On Wednesday, the liberal media-wide PR campaign for Supreme Court pick Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson continued apace on the broadcast network morning newscasts with ABC’s Good Morning America continued to screech about the “Republican attacks” she’s faced despite Democratic attempts to allow her time to show emotion when it comes to “the realities of being a working mom.”
And on NBC’s Today, the peacock network tried to frame questions from Republicans as having “more to do with the political ambitions of the senators asking” than Jackson’s judicial philosophy or record.
“Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson preparing for a final day of questioning after pushing back on Republican attacks,” GMA co-host Robin Roberts said in a tease.
That set the table for congressional correspondent Rachel Scott to resume her own efforts on Jackson’s behalf, boasting that the judge spent Tuesday “pushing back against Republicans who claim she's soft on crime” and “opened with a forceful defense, rejecting allegations she let child porn offenders off the hook.”
As NBC would also claim, Scott noted Jackson’s time representing Islamic terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, but both only suggested she did so as a public defender when the facts show she continued to in private practice.
Scott instead gave Jackson the narrative she needed, including a denial that she called then-President George W. Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld war criminals.
She then scoffed at the notion Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) would insist on “grilling the first black woman nominated to the high court about race, reading from a children’s book called Antiracist Baby, saying it's taught at the school Jackson's teenage daughter attends and where the judge sits on the board.”
To reiterate, ABC was complaining that someone brought up the issue of race. Perhaps it was because it was someone the media hate (Cruz) exposing their game of indoctrinating children with destructive, self-hating ideologies.
After airing a small portion of the exchange, Scott cited Jackson’s “clear” support for Roe v. Wade before ending with how “near the end of the hearing, Jackson [got] personal, opening up about the realities of being a working mom.”
NBC’s Today started on a similar note as GMA with co-host Savannah Guthrie teasing “the Republican line of attack” against Jackson.
Chief Capitol Hill correspondent Garrett Haake offered the slanted framing, contrasting Republicans as self-centered while Jackson pursues history:
She fielded questions about her personal life, about her judicial philosophy, and some questions that may have had more to do with the political ambitions of the senators asking...The 51-year-old federal judge, already an historic nominee, would become the first woman on the Supreme Court if confirmed.
On her record in sentencing for child sex crimes, Haake said she “preemptively address[ed] some Republican concerns,” but refused to note that she was teed up for it by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and “defend[ed] herself when pressed” by Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO).
Haake also brought up court-packing, wording it as merely one “of the committee’s most political questions” that Jackson declined to weigh in on.
This all marked a far different tone than the Kavanaugh hearings as, during the first go-around (prior to the tall tales of gang rape), the networks reveled in Democrats creating “fireworks” and “chaos” with protesters having “choreographed” interruptions.