Alito Coverage

Henry the Intern (over at Wonkette) has been live-blogging the Alito hearings all day and has some choice quotes from the pundits:

  • “2:59: Wolf is talking to Candy Crowley and John King and running canned pieces about Bork. So much for being in The Situation Room, where everything is supposed to be live and ‘happening now.’ Wolf & Company are ‘watching the hearings’ so all we have to do is watch them talk about it?”
  • “1:16: Even Jim Lehrer takes a lunch break. He’s human, so he doesn’t have the endurance of Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, or Chris Matthews.”
  • “12:03: Wolf tosses to the Internet reporter who is reading the live-bloggers. Nothing there, naturally, so back to more commercials.”
  • “12:23: Wolf returns to the hearing when Biden steps up.”
  • “11:06: Morning break is announced. Norah O’Donnell: ‘You can expect fireworks on the other side. . . [Alito] was cool, he was confident.'”
  • “11:13: PBS pundit Jan Crawford Greenburg of the Chicago Tribune says Republicans are front’n: ‘Republicans are front’n the very controversial issues. . . in a way of getting ahead. She uses the word ‘front’n’ at least three times.”
  • “11:19: Mark Shields on PBS: ‘He’s played the class card a little. . . anti-elitest.'”
  • “9:25: Wolf Blitzer explains the secret motive of senators: ‘They really want to hear themselves.'”
  • “9:28: Wolf officially welcomes viewers to The Situation Room: ‘It’s show-time.'”
  • “9:31: Fox News correspondent: ‘[Alito] will come across as ‘good-nerdy.'”

And proving that television coverage is nothing, if not redundant, Jeanne Cummings, writing on WSJ’s Washington Wire, gives us the Alito numbers, for those of you counting at home:

    The much-anticipated battle over the nomination of Alito to the Supreme Court drew 41 cameras to the well of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room. Ten more cameras were attached to poles behind him to catch the traditional shot of him raising his right arm to be sworn in. Chief Justice John Roberts’s hearing was captured on 28 cameras, according to Chairman Arlen Specter, who counted them up while stalling for time.