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NBC Accuses Federal Judge of Bringing Politics Into Courtroom By Questioning Obama
NewsBusters ^ | April 5, 2012 | Kyle Drennen

Posted on 04/05/2012 5:11:27 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

On Wednesday's NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams accused a federal judge of bringing politics into the judicial process simply by ordering the Justice Department to explain controversial comments President Obama made against the Supreme Court: "Politics are ideally supposed to stay out of the nation's courtrooms, but that's not what happened this week in a federal courtroom in Texas."

In report that followed, correspondent Pete Williams proclaimed: "The political controversy spilled into a Texas federal court, where the rules are designed to filter out politics, interrupting arguments about a challenge to part of the Obama health care law." Williams noted how Judge Jerry Smith "put a Justice Department lawyer on the spot" to explain the President's attack on the court system and made sure to point out that Smith was "a Reagan appointee."

Williams explained: "On Monday, asked about predictions that the Supreme Court might strike down the health care law, the President used terms normally invoked by conservatives to attack decisions they don't like." After playing a clip of the comments in question, Williams did mention: "The President did dial back his remarks yesterday, saying simply the courts have shown restraint in overruling acts of Congress..."

With the President's comments stirring controversy, Williams tried to bring the story to an end: "...some say everyone should now cool it." A sound bite followed of American University Washington Law School professor Stephen Wermiel, who concluded: "President Obama really stepped into a controversy by criticizing the judicial activism of the court, but I can't imagine the circumstances under which a federal judge would then order the Justice Department to explain the President's views."

Professor Wermiel is also the author of "Justice Brennan, Liberal Champion."

NBC largely ignored the fact that President Obama injected politics into the Supreme Court proceedings with his Monday comments. The only coverage of the misstep on the network prior to Wednesday night was a single news brief by Savannah Guthrie on Tuesday's Today: "President Obama predicted Monday that the Supreme Court will uphold his health care reform law when that ruling is announced in June. The President seemed to challenge the justices directly when he warned that overturning the law would hurt millions of Americans and amount to an overreach by the court."

Here is a full transcript of the April 4 Nightly News report:

7:09AM ET

BRIAN WILLIAMS: Politics are ideally supposed to stay out of the nation's courtrooms, but that's not what happened this week in a federal courtroom in Texas. One of the judges took issue with some of what President Obama said this week at the White House about the big health care case that's now in the hands of the Supreme Court. Our justice correspondent Pete Williams has more.

PETE WILLIAMS: The political controversy spilled into a Texas federal court, where the rules are designed to filter out politics, interrupting arguments about a challenge to part of the Obama health care law. Jerry smith, an appeals court judge, put a Justice Department lawyer on the spot yesterday about a comment earlier this week from President Obama.

JERRY SMITH: I'm referring to statements by the President in the past few days to the effect, and I'm sure you've heard about them, that it is somehow inappropriate for what he termed unelected judges to strike acts of Congress.

WILLIAMS: On Monday, asked about predictions that the Supreme Court might strike down the health care law, the President used terms normally invoked by conservatives to attack decisions they don't like.

BARACK OBAMA: For years, what we've heard is the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint. That an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law. Well, it's a good example.

WILLIAMS: He said it would be unprecedented to overturn a law passed by a majority in Congress. Judge Smith, a Reagan appointee, demanded a letter from the government by noon tomorrow stating its position on the power of the courts to strike down laws. Republicans in Congress pounced too. The Senate's Minority Leader Mitch McConnell circulated a list of 169 times the Supreme Court has struck down federal laws in part or completely. The President did dial back his remarks yesterday, saying simply the courts have shown restraint in overruling acts of Congress, but some say everyone should now cool it.

STEPHEN WERMIEL [PROFESSOR, AMERICAN UNIVERSITY WASHINGTON COLLEGE OF LAW]: President Obama really stepped into a controversy by criticizing the judicial activism of the court, but I can't imagine the circumstances under which a federal judge would then order the Justice Department to explain the President's views.

WILLIAMS: Unknown in all of this is whether the justices were listening. Most legal experts say even if they were, it won't make a difference in what they do. Pete Williams, NBC News, at the Supreme Court.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; bhodoj; democratmedia; democrats; enemedia; fascistmedia; judge; liberalmedia; lmm; mediabias; mediapropaganda; nbc; nbcfakesnews; nbcnews; obama; obamacare; obamedia; scotus; supremecourt
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Beyond belief!
1 posted on 04/05/2012 5:11:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nothing But Crap is accusing the wrong party!!!!


2 posted on 04/05/2012 5:14:31 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rush is right: Obama and his media minions are going for the stupid vote.


3 posted on 04/05/2012 5:16:21 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is the same Brian Williams who bowed—twice—to obama following an interview.


4 posted on 04/05/2012 5:17:09 PM PDT by matt1234 (Bring back the HUAC.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“BRIAN WILLIAMS: Politics are ideally supposed to stay out of the nation’s courtrooms, but that’s not what happened this week in a federal courtroom in Texas. “

Why was this a discussion in a federal courtroom again?


5 posted on 04/05/2012 5:17:42 PM PDT by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
words fail...
6 posted on 04/05/2012 5:18:12 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

7 posted on 04/05/2012 5:19:35 PM PDT by Troublemaker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Politics are ideally supposed to stay out of the nation's courtrooms, but that's not what happened this week in a federal courtroom in Texas." ...unless it happens to be a RAT agenda item and then it's, well, ok. Oh yeah, and if the three judges had been appointed by a RAT there would have been no mention by Vladimir Fidel Mao Williams.
8 posted on 04/05/2012 5:22:12 PM PDT by immadashell
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

brian williams... what an old relic.


9 posted on 04/05/2012 5:22:12 PM PDT by cubreporter (Happy New Year R ush and we look forward to 2012 with yoatu and the EIB Microphone.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Brian Williams and most of the Marxist Main Stream Media do not have the intellect to tell the difference between questioning a decision and questioning the right of the court to rule in the first place.

As the occupant of the White Hut, Odumbo, has told all of us he is more powerful than the congress and believes the USSC should not be ruling on a law/bill passed by congress how is he not acting like a dictator?

He is a dictator and there is not a single member of the GOP willing to call him on it. I guess Odumbo wants the USA to look like almost every city in the USA ruled by “his people”.

Thomas Jefferson would be so Pi$$ed and disgusted with us for allowing this to continue.


10 posted on 04/05/2012 5:22:32 PM PDT by Wurlitzer (Welcome to the new USSA (United Socialist States of Amerika))
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11 posted on 04/05/2012 5:24:28 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

...ever notice how crooked BRIAN Williams nose is....probably had a run in with a conservative who was tired of all his BS when he was younger.


12 posted on 04/05/2012 5:24:43 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I wonder if NBC considers Justia.com to be bringing politics to the courts when they systematically edited out all references to eligibility cases from their on-line Supreme Court rulings database.

NBC should know something about editing official records for their own benefit.

-PJ

13 posted on 04/05/2012 5:25:38 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: Troublemaker; stephenjohnbanker; Gilbo_3

RE the Pic:

You’ll notice, of course, where Williams is looking...

And he’s REALLY saying “My goodness, Mr. _resident...you have the smallest Weenie I’ve EVER seen...”


14 posted on 04/05/2012 5:25:43 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He was in Obama's pocket from the beginning.


15 posted on 04/05/2012 5:26:53 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Brian needs to move UP to one of those huge 60Watt broadcasters like OWN or Current.


16 posted on 04/05/2012 5:27:03 PM PDT by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire..)
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To: dalereed

NBC received their marching orders again


17 posted on 04/05/2012 5:27:52 PM PDT by molson209
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Zero steps all over his foreskin, and the media continues to blow smoke up our collective asses by spinning it their way.


18 posted on 04/05/2012 5:27:52 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walked into a bar; barkeep said "Hi Mitt")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

But it’s okay for Obama to bring politics into the courtroom.

To put it simply, NBC is a stinking appendage of the Democratic Party.


19 posted on 04/05/2012 5:28:28 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Socialism isn't going to work this time, either.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

NBC fabricates the news with such frequcny I don’t see how they can ace an FCC License.


20 posted on 04/05/2012 5:29:12 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Anybody but Obama, because it's not always about me. Thank God McCain/Palin lost! - Right?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The MSN rump swabs aren’t even bothering to cover up their bias.


21 posted on 04/05/2012 5:29:19 PM PDT by AU72
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama lies and the media swear to it

I wonder if the soviet-era propagandists were as gleefully willing as our media

(at least until they were told what to write and when to write it)


22 posted on 04/05/2012 5:31:06 PM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Brian, wipe your chin.


23 posted on 04/05/2012 5:32:49 PM PDT by JPG (Hold on tight; rough road ahead.)
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To: APatientMan

Because the head of the executive branch (Mr. Obama) questioned the role of the Judiciary in reviewing the constitutionality of laws.


24 posted on 04/05/2012 5:34:09 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: AU72

NBC will now have subtitles when Obama speaks


25 posted on 04/05/2012 5:34:34 PM PDT by molson209
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

NONAMERICAN BULLSHIT COMMUNISTS turning news into communistic politics!


26 posted on 04/05/2012 5:35:33 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The judge did not bring politics into the courtroom. The government counsel has a boss who continues to live up to Mark Halperin’s characterization and uses intimidation as his primary tool.

The judge will not be intimidated and slapped down the prick who pretends to govern.


27 posted on 04/05/2012 5:37:44 PM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 11 y/o granddaughter will have more relevant executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is what sharing the news departments across MSNBC to NBC has brought. NBC likes to imagine there is a wall between the two but in reality, they are the same.

I certainly don’t watch MSNBC, and now I won’t be watching NBC. Both have the same agenda.


28 posted on 04/05/2012 5:39:20 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

lol.

As if courts have never gotten involved in government before. heh.


29 posted on 04/05/2012 5:39:29 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Wurlitzer

“Brian Williams and most of the Marxist Main Stream Media do not have the intellect to tell the difference between questioning a decision and questioning the right of the court to rule in the first place.

As the occupant of the White Hut, Odumbo, has told all of us he is more powerful than the congress and believes the USSC should not be ruling on a law/bill passed by congress how is he not acting like a dictator?

He is a dictator and there is not a single member of the GOP willing to call him on it. I guess Odumbo wants the USA to look like almost every city in the USA ruled by “his people”.

Thomas Jefferson would be so Pi$$ed and disgusted with us for allowing this to continue.”

“DING” And we have a winner, How true!


30 posted on 04/05/2012 5:40:27 PM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Politics are ideally supposed to stay out of the nation's courtrooms

Cocky threats and deprecatory comments directed at the Supreme Court are ideally supposed to stay out of the nation's Rose Garden.

31 posted on 04/05/2012 5:41:07 PM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: APatientMan

This is an Appeals Court hearing a case on ObamaCare where Physician-Owned hospitals are BANNED under ObamaCare. So yes, it is on topic.


32 posted on 04/05/2012 5:43:05 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They got the memo.


33 posted on 04/05/2012 5:43:18 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Leftist liar scum like Williams and Obama always accuse the good guys of doing precisely what their very own misdeeds.

It is all pure projective identification from a psychological perspective.

It is pure malignant dishonesty from a moral perspective.


34 posted on 04/05/2012 5:43:31 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Leftist liar scum like Williams and Obama always accuse the good guys of doing precisely their very own misdeeds.

It is all pure projective identification from a psychological perspective.

It is pure malignant dishonesty from a moral perspective.


35 posted on 04/05/2012 5:43:41 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: Troublemaker
Maybe he's just trying to
36 posted on 04/05/2012 5:44:21 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Didn’t obama just tell the media how they should present his stance or something like that.


37 posted on 04/05/2012 5:49:06 PM PDT by just me (Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom. (John Adams)
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To: NFHale

Obama to Williams “ that’s not a weenie”


38 posted on 04/05/2012 5:49:38 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: COBOL2Java

Agreed. It took me a few mins. to get where he was going, but once he got me there the light bulb went on! Obama is pandering to the “stupid people”. Geeez we are so screwed! Dope and Change for sure!


39 posted on 04/05/2012 5:52:14 PM PDT by marygam ((Hurry November 2012, we might not make it))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is there any mention of the case dealing with drilling in the gulf that the court/judge ruled against the Obama Administration and Obama just repeated the exact order weeks after the first one was ruled illegal. BhO has no regard for the rule of law....He RULES.


40 posted on 04/05/2012 5:59:46 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hells bells, if the Zimmerman/Trayvon case lands in court, what has NBC brought to the court?


41 posted on 04/05/2012 6:04:15 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: marygam

nobody watches them any more but parasite trash on welfare , food stamps and free stuff. . 48% of our population!! romney will lose so bad. These republicrats just wont learn. Did you hear pretty boy Rubio (who has no substance and stands in front of a mirror all day) wants AMNESTY!!~!!????You can’t make that up. Get these illegals OUT OF HERE!! IM sick of paying!!! Put the employers in prison and watch those rats abandon ship carrying those babies on their backs!!!across the mud hole Rio Grande . Get the hell out of MY country!!


42 posted on 04/05/2012 6:04:15 PM PDT by tpuskett
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Somebody tell Brain Wiliams that this is the United States. In what sense is it “politics” , as Brian Williams contends, for somebody to contest the constitutionality of a law establishing a cabinet position having life or death power over a subject class of people ?

Obama’s contention that it would be “unprecedented” for the Supreme Court to declare such a law unconstitutional was so stupid that a federal judge just couldn’t believe that the Bamster meant what he said. It was with the utmost restraint that he asked Obama’s Justice Department to explain their boss’s ridiculous comments.


43 posted on 04/05/2012 6:10:01 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How often do you have to replace those kneepads, Brian?


44 posted on 04/05/2012 6:13:35 PM PDT by prairiebreeze
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To: Troublemaker
o·bei·sance (-bsns, -b-)
n.
1. A gesture or movement of the body, such as a curtsy, that expresses deference or homage.
2. An attitude of deference or homage.

[Middle English obeisaunce, from Old French obeissance, from obeissant, present participle of obeir, to obey; see obey.]

45 posted on 04/05/2012 6:17:22 PM PDT by P-Marlowe
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Because the head of the executive branch (Mr. Obama) questioned the role of the Judiciary in reviewing the constitutionality of laws.

So now we can add lack of evidence that Ozero ever learned anything at that law school we have no evidence he ever attended.

46 posted on 04/05/2012 6:26:08 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: matt1234
It's the same Brian Williams who was a coffee gofer for Jimmah Cahtah.
47 posted on 04/05/2012 6:27:00 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Beware the Sweater Vest)
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To: tpuskett
nobody watches them any more but parasite trash on welfare , food stamps and free stuff. . 48% of our population!! romney will lose so bad. These republicrats just wont learn. Did you hear pretty boy Rubio (who has no substance and stands in front of a mirror all day) wants AMNESTY!!~!!????You can’t make that up. Get these illegals OUT OF HERE!! IM sick of paying!!! Put the employers in prison and watch those rats abandon ship carrying those babies on their backs!!!across the mud hole Rio Grande . Get allthe hell out of MY country!!

If there were a thumbs up button I would give you 10. The GOP is gonna die after 2012 - take it to the bank. Running two RINO losers in a row - I left the GOP in 2006 and I did vote for the Palin/McLame ticket but not this time. I will write-in or leave Pres blank. Zero has this one in the bag what with 50% not paying any Fed income tax and all the ballot cheating the RATS are planning, there is no way a RAT-Lite can win against the SOLID RED COMMIE in the RAT corner. All Zero has done for the past 3-1/2 years is to buy votes with your and my tax money, that is the only record he has to run on = how many votes he has bought. The Zero run state media will demolish mittens no matter how calm and polished he portrays himself.
48 posted on 04/05/2012 6:34:32 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Really!? What about politicking staying out of the “news” reporting?


49 posted on 04/05/2012 6:34:56 PM PDT by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe if NBC did some investigation they would discover that the rulings of this particular court, the 5th Circuit, have been ignored by the Obama Administration in the past. They are the ones that ruled the drilling moratorium to be unconstitutional and the Administration continues the moratorium to this day.


50 posted on 04/05/2012 6:38:30 PM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Jimmy Carter's incompetence + Richard Nixon's paranoia = Barack Obama)
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