Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
I was gobsmacked yesterday by how much of the corporate media got the decision in Arizona v. United States completely WRONG in their reporting. The initial reporting all tracked along the GOPropaganda talking point, led by our delusional Governor Jan Brewer, that this was a "victory" for SB 1070, and the "heart" of SB 1070 had been "upheld."
(As David Safier pointed out in the previous post, the Arizona Daily Star continues this inaccurate GOPropaganda talking point reporting on its front page today. Ironically, the editorial opinion in the Star today gets it right. High court ruling no clear victory for SB 1070.)
All day long when I saw this crappy reporting I had to ask out loud in disbelief, "Did you people even read the opinion? Because what you are reporting in not what the opinion actually says!" (That's why I posted the syllabus from the opinion).
This just demonstrates the extent to which the GOPropaganda machine directs the corporate media news coverage in this country.
It also demonstrates why we should not have reporters who are not trained in the law and do not understand the substantive and procedural posture of a case reporting on Supreme Court decisions. (At one time the networks actually had Supreme Court reporters).
If all we are going to get from our media villagers is parroting of GOPropaganda talking points, then the public is lost in a propaganda campaign of disinformation.
The first accurate reporting I saw all day was from Judge Napolitano on FAUX News Fraudcasting, the Rachel Maddow Show and Lawrence O'Donnell's Last Word. It took until late in the day before the Court's opinion was reported accurately. That is a sad commentary on the sorry state of our media in this country.
I dread the mass confusion from crappy reporting about to be unleashed on the public when SCOTUS announces its decision on the Affordable Care Act.
Lawrence O'Donnell gives a good summary of how the Court's ruling on SB 1070 was a smack-down to the state of Arizona and nothing remains of SB 1070. The remaining provision is certain to be held unconstitutional when it reaches the Court in the future, as the Court intimated in its opinion. (Video below the fold).