Thursday, May 04, 2006

For Shame Liberal Media

There is an editorial in yesterday’s New York Time about the re-nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia – which is often thought of as the most prestigious federal appeals court. I agree with the NY Times editorial staff that the nominee should get another Senate hearing. New information has come out since the original nomination about Kavanaugh’s involvement in controversial Bush administration policies.

What I don’t agree with is the editorial’s claim that Kavanaugh is unqualified for the position. The American Bar Association, the one place that non-legal experts can look to for objective analysis of federal judicial nominees’ qualifications, has rated Kavanaugh as Well Qualified (with a minority on the committee only rating him Qualified). The NY Times staff knows what the word “qualified” implies when it relates to judicial nominees. So when the editorial claims that Kavanaugh is unqualified, they are purposefully misleading their readers. While it is perfectly reasonable to think that the Times staff disagrees with the ABA, they don’t bother to mention that an objective organization gave Kavanaugh their highest rating.

We constantly rail on the Bush administration for only sharing information that supports their argument and thereby misleading the public. I think it is time we hold the media to the same standard.