The New York Times has taken the last bit of credibility it had and shredded it beyond repair. The Gray Lady has been slowly committing suicide since 2015 but finished off the job with its unimaginable hit piece of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh over the weekend.

On Saturday, the Times printed a piece by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, adapted from their forthcoming book, in which they claim that a Kavanaugh classmate, Max Stier, "saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student." For the record, Stier is a friend of the Clintons and also worked for them as a defense attorney.

Also for the record, the fact that the woman has no recollection of the incident nor has she commented on it was conveniently left out of the Times piece, although it is included in the book. Another factoid left out of the article is that Stier reported his unsubstantiated claim to the FBI last year which did not find it credible enough to investigate. 

The New York Times has had to walk back the article by printing a revised version last night in which it acknowledged and included the important information that was left out. The revised version casts serious doubt on Stier's claim.

Though corrected, the New York Times hit piece prompted a renewed call for Kavanaugh to be impeached. A number of the leading Democrat presidential candidates issued statements condemning Kavanaugh.

President Trump was among those to rush to Kavanaugh's defense:

The New York Times owes Justice Kavanaugh and his family a front-page apology. The candidates for public office who condemned Kavanaugh without proof that he had done anything wrong also owe him an apology.

They also owe the American people an explanation as to how they could be so quick to rush to judgment by maligning someone's character, again, without any evidence of wrongdoing.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.