Scott Pelley

Reality show comparisons in Trump announcement inescapable

President Donald Trump's past life as a television showman provided an irresistible comparison for the media covering his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Trump's announcement from the White House on Tuesday had a prime-time slot with broadcast and cable news networks all on hand, genuine suspense over the choice and, finally, the big reveal when Gorsuch and his wife, Louise, emerged from a doorway at the host's — make that the president's — request.

"Was that a surprise?" Trump asked audience members and television viewers.

Supreme Court nominations are usually not prime-time affairs and usually not surprises; a president's selection...