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The Media Borked Bork and Now They Want to Do It Again

September 26th, 2020 4:30 PM

The official White House briefing book on the record of Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork was a wonder to behold. As I leafed through the thick black binder in 1987 in my capacity as an Associate White House Political Director, I realized it was extraordinarily thorough. But suddenly the realization dawned. The briefing book, prepared for all of my Reagan White House colleagues…

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PBS Turns to Totenberg to Lament Biden Failed to Ruin Clarence Thomas

August 19th, 2020 9:49 PM

In the hour leading up to Night Three of the Democrat convention, PBS aired a profile of Biden’s career by reporter Lisa Desjardins, starring liberal-bias legend Nina Totenberg of NPR. Biden was judged positively for beating Robert Bork’s nomination for the Supreme Court in 1987, and negatively for not helping Anita Hill enough to defeat Clarence Thomas in 1991.

Who Are Brett Kavanaugh’s Enemies?

October 4th, 2018 2:35 PM
WASHINGTON — If you have read enough pro-Kavanaugh articles, give this one a pass. You are not going to like it. Yet if you have not heard enough, you will probably like this one. I have nothing but congratulatory things to say about Judge Brett Kavanaugh. As with Justice Clarence Thomas, he is a fighter. He is a gifted defender of the truth. And he is worthy of serving on the highest court…

Eminently Qualified Kavanaugh Facing Hostile Democrats

September 5th, 2018 12:46 PM
Since Robert Bork’s “borking” 30 years ago, Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for a high court nominee by a Republican president have become predictable. Democrats, who favor a “living Constitution,” meaning whatever they think the founding document ought to say, are pitted against “originalists,” who believe the document speaks for itself and should be…
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Liberal Media ‘Borked’ Bork, But Conservatives Fight for Kavanaugh

July 14th, 2018 4:00 PM
The voice was instantly recognizable, even though its owner identified himself. ‘'The record shows he has a strange idea of what justice is” intoned American icon and movie star Gregory Peck. The “he” in question was Judge Robert Bork, and Peck was lending his voice to something new in American history: a television commercial attacking a nominee for the United States…
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Soviet Agent, on FX’s The Americans, Calls Robert Bork a Nazi

March 29th, 2018 10:04 AM
A badge of honor for the late Robert Bork and his supporters? He drew the ire of an undercover Soviet KGB operative in an imaginary scene, set in early October 1987, on FX’s The Americans. At a dinner at a neighbor’s house, college student “Paige Jennings,” played by Holly Taylor, matched American Left hostility at the time toward President Reagan’s Supreme Court…

Let’s Limit Spending

February 7th, 2018 11:24 PM
Some people have called for a balanced budget amendment to our Constitution as a means of reining in a big-spending Congress. That's a misguided vision, for the simple reason that in any real economic sense, as opposed to an accounting sense, the federal budget is always balanced. The value of what we produced in 2017 -- our gross domestic product -- totaled about $19 trillion.

Blogger: SCOTUS Often Has ‘Overcome’ Right’s ‘Inexcusable Wrongness’

April 10th, 2016 5:43 PM
If judicial review means that the U.S. Supreme Court is a de facto super-legislature that can in effect supersede actual legislatures, that’s fine with Washington Monthly blogger Martin Longman. In a Wednesday post, Longman acknowledged that certain SCOTUS rulings over the past several decades have been politically motivated, but argued that those were appropriate remedies for the “…

Pundit On SCOTUS Vacancy: GOP ‘Taking a S**t on the Constitution’

February 26th, 2016 11:59 AM
Scatology has typically been out of bounds in mainstream-media political commentary. (Not in all political commentary, of course. For example, actor John Cusack once called former actor Ronald Reagan “a criminal who used the Constitution as toilet paper.”) Nonetheless, Michael Tomasky went there in a Wednesday column trashing Senate Republicans for refusing to consider any Supreme…

NYT Shows Obama Fretting Over Political Divide, Ignores Democrat Guilt

January 15th, 2016 3:21 PM
New York Times congressional reporter Carl Hulse and White House scribe Julie Hirschfeld Davis teamed up to paint the president as wringing his hands over the current divided state of U.S. politics. One potential culprit almost wholly exonerated? The president himself. Thursday’s report, “Obama’s Plea to ‘Fix Our Politics’ Has Both Sides Looking Inward,”…

Robert Bork Dies and Rachel Maddow Smears Him With Ancient Slander

December 24th, 2012 5:02 PM
It's not enough that liberals sought to destroy a good man's reputation when he was nominated to the Supreme Court. Their efforts at character assassination continue after his passing. One of the most contemptible examples of this came from Rachel Maddow on her MSNBC show Dec. 19 in talking about the death of Robert Bork and his influence on American jurisprudence and politics over…

CBS’s Pelley Labels Bork ‘Arch Conservative,’ Provides Innocuous

December 20th, 2012 9:30 AM
ABC’s Diane Sawyer described Robert Bork, who passed away Wednesday at age 85, as “an icon to conservatives” and NBC anchor Brian Williams called him a “conservative icon,” but CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley decided he was an “arch conservative.” He then played, without censure, a portion of Senator Ted Kennedy’s disgraceful attack and…

Say Barnicle: Ever Heard Of Bork

April 12th, 2010 9:15 AM
Mike Barnicle just wrapped up the Obama Parrot of the Week.  That's the award I hand out on my local TV show to the MSMer doing his sycophantic best to parrot the Obama party line.  Barnicle gave his award-winning performance on today's Morning Joe, in the course of tossing two super-softballs to David Axelrod.Barnicle's first lob bemoaned the difficulties of governing in this hyper-partisan,…

Bozell Column: Remembering Ted Kennedy

August 28th, 2009 2:15 PM
Our national media are treating the passing of Sen. Edward Kennedy as an historic event, more historic even than the deaths of presidents like Gerald Ford. Is this level of attention warranted? We can all grant that Ted Kennedy was a major legislator with his hands in a lot of historic government action. He was at times a very eloquent speaker and was always a passionate fighter. To his side of…