High Court ends with media crash

By Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights


Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on media coverage of the Supreme Court:

The Supreme Court ends its 2021-2022 term today. It also ends a particularly embarrassing time for the media.

On June 24, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to overturn Roe v. Wade; it also ruled 6-3 to uphold the Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Astonishingly, many media outlets got the story wrong.

The following media outlets incorrectly reported that the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was 6-3:

Washington Post
USA Today
Fox News
New York Post
New York Daily News
Daily Caller
Washington Free Beacon
The Hill
New York Magazine
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Chicago Sun Times
New York Times (headline was wrong but online news story was right)

Seasoned journalists should have known from the leaked draft of the decision that it was going to be a 5-4 decision. They also should have known that Supreme Court Justice John Roberts was likely to uphold the Mississippi law, while siding with the minority in the ruling to overturn Roe.

It is no wonder that a large majority of Americans do not trust the media.

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