Thursday, January 20, 2022

NPR Lied: Sonia Sotomayor Hit by the Fake News Truck; Report Contradicts NPR’s Nina Totenberg: Justice Gorsuch Not Defying Roberts, No Mask Mandate for SCOTUS, and other C-Virus related stories

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NPR Lied: Sonia Sotomayor Hit by the Fake News Truck:
The huge story that every media outlet was repeating yesterday, that Justice Sonia Sotomayor was super ticked off that Justice Neil Gorsuch is refusing to wear a mask and as a result, Sotomayor is hiding in her office, turns out to be a fake news hoax that National Public Radio (NPR) pulled on everyone.
(I still have my doubts. I think it’s possible Sotomayor may have realized after she told someone that she’s scared of Gorsuch’s air expulsion that it really made her look stupid and now she regrets it. Either way, I’m happy to blame the fake news.)
Fox News reported:
Supreme Court justices Neil Gorsuch and Sonia Sotomayor issued a joint statement Wednesday disputing a recent NPR report as “false” after the liberal media organization claimed the conservative justice refused to wear a mask on the bench despite requests to do so.

“Reporting that Justice Sotomayor asked Justice Gorsuch to wear a mask surprised us. It is false. While we may sometimes disagree about the law, we are warm colleagues and friends,” Gorsuch and Sotomayor said in a joint statement to the media.
A source told Fox News that there was no directive from Roberts for other justices to wear masks and those who do have been doing so of their own accord.
So, what’s going on with NPR? --->READ MORE HERE
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Report Contradicts NPR’s Nina Totenberg: Justice Gorsuch Not Defying Roberts, No Mask Mandate for SCOTUS:
An NPR story that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will continue to work remotely because fellow Justice Neil Gorsuch refuses to wear a mask in court despite a request from Chief Justice John Roberts to do so was quickly debunked by a Supreme Court source.
NPR reported Tuesday that the justices were like a “dysfunctional family”:
It was pretty jarring earlier this month when the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court took the bench for the first time since the omicron surge over the holidays. All were now wearing masks. All, that is, except Justice Neil Gorsuch. What’s more, Justice Sonia Sotomayor was not there at all, choosing instead to participate through a microphone setup in her chambers.

Sotomayor has diabetes, a condition that puts her at high risk for serious illness, or even death, from COVID-19. She has been the only justice to wear a mask on the bench since last fall when, amid a marked decline in COVID-19 cases, the justices resumed in-person arguments for the first time since the onset of the pandemic.

Now, though, the situation had changed with the omicron surge, and according to court sources, Sotomayor did not feel safe in close proximity to people who were unmasked. Chief Justice John Roberts, understanding that, in some form asked the other justices to mask up.

They all did. Except Gorsuch, who, as it happens, sits next to Sotomayor on the bench. His continued refusal since then has also meant that Sotomayor has not attended the justices’ weekly conference in person, joining instead by telephone.
But Fox News later reported that according to a source at the Supreme Court the story was not accurate. Chief Justice John Roberts had not asked the other justices to mask up for arguments, and Justice Sotomayor had not requested Justice Gorsuch wear a mask. Given those facts, there was no refusal by Justice Gorsuch to wear a mask. --->READ MORE HERE
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