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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Media bias? What media bias?

What would happen if, say, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dozed off in the middle of oral arguments?

Big brouhaha, right?

When Ruth Buzzi Ginsburg does it, the event gets buried deep in another story.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, it was a snoozer of a debate. "Party in power redraws lines to benefit said party." Scalia had the right response--this is hardly news. And it seems so obvious--it is the legislature that is given the constitutional mandate to redraw lines, and the legislature did just that. Sure, a court had done it earlier, but a court has no constitutional authority to do so. This seems to be a no-brainer of a case, and if any justice feels the same way, regardless of their political leanings, I'm not going to begrudge them 40 winks.

On the other hand, if we have to redo next week's primary because the Court sides with the Democrats, then I'll be pissed--because I'm the Election Judge in my precinct on Tuesday, and am the sole candidate for Republican Precinct Chair.

11:20 AM

Blogger Patrick said...

Anon: Give me a break. Surgeons perform operations than are so routine as to be called snoozers. Accountants for Fortune 500 companies crunch numbers that could be called snoozer routines. 747 pilots sit motionless for hours on snoozer trans-Atlantic flights.

Glad you're fine when a Supreme Court Justice nods off. BTW, the details of the case at hand are irrelevant to my point.

I'm not saying Ginsburg should face a firing squad. I'm saying the media's standard of "interest in a story" depends on who's enjoying snoozing.

If you think the MSM would treat Scalia or Thomas or Roberts or Alito with the same yawn for falling asleep in chamber, then I have some Acrtic swampland to sell you.

11:33 AM


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