Time Magazine doesn\’t even attempt to whitewash their biases anymore, and they never miss an opportunity to talk down to their readers. For example, take this diagram of the U.S. Supreme Court, where they color code (red for the red states, blue for the blue) the justices. Furthermore, they split them into dark colors (staunch) or light colors (moderate). And guess what? All the conservatives except Anthony Kennedy are \”staunch,\” while all the liberals are \”moderates.\” The text of the accompanying article even refers to Ginsburg and Breyer as \”stalwarts of the court\’s liberal wing.\” Those two justices are probably fighting for next month\’s centerfold in \”The Progressive\” magazine.
Aside from this obvious bias, how pretentious is it to color code justices? Is that for those of us who get the Supreme Court confused with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? In order to make it perfectly clear for their puerile readers, they should have included cartoon icons next to the justices: A plate of steaming tortellini next to Scalia (the hot blooded Italian one), a two-for-one coupon at Payless Shoes for Ginsburg (the crafty Jewish one) a Coke can with a pubic hair on it next to Thomas, and so on and so forth. I would personally like to thank Time for boiling down the complexity and thoughtfulness of the Supreme Court to a color chart. Next week – our Iraq exit strategy mapped out in Legos.