ABC on Monday decided that live coverage of Neil Gorsuch’s swearing in was a good time to twice remind viewers that Democrats feel the Supreme Court seat was “stolen” from them. Correspondent Cecilia Vega also ran through a litany of unrelated Trump failures as she reported live from the Rose Garden.
On Friday's Real Time show on HBO, liberal comedian Bill Maher demonized newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch as a "right-wing asshole," a "Scalia clone," and someone who "has never shown any empathy toward a human being" before suggesting that "back alley abortions" might return. He also accused Republicans of "cheating" to get him onto the Court, and of being motivated by racism in refusing to support former President Barack Obama's call for military action in Syria in 2013.
On Friday's regular "Shields and Brooks" segment on PBS Newshour, New York Times columnist David Brooks -- the supposedly more right-leaning half of the pairing -- oddly seemed to wish for some sort of "apocalypse" to beset the Donald Trump administration as he theorized and predicted that some scandal or "grievous blow" to the White House might inspire more bipartisanship in the aftermath. After host Judy Woodruff was surprised by his prediction of an "apocalypse," he only walked back his bizarre choice of words slightly: "Well, I -- that word came out -- I should have stuck with 'acidity.' That would have been a better word."
Univision's coverage of the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court managed to weave a grand tale about the fearsome nuclear option, while entirely omitting any mention of the partisan Democratic filibuster against Miguel Estrada.
In an act similar to that of a whining child, Senate Democrats attempted to block the President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch Thursday. Republicans, in turn, followed through on their promise to execute the so-called “nuclear option” to bring debate to a close and move the nomination forward. In response, ABC and NBC were up in arms that evening. “The Republican leader today emerged from the partisan battlefield with a thumbs up. The top Democrat, his head hung low in defeat,” bemoaned ABC’s Mary Bruce on World News Tonight.
The partisan journalists at MSNBC proved they have no problem flip flopping when it comes to filibustering and the nuclear option. As the Republicans were voting to change the Senate rules, Thursday, and confirm Neil Gorsuch, MSNBC blamed Donald Trump. Andrea Mitchell lectured, “This is another history-making moment which another White House might have been able to avoid, perhaps with better leadership.”
On the April 5 NBC Today, correspondent Kristen Welker repeated last-minute accusations that Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch had plagiarized – but it wasn’t until after she had gone onto other topics and was wrapping up her report that she mentioned that the person he was accused of plagiarizing had already debunked those claims.
Much like the January 2017, anti-Trump Women’s March, the protests against Trump’s Supreme Court pick were not grassroots efforts. Fourteen “People’s Filibuster” events protesting Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch on April 1 were organized by The People’s Defense, an activist website created on Feb. 28 by NARAL Pro-Choice America.
On CNN's New Day Tuesday, anchors Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo said, respectively, that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to activate the so-called "nuclear option" to avert a now-secured Democratic fillibuster of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is "unprecedented" and that "we've never seen it before." While the nucelar option has never been used to confirm a Supreme Court nominee, the report omitted that in 2013, then-Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, invoked it to confirm President Barack Obama's nominees, with Supreme Court nominees as the exception.
With the Senate’s Supreme Court confirmation vote of Judge Neil Gorsuch fast approaching, many are worried about the terrible precedent the Democratic Party’s filibuster will set. While others worry about nuking the filibuster rules. The politicization of Supreme Court confirmations has been going on for decades, but according to CNN’s Jake Tapper it’s all the GOP’s fault.
In multiple appearances on CNN on Monday, CNN political commentator and Spectrum News political anchor Errol Louis fretted over the Republican effort to bar the filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Louis called such a move "radical action" as he appeared on CNN's New Day, and, appearing later on CNN Newsroom, he worried that such an action would begin a precedent that would result in the Supreme Court "greatly denuded from what the Founders wanted," and becoming "just a branch of the Senate, in effect." Over the weekend on New Day Saturday, Louis was notably also still agitated over retired General Michael Flynn leading "lock her up" chants against Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign as the CNN commentator declared that it was "one of the ugliest moments in politics I've ever seen in 30 years."
After Monday’s White House press briefing, CNN Newsroom host Brooke Baldwin and most of her panelists chided the “partisanship” of the GOP-led U.S. Senate ahead of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation vote and invoking of the nuclear option, whining that the divisiveness “has never been worse.”