Tonight, there have been massive protests over Donald Trump's executive order barring refugees and citizens of 7 Muslim countries. An emergency appeal was filed in federal court and a judge stayed part of the order just before 9 PM ET. Guess what was on Fox News right around that time?
NewsHounds' Richard tweeted these screen grabs that he caught at about 8:44 PM ET. You can see that MSNBC was reporting on the protests live:
So was CNN:
But Fox had this important pre-recorded story:
Fox News did dip in and out with reports of the protests through the evening. But I think these screen grabs do a pretty good job of capturing Trump TV's priorities at that crucial moment in time, don't you?
David Souter was really the last big surprise these guys had, and that was because everyone, including the Left, thought he was secretly a Hard Right judge before he got on the SC. He was picked by John Sununu as a stealth candidate who the Dems couldn’t reasonably stop and could then wreak havoc on the Constitution- but he turned out to be a true independent who tended to vote in a more liberal way.
Ever since Souter, the Right hasn’t been taking any chances with their picks. Roberts was a reliable Hard Right choice, as was Alito. Both were younger picks, designed to make sure that the court continued its swing farther to the right, particularly with the vicious Alito replacing the more moderate judges they are evaluating now are fervent Hard Right judges who have already shown their biases. Gorsuch is an unapologetic acolyte of Scalia. Pryor is on record referring to Roe v Wade as “an abomination”. These are not stealth candidates, nor are they going to suddenly decide they are liberals at heart when they are given a chance to swing the court even farther to the Right. We should have no illusions about what these men intend to do to the SC after they are easily confirmed to it.
We’ve gotten to a much nastier place than we were during even the Reagan years where something like Bork could be rejected and the Right could be forced to go with a more “business of America is business” judge like Kennedy. The Pence White House is firmly in the notion of going as far over to the Right as possible, including rebuilding the SC as a 6-3 or 7-2 Hard Right majority, and if they succeed, it won’t matter if Roberts is trying to keep stability. They’ll have the votes to take us back to the 1950s, pre- Brown v Board of Education. If that happens, the SC is toast for the next35 years.
The Dems do not have the votes to stop this for the next two years, so the best we can hope for is stasis on the Court until we can vote more Dems into the Senate to stop this abuse of our Constitution and our country.
Trump openly stated that he wants Mitch McConnell to change the Senate voting requirements to a simple majority, so that if the Dems try to filibuster Pryor or Gorsuch, the GOP can feel free to ignore them as they’ve been doing all along. I frankly believe the Dems will cave on this appointment, however, and the “nuclear option” most likely won’t be needed – yet. In the event of Pence getting to pick another Hard Right justice to replace Ginsburg, then I think we’re absolutely looking at a filibuster and then the rule absolutely will be changed and there’s nothing the Dems would be able to do about it. On the other hand, if we can hang on until 2018 and if enough people are angry enough about what the Pence White House is doing, there is a chance that the Senate could shift, which would at least get us to a stalemate.
Oh, I think you missed where I wrote (and I’ll print it in all caps to make it easier for you): ’"FOX NEWS DID DIP IN AND OUT WITH REPORTS OF THE PROTESTS THROUGH THE EVENING."
is it your reading comprehension problem or were you just too eager to smear us that you didn’t bother to read?
Josh: Good heavens above. Why on earth would any thinking person believe that bashing a whole bunch of people won’t end up antagonising them? Instead of inspiring love and respect, that usually gets their backs up. I fear that the ban may have significantly increased the chances of lone wolf attacks.
The idea that Muslim immigrants are terrorists was soundly debunked by a recent statistical study by highly reputable numbers crunchers. They concluded that the chances of Muslim immigrants actually doing anything to harm other Americans were equal – please do pay attention – to winning the lottery and being hit by lightning on the same day.
Facts mean nothing to a child-man who never misses a chance to show-case his ignorance and arrogance by claiming to know anything and everything better than people who actually know something. He also seems to think that bashing others will earn their love and respect. Sheeeeeeeeeesh. The child-man should be hauled into court for high treason on the grounds that he is advancing the cause of terrorists by fueling resentment and deep hatred towards the USA. My only hope is that people in the USA and throughout the world will join together to express their dismay at the sheer stupidity of this mean-spirited initiative that totally belies what the USA used to stand for (cf. the inscription on the Statue of Liberty).
A couple of days ago, the child-man basked in what he thought was the friendship and respect of the UK, whose Prime Minister exploited that aura mistressfully" to a few concessions on record. I don’t think he realised what had happened to him until later. Then, she goes and signs a hugely lucrative fighter aircraft development and production deal with TURKEY of all places. Uh-oh. The jobs will be there and the USA is not in the picture at all. Extraditing that religious leader to Turkey will probably not do much to improve relations between the USA and Turkey.
Buckle up, folks, this is going to be a very rocky ride. But, please, please, please, do keep it peaceful. Violence will only give them a reason to start bashing.