Supreme Court Justices Read Newspapers Too

Friday, March 30, 2012

Transcript

Media coverage can influence public opinion, but can public opinion really influence the Supreme Court? With its lifetime appointments the court is designed to exist above the fray. Bob speaks with Slate's Dahlia Lithwick who says that despite that, public opinion was a big factor in this week's arguments.

 

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Guests:

Dahlia Lithwick

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Bob Garfield

Comments [4]

Monte Haun from TN

"Supreme Court Justices Read Newspapers Too"
Friday, March 30, 2012

"listener

If Justice Kagan was not sitting on the Supreme Court judging Obamacare she would be the Solicitor General arguing Obamacare. Does that tell us where her "head is at" and why did she not recuse herself?
Mar. 31 2012 06:59 PM"

How original of on the Media!!

Actually I heard that the Supremes read the Election Returns not the Papers.

Listener, as is usual with you Right Wing Apologists for the most corrupt Republican administrations in History, has overlooked the Wife of Justice Uncle Thomas and her years of handsome remuneration from the Health Care Industry.

Handsome remuneration that went Felony unreported for nearly a Decade and for which the SUPREME COURT allowed the Rat to escape from the richly deserved punishment.

Monte Haun mchaun@hotmail.com

Apr. 01 2012 03:42 PM
listener

If Justice Kagan was not sitting on the Supreme Court judging Obamacare she would be the Solicitor General arguing Obamacare. Does that tell us where her "head is at" and why did she not recuse herself?

Mar. 31 2012 06:59 PM

Thanks Bob for saying something I too have been questioning since I was a child; how impartial are "impartial justices?" The older I get the less I believe in that old chestnut. I find conservatives love to wrap themselves in those kind of fantasies--not unlike the fallacy that there is no class in America--and I'm happy to hear it discussed intelligently.

Mar. 31 2012 11:50 AM
Charles

Dahlia Lithwick's preposterous musings on the oral arguments before the Supreme Court were demolished in the pages of the National Review Online here:

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/294649/lithwicks-clouded-vision-court-ramesh-ponnuru

This is no mystery; choosing Dahlia LIthwick as your audience's one and only guide to the Supreme Court and the ObamaCare case tells us everything about the production of "On the Media," and almost nothing about the case itself.

You had a choice. Somewhere in this program, you could have given airtime to Ed Whelan, David Rivkin, Lee Casey, Paul Clement, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Carrie Severino, or scores of other preeminent lawyers. You could have given your audience a more thoughtful and balanced presentation of the issues. But you didn't.

Mar. 30 2012 09:47 PM

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