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NRATV Correspondent Covers Ford-Kavanaugh Hearing with Sexist Commentary


WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Christine Blasey Ford prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. A professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland.

The National Rifle Association has their media arm, NRATV, covering the monumental Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Helming the NRA’s special coverage is correspondent Chuck Holton—who immediately distinguished himself by making a controversial comment about actress and activist Alyssa Milano’s dress. In a tweet, Holton wrote, “[W]hat is that dress she’s almost wearing in a hearing which has to do with SEXUAL HARASSMENT.”

Holton’s commentary immediately drew rebuke online.

Media Matters’ researcher Timothy Johnson initially drew attention to the tweet. Johnson noted:

Direct responses to Holton took the NRA commentator to task as well.

Holton didn’t respond to any of his critics. But he continued to tweet. In a subsequent post he wrote, apparently of the overall proceedings, “Clown show. Absolute clown show.” And of Milano, in particular, Holton said, “If by “Hero” you mean “shameless self-promoting media hound.”

Later on, after retweeting various articles in support of Kavanaugh, Holton mocked Ford’s opening statement and emotion in response to recounting her alleged attempted rape.

“She’s already tearing up, too. Nobody saw that coming,” he said.

Law&Crime reached out to Holton for comment and clarification on this story but he has not responded.

[image via Win McNamee/Getty Images]

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