CNN’s Jarrett: Protests Outside Justices’ Homes Are Fine

By Mark Finkelstein

On this morning’s New Day, CNN reporter Laura Jarrett, daughter of former top Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, supported pro-abortion protests outside the homes of conservative Supreme Court Justices. She claimed that a conversation about civility “misses the mark.”

Substitute host John Avlon actually tried to frame the conversation around where the line should be drawn when it comes to protests, but Jarrett would have none of it.

“I think for a lot of people, a conversation about civility feels like it misses the mark when constitutional rights that you believe that you had for over 50 years are about to be overturned.”

“The Justices have security,” she sniffed. …

Again sounding an objective note, Avlon asked if people’s opinions would be different if Republicans were staging protests outside the homes of liberal Justices. CNN’s Errol Louis said the principle would be the same, “although people would react differently.” People like Laura Jarrett, presumably! And Louis himself said the protests were “a good idea.”

Avlon closed the conversation by suggesting that protests cross the line when they involve families — as protests outside the homes of Justices do.

Note the contrast in coverage between CNN and MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Before Avlon’s segment, co-host Brianna Keilar gave a short but straight-up report on the firebombing of the pro-life center in Madison, Wisconsin. She included a mention of the threat spray-painted on the center: “If abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either.”

But at least in its first hour, Morning Joe completely suppressed the story of the attack on the Madison pro-life center.  If over the weekend, an abortion clinic had been similarly attacked, and a slogan spraypainted reading, “if babies aren’t safe, then neither are you,” do you think Morning Joe might have found time in its first 60 minutes to report it? 

Yeah.

Editor’s note. This is excerpted from Newsbusters.