberts and Sunny Hostin of “The View.”
-CBS’ morning and evening newscasts will both originate from Washington. Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell, John Dickerson and Jeff Glor will lead the network’s hearing coverage.
-NBC’s coverage will be led by Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, Chuck Todd, Megyn Kelly and Andrea Mitchell. The network’s coverage starts at 9:30 a.m.
-PBS will offer coverage anchored by Judy Woodruff to its 355 member stations across the country. It’s up to each local station to decide whether it will air the hearing live.
-CNN will have Wolf Blitzer and Jake Tapper anchoring coverage, with Dana Bash, John King, Gloria Borger, Nia-Malika Henderson, Joan Biskupic and Jeffrey Toobin.
-Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum will anchor, with Chris Wallace, Shannon Bream, Brit Hume and Andrew Napolitano contributing.
-MSNBC’s coverage will be anchored by Brian Williams, with contributions from Stephanie Ruhle, Andrea Mitchell, Hallie Jackson, Ali Velshi and Katy Tur.
-C-SPAN will offer no-frills coverage on its C-SPAN3 channel.
ANITA HILL SPEAKS OUT ON KAVANAUGH HEARING
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A key figure in the Clarence Thomas sexual harassment hearing says she doesn’t expect much from today’s hearing in which Supreme Court nominee Brett Cavanaugh and Christine Blasey (BLAZ’-see) Ford are quizzed by the Senate Judiciary Committee – with Cavanaugh’s chance for a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court hanging in the balance. Anita Hill spoke last night in Salt Lake City, Utah – at an event planned before today’s drama was set into motion. She said things have changed little since she challenged Thomas’ nomination 27 years ago. But she also says she hopes today’s session will push the ball forward toward wiping out sexual harassment.
PRESIDENT TRUMP COMMENTS DURING PRESS CONFERENCE
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says his experience with allegations of sexual misconduct has affected how he feels about claims made against his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Trump said that in a news conference yesterday in which he came down solidly on side of the accused in these he-said, she-said cases like the Kavanaugh nomination. Trump says he has been victimized by false claims of sexual misconduct “many times.” He told reporters he’d been falsely accused by “four or five women.” In fact, more than a dozen women came forward during the 2016 campaign, claiming Trump assaulted, groped or kissed them without consent. Trump was also heard on tape talking about grabbing women by their genitals and kissing them without permission.
Trump says he will watch today’s hearing with an open mind – and left open the possibility that he might withdraw Kavanaugh’s nomination if the session goes poorly.
BILL COSBY’S LEGAL TEAM PLOTS APPEAL
UNDATED (AP) – Bill Cosby may be in prison. But his legal team is still at work. Cosby’s lawyers are preparing to appeal his conviction on sexual assault charges. Much of that effort is aimed at mounting legal challenges to decisions made by Judge Steven O’Neill during the trial. Among the issues are O’Neill’s decision to let additional accusers testify – and declining to declare a mistrial after one witness called Cosby a “serial rapist” while on the stand. Legal experts say Cosby faces long odds of winning on appeal. And the prosecutors who tried Cosby says they are confident that the conviction will stand.
Cosby – having now spent two nights in prison – is now known as Inmate No. NN7687.
“LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER” COPY SOLD AT AUCTION
LONDON (AP) – How much would you pay for a decades-old copy of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover?” A London auction house says one it is putting up for bids could fetch up to $20,000. Why so much? This copy was the one used by the judge in the British obscenity trial of the novel’s publisher. Penguin Books was prosecuted in 1960 for publishing D.H. Lawrence’s book about an affair between a wealthy woman and her husband’s gamekeeper. It took jurors just three hours of deliberations to clear Penguin. The book is considered a landmark in the frank literary depiction of sexuality.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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