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Clarence Thomas vs Ketanji Brown Jackson – The Media’s Most Brazen Farce

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Maybe no week in my lifetime has more exposed the gaslighting and bitterly partisan nature of the legacy media more than this week. Two of the weeks biggest stories revolved around the Supreme Court – the first is the confirmation hearings for Joe Biden’s pick to the highest court in the land, Ketanji Brown Jackson, and the second is the story relating to Clarence Thomas and his wife’s opinions on the 2020 election.

Usually, the legacy media – willing handmaidens for the progressive left – at least attempt to put some time and space in between their hypocritical treatment of similarly situated individuals. Alas, maybe as a sign of just how comfortable they are with their roles as advocates rather than journalists, this week we were treated to the media’s most brazen farce yet.

Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearings are being savagely criticized by the legacy media for – gasp! – involving questions about the nominee’s record and judicial philosophy. While Brett Kavanaugh could be smeared with baseless allegations of gang rape and Amy Coney Barrett could have her religious beliefs criticized and even her decision to adopt criticized, the media wants Americans to believe that those smear jobs are in bounds and that in bounds questions to Jackson are smears.

Hilariously enough, The Washington Post actually published an oped from its Editorial Board making the case that Republicans treatment of KBJ was WORSE than the Democrats treatment of Kavanaugh:

During the hearings, Republicans such as Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.) have congratulated themselves for declining to treat Judge Jackson the way Democrats handled the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh. In fact, by the most relevant measures, Mr. Graham and a handful of other Judiciary Committee Republicans have handled themselves worse.

A woman credibly accused Mr. Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Democrats rightly asked the committee to investigate. After a superficial FBI review, Republicans pressed forward his nomination. In the end, it was Mr. Kavanaugh who behaved intemperately, personally attacking Democratic senators and revealing partisan instincts that raised questions about his commitment to impartiality.

Not to be outdone, MSNBC’s most unhinged race-baiting harpy Joy Ann Reid – who as far as I know is still looking for the “hackers” who put all the anti-gay stuff on her now deleted blog – launched into one of the most bizarre defenses of Jackson’s unwillingness or inability to defend her record,

After returning from a commercial break, she personally attacked Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) who she called “fist in the air Josh, and slaveholder descendent Tom Cotton.” She accused both Senators of using “QAnon baiting smears against Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.” 

Reid said that the GOP Senators were “constantly saying child pornography because they know that triggers QAnon and they want them to vote Republican.” Which of course is false. 

The unhinged host then ludicrously claimed that Judge Jackson “was treated essentially like Anita Hill. She was treated like Christine Blasey Ford. Because she’s a woman, she could not act like Kavanaugh.” Proving once again that everything is about race for Joy Reid, she argued that black women “have to always behave as an adult” while white men can “behave as a child and still get as far as or further than we can.” 

While any question about Jackson’s record or judicial philosophy is considered a smear, apparently the First amendment protected opinions of a Supreme Court Justice’s WIFE are completely and totally in bounds.

Last night and this morning, the legacy media has been drooling over text messages between Clarence Thomas’ wife, Virginia Thomas, and former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

The messages – in which Virginia Thomas encouraged the President and his legal team to fight what she believed, and rightfully so, had been an election rife with fraud – have been cast as a nefarious effort to “overturn” the election,

Virginia Thomas, a conservative activist married to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, repeatedly pressed White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to pursue unrelenting efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election in a series of urgent text exchanges in the critical weeks after the vote, according to copies of the messages obtained by The Washington Post and CBS News.

None of the text messages urge the President to “overturn” the election, indeed all of the text messages make it clear that she believes evidence of fraud in the election would be exposed. It’s perfectly fine to believe that the 2020 election was free and fair, that’s your right (though you would be wrong), just as it Virginia Thomas’ right to believe that 2020 wasn’t free or fair.

Virginia Thomas didn’t participate in the riot at the Capitol, Virginia Thomas broke no laws and committed no crimes – beyond the crime of having an opinion that the legacy media doesn’t like.

The First Amendment protected opinions of Clarence Thomas’ wife are fair game according to the legacy media, indeed, lunatics on the left, like Keith Olbermann took to Twitter to urge police action against Thomas and his wife, tweeting:

Arrest Gianni Thomas. Go to the hospital and arrest Clarence Thomas.

The goal of the media harassment of Virginia Thomas is clear, she isn’t the target, Supreme Court Clarence Thomas is the target. The effort here is to seek to drive Thomas from the Court or, at the very least, to pressure Thomas into recusing himself from any case before the Court dealing with Trump or election integrity efforts.

Every week I think to myself, the legacy media has hit rock bottom, and yet every week they prove me wrong. Turn them off, tune them out, they are the enemy.

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