Thomas supporters strike back against biased HBO film

Alana Goodman of the Washington Free Beacon reports on a response to HBO’s recent movie distorting the record of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearing.

Thomas’s supporters argue that the complete volume of evidence—including sealed congressional testimony that has never previously been published in full—raises questions about Hill’s claims.

They are speaking out in response to the HBO movie Confirmation, released last week, which they say is heavily biased against Thomas.

“Ask any person whose only knowledge of this event is based on this movie, and I would guarantee that 100 percent of those who only watched this movie would say Hill told the truth,” said Mark Paoletta, a former White House attorney under President George H.W. Bush. “But at the end of the hearings, after watching these proceedings unfiltered by any media spin, the American people believed Thomas 2-1 and even 3-1 in some polls.”

Paoletta launched a website ConfirmationBiased.com, which says it seeks to provide “the real story HBO won’t tell you.” The website includes transcripts from the hearing and other records. …

… Hill’s allegations reportedly caught the attention of congressional aides after someone mentioned them at a dinner party in Washington. Shortly after, Hill was contacted by investigators on the Senate Judiciary Committee and eventually agreed to submit an affidavit about her claims. The affidavit was later leaked to the media.

“A significant amount of information was left out of the movie, such as the fact that Hill actually put this rumor about Thomas into play by calling a well-placed friend in Washington and telling him that Thomas harassed her at the EEOC,” Paoletta said.

According to Paoletta, publicly available documents show many conflicts in Hill’s story.

For example, he noted that Hill continued to work with Thomas at the U.S. Department of Education after the harassment allegedly began, then followed him to a different job at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Hill said she followed Thomas to the EEOC because she was concerned about losing her job, but that his alleged harassment continued to disturb and upset her.

After leaving Washington in 1983, Hill reportedly called Thomas at least ten times over the next four years. Hill said she called Thomas again in 1990 to confirm that he received an invitation to speak at the commencement ceremony at the college where she was a professor.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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