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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Breaking news: A big snowstorm hits suburbs of North Jersey in February!

WINTER WONDERLAND: Euclid Avenue in Hackensack around 8:30 this morning, above and below.
FIRST PASS: I saw one city snowplow pass our house before I went outside to shovel our sidewalk and a path to the mailbox. I'm guessing 5 inches to 6 inches of snow had fallen.


Delivery of The Record of Woodland Park is being delayed by the snowstorm this morning so we turned on the TV and watched CBS2.

Thanks to a small fleet of enormous SUVs, the news station's reporters were able to fan out throughout the metropolitan area, and deliver incisive reporting like this:

"There's no one out," one woman reported from a downtown Ridgewood sidewalk. "Oh, there's an NJ Transit bus passing."

In the city, a reporter on the scene, and the anchors and a weatherman back in the studio, commented on how the front wheels of a Cadillac sedan were spinning as the driver attempted to get out of his parking space.

The camera was trained on the car for several minutes, and one clucked that the driver wasn't using the "rocking" technique to exit the space.

SNOW BLANKET: A neighbor's minivan.

Trump and judges

CBS This Morning reported President Trump is facing criticism from his Supreme Court nominee.

In a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill, Judge Neil Gorsuch called Trump's attacks on the federal judge who blocked his controversial travel ban "disheartening and demoralizing."

The judge's comments were leaked by Richard Blumenthal, the Democratic senator the judge met with.

Nothing new?

Then, another CBS This Morning reporter did a piece, claiming other presidents have criticized federal judges in the same way as Trump has.

But in her report, Chief Legal Correspondent Jan Crawford didn't bother to make an important distinction:

Trump has criticized federal judges who have ruled against him or his policies, such as in the Trump University case, and the ban on immigrants and refugees.

The reporter compared President Obama to Trump, noting Obama "berated" Supreme Court justices who were sitting in front of him during his State of the Union address in 2010.

But Obama wasn't criticizing them for a ruling against him or his policies -- he attacked the high court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission:

"Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests -- including foreign corporations -- to spend without limits in our elections," Obama said, predicting how corporate money has poisoned the legislative process.