On Monday, all three network morning shows began hurling ideological labels and anti-Christian bigotry at one of President Trump’s possible Supreme Court nominees, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Terrified at the prospect of Barrett replacing the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the leftist media rushed to tar to the imminently qualified federal appeals court judge as radical.
“Whoever President Trump nominates would move the Court firmly to the right, making it solidly conservative,” justice correspondent Pete Williams proclaimed on NBC’s Today show. He then warned: “One of the leading contenders clearly opposes abortion rights…” Revealing moments later: “Administration officials say the frontrunner is Judge Amy Coney Barrett.”
While briefly detailing Barrett’s impressive credentials, Williams also made sure to emphasize that she was a “devout Catholic,” left-wing code for extreme: “President Trump put her on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Chicago, three years ago. At 48, she’d be the youngest justice. A native of Indiana, she’s a former Notre Dame law professor and devout Catholic.”
The reporter was particularly troubled by one of her legal opinions: “In a 2003 law review article, she questioned the reluctance of federal courts to overturn precedents. Defenders of the Roe v. Wade abortion ruling cite decades of reliance on precedent as a reason to keep it.”
As if all that wasn’t enough, Williams decided to highlight blatant anti-Christian bigotry that Barrett confronted in the Unites States Senate: “At her appeals court confirmation hearing in 2017, a Democratic senator said every religion has its ‘dogma,’ but the law is different.” A nasty soundbite ran of California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein openly attacking Barrett’s faith: “The conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you. And that’s of concern.”
Barrett was at least shown pushing back: “I would stress that my personal church affiliation or my religious belief would not bear in the discharge of my duties as a judge.” However, Williams never passed judgement on Feinstein’s offensive rhetoric.
“Sources tell ABC at the top of the President’s short list, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a devout Catholic,” congressional correspondent Mary Bruce declared on ABC’s Good Morning America. “She’s a favorite among religious conservatives,” the reporter added.
Like Williams, Bruce then teed up the Feinstein clip: “During her confirmation hearing to serve on the federal bench in 2017, she was pressed on her stance on Roe v. Wade.” Again the Democratic lawmaker was shown lecturing Barrett that “The dogma lives loudly within you” and again Barrett was shown defending herself against the vile bigotry: “It’s never appropriate for a judge to impose that judge’s personal convictions, whether they derive from faith or anywhere else, on the law.”
Also like Williams, Bruce never bothered to criticize Feinstein’s conduct.
Following the report, White House correspondent Jon Karl reiterated: “Seven children, devout Catholic. She would energize anti-abortion activists and the religious right.”
Sunday’s GMA similarly targeted Barrett over her faith.
On CBS This Morning, correspondent Ben Tracy made sure to follow the DNC talking points for the day as well: “The 48-year-old Barrett is a favorite of religious conservatives for her anti-abortion views.”
Even as the media routinely swoon over radically pro-abortion judicial nominees that Democrats put forward, the second a pro-life conservative is even considered for the high court, reporters begin to lose their minds.
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LifeNews.com Note: Kyle Drennen is an MRC News Analyst and a graduate of Providence College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science. This was originally posted on the Media Research Center blog NewsBusters.