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Cavuto and Giuliani Put Forth GOP Falsehoods About Obama’s SOTU Supreme Court Comments

Reported by Ellen - January 30, 2010 -

Co-authored by Brian

Neil Cavuto interviewed former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on yesterday’s (1/29/10) Your World. One of the topics was President Obama's comments during his State of the Union speech about the Supreme Court's decision lifting restrictions on campaign contributions from corporations. Predictably, host and guest each regurgitated the same Republican talking points we’ve been hearing elsewhere on Fox News – attacking President Obama for daring to criticize the decision and overlooking the serious, Joe Wilson-like breach of etiquette by Justice Alito. With video.

As Media Matters has pointed out, presidents have a history of criticizing the Supreme Court on a SOTU stage. President Harding ripped the Court in 1922 for overturning a 1919 Child Labor Law. President Reagan ripped the Court for ruling on school prayer (1988 address) and Roe v Wade (1984 address). George W. Bush complained about "activist judges" "redefining marriage by court order." (2004 address)
Media Matters also noted that several experts argue that decision opens door to campaign money from US subsidiaries of foreign corporations. Cavuto and Giuliani either didn't know their history or else ignored it.