Justices Roberts, Gorsuch & Sotomayor Blow Up NPR’s Masking LIE

NPR’s Nina Totenberg, NPR’s legal affairs correspondent for NPR, published a report claiming that conservative Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch was ignoring Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Sonia Sotomayor requests to wear masks in oral arguments. Every person named in the report stated it was patently false. NPR and Totenberg remained steadfast in their belief despite all the public criticisms.

According to Totenberg’s original reporting, “Chief Justice John Roberts understood that [Sotomayor has diabetes and frets about COVID-19]In one form or another, they asked the justices to conceal their identities. They did. They all did, except Gorsuch who is, as it turns out, next to Sotomayor at the bench.”

This report was picked up by many zealous liberal outlets and was praised by CNN’s Trustworthy Sources newsletter as “NPR’s incredibly well-sourced … scoop…”

But in a joint statement, on Wednesday, Gorsuch, and Sotomayor not only rebuked NPR’s claims about what was said but affirmed their friendship: “Reporting that Justice Sotomayor asked Justice Gorsuch to wear a mask surprised us. This is false. While we may sometimes disagree about the law, we are warm colleagues and friends.”

After the statement was released, many liberal reporters pounced by suggesting that it didn’t matter what they said because the story asserts the request came from Roberts. Totenberg’s NPR colleague David Gura even took to TwitterShe defended her reporting, accusing both Justices de lying



“I surprised at how many Supreme Court correspondents I admire are passing along a statement from two justices that is at best false without any context whatsoever,” he chided.

But not long after, Roberts weighed in by blowing up the only out the liberal media had: “I did not request Justice Gorsuch or any other Justice to wear a mask on the bench.”

On Tuesday, Fox News Channel chief legal correspondent Shannon Bream was the first to utterly bust Totenberg’s falsehoods during an appearance on Special Report. “There has been no blanket admonition or request from Chief Justice Roberts that the other Justices begin wearing masks to arguments,” she reported at the time. “The source further stated Justice Sotomayor did not make any such request to Justice Gorsuch.”



You can find the Special Report update on Wednesday, anchor Bret Baier quipped that Bream had an “update and some news regarding that maskgate that you brought to us…” After reiterating that what NPR reported “wasn’t accurate,” Bream noted that “rare statements issued by three of the justices today confirm what we reported here yesterday.”

“But although the Chief Justice almost never weighs in publicly, he did. He added his own statement as well,” she added. “Roberts also indicating he’s not going to be commenting any further on this story.”

NPR and Totenberg remained firm in their belief despite the factual information being revealed (Totenberg still believes the story). bragged about it on Twitter). “NPR stands by its reporting,” she wrote on a new report on Wednesday. “What is incontrovertible is that all the justices have at once started wearing masks — except Gorsuch. Meanwhile, Sotomayor has stayed out of the courtroom.”



The NPR report said the chief justice’s ask to the justices had come ‘in some form,’” she argued in her own defense, despite Roberts’ unequivocal denial of the false claims.

But she never explained what that “some form” was. Is she suggesting that Roberts might have used telepathy as a way to communicate with Gorsuch? You might also consider smoke signals. It could be that the carrier bird got lost. Or maybe he held a séance in his chamber.

This is yet another reason NPR should be defunded.

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