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NBC Hails ‘Pop Culture Phenomenon’ Ginsburg; RBG Doc ‘Gift to the Culture’

by | Feb 19, 2019

By Kyle Drennen

During the 9:00 a.m. ET hour of Monday’s Today show, the hosts of the NBC broadcast were beside themselves with glee as they celebrated the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary RBG being nominated for two Academy Awards ahead of Sunday’s Oscars. The left-wing Supreme Court justice was hailed as a “pop culture phenomenon” while the propaganda film about her career was cheered as a “gift to the culture.”

At the top of the segment, co-host Craig Melvin gushed: “Most Supreme Court justices don’t get cool nicknames or t-shirts with their faces on them, but Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become nothing short of a pop culture phenomenon since taking her seat on the high court back in 1993.”

In the taped report that followed, complete with rock music in the background, Jones repeated Melvin’s assertion: “Ruth Bader Ginsburg is often described as a pop culture phenomenon, complete with her own cult following.”

Moments later, fellow co-host Sheinelle Jones excitedly added: “And this coming weekend, her story could win an Academy Award thanks to the new documentary RBG, that retraces her trail-blazing career.”

At least by her adoring fans in the liberal media.

“She has a recurring role on Saturday Night Live,” Jones touted, adding: “And her life recently hit the big screen as the subject of the film, On The Basis of Sex.”

Turning to the documentary, the reporter offered this promotion: “RBG gives viewers a look at the Justice’s private side. There’s her collection of robes….And it pokes fun at her lack of cooking skills.”

After the fawning report, the cast of the morning show welcomed on RBG directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen for a softball interview. Jones provided a glowing review: “This was a gift to the culture to me. It was one of those things where I’m so glad that it was out now.”

Co-host Dylan Dreyer announced: “Nominated for an Oscar – I mean two Oscars – Best Documentary Feature and Best Original Song.” After a clip played of West and Cohen joyously reacting to the nominations two weeks earlier, Dreyer asked: “And did you call RBG to tell her?” Cohen proclaimed: “Yes, we called her right after….She said she felt the nomination was eminently well-deserved and obviously that felt great to hear.”

Melvin chimed in to tout Cohen’s connection to the network: “Julie, we like to take a bit of credit for this documentary here at NBC News. Full disclosure, Julie was a producer here at Dateline for a number of years.”

Jones eagerly asked: “Was there anything that inspired you most or you found surprising?” West fondly recalled: “Well, she is a very reserved and quiet person, very intellectual and studious, but she has a fabulous sense of humor. She loves to laugh, and we were very happy that we could make her laugh when we showed her the Saturday Night Live clip.”

Wrapping up the six-minute segment, all of the hosts wished West Cohen “good luck” at the Oscar’s, hoping that the pro-Ginsburg film would get further accolades.

Not once did any of the supposed “journalists” raise Ginsburg’s staunch liberal views and steadfast support for abortion as controversial or mention that millions of Americans fundamentally disagree with her legal decisions.

NBC has been eager to jump on the RBG bandwagon. In May of 2018, the network cheered the documentary about the “icon” and “rock star” as a “box office powerhouse.”

Hosting the third hour of the Today show in August, Al Roker happily declared: “I don’t think there isn’t a person out there who doesn’t love Ruth Bader Ginsburg!”

Editor’s note. This appeared at Newsbusters and is reposted with permission.

Categories: Supreme Court
Tags: RBG