The U.S. Supreme Court — as well as the Texas Legislature — have given news junkies plenty of grist to satisfy their appetite.
PBS NewsHour and Washington Week in Review, which air on Friday beginning at 6 p.m. on KACV-TV, will have agendas overflowing with huge news on which to report, analyze and offer commentary.
The Supreme Court issued critical rulings this week on the Defense of Marriage Act — which declared that marriage should be between only a man and a woman — ruling the 1996 law unconstitutional; it decided to stay away from Proposition 8, the California law that outlawed same-sex marriage; it repealed a section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and ruled that Congress needs to set new rules determining which states and counties need federal oversight on voting rights.
And while that was going on in Washington, the Texas Senate meeting in Austin — led by Democrat Wendy Davis of Fort Worth — filibustered an anti-abortion bill into oblivion, while being cheered on by raucous crowds gathered in the Senate gallery.
Do you think the NewsHour and Washington Week talking heads will have plenty to discuss?
This is where public television’s proverbial “rubber meets the road,” in my view. With so much to take in, viewers often choose to rely on those closest to political Ground Zero of where these decisions are being made to try to put these matters into perspective.
Everyone with a pulse knew this would be a big week for the High Court. The Texas Legislature’s fireworks may have surprised some of us. Indeed, the blasts may recur in Austin if Gov. Rick Perry calls another special session in an attempt to enact the bill that would outlaw abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy. Stay tuned for that one.
Meanwhile, stay tuned for an evening Friday of excellent analysis and reporting. I’m ready to let some pros make sense of it for me.