Thursday, November 03, 2005

"Have you stopped beating your wife" Journalism

From the Associated Press:

Judges Attest to Alito's Conservativism

Nov 3, 11:43 AM (ET)

By HOPE YEN

WASHINGTON (AP) - Judges who have served with Samuel Alito say he's unquestionably a conservative who would push the Supreme Court to the right, likely favoring new abortion restrictions that retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor would not.

Five current or former judges on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals interviewed by The Associated Press described Alito as thoughtful, intelligent and fair. They said he has great respect for precedent-setting decisions and none of them offered that he would be likely to vote to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

Now, paragraph (1) of the story seems custom-crafted to scare the hell out of anyone to the left of, say, William F. Buckley, Jr. And then, presumably out of a misguided fealty to something called "truth", paragraph (2) undercuts the basic message of paragraph (1).

Why did the writer or editor bother? Why act like they're not choosing sides and spinning hard? It's insulting to anyone paying attention, and unnecessary for anyone who isn't.

1 Comments:

Blogger SamuelAlito said...

Shucks, there is nothing in either paragraph that contradicts the other.

The judges say I'm to the right of O'Connor, which I am. They say that I would favor "restrictions" that she would not, which is not wrong.

Then it says I have respect for stare decisis, which I do, and that I wouldn't overturn Roe (which is speculation, but not unreasonable to say given the issues of precedent).

They basically said "he's more conservative than Sandy, but he is a legitimate judge and not a rabid ideologue." I, for one, don't have any problem with it.

Sam

1:56 PM  

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