The Associated Press (AP) was bombarded by conservatives and Republicans on Friday for a story (and tweet) by Ketanji Brown Jackson that Democrats claim Democrats only want to see the Supreme Court “more like America,” while Republicans think “Jackson is too tolerant.” Here comes the job. ”
This tweet was:
Democrats have long praised President Joe Biden’s Harvard-educated lawyer and appellate court judge’s choice, and the judiciary has begun to look more like America.
But Republicans argue Jackson brings too much sympathy to the job. https://t.co/392C6FSXK8
– The Associated Press (@ AP) March 25, 2022
Reporter Lisa Mascaro writes a very twisted story titledThe ‘sympathy’ of the Supreme Court nominee is a flashpoint for the Senate“
WASHINGTON (AP) – Compassion is not something that many Republican senators want to see in the next Supreme Court trial.
Traditionally considered an admirable trait, the ability to empathize with the plight of others has become a sensitive issue for Judge Ketanji Brown to oppose Jackson’s GOP.
The first black woman to be nominated to be a judge, Jackson has brought to the High Court an unprecedented experience that has been almost exclusively filled by white men for most of its 233-year history.
Democrats have praised President Joe Biden’s Harvard-educated lawyer and appellate court judge’s choice. For a long time, the judiciary has begun to look more like America ….
But on the other side of the Senate, Republicans lined up to oppose the historic nomination are warning that Jackson carries too much sympathy for the job.
Mascaro also tweeted to liberal AP Spin:
(AP) – Compassion is not a quality that many Republican senators want to see in the next Supreme Court trial.
Traditionally considered an admirable trait, the ability to be sympathetic to the plight of others has become a sensitive issue for GOP opposition https://t.co/3toskFfcJr
– Lisa Mascaro (isaLisaMascaro) March 25, 2022
Mascaro quotes a few Republicans, then doubles:
This is not the first time that the concept of sympathy has been used as an ineligible weapon against a person nominated for a high court. The standard of empathy was applied to women tapped for benches instead of a much longer list of men.
More than a decade ago, Republicans filed a similar argument in the Supreme Court against another Democrat-nominated trawling minority woman – Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latin judge, a Puerto Rican-American who grew up in the Bronx.
He preferred the word “sympathy” to liberal. The L-term was only used as a Republican pound: “The ‘sympathy value’ has quickly become a conservative legal catchphrase for liberal judges.”
Drew Holden tweeted a dramatic contrast to the AP coverage compared to Amy Connie Barrett in 2020:
It’s just biased advocacy. pic.twitter.com/3Xf5S207Rw
– Drew Holden (rew DrewHolden360) March 25, 2022
The AP article on Barrett in this 2020 tweet also carries the byline of Lisa Mascaro (and two others). At the time, the AP was “conservative” and “anti-abortion” with Barrett and his “Catholic faith.”
Our own Curtis Hawk tweeted, “AP thinks having ‘excessive sympathy’ for child hunters is a wonderful thing and not something to be ridiculed.”