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Exactly Where and When Did Brett Kavanaugh Allegedly Attempt to Rape Christine Blasey Ford?

I'm not a journalist, and I don't claim to understand the inner workings of that most vaunted of American professions. Journalists are far smarter and more sophisticated than the rest of us, as they'll remind you at every opportunity. But I do remember reading somewhere that back in the old days, before Twitter and 24-hour cable news, reporters were trained to ask the following questions while hunting down a story:

  • Who was involved?
  • What happened?
  • Where did it happen?
  • When did it happen?
  • Why did it happen?
  • How did it happen?

Who, what, where, when, why, and how. The Five Ws and an H. That's what a reporter needs to know in order to get at the truth of a story, supposedly.

So, what happens when we ask those questions about the case of the Supreme Court nominee who allegedly attempted to rape a girl in high school, decades ago? Let's give it a try:

Who was involved? Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford.

What happened? An attempted rape.

Where did it happen? Um...

When did it happen? Er...

Huh. We seem to have stalled out here. We know who is involved and what is alleged to have happened, but nobody can seem to tell us exactly where or when it allegedly happened. The closest we have to a specific time and place is "summer of 1982" and "somewhere in suburban Maryland." That seems a bit vague, doesn't it?

If you're going to accuse somebody of trying to rape you, isn't it kind of important to specify where and when it happened? How can the accused defend himself if he doesn't even know where or when he's supposed to have committed the crime?

Isn't that pretty basic? Isn't that what you'd want to know if you were accused of a crime?

But apparently that's too much to ask. That's crossing the line. Just ask Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii):

What a terrific message from our elected representatives: Shut up. Stop asking where and when this alleged rape attempt took place. Stop asking why Dianne Feinstein sat on this letter from Christine Blasey Ford for months, saying nothing about it through the entire Supreme Court confirmation process, until just last week. Stop asking for any evidence whatsoever. Do the right thing for a change, and condemn this man for a crime he committed at no particular time and no particular place.