[Ed. – Facts first]
Political activism in journalism is nothing new. But it is rarely so evident.
“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dominates in abortion case,” reads the headline to a news report this week by CNN Supreme Court reporter Ariane de Vogue.
If it were just the headline, the unusually excited tone could be forgiven. But there is so, so much more.
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“If there is any question whether 86-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has spent her life steeped in issues concerning women’s rights, is slowing down after four bouts of cancer, it was not evident Wednesday morning in Washington,” reads the report’s opening sentence.
The article goes on, claiming excitedly that Ginsburg “calmly, persistently, and systematically” “dismantle[d]” and “dissected” “one-by-one” the arguments put forward by lawyers tasked with making the case for the pro-life Louisiana law, which CNN characterizes as “restrictive.”
Is this a news report, or is it fan mail?