That's not enough. Pelley lofted another softball: "And it was Justice Stevens who stood up and said, 'Wait a minute, this has gone too far.' ... He rendered a service to the country in those opinions?" Souter replied: "That made him one of the great judges." Gotcha.
The tiny detail left out of this narrative is that the Stevens dissent didn't really change history. In 2007, after being sent to civilian courts, Padilla was convicted of conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim people and sentenced to 17 years in prison. Pelley acknowledged to Stevens that most Americans wouldn't agree that granting the broadest menu of civil liberties (and rights to lawsuits) for terrorist suspects like Padilla is desirable, let alone a hallowed moment in American history.
But Pelley also painted Stevens as a hero in trying to remake election returns, dissenting from the Supreme Court decision that allowed Evil Bush to win in 2000. Stevens explained he saw the case as open-and-shut for more Gore recounts. Pelley insisted, "There were many people in this country who felt that the Supreme Court stole that election for President Bush. That was the accusation that was made ... Was the decision of the court a partisan decision?" Stevens would not question the motives of his colleagues, but called them "profoundly wrong."
Why can't Pelley freely admit there isn't a soul at CBS who doesn't believe Bush stole the election?
CBS was not alone in touting wonderful liberal Supreme Court heroes on the long Thanksgiving weekend. On Black Friday, NPR legal correspondent Nina Totenberg offered her tribute to the ultraliberal William Brennan, insisting, "For those not familiar with Brennan's incredible record, let us recapitulate." She quoted National Review as saying no individual "on or off the court" had a more profound impact on America than Brennan -- utterly excluding from her report the itty-bitty point that NR found it revolting that a judge would reign supreme over our public policy.
The Totenbergs and Pelleys of journalism really ought to recuse themselves from covering the high court. They are so biased they'd get kicked out of anyone's jury pool.