VIDEO: Media Routinely Used 'Conservative' Label on Bush Nominees to S

June 28th, 2010 11:13 AM
When President Bush nominated John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court in 2005, the media did not hesitate to describe both men as "very conservative," but when President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor in 2009 and Elena Kagan this year many in the press couldn't seem to identify any liberal ideology. The Media Research Center has produced a video compilation of examples to…

MRC Study: Media Blackout of Supreme Court 'Battle

June 24th, 2010 10:32 AM
When President Obama picked Elena Kagan to replace Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the broadcast networks referred to the upcoming Senate confirmation process as “contentious” a “meat grinder” and a “battle,” warning Kagan was “in for a fight.”But a Media Research Center analysis of the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts in the six weeks since Kagan was nominated shows the broadcast…

WaPo Devotes 60-Paragraph Front Page Story to Workaholic Kagan, Pays L

June 10th, 2010 4:37 PM
Borrowing a line from one of her Harvard colleagues, the Washington Post entitled its June 10 front-page profile of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, "Her work is her life is her work."*But the 60-paragraph story by staff writers Ann Gerhart and Philip Rucker shed barely any light on the judicial philosophy that Kagan's life work demonstrates. Instead, Gerhart and Rucker presented a…

CBS Reporter: Thin-Skinned White House Won't Tolerate Reports Elena Ka

June 8th, 2010 11:07 AM
On Sunday’s Face the Nation, CBS legal correspondent Jan Crawford revealed how the Obama White House is “strongly” pushing back against her unsurprising report last week that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan “stood shoulder to shoulder with the liberal left” when she clerked for liberal Justice Thurgood Marshall.Crawford says the White House reaction to her report “has been astonishing....Their…

AP Reporter Reveals His Own Values in Treatment of Kagan Documents

June 6th, 2010 11:49 PM
The Associated Press's Mark Sherman didn't try very hard to mask his true feelings on a couple of matters on which Obama Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan was working on during the late 1990s. The dictionary from which Sherman is working must have interesting definitions of "unsentimental" and "compassionate." See for yourself in the first four paragraphs of the AP writer's…

CBS Chief Legal Correspondent Annoyed White House Trying to Conceal Ka

June 6th, 2010 2:00 PM
This is probably what a lot of people suspected, but couldn't tie it all of it together until documents and memos from President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan were made available to the public - that she is beyond a shadow of a doubt liberal. Still, the White House has insisted Kagan's judicial philosophy doesn't line up ideologically - that she is neither liberal nor…

AP Changes Clinton-Era History To Call Elena Kagan Pragmatic

June 6th, 2010 12:20 PM
The Associated Press apparently thinks its readers are either too young or too stupid to remember something that happened thirteen years ago.On Friday, the Clinton Presidential Library released formerly private documents from the '90s that revolved around Elena Kagan's stint as an advisor to President Clinton. Of particular interest was her encouraging Clinton to veto a ban on partial birth…

To Media and Left, Wartime Service Unimportant for Supreme Court

May 27th, 2010 1:25 PM
The United States is fighting two wars - in Iraq and Afghanistan - so it's natural that the nation's leaders have a solid understanding of what war is about. But President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court has no wartime experience and if she is confirmed, that would mean no member of the highest court would have served in the military in or near combat. This is a major shift for a…

George Stephanopoulos Spins Supreme Court Collegiality as Another Reas

May 27th, 2010 12:40 PM
Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulos on Thursday touted Supreme Court collegiality from Justice Antonin Scalia as a real victory in the battle over Elena Kagan's nomination. Stephanopoulos enthused, "Justice Scalia, who is likely to be a conservative adversary if Kagan gets confirmed, pointed out that everybody on the bench now is a judge." (Kagan is likely to be a conservative…

Newsweek's Adler Furthers Meme That Conservatives Are Obsessed with Ka

May 21st, 2010 12:20 PM
Another day, another liberal meme.Yesterday I tackled how Newsweek's Howard Fineman was attacking Kentucky Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul for picking a fight that the liberal media, in fact, was whipping up.Today, it's Fineman colleague Ben Adler and his insistence that conservatives are fixated on smearing both Elena Kagan and softball players everywhere as gay.Adler made his argument in…

NPR's Nina Totenberg Touts Elena Kagan's Harvard Record With 'Superman

May 20th, 2010 5:23 PM
Last Friday on TV, NPR legal reporter Nina Totenberg touted Obama Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan as "spectacularly successful" -- twice. But that was mellow compared to her Tuesday report for Morning Edition, where she enthusiastically pitched her record as dean of Harvard Law School as a Superman legend (The audio valentine is here):  NINA TOTENBERG: In some ways, the descriptions…

MRC-TV: Bozell Discusses Kagan/Miers Double Standard on 'Fox & Friends

May 17th, 2010 11:25 AM
In 2005, then-Senator Barack Obama cast doubt on President Bush's pick of Harriet Miers in part because "her [legal] experience does not include serving as a judge" and as such "we have yet to know her views on many of the critical constitutional issues facing our country today." Yet five years later, after President Obama named his solicitor general -- who has also never…

Katty's Complaint: Crash 'Not Long Enough' To Turn People Off Capital

May 17th, 2010 9:33 AM
Give that lady a Peabody!  The Peabody folks claim they give their awards for "outstanding" journalism and "excellence."  So just how clueless do you have to be to qualify? Take Katty Kay, the BBC's chief US correspondent, in New York today to pick up her prize.  On Morning Joe, Kay got off a double-barreled dose of classic MSM-think:1. She defended Elena Kagan's opposition…

David Gregory Presses McConnell for Hypocrisy on Harriet Miers, Goes S

May 17th, 2010 8:20 AM
NBC Meet the Press host David Gregory used an obvious double standard in his interviews with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Charles Schumer on the Elena Kagan Supreme Court nomination on Sunday. McConnell was grilled for hypocrisy in comparison to President Bush's clumsy Harriet Miers nomination in 2005 -- but Schumer was not. McConnell was accused of engaging in games that the…