One of the fascinating items in Justice Scalia’s interview with New York magazine was his admission that he deliberately avoids news outlets that he considers liberal and gets his news primarily from right wing talk radio. He only gets two newspapers, one of them the
Washington Moonie Times.
What’s your media diet? Where do you get your news?
Well, we get newspapers in the morning.
“We” meaning the justices?
No! Maureen and I.
Oh, you and your wife …
I usually skim them. We just get The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times. We used to get the Washington Post, but it just … went too far for me. I couldn’t handle it anymore.
What tipped you over the edge?
It was the treatment of almost any conservative issue. It was slanted and often nasty. And, you know, why should I get upset every morning? I don’t think I’m the only one. I think they lost subscriptions partly because they became so shrilly, shrilly liberal.
So no New York Times, either?
No New York Times, no Post.
And do you look at anything online?
I get most of my news, probably, driving back and forth to work, on the radio.
Sometimes NPR. But not usually.
Talk guys, usually.
That explains a lot, I think. It explains how Scalia has gone from being, at one time, a serious conservative voice on the Supreme Court to being, quite frankly, a partisan hack. His rulings have more and more come to resemble right wing talk radio diatribes rather than serious legal opinions.