- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Is she or isn’t she? The networks are circling the wagons around Elena Kagan, presenting President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee in nice, neutral tones, says Tim Graham of the Media Research Center. The networks’ “intentional confusion” of Miss Kagan’s political ideology stands in stark contrast to coverage of former President George W. Bush’s nominations of John G. RobertsJr. and Samuel A. AlitoJr. to the court, when networks raced to label them “conservative” and even “ultraconservative.”

Of 14 stories that appeared on NBC, CBS and ABC immediately following Mr. Obama’s announcement, only one — on CBS — deemed the judicial nominee “liberal,” Mr. Graham says. But Miss Kagan’s ideology is not the only topic that will be bandied about, some predict.

“Elena Kagan’s sexuality may actually become the central focus of her nomination fight. I have joked about this before, as I joked about Sonia Sotomayor’s status, assuming this would be an issue happily tittered about by the sexual cognoscenti as well as by the virulent right,” says Newser.com founder Michael Wolff. “But it seems about to go wide. You can feel it. We are just on the verge of articulating our right to know somebody’s sexual point of view.”


.”Much will be said of Ms. Kagan — praise and criticism of all sorts. But little will be in a form of lament, and that’s what I’d like to offer. A lament for the passing of American Protestantism,” says Beliefnet columnist Diana Butler Bass, in reaction tothe nomination.

“Ms. Kagan is Jewish. That means there will be six Roman Catholics and three Jews on the Supreme Court in a country that was once the largest Protestant nation in the world. … I’m not lamenting the numerical absence of Protestants. Instead, I will miss the fact that there will be no one with Protestant sensibilities on the court, no one who understands the nuances of one of America’s oldest and most traditional religions — and the religion that deeply shaped American culture and law,” Mrs. Bass says.


“Protecting their Fannies: Senate Dems vote down GOP plan to reform Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac as their sacred cows ask for $19 billion more in taxpayer funds.”

(The Republican National Committee’s summary of Senate finance hearings on Tuesday)


“America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag”

(Sarah Palin’s new book title, to be released Nov. 23 by publisher HarperCollins.)


Gen. Wesley Clark is among luminaries who will attend an atypical movie premiere Wednesday at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, with 300 wounded Marines as guests of honor. The film is “The Unbeatables,” a documentary that tracks the courageous spirit of paraplegic athletes, produced by Los Angeles filmmaker Steven Barber and financed by Dan Aykroyd, Clint Black, Steve Forbes and T. Boone Pickens, among others. The film has qualified for Academy Award consideration in 2011.

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