The New York Times, a leftist news outlet known for its promulgation of fake news, has this Christmas taken yet another bold leap toward permanently tarnishing its once-reputable image.
How so? By shamelessly smearing the Republican-led Senate for not confirming President Barack Obama’s nomination of federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland to the seat of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Despite the GOP having cited legitimate reasons for not moving forward with confirmation hearings, the Times perceived this rebuff as meaning only one thing: Republicans had stolen the Supreme Court seat from Obama.
“It was stolen by top Senate Republicans, who broke with longstanding tradition and refused to consider any nominee Mr. Obama might send them, because they wanted to preserve the court’s conservative majority,” the Times’ editorial board wrote.
“The main perpetrators of the theft were Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, and Charles Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee. But virtually all Republican senators were accomplices; only two supported holding hearings.”
Writing for his blog last March, award-winning political pundit Bernard Goldberg noted at the time the rank hypocrisy of this sort of rhetoric being peddled by both Democrats and their liberal-media cohorts:
So let’s not be naïve. If the tables were turned Democrats would do precisely what Republicans are doing. In fact, they already have done precisely what the Republicans are doing.
As a senator more than two decades ago, Vice President Biden argued that President George Bush should delay filling a Supreme Court vacancy, should one arise, until the presidential election was over. Biden said at the time that it was “essential” that the Senate refuse to confirm any GOP nominee to the court until then.
Even President Obama himself has engaged in these sorts of antics. In 2006, then-Sen. Obama “joined in a filibuster to block the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, telling ABC News that he supported the filibuster ‘because I think Judge Alito, in fact, is somebody who is contrary to core American values, not just liberal values.'”
Granted, Alito was eventually confirmed as a Supreme Court justice, though unlike Garland, he was not a hardcore partisan. As was noted by the Judicial Crisis Network , Garland’s confirmation would have been “a reliable fifth vote for a laundry list of extreme liberal priorities.”
The Daily Caller : NYT Says GOP Stole Supreme Court Seat From Obama
The Daily Signal: Conservatives Raise Alarms Over Liberal Record of Obama’s Supreme Court Pick
National Review: Democrats’ Merrick Garland Hypocrisy & Coming Fake News Hysteria
I am not going to sit here and write that the Times is wrong to be combative about the GOP Senate’s refusal to hold hearing for Garland. I will however say that accusing Republicans of “stealing” the Supreme Court seat from Obama is beyond the pale.
It is also rather hypocritical, since clearly, the Democrats have their own long and sordid history of blocking Supreme Court nomination hearings.