CNN Defends Ketanji Brown Jackson Giving Light Sentences to Sex Traffickers and Child Pornographers

National   |   Nicholas Fondacaro   |   Mar 21, 2022   |   6:14PM   |   Washington, DC

Monday was the first day of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings and she’s expected to be grilled by Republican lawmakers on her record. With that on their minds, CNN journalists and analysts on At This Hour rushed to defend Jackson from accusations that she’s lenient with sex offenders and child porn peddlers given some of her rulings. They even lashed out at Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), calling his scrutiny on her record “extreme” and “toxic.”

“And [Senator] Dick Durbin [D-IL] already alluded to this when he said earlier, ‘these baseless charges aren’t fair,” host Kate Bolduan proclaimed before she even addressed what the charges were. “Durbin’s likely specifically talking about some of what’s been lined up as a line of attack coming from Republicans like Senator Josh Hawley.”

After playing a short clip of Hawley on Fox News speaking about the allegations, Bolduan asserted, without evidence, that “his assessment’s been fact-checked, found to lack significant content at the very least.”

On Twitter, Hawley’s press secretary, Abigail Marone addressed the “fact checks” by pointing out how they “admit @HawleyMO is technically correct but then argue that sentencing guidelines for pedophiles are too harsh and they should be more lenient. Gross.” She also provided four screenshots proving her point.

“Well, I have no doubt that she’ll respond well to something that is as disingenuous as that statement. What’s the reality here is they’re trying to throw everything against the wall hoping it will stick,” scoffed senior legal analyst Laura Coates.

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Moments later, Coates defended Jackson’s history as a public defender (without mentioning her time as a private defender) to argue that she’s “not soft on crime” but rather “hard on injustice” and declared “That’s where a judge should actually be.”

Up next was chief political analyst Gloria Borger who discounted Senator Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) comments about how this wasn’t going to be like the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. “They are people who want to say that the Biden administration in nominating her has shown that it is soft on crime. This is something that works very well for Republicans,” she huffed noting that some on the committee have presidential aspirations.

Borger went on to denounce Hawley as being “extreme” and “toxic” to scrutinize Jackson’s record like that. Again, without evidence, she suggested that her alleged lenient sentencing for sex offenders “if you look at the numbers, is also not true.”

“So I think, you know, we ought to listen to these hearings and we ought to hear what kind of a judge Ketanji Brown Jackson really is, rather than listening to politicians make their political points which, of course, they always do in these hearings,” she lectured.

At least she gave a tacit admission that what the Democrats and the media did to Kavanaugh was just for political gain.

CNN’s defense of Judge Jackson and dismissal of serious questions about her record were made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Expedia and Vroom. Their contact information is linked.

LifeNews Note: Nicholas Fondacaro writes for Newsbusters, where this originally appeared.