The networks finally broke their weeks-long blackout of conservative wins in the U.S. Supreme Court this session. Among Wednesday’s decisions were two religious liberty rulings that went decisively in conservatives’ favor: hiring/firing practices and opting out of ObamaCare’s contraception coverage mandate. Of course, ABC, CBS, and NBC covered only the latter, with ABC and CBS expressing direct fear of women losing such coverage from their employer.
“As many as 125,000 women could lose contraceptive coverage from their employer-sponsored health insurance after a Supreme Court ruling today,” announced CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell, rhetorically clutching her pearls. “The 7-2 majority included Chief Justice John Roberts, who we just learned suffered an injury last month.”
After first reporting on the Chief Justice’s health and recalling that he “has played a dominant role this term, siding with his liberal colleagues on landmark decisions,” CBS legal correspondent Jan Crawford ignored his other instances of siding with conservatives this session and instead said:
Wednesday he was back voting with conservatives in two religion cases, siding with the Trump administration to allow employers with religious or moral objections to opt-out of providing free contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
And, of course, CBS was itching for the ruling that would determine if President Trump’s tax returns would be released to the public. “It all sets the stage for one of the most hotly anticipated decisions of the term, whether President Trump’s financial records and tax returns could finally be made public,” Crawford said.
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Meanwhile, on ABC’s World News Tonight, anchor David Muir teed up correspondent Terry Moran by noting, “this was a big win for religious conservatives and the President” (as if it was the only win they had all session).
Agreeing that it was “a huge win,” Moran noted that the Trump-era regulations that spurred the court case allowed employers who had religious objections to opt-out of providing coverage. But he seemed to huff about employers opting out over “just moral objections to providing that kind of coverage…”
Further, fretting: “The impact is immediate. The government estimates between 70,000 and 126,000 women will lose their contraception coverage under this ruling.”
And they too were rhetorically salivating in anticipation of the ruling on Trump’s tax returns:
MUIR: And Terry, I know you are watching tomorrow, the court is set to rule on another big case, this time involving the president’s tax returns?
MORAN: Oh, it’s huge. His tax returns, his bank statements.
On an interesting side note: While ABC ignored the breakdown of how the justices swung and CBS noted Roberts was in the majority, neither of them did what Justice correspondent Pete Williams on NBC Nightly News did and show that liberal Justices Breyer and Kagan sided with conservatives on religious liberty.
LifeNews Note: Nicholas Fondacaro writes for Newsbusters, where this originally appeared.