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The difference in political takes on Fox News versus MSNBC could not be more apparent when it comes to the confirmation hearings of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, with the conservative network praising Republicans for questioning her while the liberal network mocked and ridiculed them for doing so.
“Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt praised Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for going after the nominee on Tuesday over the light sentencing of pedophiles and Critical Race Theory.
After noting that Cruz laid out succinctly how Brown Jackson was incredibly lenient when it came to sentencing sex offenders, Earhardt lauded Cruz for his presentation on Critical Race Theory during the judge’s hearing. He presented books that are taught to students at Georgetown Country Day school, where Brown Jackson is a board member.
Co-host Brian Kilmeade teed up Earhardt’s comments by pointing out that Brown Jackson mostly gave “non-answers” at the hearing “and then when she comes to CRT… she is sitting on a board of a school that actually has CRT in the curriculum when she says it’s part of college study.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 23, 2022
“She says the board doesn’t know if she is teaching CRT in the classrooms,” Earhardt noted. “I have so many friends on school boards in school districts and they know what’s taught.”
“Ted Cruz brought out books,” she added. “This is what they are teaching in second grade or third or fifth grade. It’s information I don’t want my daughter to learn.”
Not “in the library.” ASSIGNED to kids aged 4-7. https://t.co/Qt5SgeOpHz
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 22, 2022
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson did not provide a good explanation about why she repeatedly gave light sentences to sex offenders.
It really is a disturbing pattern. pic.twitter.com/7Kw1tfTNFp
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 23, 2022
On the other side of the political spectrum, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and his entire panel on Wednesday attempted to use mockery to discredit Cruz’s damning presentation and to make fun of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) concerning questions on religion and other topics.
Scarborough yucked it up with the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, Financial Times pundit Ed Luce, and co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist starting off with a clip of Graham asking Brown Jackson to grade her Christianity on a scale of one to ten.
“Gene, you’re a southern guy like me. You grew up in the church in the South like me. Asking somebody to grade their Christianity on a scale of one to 10…” Scarborough began.
“There’s so many things wrong with that…” Brzezinski chimed in on cue.
“That’s somewhere in Deuteronomy or something like that, you know, the scale,” Robinson snarked.
“Holy cow!” Scarborough exclaimed.
Goldberg quipped, “It’d be great if she had said ‘I go to eleven. My Christianity goes to 11…’”
(Video Credit: MSNBC)
Scarborough, admiring his own perceived cleverness, threw out the term “Republican grievance signaling” in a lame effort to describe questioning from Republicans on Tuesday at the hearing.
“Republican grievance signaling, RGS. And this week it has been on full display. So you had who was it, Feinstein five or six years ago, said ‘the dogma lives within you’ for Amy Coney Barrett, which was just absolutely offensive, of course. But they remember that five or six years later and so on, he’s making the judge, yesterday, ask what kind of Christian she is on a scale of one to 10 because of a terrible question that was asked five or six years ago,” he remarked.
“And it’s just like one grievance after another. And you did this to Robert Bork in 1988, and you did this to Abe Fortas. And why would you do this to Abe Fortas?” Scarborough sniped as his cronies laughed.
“Well, that line of questioning, which was so grotesque from Lindsey Graham, was all about Amy Coney Barrett. That was the point he was trying to make. If you actually hung in there for those, however long, 15 minutes or so was that these were the kind of questions that were being asked of Amy Coney Barrett, now Justice Barrett. And so I thought Judge Jackson handled them well. She took a deep breath from time to time to absorb what she probably wanted to say and coolly say ‘This isn’t about my faith. I don’t apply my faith to these decisions.’ And she even cited Justice Barrett. She said, ‘I agree with Justice Barrett, who said my faith will not impact the decisions that I make, so it’s not appropriate for me to talk about that here,’” Geist defensively posited.
Scarborough continued to mock Graham, comparing him to the late singer James Brown’s exits when he left the stage. Then he tore into Cruz over questioning Brown Jackson on Critical Race Theory and children’s books.
The segment was all about demeaning Republicans with no substantive retortive content. It seemed that mockery was the only way the MSNBC pundits could respond to Republicans asking very valid questions during the nomination hearing.
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