CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on Tuesday twice labeled President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor a "moderate liberal." On American Morning, minutes after the Latina judge's name emerged near the bottom half of the 8 am Eastern hour, Toobin predicted that she would "probably have very little trouble getting confirmed, and w ho will be a voice like David Souter for moderate liberalism." Hours later, during The Situation Room program, he predicted that Sotomayor, if confirmed, would rule as a "moderate liberal, like Ginsburg and Breyer." American Morning anchor T. J. Holmes brought on the legal analyst to... continue reading
Chris Matthews, on Tuesday's Hardball, couldn't contain his excitement over Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor as he brought on David Axelrod to praise, to the White House advisor's face, the rollout of the Supreme Court nominee as he cheered: "It was a brilliant piece of couldn't have been done any better," and then later gushed that Barack Obama "wowed us!" Matthews also claimed the only opposition to Sotomayor was made up of the "crazies," and "whack jobs," like Rush Limbaugh as Matthews told Axelrod "The only critics of this nomination with any kind of violence are that R.N.C crowd:... continue reading
ABC News didn't use any labels such as liberal or progressive to describe Judge Sonia Sotomayor during its Tuesday morning coverage of her nomination to the Supreme Court. On the other hand, when President Bush nominated Justice Samuel Alito to the high court in 2005, the network's correspondents repeatedly used the conservative label to describe the nominee. During the first segment of the 7am EDT hour of Good Morning America, before Sotomayor's name emerged, This Week anchor George Stephanopoulos summarized who was on President Obama's short list for the court nomination, including Sotomayor, describing the former or current occupations they... continue reading
New York Times columnist Charles Blow on Saturday: In 1984, Ronald Reagan won every Northeastern state. Since then, the leadership of the G.O.P. has systematically shed its idealists in favor of ideologues, reducing itself to the current Cheney-Limbaugh illusionati whose strategy is to exploit faith and ignorance by fanning fear and hatred. But, Northeasterners are not so easily duped. Voters there tend to be wealthier, better educated, less religious and more progressive than those in other regions. Times Saturday columnist Charles Blow has gotten over last month's fear of an armed revolution by angry Republicans, judging by his willingness to... continue reading
Network anchors and reporters didn't hesitate to apply strong ideological labels (not just quoting others) to President Bush's two Supreme Court nominees, John Roberts and Samuel Alito. Will they be as willing to tag President Obama's nominee, U.S. Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor, as "staunch," and "hardline" and "ultra" liberal, or at least as "very liberal"? In July of 2005, on the night Bush announced Roberts , ABC's George Stephanopoulos and Ted Koppel both described him as not just conservative, but as "very conservative." NBC's Brian Williams called Roberts "a kind of 'bedrock conservative,' not what is called a 'movement... continue reading
Moments after President Obama announced his pick of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court, CBS's Bob Schieffer and Katie Couric enthused over what Couric called Sotomayor's "very, very compelling life story," with Schieffer cheering that she was "the political advisor's dream candidate." "This woman has a life story that you couldn't make up!" Schieffer exulted: "She's born in the public projects, in the shadow of Yankee stadium, a single parent household, she goes to a Catholic school, she gets scholarships to the best schools in the country, Princeton and Yale, she overcomes all that while dealing with diabetes all... continue reading
With television hosts unwilling to joke about President Barack Obama as those comedians regularly ridicule conservatives, there's a bright spot coming up this week in a new TV show set to debut on ABC which will mock leftist environmentalism. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday: The new animated television series 'The Goode Family' is a send-up of a clan of environmentalists who live by the words 'What would Al Gore do?' Gerald and Helen Goode want nothing more than to minimize their carbon footprint. They feed their dog, Che, only veggies (much to the pet's dismay) and Mr. Goode dutifully... continue reading
ABC and CBS, which two weeks ago gave short-shrift to Dick Cheney choosing Rush Limbaugh over Colin Powell as the better representative of the Republican Party (brief anchor-read items), both led Sunday night with Powell push back against Cheney and Rush Limbaugh. "Colin Powell hitting back at Dick Cheney and other Republican critics, saying he's still a member of the party, a party he says has to change," ABC anchor Dan Harris teased Sunday's World News. On CBS, Russ Mitchell announced: "Tonight, Colin Powell versus Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh. The former Secretary of State defends his Republican credentials." In... continue reading
The Politico's Jeanne Cummings , a veteran of the Wall Street Journal, fretted on this weekend's Inside Washington that former Vice President Dick Cheney has "changed this debate in a way that has made it much, much harder to close Guantanamo, which the President is already committed to doing." So he's done an awful thing in daring to oppose something President Obama is "committed to doing." Dreadful! In fact, she soon charged that in complicating Obama's intention to close Guantanamo - which Obama had announced without any plan for where to place the detainees - "Cheney really did damage to... continue reading
Anchor Anderson Cooper grilled Dick Cheney's daughter Liz Cheney on his CNN program on Thursday evening about her father's defense of the Bush administration's anti-terror tactics. At one point, he asked: "Is it appropriate, though, for your father, who has had access to high-level intelligence for - for eight years, to be very publicly waving a flag, saying, we're much weaker now than ever before? Isn't that, in fact, emboldening our enemies? Couldn't you make that argument?" Cooper later asked the former State Department official, "If a Democrat was doing this in a Republican administration, wouldn't be the Republicans be... continue reading