Absolute zero

Absolute zero

PE Bias Grade : B

By: Allen Nitschelm on September 23, 2020 | Article Review

This is a review of the following Boston Globe Article:
Article Title Trump appears to have votes to fill Supreme Court seat
Date 09/22/2020
Article Link Boston Globe ( Page A5 )
Syndicated From New York Times
Journalist Nicholas Fandos
Peter Baker
Article Summary

President Trump moves forward on Supreme Court vacancy.

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This is a mildly biased story about the Supreme Court vacancy, written by two New York Times reporters and running in the Boston Globe.

There are small jabs throughout, like saying that a quick confirmation vote so the Supreme Court seat is filled before the election (which could result in litigation, obviously) would be evidence of  some sort of abuse, since it would “force through” the nomination. It would seem that if you have the votes, no “force” would be necessary.

The article lays out the apparent hypocrisy of the Republicans in reversing their position. In 2016, when Obama was President but the Senate was controlled by Republicans, Mitch McConnell declined to give a hearing to Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland. This is obviously within the purview of McConnell’s power, just as Nancy Pelosi refuses to allow a vote on more Coronavirus Relief, even though it would probably pass the House.

McConnell has his reasons, but it does seem like there are two standards. But McConnell isn’t the only one who has reversed his stance: so have all the major Democrats who pushed for a hearing in 2016 only to suggest there be none in 2020. The article fails to mention that hypocrisy infects both parties.

But what really caught my eye was the constant refrain from the media, which is that Trump fails to offer proof for his opinions. For example, he says that mailing millions of ballots, unrequested by voters, will result in fraud and long delays. These are predictions and are opinions, not facts, yet the media will opine that Trump did not provide backup for these scenarios. The most used phrase is “without evidence.” This is code for “he is lying.”

Of course, when Trump does provide facts, the media ignores them. On the voting issue, Trump has often repeated the problems we’ve had in some Congressional races with mail-in voting, yet the media does not investigate or reach any conclusions about whether large swaths of the country should run the vote-by-mail experiment during a contentious presidential election.

And Trump’s predictions have an uncanny accuracy. Some would say he is a genius, and a very stable one at that. Recent court rulings in some swing states have required that state laws requiring ballots to be received by election day have been extended for three or six days. You know this is going to spur litigation as both sides are gearing up for legal battle. So there will be lengthy delays in knowing the final results of the presidential election and maybe even some key Senate races. This alone makes filling the vacancy so we have a full nine-member court the best course of action.

Today’s column offers two new adjectives for Trump’s failure to back up his opinions. Trump offered “absolutely zero evidence” about whether the “dying wish” for Ruth Bader Ginsburg was to wait until January to fill her seat upon her death:

But even as he talked about showing respect for Ginsburg, Trump asserted with absolutely zero evidence that her dying wish that she not be replaced until the next president is chosen, as conveyed by her granddaughter to NPR, was actually scripted by Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Schumer or Representative Adam Schiff of California.

So “no evidence” has changed to “absolutely zero evidence.” Well, I guess the biased media needs to change things around because perhaps readers are getting tired of their claims. Might as well spice them up a bit with some hyperbole.


Allen Nitschelm is publisher of PublicEditorMA.com. He critiques the Boston Globe, mostly focusing on the bias in their news reporting. News articles are graded for bias, and the website has a listing of the average bias ratings for all reporters reviewed. See our website for more information and the four categories of articles we publish.

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