CBS Legal Correspondent: Senate Democrats Can Blame Themselves for Kag

July 5th, 2010 9:27 AM
There have been a lot of complaints from the left over the opposition Supreme Court Justice nominee Elena Kagan has faced from Senate Republicans in her battle to win confirmation. But Kagan proponents should have seen this day coming when Democrats in the Senate did the same things to try to slow the confirmations of Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito. On CBS's July 4 "Face the Nation,"…

CBS 'Early Show' Follows ABC's Lead, Touts Kagan's SNL-Worthy Humor

July 2nd, 2010 11:58 AM
During the 'Early Wrap' segment on Friday's CBS Early Show, co-host Harry Smith discussed the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan with a panel of media pundits: "The almost unknown, practically under the radar, the Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan, before committees this week being funny. She was downright funny."GQ Magazine's Washington correspondent Ana Marie Cox…

Kagan Hearings, Day #3: ABC and NBC Skip Nominee's Partial Birth Abort

July 1st, 2010 11:39 AM
Wednesday's evening news shows and Thursday's morning programs continued to minimize or leave out important moments of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's confirmation hearings. ABC's Good Morning America, for instance, has offered only 67 seconds of coverage over three days. Today and The Early Show each provided a single ten second news brief on Thursday. It's not as though the second day of…

CNN and MSNBC Applaud Elena Kagan's Capitol Hill Comedy Hour

June 30th, 2010 6:03 PM
In covering Elena Kagan's confirmation hearings, CNN and MSNBC have repeatedly lauded the Supreme Court nominee for her "flashes of humor" and "disarming ease."In tune with the reverberations of the network morning shows' echo chamber, correspondents like CNN's Dana Bash and anchors like MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Tuesday praised Kagan for her ability to inject humor into otherwise "hollow and…

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' steeps the whole university."Yellin,…

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, "...If this…

Bozell Column: The 'Elusive' Truth About Kagan

June 29th, 2010 9:26 PM
It's not cute when reporters play dumb. Last year, when Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court, CBS anchor Katie Couric said labeling her “won't be easy.” CBS reporter Wyatt Andrews found “no clear ideology” in her public record. This week, the Washington Post embarrassed themselves with a front-page story claiming “Obama has not chosen outspoken liberals in either of his…

Will Kagan Do A Sotomayor

June 29th, 2010 7:09 PM

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 feelings about…

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 the 7AM ET hour to the…

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…

Why Presidential Elections Matter

June 29th, 2010 8:48 AM
Because of some things we have to live with, long after they are out of office.