The theme of Monday’s CBS Evening News was ‘be afraid, be afraid of conservatives on the Supreme Court.’ And they weren’t subtle about it. It was the common thread throughout their four back-to-back segments about the battle to fill the vacant seat once held by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
In fact, stoking fear of conservatives was how anchor Norah O’Donnell kicked off the program in the opening teases:
Tonight, we’re here at the Supreme Court. President Trump says he’ll name his nominee by the end of the week as the nation remembers Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Tributes pour in for the liberal icon as the President says he wants his pick confirmed before Election Day on November 3. Tonight, the two women who are frontrunners and how they could cement conservative control of the nation’s highest court for a generation.
There was no such ideological fear-mongering and bigotry when President Obama tried to install a liberal in 2016 with Judge Merrick Garland. At the time, the media falsely claimed he was a moderate.
But as O’Donnell stood in front of the Supreme Court, she warned viewers that “what happens in the coming weeks will have sweeping consequences for the court and the country, possibly cementing a conservative majority for decades.”
Anti-Trump White House correspondent Weijia Jiang was up first with her report. She echoed O’Donnell by warning of “a 6-3 conservative majority ahead of November 3. And one that would shape the court for decades.”
She then turned her ire to Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals. “48-year-old Barrett is a mother of seven who has won over religious conservatives for having antiabortion views,” Jiang chided.
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In the follow-up report, where CBS railed against Senate Republicans for being ‘hypocrites,’ chief congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes took on a serious tone when telling viewers how “The looming fight could alter the court’s balance of power and dictate the fate of the Affordable Care Act and abortion rights.”
She then played this soundbite of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) decrying the coming nomination:
For hundreds of millions of Americans, this vacancy on the Supreme Court puts everything, everything on the line.
Of course, Cordes didn’t point out how her fellow Democrats on the hill and in the media were hypocrites for suddenly being against filling a Supreme Court vacancy in an election year.
O’Donnell followed Cordes’ report with a segment featuring an exclusive interview with Vice President Mike Pence. For most of the interview, O’Donnell grilled Pence on Judge Barrett because she was “Catholic,” “conservative,” “pro-life” and “would restrict abortion rights further.” Here’s part of their discussion:
O’DONNELL: I want to ask you about one of the frontrunners, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. She’s a Catholic, she’s a conservative, she’s a mom of seven kids, are you convinced that Judge Barrett would overturn Roe v. Wade?
VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE: Well I’m convinced that Judge Barrett and the other finalists on the list will interpret the Constitution in a way that is consistent with the great tradition of Justice Antonin Scalia.
O’DONNELL: She is pro-life.
PENCE: President Trump has made it clear that it’s is our objective to appoint pro-life jurists to our federal courts at every level.
O’DONNELL: Judge Barrett gave a speech at Notre Dame on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and she said it is very unlikely that the court will overturn Roe so why are you convinced that Judge Barrett would restrict abortion rights further.
After the interview, and leading into the final report on the subject, O’Donnell noted that both Democrats and Republicans would use “the possibility of a court dominated by conservatives” to energize voters. At least she was being honest about what CBS was doing.
CBS capped off their anti-conservative bigotry for the evening with political correspondent Ed O’Keefe directly pushing Democratic attacks. “For Democratic women, there are a range of critical issues that could come before the Supreme Court,” he declared as he played a soundbite of a Biden supporter claiming: “Women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, Black Lives Matter, they’re all on the line!”
Of course, O’Keefe concluded by giving the final word to his candidate, Democratic nominee Joe Biden. “Donald Trump is before the Supreme Court trying to strip health-care coverage away from tenses of millions of families,” Biden sneered.
For CBS, the stakes were so high that they could no longer pretend to be non-partisan or non-ideological. When push came to shove, they dropped the charade and got dirty for their side.
CBS’s anti-conservative bigotry was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Progressive and Amazon. Their contact information is linked so you can tell them about the biased news they’re funding. CBS has also asked people to “text Norah” their thoughts at this number: (202) 217-1107.
LifeNews Note: Nicholas Fondacaro writes for Newsbusters, where this originally appeared.