At the time of the Thomas
hearings, Anita Hill was savaged in an article by David Brock
in the American Spectator
. Among other things, Brock called Hill "a little bit nutty and a little bit slutty." This piece probably saved Thomas' nomination. The media began to focus on Hill and questioned her credibility
, instead of examining Thomas' record, qualifications, and past actions.
In his book Blinded By the Right Brock now recants his defense of Thomas and his attacks on Hill. He says (as many on the left claimed) that his piece was nothing but checkbook journalism -- he was recruited and paid by right-wing conservatives.
Of course Hill's villification was front page news. Her vindication quietly passes without notice. And Clarence Thomas sits on the Supreme Court yet to offer an original thought.