I’ve been watching MSNBC’s coverage of the death of Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist. After about 15 minutes it occurred to me – their reporters were simply interviewing each other on this development. There were no statements from anyone in the government, attorneys, fellow justices. Nada.
They showed the same video clip of Rehnquist in his gown seven or eiight times and every one of the reporters parroted the same line regarding the ability of the president to appoint someone other than one of the existing justices as Chief Justice, or appoint one of the current justices and then replace that person with a new appointee. Sounds like they were really hard up for more information.