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ABC News Lambasted After Posting Incredibly Biased Statement on Trump's SCOTUS Nominee

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So, the speculation is over: Brett Kavanaugh is the president’s choice to replace the retiring Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. And the media, predictably, isn’t very happy.

That being said, even ABC couldn’t get away with the tweet it made about Kavanaugh. Only it wasn’t really about Kavanaugh, for reasons I’ll explain in a bit.

The tweet was an advertisement for that night’s edition of “Nightline,” a show I’m surprised is still around since I haven’t watched it since the days it was hosted by Ted Koppel’s hairpiece. Apparently, it’s still on, and they don’t think much of Trump’s pick.

“Tonight on Nightline, (Terry Moran) reports on the controversial Supreme Court Justice pick and the possible implications for the country,” the tweet read.

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As Sen. Ted Cruz pointed out in a series of tweets endorsing Kavanaugh’s nomination, this is a man who has served on the D.C. Court of Appeals — generally considered the second-highest court in the land right after the Supreme Court — and has published 300 opinions. He’s conservative, sure, but accomplished and well within the judicial mainstream.

This was apparently “controversial” to ABC News. As the Daily Wire noted, this drew a lot of angry responses, including from plenty of blue-checked accounts.

And there was a good reason. See, the tweet wasn’t talking about how “controversial” Kavanaugh was. It couldn’t have been.

Eagle-eyed readers might have noticed the time-stamp on ABC’s tweet. If you didn’t, here’s the punchline: At the time ABC posted it, the “controversial” Kavanaugh hadn’t even been nominated and nobody actually knew the identity of who Trump would pick.

In other words, anything would have been controversial because controversy generates ratings. As it turned out, Trump went with the least controversial pick he could have — one who is conservative, certainly, but has also an established record of respecting the Constitution and established precedent.

There was, thus, much mirth throughout the conservative Twittersphere:

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It wasn’t long before a correction was issued:

The possible implications for the country: A lot of unforced errors on the media side of things, for starters.

Oh, and corrections. Lots and lots of corrections.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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