CNN portrays itself as a news organization. And says that at her confirmation hearings, Amy Coney Barrett will “portray” herself as a wife, mother, and in line with Antonin Scalia.
The difference is that ACB is a wife, mother, and in line with Antonin Scalia . . . but CNN is not a news organization. That CNN is nothing more than a thinly-disguised propaganda arm of the Democrats was on double display during this morning’s New Day. Previewing the confirmation hearings, CNN reporter Jessica Schneider said:
“Amy Coney Barrett will portray herself as a mother of seven, as a wife, and as a Justice who will be in line with the late, staunchly-conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.”
“Portray” herself? Has CNN’s crack investigative team determined that ACB is in fact a father of seven, and an unmarried one to boot? As for the late, great, Antonin Scalia: when’s the last time CNN described a federal judge as “staunchly liberal?”
The fact is that ACB will honestly present herself as exactly who and what she is. A refreshing change from a number of other past nominees. See, oh David Souter, the so-called right-winger from New Hampshire.
A bit later, CNN reporter Jeff Zeleny gave a prime illustration of how man-in-the street interviews tell you much more about the views of the reporter, and the network he works for, than in does about voters at large.
In Iowa, Zeleny managed to find a man who said that he had voted for Donald Trump in 2016, but wouldn’t do so again, because he now finds him “despicable.”
And what could be more reliable than a CNN poll with a sample size of one? If Zeleny had expended some shoe leather, he could have surely also found someone saying they had voted for Hillary in 2016, but is now backing Trump. But that wouldn’t have suited the CNN narrative! Notice how Zeleny, feigning surprise, asked, “despicable?”, eliciting a confirming “yes” from the man. Nicely done, Jeff!
To provide “balance,” Zeleny did interview a Democrat voter. But unlike the Republican, she was no renegade, saying she found the incumbent Republican senator seeking re-election, Joni Ernst, “in many ways a disappointment.”
Here’s the transcripts
6:29 am EDT
ALISYN CAMEROTA: This morning, the Senate Judiciary committee will begin the first of four days of hearings on the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett. And CNN’s Jessica Schneider is live in Washington with a preview for us. So what should be expect, Jessica?
JESSICA SCHNEIDER: Well, Alisyn, this confirmation hearing is set to be an unprecedented hybrid with some senators appearing in person, others appearing virtually, like vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris.
Now we’ve learned that Amy Coney Barrett will portray herself as a mother of seven, as a wife, and as a justice who will be in line with the late, staunchly-conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. Now today is just opening statements, but it could be a week of fireworks as Democrats press into a number of important topics.
It’s set to be a Supreme Court confirmation showdown that Republicans want to rush through before the election. Amy Coney Barrett has been in the hotseat before. In 2017, she secured her spot on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals by a 55-43 Senate vote. But this time, with the ideological balance of the Supreme Court at stake, Democrats plan to delve into issues they did not focus on before, like Barrett’s position on abortion, health care, and election disputes.
6:52 am EDT
ALISYN CAMEROTA: Twenty-two days until the election, and President Trump is returning to the campaign trail. He’s set to hold rallies in a number of states this week, including Iowa, where he is locked in the polls with Joe Biden. The president easily won that state in 2016. CNN’s Jeff Zeleny is live in Des Moines, Iowa, with more. So how’s it looking this time around, Jeff?
Reporter: Alisyn, good morning. The president’s travel schedule speaks volumes about the state of the race. The Trump campaign is on defense. That is why the president is coming here later this week to hold a rally. But Republicans also have another tight race on their hands here. One that could determine the Senate majority.
JONI ERNST: So, folks, is it a tough election cycle or what?!
ZELENY: Iowa Senator Joni Ernst is feeling the October heat.
ERNST: It is a tough, tough, tough year. But you know what? I’m going to finish first!
ZELENY: Yet her re-election is not entirely in her control. With Republican fortunes tied to President Trump.
“REPUBLICAN VOTER” MARK MCALLISTER: That’s the real terror of this all is that Trump takes down the whole ticket, the whole Republican side of the Senate.
ZELENY: Mark Mcallister voted for Trump four year ago. He said he won’t do so again.
MCALLISTER: I think that he has been extremely divisive to our people. I think he’s — I mean, I use the word despicable. And I do think he’s despicable.
ZELENY: In Iowa where Trump won by nine percentage points, polls now show he’s locked in a tight race with Joe Biden. Officials are nervously watching the suburbs here, as the president’s shaky support threatens the GOP majority. And Ernst, a once-rising party star.
DEMOCRAT VOTER KATIE NASET: In many ways, she’s been a disappointment. She’s not been a leader, she’s basically parroted what the Trump Administration has told her to project.
CNN’s double display of bias was sponsored in part by Liberty Mutual.