CBS jumps on Ketanji Brown Jackson with his BFF ‘Hype Team’
On Friday, in preparation for the start of the Senate confirmation hearing for President Biden’s left-wing Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson next week, CBS Morning Chat with his “old friends” and offer a “beautiful” profile of the federal judge Members of Jackson’s self-described “hype team” were given a national platform to impress their BFF’s “brilliance”.
“Also, the confirmation hearing for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson begins on Monday … Nancy Cordes has spoken to some of her old friends – the oldest friends always tell the truth – who are not surprised at her success.” Co-host and Democratic Party donor Gayle King topped the show. Fellow Liberal co-host Tony Ducupil exclaimed: “I’m waiting for that.”
Later, at 8:00 AM ET, the broadcaster dedicated a four-minute broadcast time to reporter Nancy Cordes in her hilarious section to talk to Jackson’s “longtime friends.” “I always knew he could be one,” announced Lisa Fairfax, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a college friend of Jackson’s. Cordes says how Fairfax “Ketanji has known Brown Jackson for more than half of his life, rejoicing when he went from public defender to federal judge nominee for Supreme Court.”
Fairfax welcomed: “I’m still smiling and probably getting ready to tear up because of the constant joy of seeing someone I like being nominated.” Cordes announced: “Fairfax is one-fourth of an extraordinary quarter. The four women I met were freshman at Harvard University and went to Harvard Law School together. “
Antoinette Cockley, a law professor at Northeastern University and a roommate at Jackson College, preached that her friend’s nomination was “divine intervention.” How Jackson “pushed his friends to excellence” before Cordes announced: “By Sophomore’s year, Kokley was publicly predicting that his roommate would one day be the first black woman to be nominated to the Supreme Court.”
I thought if there was a chance for someone from our background to climb that height, it would be. It has to be hers. He had a keen intelligence, energy, and ability to bring people together.
Recalling the moment a few weeks ago when Biden named Jackson in the High Court, Fairfax happily asked to “cry historically” when corporate attorney and college friend Nina Simmons recalled: “We just screamed, jumped.”
The only moment in the whole founding segment when Cordes even accepted the criticism, he sympathetically asked Fairfax: “Some moments are harder than others. How did you feel and how did he feel when you heard some people say, ‘Well, President Biden has set a quota and he’s going to meet the quota there’? Fairfax lamented: “I feel like they don’t understand. They don’t understand that if there’s an obstacle in place, you can’t ignore it.”
Fairfax then concludes: “What does that mean, his nomination, and hopefully confirmation? What does it mean? It means America, come on, yes. This is who we want to be. That’s what we said we want to be.”
Praising Jackson’s career, Cordes wrapped up the report: “If confirmed, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will be the first former public defender to sit on the high court, meaning he has represented defendants for years who would otherwise not have been able to provide an attorney, a right enshrined in the constitution.”
King praised the puff piece: “You can always rely on your girlfriend to get you and support you and lift you up. Thank you, Nancy, it was really nice. “
Completely absent from Sycophantic coverage was any critical examination of Judge Jackson’s actual record. There is no mention of the controversy surrounding him showing humility towards sex offenders, defending a Guantanamo Bay terrorist suspect in court, or supporting extremist ideas such as critical race theory.
Instead, CBS reflects the ridiculous softball cheerleading for Jackson that ABC’s Good morning America Appointed just a week ago, when reporter Deborah Roberts spoke with the same group of “lifelong friends” to encourage the Supreme Court nominee.
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Here is a complete transcript of the March 18 segment:
7:02 AM ET TEASE
Gayle King: Also, the confirmation hearing for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will begin on Monday. She could be the first black woman in the Supreme Court. Nancy Cordes talks to some of her old friends – the oldest friends always tell the truth – who are not surprised at her success.
Tony Dokupil: I’m looking forward to it.
8:13 AM and segment
Vladimir Duthiers: Confirmation hearing for President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson begins on Capitol Hill on Monday. If approved, she would be the first African-American woman to serve on the country’s highest court. It’s a difference, believe it or not, that one of his friends first made the prediction when they met in college. Nancy Cordes was caught with three of Judge Jackson’s oldest friends.
[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Who Is Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson?; Longtime Friends Describe Relationship With Biden’s SCOTUS Nominee]
Lisa Fairfax [UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA CAREY LAW SCHOOL PRESIDENTIAL PROFESSOR]: I always know he can be one.
Nancy Cordes: Lisa Fairfax has known Ketanji Brown Jackson for more than half of her life, cheering her on when she was nominated by the Supreme Court to become a federal judge from a public defender.
Fairfax: I’m still smiling and probably getting ready to tear up because of the incessant joy of seeing someone I like being nominated.
Cords: Fairfax is one-fourth of an extraordinary quarter. The four women I met were freshman at Harvard University and all went to Harvard Law School together.
Antoinette Cockley [NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW PROFESSOR]: I think it was divine intervention.
Cordes: Like Fairfax, Antoinette Cockley is now a law professor. Nina Simmons is a corporate attorney.
Nina Simmons [CORPORATE ATTORNEY]: We met, we bonded, we became roommates and then we became lifelong friends.
Cordes: Fairfax says it’s a young Ketanji Brown, the son of two teachers, who pushed his friends to the brink of excellence.
Fairfax: I remember him – he would tell me, “You know, a lot can be done very early in the morning.” Really like? [Laughter]
Cordes: You’re like, “We’re in college, I think I’ll sleep.”
Fairfax: Yes, “I’m trying to sleep now.” But you know, that was hers. Always focused and dedicated.
Cordes: By the second year, Kokley was publicly predicting that her roommate would one day be the first black woman to be nominated to the Supreme Court.
Ketanji Brown Jackson: Thank you very much, Mr. President. I’m really polite.
Kokley: That’s really true. That’s really true. I thought if there was a chance for someone from our background to climb that height, it would be. It has to be hers. He had a keen intelligence, energy, and ability to bring people together.
Cordes: But believing it and seeing it happen are two different things.
Tony Dokupil: President Biden has narrowed down his list of potential Supreme Court nominees.
Fairfax: I just pulled. I just sat in the car. I’m crying frantically, my hands are shaking. Immediately I call Nina, and Nina picks up and I just scream. We shout – “Oh, my God!”
Simmons: We just screamed, jumped up. My kids were like, “What’s wrong ?! Any problem ?!” I said “Ahh!” Like this then I guess someone texted my daughter and she said, “Okay, I know why you’re yelling.”
Cordes: Now they call themselves his hype team, as he meets with dozens of senators.
Kokley: I’m sending him scriptures and prayers and, you know, I know the songs will inspire and motivate him because it’s a lot.
Chords: Some moments are harder than others. How did you feel and how did you feel when you heard some people say, “Well, President Biden has set a quota and he will be there to fill a quota”?
Fairfax: How I felt they didn’t understand. They don’t realize that if there’s an obstacle in place, you can’t ignore it.
What does this mean, his nomination, and hopefully confirmation? What does this mean? That means America, come on, yes. This is who we want to be. This is what we want to say we want to be.
Cordes: And here’s another one to think about first. If confirmed, Judge Ketanzi Brown Jackson will be the first former public defender to sit on the high court, meaning he has represented defendants for years who could not otherwise provide an attorney, a right enshrined in the constitution. Gayle?
King: You can always rely on your girlfriend to get you and support you and lift you up. Thank you, Nancy, that was really nice.
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