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Zillow Dragged Into The Spotlight After Lawyer Tries To Use It To Prove Brett Kavanaugh’s Innocence

Zillow dragged into the spotlight after lawyer tries to use it to prove Brett Kavanaugh’s innocence


Ed Whelan | Photo courtesy: Ethics and Public Policy Center
A crackpot theory involving Zillow, posted on Twitter by a conservative lawyer trying to prove the innocence of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, has taken on a life of its own on social media, with the online real estate database taking center stage.
On Thursday, Ed Whelan, a lawyer, president of a conservative think tank and a former law clerk to deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, posted a multi-tweet rant questioning the accusations of Christine Blasey Ford, the college professor who claims Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a house party when she was 15 and he was a 17-year-old student at Georgetown Prep.
To do this, he took to Zillow to hone in on a floor plan where he believes the assault might have taken place using a description of the home in which it happened offered by Ford in an article published by the Washington Post. In a now-deleted series of tweets, the lawyer laid out his theory, that someone else assaulted Ford, and in the process may have defamed a friend of Kavanaugh’s.
 
Screenshare courtesy Mashable.
Whelan has since apologized for the tweets, but the internet doesn’t forget and a cascade of memes involving Zillow have poured out on social media, including riffs on the NBC television crime series Law & Order and a mysterious second gunman involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.Empowering agents with technology – Why the CBx Technology Suite worksAt Coldwell Banker, technology is shaped by agents, supporting them at every step of their journey READ MORE
Here are some of the best Zillow memes inspired by Whelan’s bizarre Kavanaugh theory.

Ed Whelan: “Here are the 5 suspects in the Ford assault. Using Zillow I have proved that it was Keyser Soze in the ballroom with the help of a drunken Colonel Mustard. Also, the Lindbergh baby was hidden by Hillary in a D.C. pizza parlor basement and Obama killed Harambe” pic.twitter.com/ZzZLmAdA6m
— TBogg – more or less (@tbogg) September 21, 2018

Law & Order: Zillow Floor Plan Unit pic.twitter.com/q2kUQFRgfy
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) September 20, 2018

“Now see, if you look at the Zillow photos…” pic.twitter.com/zcjFhSsNth
— Eric Fidler (@EricFidler) September 20, 2018

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO USE ZILLOW pic.twitter.com/RM3g3apJou
— Alex Halpern, official angry librarian (@HalpernAlex) September 20, 2018

I got this picture of the Ethics and Public Policy Center off Zillow. pic.twitter.com/KmwYSziqvh
— Scott Shapiro (@scottjshapiro) September 21, 2018

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