AP Deems Six Years 'A While' in Coverage of SCOTUS Case on Ohio Voting

June 11th, 2018 5:15 PM
https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-980_f2q3.pdfMonday afternoon, the Associated Press covered the just-released Supreme Court decision on Ohio's voter-roll purging procedures. Both the APNews.com tease and reporter Mark Sherman's content misled readers by stating that the Court, in upholding those procedures, had declared that "States can target people who haven’t…
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'AP Fact Check': Trump Is 'Wrong' That GOP Needs to 'Hold' Top Court

March 29th, 2018 4:04 PM
The first questionable habit of the liberal Fact Checkers is to nitpick tweets, especially Trump tweets. There can be outrageous and blatantly false statements in a tweet, but often tweets use a political shorthand. The headline was "AP FACT CHECK: Trump wrongly claims GOP can hold top court". Trump tweeted that "we need more Republicans in 20189 and must ALWAYS hold the Supreme…

Media Mislead: Trump's Travel Ban Victory Is 'Limited,' 'Partial'

June 26th, 2017 11:58 PM
The latest episode in the Trump administration's long-running legal battle to impose a temporary ban on travel from several nations concluded on Monday. Its result, as described by National Review's David French, was that "in a per curiam ruling, the Supreme Court restored the vast majority of the Trump administration’s temporary travel ban — including the temporary ban…

AP Story Waits 17 Paragraphs to ID Little Sisters in HHS Mandate Case

May 22nd, 2016 11:07 PM
On Tuesday at TheFederalist.com, 2015 Noel Sheppard Blogger of the Year recipient Mollie Hemingway pointed to several outrageous examples of poor press coverage of the Supreme Court's unanimous move to send Obamacare's HHS contraception mandate case back to the lower courts. Hemingway's core observation was that usually plaintiff-sympathetic establishment press outlets "suddenly…

AP's Sherman Effectively Labels Anthony Kennedy a 'Conservative' As Su

November 19th, 2013 10:18 PM
Never one to let facts get in the way of the proabort narrative, Mark Sherman at the Associated Press characterized today's 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to allow Texas's abortion law to stand while on appeal as one rendered by "the court's conservative majority." Really? Anthony Kennedy is one of the justices in the critical "Planned Parenthood v…

Politico Ignores Govt.-AP Timing Discussions in Saying 'Veteran Lawyer

May 18th, 2013 10:39 AM
In a story appearing this morning at the Politico about the Department of Justice's broad and unannounced subpoenas of the April and May 2012 personal and business phone records of reporters and editors at the Associated Press involving 20 phone lines and involving over 100 reporters and editors, James Hohmann found several "veteran prosecutors" who aren't necessarily outraged…

AP's Yost Cuts Holder Undeserved Slack in DOJ's Power-Abusing Phone Re

May 14th, 2013 7:35 PM
In a disptach early this evening, the Associated Press's Pete Yost, perhaps signaling his employer's intent to remain the journalistic lapdog known as the Administration's Press, accepted at face value Attorney General Eric Holder's claim, while defending his department's actions, to have played no role in its wide-ranging subpoena of two months of AP phone records involving…

Justice Ginsburg to Egyptians: 'I would not look to the U.S. Constitut

February 4th, 2012 10:35 AM
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on a trip underwritten by the U.S. State Department (aren't justices expected to keep their distances from the government to protect their perceived impartiality?), was in Egypt on Wednesday at a Cairo University law school seminar. While there, according to the Associated Press's Mark Sherman, she told students that (in Sherman's words)…

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…

Seattle P-I, AJC Offer Slightly Loaded Headlines on AP Gun Case Story

March 2nd, 2010 4:59 PM
Headlines can be an excellent window into the biases, albeit sometimes subtle, of editors. An AP story about a gun rights case, McDonald v. Chicago, challenging the Windy City's handgun ban before the Supreme Court today is one such example. "High court looks at reach of Second Amendment" reads the headline the Associated Press assigned its story by Mark Sherman. The AP's headline is…

AP Supreme Court Reporter Shamefully Suggests Child Rapist Was Innocen

June 26th, 2008 5:07 AM
By now, you have all heard of Wednesday's Supreme Court decision prohibiting the death penalty in cases of child rape. Having read several articles, the mainstream media's take on the case was mostly informational and understated. And that was to be expected. While the ruling could be considered a victory for civil libertarians, even the press understands that you can't do a…

Supreme Court 'Splintered,' But Only for the Conservative Decisions

April 29th, 2008 1:10 AM
The United States Supreme Court upheld Indiana's voter ID law today in a 6-3 decision. In an earlier post, Ken Shepherd pointed out that Associated Press reporter Mark Sherman framed the ruling as "splintered." While the four conservative Justices joined in the majority opinion, the decision itself was written by liberal Justice John Paul Stevens, and so Sherman's terminology is…

CNN.com Supreme Court Reporter Failed to Note Key Facts in Indiana Vot

April 28th, 2008 12:52 PM
In a 10:15 EDT post today at CNN.com, producer Bill Mears noted the 6-3 ruling by the Supreme Court upholding an Indiana law requiring photo ID in order to vote. Yet Mears left out that Democrats who challenged the law were unable to produce a single voter who could prove he or she was unable to vote due to the law nor did Mears point out mechanisms the Indiana law has in place for provisional…

AP: Supreme Court 'Splintered' on 6-3 Ruling Upholding Indiana Voter I

April 28th, 2008 11:02 AM
Update (11:25 EDT): The Stevens opinion in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, along with the Scalia concurrence and the dissents by Justices Souter and Breyer can be found here. This morning the Supreme Court issued a 6-3 ruling upholding Indiana's voter ID law. That law requires voters to present photo identification prior to voting in order to curb voter fraud.Yet AP writer Mark Sherman…