On Monday night the nightly broadcast networks were clearly panicked over the possibility of the Supreme Court striking down the long-standing racist policy of Affirmative Action during their coverage of the high court’s decision to take up the case.
ABC’s World News Tonightanchor David Muir speaking clearly with concern “the court is taking up lawsuits against Harvard and the University of North Carolina that claim they illegally discriminate against Asian American applicants.”
Muir was sure to remind his audience about the court’s makeup in order to make its decision to hear the case seem political by claiming “a decision against those schools by the new conservative majority could potentially end affirmative action in college admissions.”
CBS News – More Evening News, it was much the same thing with Norah O’Donnell in her typical concerned voice wailing that the “conservative majority Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the consideration of race in college admissions” O’Donnell warned that “a decision against those schools by the new conservative majority could potentially end affirmative action in college admissions.”
God forbid we abolish a system that discriminates against Asian Americans. This is just awful!
NBC will continue to broadcast the news. Nightly News anchor Lester Holt claimed the court’s decision to hear the case is “raising alarms.”Holt was replied by Pete Williams, NBC’s justice correspondent. He said it raises alarms. “this is the most serious threat in decades.”
Williams continued his argument that “the court has repeatedly ruled that a student’s race can be considered as a plus factor in helping schools achieve the educational benefits of a more diverse student body” before bemoaning the fact that two of the court’s biggest advocates of affirmative action “Anthony Kennedy and Ruth Bader Ginsberg are gone. They were succeeded by Trump appointees Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.”
This latest example of the evening news broadcast’s panicked coverage when one of their favorite liberal policies is in jeopardy was brought to you by Pacific Life (ABC), TD Ameritrade (CBS), Liberty Mutual (NBC).
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ABC World News Tonight
DAVIDMUIR: The Supreme Court in Washington has accepted to hear an important case about whether college admissions can take into account race. Harvard University, and University of North Carolina will be sued. The courts claim the schools discriminate against Asian American students. The new conservative majority may decide against these schools, which could end affirmative action for college admissions.
CBS Evening News
NORAH O’DONNELL: The conservative majority Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the consideration of race in college admissions. Harvard University and University of North Carolina are accused of discriminating against Asian American applicants to encourage diversity. A decision in favor of the schools may mean that affirmative action will be discontinued in college admissions.
NBC Nightly News
LESTER HOLT – A significant development for affirmative action and college admissions. Opponents of the Supreme Court’s affirmative action will be appealing to it. Pete Williams is there. Pete Williams is here.
PETE WILLIAMS – This is the greatest threat for decades. Lester has asked to consider a student’s race when deciding on admissions. Two cases were brought before the court challenging Harvard’s race-conscious admissions policy. Although the court repeatedly stated that students’ race could be used as an advantage in helping schools attain the educational benefits of more diverse student bodies, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Anthony Kennedy, who were both in favor of affirmative actions in the past have resigned. They were succeeded by Trump appointees Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, they haven’t written much on the subject but it’s likely they’ll be more skeptical. This means that a decision on the matter will be made in at most one year. Lester?
HOLT : Thank you Pete.