After weeks of attacking and whining about the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, CNN had to get one last dig in before her confirmation. Rather than giving an honest assessment of the Supreme Court nominee, they let their partisan affiliation drive their coverage. During Monday morning’s edition of Newsroom, host John King gave one last attack on the nominee before her confirmation vote later in the day, thishis included complaints, promoting liberal policies, and attacks on the President.
Rather than report accurate on the impending confirmation or even on how the Senators are voting, King chose to whine about comments made by Mitch McConnell: “Reshaping the courts has been the obsession of Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell and this is a dose of gloating.”
The leftist aligned media has been obsessed with attacking Barrett and the entire process. Instead of reporting on Barrett’s past decisions, and how her judicial philosophy will impact her rulings, they have fear mongered over the fate of ObamaCare, elections, and abortion.
CNN senior congressional correspondent Manu Raju interrupted his Hill update to go after the President: “… Mitt Romney went to the floor, he's supporting the domination, defended the nomination, but also raised concerns around the distrust around institutions around Washington, including the distrust if fed by this President.” What exactly this had to do with Barrett’s nomination is clear only to CNN.
In a tired attack, Raju complained how the Senate was focusing on the Supreme Court nomination, rather than a stimulus deal: “The Senate is expected to adjourn for the elections after this vote tonight that means the unfinished business, including whether they can approve a stimulus deal is going to have to wait until after the elections. But this victory Republicans are going to celebrate and hope it's enough to keep the majority here.
Again, this had nothing to do with the nominee or her confirmation.
The segment continued with the host and his guest, Joan Biskupic, abandoning journalism to bemoan the policy implications. King noted: “Justice Barrett is not going to get a peaceful, calm, couple traffic cases transition. The high court, as soon as she is on the bench, is going to deal with giant cases, including the future of ObamaCare.”
Biskupic was happy to swing at the pitch: “ObamaCare is up one week from the election, November 10th, a major test of the future of ObamaCare and coverage for people with preexisting conditions like cancer and diabetes. Even before that, she will be in a position to act on so many election related cases.”
There was attack after attack, just as there has been since the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. CNN is focused not on informing the American people, but pushing the Democratic narrative on Barrett.
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A transcript of the October 26th Coverage is included below:
11:43 AM ET
JOHN KING: The Senate today is ready to give President Trump a giant legacy win. The confirmation of judge Amy Coney Barrett to the supreme court. Justice Barrett will be the third Trump pick on the high court and by replacing the liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this will create a clear 6-3 conservative majority. Reshaping the courts has been the obsession of Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell and this is a dose of gloating.
MITCH MCCONNELL [R-KY] A lot of what we've done over the last four years will be undone sooner or later by the next election. It won't be able to do much about this. For a long time to come.
KING: The short term politics, though, are more dicey. The Barrett confirmation is part of the coronavirus safety debate and a health care case on the court docket in the days ahead is fraught with risk for Republicans. … A big day on Capitol Hill but like everything else a complicated day.
MANU RAJU [CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent]: That’s right. We expect her to be confirmed tonight. Only one Republican expected to break ranks, Susan Collins of Maine. Ultimately she'll be confirmed basically by a straight party line vote, one person's vote is not needed but who also may be here today is Mike Pence, the Vice President, who is also President of the Senate. He has a role of breaking a tie if it comes to that. Pence indicated he still wants to be here to preside over the chamber. It's uncertain if he's going to carry through with that plan but that's causing concerns among Democrats after the news over the weekend that several of his aides have tested positive for the coronavirus and top leaders wrote a letter saying with five of your closest aides testing positive for COVID-19 it's not a risk worth taking. We ask you to reconsider. Not only would your presence in the Senate chamber tomorrow be a clear violation of centers for disease control and presentation guidelines it would also be a violation of common decency and courtesy. Republicans are not concerned. They're saying as long as Pence follows the proper guidelines that's fine with them if he appears. Even Mitt Romney from Utah told me he sits at the back of the chamber so he said I feel safe if Mike Pence were to come. But Mitt Romney went to the floor, he's supporting the domination, defended the nomination, but also raised concerns around the distrust around institutions around Washington, including the distrust if fed by this President.
MITT ROMNEY [R-UT]: What a message it sends when the President accepts the word of the Russian President rather than the conclusions of our intelligence agencies.
RAJU: The Senate is expected to adjourn for the elections after this vote tonight that means the unfinished business, including whether they can approve a stimulus deal is going to have to wait until after the elections. But this victory Republicans are going to celebrate and hope it's enough to keep the majority here, John.
KING: It'll be a big win tonight and none of us know the message the American people will send before they gather again. … Joan, Justice Barrett is not going to get a peaceful, calm, couple traffic cases transition. Th e high court, as soon as she is on the bench, is going to deal with giant cases, including the future of Obamacare.
JOAN BISKUPIC [CNN Supreme Court Analyst]: That's right, John. Things are happening fast today and they'll happen fast tomorrow, this week and next week. ObamaCare is up one week from the election, November 10th, a major test of the future of ObamaCare and coverage for people with preexisting conditions like cancer and diabetes. Even before that, she will be in a position to act on so many election related cases. She could even break a tie that could make a difference in terms of state ballot disputes. Right now pending before these justices are cases from Wisconsin, from North Carolina, from Pennsylvania, all familiar battleground states. And once we get past the election, I presume there will be some fallout with ballot disputes. But then not just will she look at ObamaCare, but there is a major religious liberty case coming up and a census dispute. So she will be joining a court where her vote will really matter. She could be breaking ties, but she could also very early on be deciding the law of the land. John?
KING: Consequential from day one. Joan, grateful for the insights there. You have a couple busy weeks ahead for yourself as well.