The Corner

The Morning Spin On Sam

Matt Lauer began the Today Show this morning this way: “Good morning, judging the judge. The battle lines are drawn over Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. Conservatives love him but some Democrats are already lining up to fight his nomination.” It’s the usual media designation (especially popular in the New York Times) that conservatives don’t face liberals, they only face Democrats, ideology uncharacterized. Katie Couric added: “A down and dirty fight is looming over the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. Conservatives are ecstatic about this, liberals, meanwhile are very anxious. The key issue, would Alito overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision back in 1973 legalizing abortion.” That’s another favorite media term: “superprecedents” they like are always “landmark” decisions.

Tim Graham — Tim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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