Clarion-Ledger Backtracking from ‘Tort Reform' Hysteria

It's intriguing to note that The Clarion-Ledger, after years of gullibility on the U.S. Chamber's stance on "tort reform," is now starting to question what they have not dared to question in the past. On Sunday, they ran a long opinion piece by Alex Alston (whom Adam has been quoting on these topics for years now) about Mississippi Supreme Court justices routinely reversing jury awards. And right now, they have a weekly reader poll up asking if tort reform has gone too far. (So far, more than 60 percent say yes.)

The question, of course, is why the Ledger didn't figure out this scam against Mississippians a long time ago, especially that had their star investigative reporter on the beat.

Read our 2003 piece, "Hoodwinked," for detailed analysis of what they've missed, and the bad coverage they are trying to send down the memory hole, especially that niggling little detail about insurance reform in California that they ignored. Even the General Accounting Office of Congress called out the incomplete media coverage by the Ledger and others in Mississippi on this issue.

The Clarion-Ledger bears as much responsibility as anybody for this tort-reform mess Barbour the and U.S. Chamber got us into. Make no mistake. There are real people on the other side of bad journalism, Ledger edit-boyz.

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I saw that opinion or column. Quite revealing of what our Supreme Court likely is. The civil plaintiff bar and wronged and aggrieved individuals don't have a chance with that bunch of characters who are clearly pro-business and anti-individuals. Two to three of them are actually unbias. Too many republicans serving there who are just like Bush and company.



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