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The New York Times Swings and Misses on Judge Alito

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The Times tries to work the Senate:

There is every reason to believe, based on his long paper trail and the evasive answers he gave at his hearings, that Judge Alito would quickly vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. So it is hard to see how Senators Lincoln Chaffee, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, all Republicans, could square support for Judge Alito with their commitment to abortion rights.

Judge Alito has consistently shown a bias in favor of those in power over those who need the law to protect them. Women, racial minorities, the elderly and workers who come to court seeking justice should expect little sympathy. In the same flat bureaucratic tones he used at the hearings, he is likely to insist that the law can do nothing for them.

The trouble is that the paper’s certainty about Alito’s vote on abortion rights and its characterization of the judge’s alleged consistent bias are both howlers and easily recognized as such.

Hysterical claims of certainty and assertions of absurd lies don’t persuade. They repel.

Does the editorial board ever wonder why it has no influence? Zero?

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