EDITORIAL: Sotomayor reversed again
Martin Luther King can rest easy. His dream is being protected by the Supreme Court - against and over the opinion of Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor.
The high court's landmark decision in Ricci v. DeStefano, the New Haven, Conn., firefighters case, is a dramatic stride toward the cherished goal of achieving a colorblind society. In Ricci, the court told us that people of ability can succeed regardless of skin color, and government bureaucrats seeking racially biased outcomes can be thwarted in their racist designs.
Previously: The Civil Rights Movement according to Fox ...
Newsbusters' Kyle Drennen:
In addition to wondering about the fate of the party nationally, Schieffer also asked about Sanford's political future: "Should he also resign as the governor of South Carolina?...This seems to go beyond just the fact that, you know, he became involved in this relationship. He was basically missing in action for five days... Isn't this more than just a sex scandal here? I mean, this is dereliction of duty, isn't it?"
It's interesting that Schieffer never leveled such a charge against Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Uh ... maybe that's because Clinton never skipped town, ditching his security detail and lying to aides about where he was going and leaving the Vice President unable to reach him and the nation essentially without a president for five days?
Seriously, Drennen is complaining - sorry; he finds it "interesting" -- that Schieffer never accused Clinton of being "missing in action for five days"? No, it isn't "interesting." Shieffer never accused Clinton of being "missing in action for five days" because Clinton was never missing in action for five days.
What is wrong with these people?
Newsbusters' Tim Graham complains that the media isn't badgering the Obamas about their church attendance:
The Obamas haven't faced much questioning from the White House press corps about when they're going to make a church decision. With most presidents, this might not be a big deal, but the establishment media's reluctance surely reflects its sensitivity to Obama's political problems with choosing radical, ranting Rev. Jeremiah Wright in Chicago and staying in his church for 20 years.
For the Obamas and for Sullivan, the question is this: if they wanted to claim the First Family was going to charm the evangelicals with their piety, do they think this game of kicking the can is impressive? Or doesn't it begin to signal insincerity?
Try to follow the logic of that first paragraph. According to Graham, it is not unusual for the White House press corps to avoid questioning the First Family about their church attendance. But in this case, the reason the press isn't subjecting the Obamas to such questions is the media's "sensitivity to Obama's political problems." The media is doing what they usually do, according to Graham - so they must be doing it for a different reason!
That's just dumb.
It is worth noting - though Graham does not - that George W. Bush did not regularly attend a DC church. And it's pretty safe to say that the Bushes tried to "charm the evangelicals with their piety."
Otherwise known as Day Five of the WSJ Hypocrisy Watch.
It's been five days since the conservative Republican governor with national electoral aspirations announced his extramarital affair, and it's been that long since we learned the conservative Republican governor used taxpayer money to visit his girlfriend.
It's been five days since questions about whether Sanford should be impeached were raised, and a few days since a South Caroline Republican announced he'd go all the way to the Justice Department if need be in order to investigate Sanford's behavior.
And yet....the WSJ editorial page which crusaded for the Clinton impeachment and which crusaded that every possible type of criminal prosecutions be launched against Clinton has remained stone-cold silent. The Sanford debacle is of no interest to the very serious writers at the WSJ.
But it turns out the blatant hypocrisy isn't just traced to the Clinton `90's. It can be traced to the 2008 story of disgraced New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. When that Democrat admitted to an extramarital affair, the WSJ opinion pages were very interested. In fact, within 48 hours of that story breaking, Kimberly Strassel wrote up a media critique, claiming the "compliant" press had covered for Spitzer.
But again, the incurious writers and editors at the Journal have shown zero interest in the media angle on the Sanford story, which highlights again how the newspaper's opinion pages have little interest in actual journalism.
Y'know, the Walpin caper, which came right after Dealergate, which really blew the lid off the Obama White House. Remember?
Any who, Newsbusters is all riled up because the WashTimes has published these awesome editorials and articles detailing the breaking news developments from the Walpin firing...and nobody's paying attention. Nobody's going down the rabbit's hole with the WashTimes. Gee, wonder why.
I think Joe Conason put it best:
Unless there is much more to this story than what responsible journalists have found so far, the buzzing chatter on the right will soon subside into a disappointed murmur.
That was June 19. It's weird; it's like Conason can see into the future.
We just received an email from Dick Morris in which he attempts to convince his readers to buy his latest book by directing them to the following video...
Here's the email:
From the June 29 edition of Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck:
Yesterday, I made the point that the media hyperventilation about the possibility that Barack Obama knew what Nico Pitney was going to ask him about is silly, given that shows like Meet The Press and Reliable Sources negotiate topics with guests ahead of time.
Today, Howard Kurtz acknowledges the obvious: he tells guests on his Reliable Sources television show the topics in advance:
Just to be clear, I never, ever give Reliable guests Qs in advance. But it's only fair to tell people what the general topics are.
Now that Kurtz admits this (not that it was ever in any doubt) maybe he'll tell us why he didn't bring that fact up while talking to Dana Milbank yesterday? Milbank was complaining about Obama and Pitney allegedly "coordinating" Pitney's question - but Howard Kurtz knew that he and Milbank had "coordinated" on the topics Milbank would be asked about. While Kurtz is at it, maybe he should give David Gregory a call and ask him to reconcile his outrage at Pitney's question with the fact that Meet The Press works out topics with guests in advance.
That's what a media critic would do anyway. We'll see what Kurtz does.