ABC, CBS Ignore Ethical Concerns with Ginsberg’s Trump Comments

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<p>It came to light Tuesday that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg had been talking to the media about what she thinks of Donald Trump. A Justine coming out as opposed to or in favor of a candidate running for elected office has never really been done before, and it&rsquo;s drawing ethical concerns from experts. Yet ABC and CBS treated it like just another wacky development in the 2016 presidential election.</p>

<p>&ldquo;<strong>Now, to Donald Trump tonight, demanding an apology this evening from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, after what she said about him,</strong>&rdquo; stated ABC Anchor David Muir on <em>World News Tonight</em>, as if it was just a petty squabble.</p>

<p>&ldquo;<strong>Tonight, Donald Trump in a supreme fight with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,</strong>&rdquo; joked ABC&rsquo;s Tom Llamas during his report. Llamas didn&rsquo;t send much time on Ginsberg&rsquo;s comments. His instead chose to pivot to talking about what Indiana Governor Mike Pence thinks about Trump, and the possible VP pick.</p>

<p>CBS&rsquo;s coverage wasn&rsquo;t much better. &ldquo;<strong>Well, the presumptive Republican nominee has been the target of a highly unusual opinion by a Supreme Court justice,</strong>&rdquo; said CBS Anchor Scott Pelley. The CBS reporter on the story was Major Garrett. The only counter to Ginsberg he reported on was Trump&rsquo;s response and the response of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.</p>

<p>NBC was the only network in the &ldquo;big three&rdquo; to report on the real ethical concerns experts have with Ginsberg&rsquo;s comments. &ldquo;<strong>Supreme Court justices are appointed for life; making them nearly untouchable, but experts on legal ethics say justice Ginsburg is violating a rule that judges should stay out of politics,</strong>&rdquo; reported Justice Correspondent Pete Williams.</p>

<p>&ldquo;<strong>No matter how strongly she feels, part of the job of a judge is to keep her feelings to herself on these public issues and candidates for public office,</strong>&rdquo; explained Law Professor Arthur Hellman, to Williams.&nbsp;</p>

<p>In Addition, the Spanish-language networks, Univision and Telemundo, didn&rsquo;t report on the Ginsberg&rsquo;s comments at all.&nbsp;</p>

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