The Onion calls Hawley a ‘pedophile’ without punishment, but Babylon Bee is suspended for misgendering

While there are legitimate concerns about President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson’s adherence to ever-toxic critical race theory and her views on gender, it’s fair to say that Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, has scored the most damaging hit against the left-wing jurist with his focus on her sentencing of those convicted of child pornography.

The best indication of this assertion is the concerted pushback from the alleged “fact-checkers,” who rushed almost in unison to Jackson’s defense to claim that Hawley’s claims don’t stand up to scrutiny, though her confirmation hearings before the Senate’s Judiciary Committee are but a matter of formality, as Jackson is all but certain to be confirmed for the very reason she was picked.

Hawley has taken a serious beating from the cooperative media for his line of approach and on Tuesday he got a chance to question Jackson before the public eye, stressing an instance when the judge suggested an 18-year-old child pornography defendant was “peers” with his 8-year-old victims. Jackson gave the defendant a 3-month sentence — she noted that in the internet age it’s much easier to get illegal images of minors than when the laws were first enacted and the number of photos possessed takes on a different meaning.

Hawley was very effective in his presentation here, despite what the liberal media may:

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, picked up on this line of concern and brought the receipts, asking Jackson: “Do you believe the voice of the children is heard when 100% of the time you’re sentencing those in possession of child pornography to far below what the prosecutor’s asking for?”

The great irony here is that Twitter suspended The Babylon Bee account for essentially misgendering U.S. Assistant Health Secretary Rachel Levine, claiming a tweet violated their hateful conduct policy — Levine is a biological male who now identifies as a woman — while allowing The Onion to call Sen. Hawley a pedophile.

The White House went one better when deputy press secretary Andrew Bates attacked Hawley’s line of questioning as an “embarrassing, QAnon-signaling smear.”

All of which draws to mind the familiar saying that the flak is always heaviest when you are over the target.

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