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Ken Dilanian, an intelligence and national security reporter for the NBC News investigative unit, moved from the role of objective reporter to biased advocate when he suggested that states with smaller population sizes should not get equal representation in the U.S. Senate. This change would require an amendment to the Constitution, which currently gives an equal number of senators to each of the 50 states.

“It may not happen in our lifetimes, but the idea that North Dakota and New York get the same representation in the Senate has to change,” tweeted Dilanian, who also previously reported for the AP, the LA Times, USA Today and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Through his tweet, Dilanian implied it was unjust that the Senate confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, linking his tweet to a Washington Post article written by reporter Philip Bump with the headline, “Senators representing less than half the U.S. are about to confirm a nominee opposed by most Americans.”

Dilanian and his fellow NBC News colleagues Brandy Zadrozny, and Ben Popken previously published an article about an unverified accusation against Kavanaugh titled “ Accuser’s schoolmate says she recalls hearing of alleged Kavanaugh incident.”

Their NBC article begins: “A former schoolmate of Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser wrote a Facebook post saying she recalls hearing about the alleged assault incident involving the future Supreme Court nominee, though she says she has no first-hand information to corroborate the accuser’s claims.” Yet the former schoolmate later deleted the Facebook post and the NBC report also includes the reporters’ caveat that, “NBC News confirmed that the statements were hers, but did not confirm her allegation.”

Jason Riley pointed out the irony in Dilanian’s advocacy to change the Constitution about the Senate. Riley wrote in The Wall Street Journal that it’s “peculiar that the left is now objecting to the Senate when it has been a significant obstacle to President Trump’s agenda on many issues. If it were up to the House, the more democratic chamber, Justice Kavanaugh would have been confirmed more swiftly  …. Liberals are unlikely to invest the money and effort such a project would require, for a variety of reasons. But the most important one is that for all their insistence that today’s conservatives represent an existential threat to the republic on the order of Southern white supremacists, in their hearts they know better.”

Photo by Susan Melkisethian

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