Tuesday, January 31, 2006

BBC doing its best to prolong Miers' 15 minutes

Does anyone else find it mildly irritating that, nearly 3 months after the fact, virtually every mention of new Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito by the BBC comes with the addendum that “Mr Bush's earlier choice for the post, lawyer Harriet Miers, withdrew when conservatives refused to support her”? See here, here, here, here, and here for the most recent examples. Is that fact really still relevant in any way at all?

Will we, years from now and following a particularly interesting Supreme Court decision, be reminded that the deciding vote was cast by Justice Alito, Harriet Myers having withdrawn herself when conservatives refused to support her nomination?

BTW, note the stellar BBC coverage of the confirmation vote. It doesn't even reveal what the final vote in the Senate was. (For those interested, it was 58-42.)

6 Comments:

Blogger Simon Lazarus said...

Of course the BBC is annoying in its biased coverage.

Then again, they lied about the case of Roger Keith Coleman, the man put to death in Virginia in 1992 whose DNA was found to implicate him in the rape and murder of his sister-in-law.

The BBC left out most of the info on the case, and I sent them a detailed complaint asking for a response. To this day, weeks later, nothing has been received from them.

How apropos.

Simon Lazarus
"Joobo"

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well how often does ANY US news service report votes in European parliaments ?
It's not the USBC remember. Stop quibbling, you make yourself look stupid.

4:07 PM  
Blogger Scott Callahan said...

Anon,

If the BBC had shown little interest in covering the Alito nomination and confirmation process, you might have a point. Given, however, that it showed tremendous interest in it, and a depth of interest to the point of repeatedly mentioning not just Alito but even the person who was no longer even a candidate, I have to conclude that you don't.

SC

4:45 PM  
Anonymous Julian Doncaster said...

Minor point.

Why does "Here, here, here, here and here" provide 5 links to three articles. 2/3 and 4/5 are pairs duplicates.

Drop the Hs and you sound like Dixon of Doc Green.

6:09 PM  
Blogger Scott Callahan said...

Julian,

Must have been a posting error. Sorry about that.

The two additional links are here and here.

Thanks for noting it.

SC

ps - Am I being particularly ignorant if I ask who's Dixon of Doc Green?

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"who's Dixon of Doc Green? "

well, since your TV set seems to be stuck on the BBC...

9:50 PM  

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