The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Friday, July 13, 2018

How Journalists Portray the Court as a Partisan Institution

If the Supreme Court is viewed now as simply a partisan political institution, the journalists who cover it deserve some of the blame. The coverage of the Court is now almost universally refracted through the attitudinal model of political science, which essentially treats judges as politicians in robes who vote their political preferences, which in turn reflect the views of politicians who appoint them.


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It's rather hard to see Wade-Roe as anything else but the product of a partisan political institution. Combined, I suppose, with a comedy club - how the Justices must have laughed in private at the jolly jape justifications they gave for their absurd decision.

Posted by: dearieme | Jul 13, 2018 4:15:02 PM