The veteran journalist told Elle her recollections of the Clarence Thomas hearings, the treatment of Anita Hill by the Senate, and the public informed her judgment regarding Kavanaugh.
"So having watched this before, I knew that key issues would be whether the judge had a pattern of similar behavior, since that helps establish who is telling the truth when there is a standoff, and whether there were credible corroborators on either side," she said. "Knowing this is why Ronan Farrow and I were so alert to the significance of other accusers, such as Deborah Ramirez. Her allegation showed that, if true, yes, there was a pattern of misconduct, and likely another side of the judge."
New Yorker's Jane Mayer says, yes, she and Ronan Farrow jumped on Deborah Ramirez story in effort to show a pattern in Brett Kavanaugh sexual misconduct allegations. This: https://t.co/zolB5ukIEz And then this: https://t.co/mxfUzwhjaw pic.twitter.com/P0XAAdhiH5— Byron York (@ByronYork) October 8, 2018
Other classmates of Kavanaugh at Yale came forward to say that this accusation was entirely out of Kavanaugh's character.
Following the public accusation by Christine Blasey Ford last month that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a house party in 1982, Mayer and Farrow reported on Ramirez's claim that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a Yale dorm party when he was a freshman.
Farrow and Mayer, who have broken significant stories in the #MeToo era, came under criticism for reporting on the allegation in spite of being unable to, in their own words, confirm "with other eyewitnesses that Kavanaugh was present at the party."