The Associated Press was forced to add an editor’s note to a recent Supreme Court story on Saturday that the point of sale made it appear that the Democratic strategy of grabbing the Supreme Court was “depoliticizing” the bank.
Iris Samuels’ article focused on a debate between Senator Steve Daines, R-Mont., And Governor Steve Bullock, his Democratic opponent in the upcoming election.
The AP’s original contribution reportedly read: “Bullock said if Coney Barrett were upheld, he would be open to action to depoliticize the court, including adding judges to the bank, a practice that critics have referred to as bagging the courts.”
The report referred to President Trump’s Supreme Court candidate Amy Coney Barrett.
The line on court hearings, which serve as a means of “depoliticizing” the bank, has been removed to reflect the idea that it is not a statement of fact but the political opinion of a democratic legislature.
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The editor’s note states, “This story was edited to clarify that Bullock’s opinion, and not the fact that adding judges to the Supreme Court, would depoliticize the court.”
The new line was changed to: “Bullock said if Coney Barrett were confirmed he would be open to action such as adding judges to the bank, a practice that critics have termed packing the courts.”
Bullock reiterated the AP’s views and agreed that adding more judges would pave the way for less partiality within the judiciary.
“We have to figure out how we can actually get politics out of the court,” he said. “That’s all from a Judicial Standards Commission, or we’ll look at anything else that could be suggested, including adding judges.”
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Daines, who said he would support Barrett’s endorsement, claimed adding judges to the bank would threaten gun rights and other constitutionally protected freedoms.