Thursday, May 12, 2005

CBS - Slow Learners

Either they learned nothing from Rathergate, or they have abandoned all hope of maintaining their credibility. CBS did a hack job on Kenneth Starr. If you saw him on TV (shame on you for watching TV, first of all) claiming that the Republican threat of using the so-called "nuclear option" was an assault on the independence of the judiciary, then you saw him edited completely out of context. Limbaugh covered this today, and read from an email from Starr which you may read about here.
"In the piece that I have now seen, and which I gather is being lavishly quoted, CBS employed two snippets. The 'radical departure' snippet was specifically addressed — although this is not evidenced whatever from the clip — to the practice of invoking judicial philosopy as a grounds for voting against a qualified nominee of integrity and experience. I said in sharp language that that practice was wrong. I contrasted the current practice . . . with what occurred during Ruth Ginsburg's nomination process, as numerous Republicans voted (rightly) to confirm a former ACLU staff lawyer. They disagreed with her positions as a lawyer, but they voted (again, rightly) to confirm her. Why? Because elections, like ideas, have consequences. . . . In the interview, I did indeed suggest, and have suggested elsewhere, that caution and prudence be exercised (Burkean that I am) in shifting/modifying rules (that's the second snippet), but I likewise made clear that the 'filibuster' represents an entirely new use (and misuse) of a venerable tradition. . . .

"[O]ur friends are way off base in assuming that the CBS snippets, as used, represent (a) my views, or (b) what I in fact said."


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