August 11, 2005

Anti-Roberts ad is False...

Carroll Andrew Morse

...but don't take my word for it., run by the Anneberg School at the University of Pennsylvania, says the anti-Roberts ad being run on Rhode Island TV is false. Here is their exact wording...

An abortion-rights group is running an attack ad accusing Supreme Court nominee John Roberts of filing legal papers “supporting . . . a convicted clinic bomber” and of having an ideology that “leads him to excuse violence against other Americans” It shows images of a bombed clinic in Birmingham , Alabama .

The ad is false.

Here is one other little gem from their analysis.
The images used in the ad are especially misleading. The pictures are of a clinic bombing that happened nearly seven years after Roberts signed the legal brief in question.
The fact that Roberts' opponents are already resorting to making stuff up means they don't actually have anything to hold against him.

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Unfortunately, the only issue being raised in the Roberts confirmation process is his stance on abortion. I'm more interested in knowing his views on how the constitution should be interpreted and comparing those views to the briefs he's filed. That discussion is being lost in the noise.

NOW has apparently withdrawn the ad you reference, claiming that it was hurting the message they were trying to promote. In reality, I believe they withdrew it because CNN exposed the falsehoods in the ad and they feared a support backlash.

Perhaps now we can actually get to the issue of Roberts' views on the Constitution.

Posted by: Ron at August 13, 2005 6:44 PM