Since the death of Justice Ginsburg and the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, leftist networks and Democrats have tried a plethora of attacks to stop or block the nomination. Democratic nominee Joe Biden has called the process ‘unconstitutional’ and ‘distorting democracy’. During the Senate confirmation hearing, his vice presidential nominee, Senator Kamala Harris, decried it as an illegitimate process. On Tuesday’s New Day, John Avlon continued the Democrat attacks by claiming “Judge Amy Coney Barrett is sitting in a stolen appellate court seat right now.”
Avlon regularly appears on the show to give “reality checks” which are nothing more than partisan attacks on Republicans and the President. Tuesday’s segment was no different as Avlon directed ire on Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He smugly opened the segment with this: “18 days till Halloween. I wanted to kick off with something a little scary.” He then showed a clip from December 13, 2019 of McConnell laughing while talking about why President Trump had so many judicial nominees left over from the Obama administration.
The leftist commentator wildly accused Republicans of making “an unprecedented power grab.” That the only reason Judge Barrett was on the Seventh Circuit was because McConnell unfairly blocked President Obama’s nominee in 2015-2016. Avlon griped: “Judge Barrett is rated well qualified by the American Bar Association, the highest rating, and that matters. The problem is the process. It has been corrupted by obstruction, situational ethics and trust that the judiciary is dropping along partisan lines.”
This continues the attack from the left, generated by the Democratic Party, to ignore Barrett’s qualifications and focus on the policies and the process. During the course of his tirade, Avlon distorted the facts and established procedures to highlight his point. Article 2 Section 2 has always given the Senate the right to approve or deny nominees. If President Obama could not get the votes for his nominees in the Senate, that does not make the process unfair.
Avlon made the claim that none of President Obama’s nominees made it through in the 114th Congress. However, a study from the liberal-leaning Brookings Institute highlighted that 20 judges appointed by President Obama were confirmed by the Senate. He also claimed that “only 68 presidential nominees ever blocked before Obama took office.” But the same study showed 68 presidential nominees alone were rejected during President Reagan’s final two years.
This attack, and several others like it, had nothing to do with reporting the news or bringing to light important facts, but advancing the cause of the Democratic Party. Rather than practice honest journalism, CNN took the time to smear Senate Republicans and attempt to disrupt the process.
LifeNews Note: Kristine Marsh is Staff Writer for MRC Culture at the Media Research Center and Newsbusters where this originally appeared.