Controversial Supreme Court decisions change public opinion – in part because the media mostly report on them uncritically

Katerina Linos co-writes for The Washington Post, June 28, 2017

Unlike presidents or members of Congress, justices do not speak directly to the public. … Therefore, the messages used by media, and television news in particular, have tremendous ability to shape how Americans respond to the Supreme Court. And media outlets tend to be far more deferential in reporting on court decisions than when reporting on Congress or the presidency. They often treat a court decision as the final word, rather than the beginning of a debate.