Despite abortion being an issue which continues to divide Americans, CNN Newsroom cheered the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a Louisiana pro-life law as restoring “integrity” and “stability” in the law and “public’s expectations” on abortion.
During the 10-minute-segment Monday morning, no journalist or analyst presented the opposing opinion. Instead, the panel focused solely on touting Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the liberal justices again as a “huge blow” to both the Trump administration and Christians.
CNN Justice Correspondent Jessica Schneider began by hailing the court’s close 5-4 decision as “a big win for abortion rights advocates.” She pointed out that Chief Justice Roberts “proved to be the linchpin siding with the liberals yet again” as the third case in the past two weeks where he has sided with the liberal justices on controversial social issues. Schneider rubbed it in the face of evangelicals who supported Trump:
This is a huge blow to the Trump administration and to the president himself, and it really probably strikes some fear to President Trump’s evangelical base who was counting on the president’s two nominations of Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch to really put this court in the solidly conservative column…
Supreme Court analyst Joan Biskupic also suggested this was Roberts standing up to Trump. She gushed that this decision proved the Chief Justice was choosing “integrity” and taking a “stand” for the public’s expectations “during an election year:”
JOAN BISKUPIC: This was a very important moment for him choosing the integrity of the court over his personal ideology. You know, Jessica made that point, that he’s always voted for abortion regulations, that those kind of instincts go back to the time of the Ronald Reagan administration, but here at this moment with a Trump administration, an election year, it was important for him to say four years ago we struck down identical abortion restrictions and there was no going back. Now I think at a different time and era with him not being the swing vote justice he might not have voted this way, but this is a very big stand he took for some sort of stability in the law, public expectations and the integrity of the court and his personal legacy over his own ideology that has been very conservative, especially on social issues.
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Anchor Kate Bolduan was amazed at the “fascinating” choice by Roberts. She asked Biskupic to explain why he sided with the liberals. Biskupic hailed it as Roberts “rising to the occasion,” “with the Trump administration, this election year.”
The panel went on to praise Roberts for showing “a real sign of independence” and reveled in his “really important moment.” Biskupic eagerly noted how Roberts has voted against court precedent on important issues before but now he has drawn a line on abortion, that he will not cross:
He’s done it plenty of tis. No one should be confused about what Chief Justice Roberts does with certain other precedents. He’s voted again rulings from the ’70s and ‘8s and earlier that were very important in this country but what he’s done now is said is that there’s a line that he’s not going to cross, and it’s very important in the constitutionality of a woman’s right to end a pregnancy, and that was a line that he had never crossed before. So you’re right to characterize it as a very big moment.
The media didn’t always feel this way about Roberts. When he was nominated by President George W. Bush, the media fretted he was too conservative and too political. Now that he’s siding with Democrats, the media praises him as an independent who’s restoring “balance” to the court.
LifeNews Note: Kristine Marsh is Staff Writer for MRC Culture at the Media Research Center where this originally appeared.