The Liberal Media’s Perpetually Skewed SCOTUS Coverage

July 9th, 2018 8:00 AM
President Trump won’t officially announce his latest nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court until this evening, but it’s already easy to predict the liberal media’s spin. As with all recent Republican nominees, reporters will repeatedly label them as “conservative,” which will nicely reinforce the Democrats’ strategy to paint them as outside “the mainstream.” But when Democratic Presidents announce…

After Court Decisions, NYT Lead Questions 'Weaponized' Free Speech

July 1st, 2018 8:31 AM
A few Supreme Court cases just failed to go the left’s way, and now they are trashing the First Amendment they once revered in such morally preening fashion. New York Times Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak gave the reversal his seal of approval in a long lead story for Sunday’s front page: “How Free Speech Was Weaponized By Conservatives.” What began in a free-speech backlash by the paper…
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NBC Shocked Supreme Court Would Dare Side With a Church Over the State

April 19th, 2017 9:47 PM
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the United States heard the oral argument for the controversial Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer. The case tackles the idea of a separation between church and state, “The question: Can states refuse to give money to churches even when it's for something that doesn't involve worship,” noted Anchor Lester Holt during NBC Nightly News. And judging by questions…
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FLASHBACK: Media Advocated for Obama’s Supreme Court Picks

March 20th, 2017 9:15 AM

If the liberal media cover the Neil Gorsuch hearings the same way they handled Barack Obama’s choices for the Supreme Court, they will do everything they can to pave the way to an easy confirmation. When they weren’t singing the praises of their backgrounds, or even comedic stylings, liberal reporters and anchors tried to downplay the leftist leaning of Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Merrick…

Documenting TV's Double Standard on Supreme Court Nominees

February 6th, 2017 9:25 AM
An MRC analysis of labels used on ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening news shows during the 24 hours after each of the past six Supreme Court nominations demonstrates the pattern. GOP nominees John Roberts, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch were labeled by reporters as “conservative” a total of 36 times, while Democratic nominees Sonya Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Merrick Garland were called “liberal…
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Supreme Court Nominees Always Too Conservative for the Liberal Media

March 15th, 2016 10:25 AM

Whomever Barack Obama selects to fill the vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia expect the liberal media to worry the selection isn’t progressive enough. As might be expected, journalists criticize the Supreme Court appointments made by Republican presidents as “hardline” and “very conservative.” But even the nominees elevated by recent Democratic presidents have been challenged as not…

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Halperin: All Agree Great for SCOTUS to 'Look More Like America'

March 2nd, 2016 6:27 PM
I'm guessing most NewsBusters readers could care less about "diversity" when it comes to choosing Justices of the Supreme Court. That they'd be thrilled if all nine justices looked, for example, like Clarence Thomas--so long as all shared his philosophy of judicial restraint and original intent. On today's With All Due Respect, Mark Halperin interviewed Planned Parent president Cecile Richards.…

WashPost Bewails SCOTUS's 'Blow to Organized Labor,' Buries Viewpoint

July 1st, 2014 6:42 PM
Reporting on the outcome of Harris v. Quinn on the front page of Tuesday's Washington Post, staff writers Jerry Markon and Robert Barnes buried the perspective of the successful party in the case, non-unionized home health care worker Pam Harris, in the 21st paragraph of the 29-paragraph article, "Ruling on union dues a blow to organized labor." But right out of the gate, Markon and Barnes…

MSNBC.com: SCOTUS 'May Let GOP Block Obama Recess' Appointments, But L

January 14th, 2014 1:30 PM
When the Supreme Court sat yesterday to hear the matter of NLRB v. Noel Canning, virtually every justice was highly skeptical of the Obama administration's claim that President Obama's January 2012 "recess appointments" were a valid exercise of his constitutional authority. After all, the president made the appointments when the U.S. Senate was technically in session -- a minutes-long pro forma…

Politico Misses Kagan '09 Statement on DOMA Story: 'There Is No Federa

March 28th, 2013 12:52 PM
So, Politico jumped the shark on gay marriage yesterday in reporting that Justice Elena Kagan that she had a ‘gotcha’ moment during yesterday’s hearings on the Defense of Marriage Act. But a real ‘gotcha’ moment would have been if Politico did their homework and resurrected Kagan’s past comments about gay marriage from 2009, when she was awaiting confirmation to the post of solicitor general…

Bozell Column: 'Dialogue' Required for Violent Video Games

February 23rd, 2013 8:08 AM
The Obama administration's assault on the Second Amendment in reaction to Newtown is not a serious solution. It's a Band-Aid on cancer. The NRA's call for armed guards in every school also misses the point. When is anyone going to get serious? The problem is violence, a violence of monstrous and horrific proportions that has infected America's popular culture. The Hartford Courant reported on…

NBC's Pete Williams: Democrat 'More Likely to Appoint' 'Less Ideologic

July 1st, 2012 3:00 PM
Readers are advised to remove all food, fluids, and flammables from proximity to their computers before proceeding. You've been warned. NBC News justice correspondent Pete Williams on this weekend's syndicated Chris Matthews Show actually said that when it comes to nominating judges, "A Democratic president is more likely to appoint somebody near the middle who is less ideological" (video…

Networks Ignore Calls For Kagan's Recusal as Supreme Court Takes on Ob

November 15th, 2011 4:18 PM
While NBC, ABC, and CBS all reported on the Supreme Court's decision Monday to rule on the constitutionality of ObamaCare, none of the coverage made any mention of calls for liberal Justice Elena Kagan to recuse herself from the case due to her advocacy for the legislation as Obama's solicitor general. Of the three networks, only ABC's World News even noted public opposition to the…

WaPo Hails Elena Kagan's 'Bold Rookie Term' -- Bold, As In Liberal

September 26th, 2011 11:20 PM
The Washington Post puffed up the rookie performance of liberal Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan on the front page Monday. The headline was “Kagan made her mark in a bold rookie term.” But inside the paper was the more obvious conclusion, in the headline: “Kagan soothed liberal fears by shoring up the court’s left flank.” Reporter Robert Barnes is one of many liberal reporters who like…