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We’ve often stated that immigration is the beating heart of Univision’s policy agenda, but the network has also taken to championing other liberal policy items. As its coverage of the Supreme Court’s ruling in NIFLA v. Becerra proves, abortion is at the top of that list.
Liberal Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s latest melodramatic dissent, on the travel ban, warmed the angry hearts of liberals frustrated by the latest 5-4 ruling against them, and provided another clipping for The New York Times' extensive Sotomayor fan-club file. Reporter Catie Edmondson staged the scene in dramatic fashion: "The remarkable dissent was delivered by a woman who has championed her own upbringing as an example of the American dream."
NewsBusters has documented some of the initial reaction to Justice Kennedy's retirement, but it continued hours later with CNN legal analysts Laura Coates and Jeffrey Toobin on The Lead. The pair warned that “more progressive-minded notions and ones that, frankly, are in line with our democratic principles” are at stake with Kennedy gone with gay people likely to face discrimination and being banned from bakeries, hotel rooms, and restaurants under the name of religious liberty.
On Wednesday’s edition of CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin and The Lead with Jake Tapper, CNN Chief Legal Analyst, Jeffrey Toobin expressed his anguish over the likelihood of President Trump nominating another Supreme Court Justice and forecasted the “doom” of Roe v Wade.
Meet the Press anchor Chuck Todd was highly disturbed on Wednesday when word came down that Anthony Kennedy is retiring from the Supreme Court. In a series of tweets, he fretted that “our politics” can’t handle this and that “summer is going to suck.”
ABC didn’t report on the Supreme Court abortion case Wednesday morning. But the network did air footage of abortion protesters – misidentifying them as travel ban protesters.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday and the liberal media meltdown went from 0 to 60 within a second of the news breaking. Abject fear enveloped the left as the prospects of a fresh open seat on the Supreme Court during the Trump administration materialized.
Reacting to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announcing his retirement on Wednesday, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews suffered a total meltdown. The Hardball host went into full panic at the prospect of President Trump being able to make a second nomination to the high court and declared that Democrats “cannot let this happen.” He even demanded that liberal lawmakers exact “vengeance” against Republicans for opposing Barack Obama’s pick of Merrick Garland to replace Justice Scalia in 2016.
The media are very worried about Justice Kennedy leaving for one main reason: abortion. On Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. The media immediately expressed fury that, with a pro-life judge as replacement, Roe v. Wade might be overturned. The 1973 Supreme Court decision legalized abortion on a federal level in the United States. Overturning it would leave abortion up to the states – but media figures from The New Yorker to Salon warned about abortion vanishing.
The wealthy elite actors who are the face of the #resistance have had a very bad day. After Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court on June 27, wailing and grinding of teeth could be heard from Tinseltown across the Twitterverse. The apocalyptic predictions reached a fever pitch: Kennedy’s retiring meant the end of Roe v. Wade, the end of democracy, and the end of our government, according to Hollywood. Statements like, “This is a disaster,” “We are in MAJOR, MAJOR trouble,” and “SCOTUS is going to be a dumpster fire,” echoed throughout.
The freak out has begun. ABC News broke in on Wednesday with the announcement that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring. Journalist Jon Karl fretted that a “hard-line” conservative will be coming. Dan Harris wondered if moderate Republicans might rise up to stop a new conservative nominee.
On Wednesday afternoon, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement triggered a seismic legal and political tsunami and, as expected, some at CNN didn’t take it very well, fretting the loss of Kennedy as a “moderating force” who legalized sam-sex marriage, kept abortion legal, and saved affirmative action. In addition, one guest and former clerk lambasted Kennedy for his “extraordinary imprudent” move to retire with President Donald Trump in office.