Lithwick vs. Scalia
Justice Scalia recently said this about the quality of journalism reporting on judicial decisions:
Scalia said, "The press is never going to report judicial opinions accurately." It seems our reporting is limited to: "Who is the plaintiff? Was that a nice little old lady? And who is the defendant? Was this, you know, some scuzzy guy? And who won? Was it the good guy that won or the bad guy?"Dahlia Lithwick of Slate begged to differ:
If the justices have a beef with the way the media cover the Supreme Court, let them state it publicly and explicitly. But the claim that we are too careless to read opinions and too sloppy to report cases is gratuitous and wrong; it describes neither the reality of legal reporting nor the general legal readership.It's a bit awkward for Lithwick to make such an argument, given that she -- probably more than any other Supreme Court reporter -- tends to assess the Supreme Court's opinions and oral arguments based on whether the good guy won, often relying on hyperbole along the way.