WH Takes Media Blackouts to New Level, Bars Reporter from Kagan Brothe

June 30th, 2010 4:37 PM
The White House has gone to extraordinary lengths to prevent the press corps from having meaningful access to Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. Such measures are hardly unprecedented, though they stand in stark contrast to then-candidate Barack Obama's message of openness and press transparency.But now the White House has outdone itself in media opacity. It apparently blocked a New York Times…

CNN's Yellin Cites Her Own Liberal Harvard Days in Defense of Kagan

June 30th, 2010 1:07 PM
On Tuesday's Rick's List, CNN's Jessica Yellin harkened back to her college days at Harvard as she defended Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan against charges by conservatives that she is anti-military: "When I was at Harvard, a full decade before she was dean of the law school, there was already institutional opposition to 'don't ask, don't tell'....it steeps the whole university."…

Network Morning Shows Laud the Comedy of 'Lively,' SNL-worthy Kagan

June 30th, 2010 11:57 AM
All three morning shows on Wednesday made sure to tout the "lively" sense of humor of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, this as ABC continued to ignore the hearings. Over two days, Good Morning America has devoted a scant 67 seconds to Barack Obama's nominee. After a news brief featuring Kagan cracking jokes at her hearings, former Democratic operative George Stephanopoulos gushed,…

Networks Paint ‘Trailblazer’ Kagan as Hilarious Wit Who ‘Can Tak

June 30th, 2010 2:03 AM
“For the first time, Americans got to see the woman President Obama called a ‘trailblazer’ in action,” ABC anchor Diane Sawyer trumpeted Tuesday night before Jonathan Karl framed his story on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s hearing around how “a confirmation hearing isn't usually a laughing matter, but if we learned one thing about Elena Kagan today, it's that she has a sense of humor.” Like…

Chris Matthews: Sen. Sessions Is the Voice of the Confederacy; GOP Wan

June 29th, 2010 5:59 PM
Chris Matthews keeps painting the Elena Kagan confirmation hearing as a "culture war" between the Obama nominee and the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee. As Newsbusters reported yesterday, Chris Matthews seemed to spin Monday's standoff between Sessions and Kagan as a battle between the senator's rural, unsophisticated Alabama roots and Kagan's Northeastern liberal academic…

MSNBC Panel Invokes Anita Hill, Injects Sexism in Kagan Hearing

June 29th, 2010 2:25 PM
A liberal panel led by MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews injected sexism into the Kagan confirmation hearings on Tuesday morning, suggesting that Republican senators should curtail the tenacity of their questioning because the Supreme Court nominee happens to be a woman.Invoking the Clarence Thomas hearings, which focused on the testimony of Anita Hill, who accused Thomas of making inappropriate sexual…

NYT's Stolberg: Kagan a 'Brilliant Woman...Who Is Also Very Funny and

June 29th, 2010 12:26 PM
New York Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg reported this tidbit Tuesday from the opening day of confirmation hearings for Elena Kagan, Obama's nominee to replace Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court.Democrats described her as a brilliant thinker with what Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York called "unprecedented practical experience." Stolberg had expressed the same…

NBC and ABC Barely Touch Kagan Hearings, CBS Promotes Her As 'Very Agi

June 29th, 2010 12:01 PM
While ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today spent little time on the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Tuesday, the CBS Early Show featured a report from legal correspondent Jan Crawford, who cheered Kagan finally being able respond to Republican "attacks" in a "very agile" way. Good Morning America devoted only a single news brief early in…

Kagan Hearings, Day 1: Evening Newscasts Downplay; NBC Offers Just

June 29th, 2010 11:18 AM
All three network evening newscasts on Monday downplayed the start of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearings, with NBC Nightly News squeezing in just 24 seconds for Kagan at the tail end of a story about the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor the 2nd Amendment. For their part, CBS and ABC offered full stories outlining Kagan’s first day before the Judiciary committee after…

Salon’s Walsh Jumps the Shark -- Calls GOP Senators Bigots for Invok

June 29th, 2010 7:57 AM
Did you know that calling attention to an area where a Supreme Court justice nominee is from, which happens to be a well-known bastion of liberalism, is bigoted?  If you didn't, you want to take a look at the wisdom of Salon.com's Joan Walsh. In her June 28 post "It's not even coded bigotry anymore," Walsh argued that references to SCOTUS nominee Elena Kagan's Upper West Side of…

Matthews: Republicans Putting Pins in Kagan Like She's a Voodoo Doll

June 28th, 2010 7:12 PM
From the morning to the evening Chris Matthews, during MSNBC's coverage of Elena Kagan's hearing on Monday, berated what he saw as GOP mistreatment of Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, calling their performance at times, a "brutal assault" and even evoking strange imagery of Kagan having pins stuck in her by Republicans. Early in the day the MSNBC host complained that Republican…

Chris Matthews Thinks Sen. Sessions' Criticism of Kagan Was a 'Brutal

June 28th, 2010 6:25 PM
MSNBC's Chris Matthews framed Sen. Jeff Sessions' criticism of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan as a "brutal assault," during MSNBC's live coverage of the Senate hearing Monday afternoon."It's a brutal assault on this nomination," Matthews complained about the Alabama Republican's remarks.Matthews also seemed to cast Sessions as an unsophisticated country bumpkin challenging…

AP for Apple Polishers: Elena Kagan 'Excelled by Dint of Hard Work, Sm

June 28th, 2010 2:53 PM
Are the Elena Kagan confirmation hearings an occasion for media explanation...or celebration? The Washington Post Express tabloid ran this headline Monday: "Kagan's Big Day Finally Arrives." The copy underneath by AP reporter Nancy Benac sounds like a proud mother more than an objective journalist. She suggested "it may be her own words that best explain her success at charting an…

Networks Defend 'Consensus Builder' Kagan; Downplay Military Recruiter

June 28th, 2010 12:38 PM
The Monday morning shows on CBS, ABC, and NBC all worked to portray President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan as a moderate and open-minded legal scholar, downplaying her liberal views. All three network programs also minimized her controversial decision to ban military recruiters on campus while Dean of Harvard Law School.On CBS's Early Show, legal correspondent Jan Crawford touted…