Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Media Matters Daily Summary 07-15-09

Conservative judges agree with Sotomayor on gun ruling, but Fox's Bream doesn't tell you that
Shannon Bream reported that "gun rights advocates have major concerns" about a ruling in which Sonia Sotomayor held that "states can ban gun ownership." But Bream did not note that conservative judges have also held that the Second Amendment did not apply to the states. Read More

Nets silent on sexism of anonymous quotes Graham used
ABC's World News and NBC's Nightly News reported Lindsey Graham's citation of anonymous criticism of Sonia Sotomayor published in the Almanac of the Federal Judiciary without noting that Sotomayor's 2nd Circuit Court colleague reportedly called such criticism "sexist." Read More

AP "Fact Check" says conservative judges don't say judges make policy -- but Scalia does
Referring to Sonia Sotomayor's comment that "the court of appeals is where policy is made," the AP stated that "conservative judges avoid the 'making policy' shorthand." In fact, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has said that lower court judges "often 'make law.' " Read More

Fox's Kelly minimizes Alito's link to "conservative alumni group" -- but Alito didn't
Megyn Kelly said that Samuel Alito "had almost no connection" to the Concerned Alumni of Princeton. But Alito himself regarded his involvement with CAP as worthy of mention in an application for a job with the Reagan administration in 1985. Read More

Dobbs let Whelan falsely claim Sotomayor inconsistent on use of foreign law
Lou Dobbs did not challenge the accusation by Ed Whelan that Sonia Sotomayor contradicted herself on the question of whether judges should use foreign law in deciding cases. Read More

Despite Graham's condescension, media report "respectful," "cordial" GOP questioning of Sotomayor
Media have characterized Republicans' questioning of Sonia Sotomayor as "cordial," "civil," and "respectful," apparently ignoring the condescension by Sen. Lindsey Graham, who, after reading several anonymous criticisms of her, said: "[M]aybe these hearings are time for self-reflection." Read More

On Fox, scant attention to Dems' questioning of Sotomayor
On July 15, Fox News covered two Republicans senators' "first round" questioning of Sonia Sotomayor for 55 minutes, but it covered only 30 minutes of the six Democratic senators' "first round" questions that the committee heard on July 15. Read More

Conservative outlets provide forum for Republicans' "baffling" health care "flow chart"
The Drudge Report, Fox News, and The Kudlow Report provided a forum for a chart released by congressional Republicans that purported to show "the complex health care reform proposal by Democratic congressional leaders." Read More

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