Shortly after the President announced his choice for the U.S. Supreme Court, both CCN and Fox had published articles. I am sure these will be modified and added to as more information becomes available. The differences in these initial articles are expectedly biased both ways. CNN emphasized a potential looming battle over the nominee. CNN’s third sentence is “The move sets the stage for a possible battle with advocacy groups who have criticized Roberts in the past.” Later CNN says “Moments after news of his nomination emerged, reaction indicated that a fight was expected.” Fox talked little of a potential fight and used this quote from Republican Senator Lindsey Graham:
Democrats expect a conservative to be named, Graham explained, and Bush campaigned on that promise in 2004.
Graham noted that simply being conservative was "no longer an extraordinary circumstance" as defined by the "Gang of 14" agreement.
"President Bush campaigned he would pick a solid conservative, I expect for him to live up to his promise. Our goal is to make sure a solid conservative sits on the Supreme Court that is not beholden to any special interest group," Graham said.
CNN gives favorable and opposing views. For those opposing, CNN notes “two prominent liberal advocacy groups -- NARAL Pro-Choice America and the
Senators considered Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts so non-controversial that they approved him for a seat on a federal appeals court without a single recorded objection.
Whether Roberts will get that kind of support for the nation's highest court is unknown, but it bodes well for his bid to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
In this second article Fox notes that previously when Roberts was appointed, three Democratic senators on the Judiciary Committee had voted against him: Schumer (NY), Kennedy (MA), and Durbin (IL).
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