Thursday, May 19, 2005
They all look alike, right?
AP News can't tell a white Texan supreme court justice from a black Californian supreme court justice.
The thrust of the story involves the debate over eliminating the filibuster for Bush's judicial nominees. The impetus for this debate is, of course, the nomination of Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owens to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The AP story contains this photo:
Umm, that's NOT Priscilla Owens. Priscilla Owens is white, not black. That is a picture of Janice Rogers Brown, a black California Supreme Court Justice Bush has nominated to the federal bench (and whom I strongly support for such an office). While race doesn't impact one's ability to serve as a judge, it certainly says volumes about the trustworthiness of the AP's 'news' reporting. Sure, it could be a simple error, but don't we rely upon the media to get such simple facts correct? I mean, as we saw with the Newsweek debacle, sometimes poor reporting can have a profound impact on the real world.
The AP's caption describes Owens, Rogers and the other Bush nominees as "like-minded judges". One wonders whether the AP thinks all those conservative judges look alike, too.