He’s considered Washington’s Renaissance Man with an insatiable reading appetite, but even Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has limits on just how much liberal media he can take, telling an interviewer that he’s cancelled his subscription to the Washington Post because it’s “shrilly liberal.”
The conservative leader on the court, in fact, told New York Magazine that he won't read the Post's top competitor, the New York Times, either.
Asked about his media diet, Scalia said that he and his wife “used to get the Washington Post, but it just ... went too far for me. I couldn’t handle it anymore.”
Asked why he stopped the Post, in the midst of a circulation spiral, Scalia echoed the complaints of other conservatives. “It was the treatment of almost any conservative issue. It was slanted and often nasty. And, you know, why should I get upset every morning? I don’t think I’m the only one. I think they lost subscriptions partly because they became so shrilly, shrilly liberal.”
Ditto for the Times. “No New York Times, no Post,” he told the magazine.
He does have media favorites, such as the radio’s Bill Bennett. “He’s off the air by the time I’m driving in, but I listen to him sometimes when I’m shaving. He has a wonderful talk show. It’s very thoughtful. He has good callers. I think they keep off stupid people.”
Scalia also revealed that he's watched at least one TV reality show -- Duck Dynasty.
“I watched one episode of — what is it? Duck Dynasty?” he told interviewer Jennifer Senior. “I don’t watch it regularly, but I’m a hunter. I use duck calls,” he added.
Scalia said the A&E show was recommended by friends. “So many people said ‘Oh, it’s a great show’ that I thought I’d better look at it.’”Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.