One reporter's road to the Supreme Court
Shannon Bream on what life is like for a Supreme Court reporter
- Duration 7:22
- Date May 18, 2012
Shannon Bream on what life is like for a Supreme Court reporter
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Welcome back to the fox -- I'm still James Rosen it is segment two and -- time for us to explore fox -- society.
This is typically where will go beyond the political headlines back and forth of campaigns and elections fun as that is.
To look at broader and deeper phenomenon in 21 century America what's trending online -- hot button issues are getting us all Gooden riled.
Who better chaperone is proof lawful society.
And my favorite society gal Shannon Bream.
The Supreme Court correspondent here at Fox News and also the anchor of America's News HQ every Sunday 12 to 2 eastern time thank you for doing this all I am so excited to be a part of the inaugural fox all yes now that you're in the foxhole with me at these close quarters.
You can tell us that -- subbing for -- there tonight on special reports the the constant what's on the show.
And everything as you'd imagine -- politics in the daily we always do we have campaign Carl -- and off.
He's looking into what Mitt -- doing today sparring back and forth between the two can -- of course we're gonna look at the G -- what's coming up and NATO after that.
The president Holstein several world leaders at Camp David this weekend -- Politics a lot to do with international affairs -- -- This summit that's taking place I think is gonna represent the largest number of world leaders that have ever at one time visited Camp David.
You've covered summits and things like this -- for reporters from our perspective.
-- -- of a nightmare right tell the truth.
We -- because you hit it close any of the good stuff.
I'll credentialing right right any of that stuff and there is a very tight security process so yes getting credentials figuring out where -- even going to be able to do live shots who you will be able to see won't be able to see what how they're gonna feed -- -- -- -- -- information so you'll have something go -- Because as you know Camp David outside DC here we drive -- all the time going to visit my in -- It is in the booties and it's not easy to get to you can't just sneak up on it for some coverage I mean it's it's a very protective prince which is great for our leaders for president.
-- not easy to cover away right now you you were trained as an attorney.
Can affect you were practicing attorney for some time what was your specialty at that time.
I wanna I wanna -- sex harassment but I didn't specialize in harassing people and that's important -- -- that's my practice of law.
But unlike -- Apparently workplace laws for sex harassment cases and race discrimination cases OK and tell me how you think you're training as an attorney.
Helps you as a reporter.
I found that in law school I guess that point 99 legally thoughts -- there were one or two sides to a story that thing you find out in investigating any legal dispute.
There are multiple sides and angles -- -- -- and everybody thinks they're legitimately right it's not that everybody's lying about it.
People see things have very different way so I think that it's been great.
In journalism to be able to realize that there are multiple angles and multiple opinions and multiple versions of what's really happening.
At any given time here in Washington -- price affects how would go down.
I'm gonna reveal something very geeky about myself which is it one fact from now the first fact is that my dad is still practicing attorney trial lawyer in New York.
Almost 78 years old loves the law and unlike most recent graduates of law school.
And that's -- the -- fact is that he encouraged me yours very little around twelve or thirteen to read and I did the -- of cross examination.
And one of the things I learned from the book -- is that you only -- warning intelligible question at a time which is something you'll I think a lot of lawmakers haven't mastered.
The White House correspondents.
Not Ed Henry of course best.
Do -- do you find that having been an attorney you know how to question people more effectively as a reporter.
I think it gives -- -- game plan sometimes if you know that you're gonna have to get to topic they're not going to be really open to talking about.
I think that you want to leave them there you wanna get the information in a way that's not may be so blunt and up front and you know sometimes that's the way you have to pose the question if you get.
Two seconds at a White House briefing that you get called on there's not time to goof around.
But no longer form interview I think said the training.
Does lead you down the path of of getting to information that you want without.
The person feeling to beat up about it.
Now covering the Supreme Court you have an opportunity to interact with some of the justices and and their spouses and so forth.
What do you love about the Supreme Court as a subject speaking of -- And thirty tell you want -- term benefit I really do I did not enjoy the practice -- -- that much unlike your brilliant father.
I eat you know there's -- -- to some of that the billable hours -- living in the library that kind of thing.
Well we're covering the Supreme Court is fascinates me because you're seeing some of the finest lawyers in the country.
And certainly nine and the best legal minds in in the country and possibly in the world I mean these are top notch -- -- and so to see the sparring back and forth.
To see -- take a turn for the better as for the -- it's -- fascinating to cover without having to be the one up there developing a new round of stomach ulcers trying to debate.
These cases I think in those oral arguments for -- -- took a few occasions and they move fast again and sometimes you're given -- -- we can even see every one you have to just know the voices of the justices.
But your big time you get a front row -- -- -- -- that I do occasionally.
It's -- -- -- based on you know you get immediate past and so.
And the folks who regularly cover the court get a decent -- we're not sitting behind the teller and I often think The -- really they're just to cover a day of cases of the health care whatever it is.
They're going to need to be able to see because they have a little seating chart they can figure out who -- justices are but you did get to know them by their voice their personality and I'm convinced that some of them particularly justice Antonin Scalia.
I didn't write some one liners the night before and he's still funny and maybe it's completely off the cuff -- he has got such fantastic.
We need a completely on the point eight one liners in almost every argument -- matter what the -- -- I think it's safe to say they come well briefed.
-- in fact the Clarence Thomas and Justice Thomas has not spoken during oral arguments over five years we don't want littlest one.
He would talk about that a little bit his -- -- because he does speak publicly -- -- during the arguments.
And he has made the suggestion they think some of that is for posturing or for showing off and then most of the justices know when they go Wendy -- scores of -- Scores were searched going in there that they pretty much -- made up their minds and so.
For -- feels like sometimes it's folks putting on a show you were in the capital challenge the other day.
Five there was Fox News right well there was a little snack food that I didn't make it's and the start I'll say this to my face.
-- got a sympathetic.
He -- didn't it and what happened.
Well the truth -- I got a little lost driving around in anacostia for about an hour I sobbed into every gas station since they get a -- And you know we've got lost I didn't -- did -- looking for the race problem and here's the problem.
Is that we've provided no physical address so -- -- and -- 100% dependence on GPS.
Did not work for me in this case -- when -- hard every and the challenge although when I went out to run this morning time myself because it's like.
I want to run my own personal come right now so you let the team down is what I did -- -- -- -- -- without a team member that should have been I can't really talk at all because I don't.
Okay well it's it's a sad day and one of my my worst moments at fox affluence are here that I know you were missed.
How did your time do when you measured -- -- on a personal best but there's no one there for accountability to keep time on me today so I'm just gonna say it was -- Excellent run this morning all right so Shannon Bream -- and one time capital challenger.
And the Intel Mac next year -- Marty -- -- carpool excellence I don't him.