Supporters of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination describe him as a “mainstream judge.” Their evidence: He has voted nearly 99 percent with the majority on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and 97 percent of the court’s rulings were unanimous. But what do those statistics tell us? Not much.
It cites a study saying Alito ruled to narrow privacy rights. It didn’t quote the part saying he’s seen as restrained and nonpartisan.
We examine a MoveOn.org ad saying he “plays one on TV,” and implying he gives misleading answers to “problem” questions.
A liberal ad suggests Alito can’t be trusted. A conservative ad says he’s admired. We supply context.
A mostly liberal group’s ad says Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito made a ruling “to make it easier for corporations to discriminate” and also “voted to approve the strip search of a 10-year-old girl.” As is often the case with 30-second ads, there’s more to it than that.