Bench Memos

Silly Talk

On ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Linda Douglass reported that Sam Alito “is another white male.” Actually, as I think about it, he’s less white than the show’s anchor, Charles Gibson. Alito’s skin tone appears to me to be more olive. I wonder, if Janice Rogers Brown had been nominated, would reporters like Linda Douglass have been more impressed? Of course not. Speaking of Gibson, he said that Alito was “very conservative.” I don’t know what this means. But more importantly, given that Gibson probably hasn’t read a single opinion authored by Alito, he’s speaking from talking points.

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