CNN Buries Women Supporting Kavanaugh While Touting Opponents

October 1st, 2018 10:12 AM

On Monday's New Day show, CNN ran a full report on a group of women who are lobbying against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, and, not only did the report by Kaylee Hartung fail to label the activists as liberals, but it took three minutes into the three-and-a-half-minute report before the CNN reporter finally acknowledged that there is "quiet support" for Kavanaugh by some women.

At 8:42 a.m. Eastern, co-host John Berman set up the piece by noting that Republican Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski are being lobbied because they are considered swing votes on Kavanaugh as the CNN host wondered "who exactly are they hearing from."

Appearing in Portland, Maine, Hartung claimed that "women who have never been politically active before" are showing up to lobby against Kavanaugh as she cited women who report that friends of theirs from different parts of the country have encouraged them to do so.

The CNN correspondent was then seen speaking with several women as she recalled that they "have come to deliver a very pointed message to Senator Susan Collins's Portland staff." Almost all of the report was devoted to the activities and views of anti-Kavanaugh protesters as Hartung referred to "women believing they have a responsibility to speak loudly."

At one point, a clip was played of a woman giving her reaction to the possibilty of Senator Collins voting in favor of Kavanaugh. The unidentified activist declared: "It would suggest to me that she no longer felt that she was a representative of the people of Maine, and I would never vote for her again."

Appearing live on camera at the end of the report, Hartung finally spent about 20 seconds on women who support Kavanaugh. Hartung: "While the opposition is loud, there is quiet support for Brett Kavanaugh among women. Senator Murkowski's office telling us they've heard from constituents on all sides of the issue. People are very engaged, they say."

She added: "And here in Portland, we've spoken to some of those women who want a yes vote from Senator Collins, but, Alisyn, none of them were willing to tell us that on camera."

Over the weekend, New Day Saturday had given an unchallenged forum to liberal activist Linda Sarsour of the Women's March, as if she spoke for all women, without labeling her as a liberal.