Alito Backer Knocks Knight Ridder Analysis at Hearings–KR Defends

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By: E&P Staff

During the long back-and-forth on the second day of the light roasting of Samuel Alito as a U.S. Supreme Court nominee, a recent Knight Ridder article about him briefly took center stage.

A Knight Ridder analysis of Alito’s record on the federal appeals bench concluded that Alito was a consistent conservative who seldom sided with criminal defendants, plaintiffs alleging employment discrimination, consumers suing businesses or foreign nationals facing deportation. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday that the story “has, to my understanding, been rather completely discredited.”

The Republican National Committee issued a press release attacking the story.

Clark Hoyt, Knight Ridder’s Washington editor, said the press release “did not deal directly with the story at all but quoted partisan attacks on it. The story was a careful, accurate analysis by two professional reporters who, to the best of my knowledge, are the only journalists to have read every single one of Judge Alito’s 311 published opinions. Their conclusions were supported by other independent studies, including one by Yale Law School.”

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