WaPo Explains How Kavanaugh Basketball Coaching Story Was Labeled ‘Public Safety’

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 6: Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh mingles with former players of the youth basketball team he coached during a break in his Senate Judiciary Committee of his Supreme Court con... WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 6: Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh mingles with former players of the youth basketball team he coached during a break in his Senate Judiciary Committee of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy on the court left by retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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November 28, 2018 12:11 p.m.

The Washington Post on Wednesday said an article on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s little league basketball coaching career was inadvertently published in the paper’s “Public Safety” section.

“Legal affairs stories written by that author automatically default to the public safety category,” Post spokesperson Kris Coratti Kelly told TPM in an email Wednesday. “Obviously, this one shouldn’t have been there and once we caught the error we corrected it.”

The story by legal affairs reporter Ann Marimow, “Brett Kavanaugh worried that scandal would end his coaching days. Now the Supreme Court justice is back on the basketball court,” was eventually moved to the “Local” section.

Kavanaugh was accused by several women of sexual assault and other misconduct during his confirmation process. He denied all the allegations. He acknowledged drinking as a high school student, and several classmates of Kavanaugh’s said he was a heavy drinker.

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Kavanaugh highlighted his basketball coaching experience throughout his confirmation process, mentioning it when he was first announced as a nominee by President Donald Trump, in his initial hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee — some of the girls he’d coached sat behind him— and again after the allegations against him emerged.

“Thanks to what some of you on this side of the committee have unleashed, I may never be able to coach again,” he told Senate Judiciary Committee members.

H/t The Hill

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