Everyone Recants But Kelly

Who’s lying? Everyone, it seems.

There’s one question we’ve been dying to ask Kelly Cramer, and it’s this:  did it ever occur to you that you were being swindled?  Because if it didn’t, you have to go down as one of the most credulous saps ever to carry a press pass.  And if it did — why didn’t you do some more digging?

Look at the facts.  Both Elena and Linda McMahan, the two sources for your story, and two of its three main characters, both recanted the story under oath.  Linda, in fact, failed a lie detector test given to her by her lawyer, Gloria Allread, (a very well-known womens’ rights advocate).  Allread immediately dropped her. You know this, I think.

Elena McMahan testified under oath that she never met you.  Never spoke to you.  Or to any other member of the press.

Yet you published a lengthy article detailing your interview with her.  Described her home in Pelham, New York.  The religious medallions on the dashboard of her car.  Her voice.  Her mannerisms.  Presumably you didn’t make this stuff up.  Yet right there, she either calls you a liar, or — let’s face it — very convincingly calls you a liar.  Did this get your to thinking at all?

Are your readers to assume that when Elena was talking to you — and told you that her husband had married his own daughter in Westminster Abbey — that she was telling the truth?  But when she tells a court under oath that she never met you, never spoke to you – she’s lying?  Does this, in any event, seem like a credible witness to you?  Didn’t some element of doubt creep into your mind?

When questioned at your own deposition about Elena recanting her story  you pretty much refused to answer.  Yet your testimony was still revealing:

Pretty good.  You saw the “snippet.”  Didn’t that give you pause?  Weren’t you a trifle — surprised?  (We were amazed.)  By the way, that lawyer did not post the clip.  We did.  Your conspiracy fantasies are groundless.

Called finally to account yourself, you foam about how it is McMahan’s practice to “Destroy. Seek and destroy his litigants.”  Yet when asked if you did not in fact set out to destroy McMahan, you replied:

“That’s not a reporter’s job.  A reporter’s job is to tell stories.”

Even if they’re whoppers?

Did you really — at this point, at this deposition — still believe that cobbled-up mishmash of fantasy you published was in fact even remotely true?  Frankly, how could you?

Here in this videotape, you are confronted with Elena’s recanting her allegations, and Elena’s assertion that she never, ever met you.  And yet you persist in telling us that she is a reliable source.

This is right up there with your “I know what Elena’s hands look like” blunder.  And we smell a rat.

We think that you are now well aware that this story is untrue.  We think you know well what motivated both Linda and Elena to sell you this confabulation of unlikely, and sometimes impossible, events.  And we know why you bought it, why you don’t retract it, and why you didn’t make even the simplest efforts to verify their allegations.

And that’s the topic of our next post.

 

 

 

 

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