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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

NPR lies. Media side with the liars

Associate Justices Sotomayor and Gorsuch sit beside one another in the courtroom. She no longer attends hearings in person because of her fear of covid. Given her age and comorbidities, I can understand that.

The press cannot.

Nina Totenberg, 78, of NPR reported, "Gorsuch didn't mask despite Sotomayor's covid worries, leading her to telework."

Totenberg said, "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."

Sotomayor denied this. Gorsuch denied this. Roberts denied this.

NPR refused to correct her error, instead it said it "stands behind Nina Totenberg’s reporting."

Somebody is lying. Three justices deny the report. The decent thing for Totenberg to do would be to name her sources -- all of them -- or else retract her story.

It's called put up or shut up.

But the press never admits its errors. Oh, they may correct a misspelled name or an age that was incorrect. They make a big deal out of errors and they should correct them. Experience tells me that people don't mind errors in flattering feature stories, but they will not overlook any typos in a negative report.

The press does not own up to errors. In this case, Totenberg's buddies in the press circled the wagons around her. They see her as a national treasure. 

The New York Times reported, "The justices’ statements did not say whether Justice Sotomayor’s absence from the courtroom was a consequence of Justice Gorsuch’s decision not to wear a mask. But Chief Justice Roberts rejected the assertion that he had asked his colleagues to wear masks on the bench."

Well, the justices were being polite. She has covered the court for a million years and the staff likes her, No one wants to make trouble.

Over at New York magazine, they called Sotomayor and Gorsuch said, "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."

It said, "Coming from lawyers who pride themselves on precisely interpreting text, this is a dodge. NPR’s Nina Totenberg didn’t report that Sotomayor had asked anything of Gorsuch. She wrote, '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.' CNN’s Ariane de Vogue even wrote in her follow-up, which preceded the denial, 'The source said she did not directly ask Gorsuch to wear a mask.' NPR this afternoon said it stood by Totenberg’s reporting."

Of course, the justices were not rebuking Totenberg directly. Others have said this as people are wont to do, and they are getting their facts wrong.

In other news, Twitter reported, "Fact-checkers from The News Literacy Project, MSN, AP, Leadstories and PolitiFact say an image of a news broadcast banner from CNN has been fabricated and is satire. The edited chyron was created by a satire website, Babylon Bee, and never aired a CNN spokesperson confirmed to PolitiFact."

Thank goodness our Internet Overlords are protecting us from satire. Now if they could protect us from doddering old fools at NPR.


  1. Nina Scro'temberg should be sacked

  2. Here's another one. (I love Mollie Hemingway.)

    Ashley Parker @AshleyRParker

    Biden was supposed to be the anti-Trump — steady, stable, competent. But the chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal undercut that image, and facing a cascade of crises — covid, etc — Biden has never been able to recover. W ⁦@tylerpager ⁩ + ⁦@WaPoSean

    Mollie @MZHemingway

    In other words, the media lied to you when they presented this false image during the 2020 campaign

    1. Nina Totenberg @NinaTotenberg: NPR stands by my reporting.

      Mollie @MZHemingway: While that is hilariously discrediting for both you and them, your anonymous “report” was refuted on the record by each participant — Chief Justice Roberts, Gorsuch, and Sotomayor. Is it your contention that they are each lying? What, exactly, is being stood behind?

  3. They're sticking by their story and the only ones who believe them are themselves.

  4. Of course the story is false. If the wise Latina wanted to protect herself, she would have asked that she sit 6 feet front the other justices. That is the Dr. Fece approved safe distance.

  5. Totenberg has been lying for Democrats since I was in short pants.

    1. Demoncrats were lying long before you were a gleam in your parents eyes.

    2. Indeed. She must be 90 years old.

    3. Indeed. She must be 90 years old.

  6. They're not journalists, they're stenographers for the democrat party under the alias of the msm.

    Now we can understand Sotomayor's ruling, she's stupider than a 5th grader without the charm. I'll bet she wears a mask driving alone on a deserted highway. What a putz.

  7. She no longer attends hearings in person because of her fear of exposure to the Constitution.

    There. I fixed it for you.

  8. First of all masks are worthless to prevent infection or transmission. If you believe they do then you are an idiot. As far as lies by the msm? Well that is par for the course. And Don, I don't mind the typos at all. I appreciate your work every day. Never miss the 7am highlights and the afternoon and evening posts. You have a great gift from our Creator. I am glad you recognized it. Many dont realize what God has given them until it is too late. God Bless.

  9. Nina Totin' Bag, as Chris Plante calls her.

  10. Gorsuch’s mother, Anne, was Reagan's Transport Sec'y and was railroaded from office.

    True or not, I doubt he's much inclined to be accommodating to Lefties.

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  12. This would be a firing offense at any newspaper that I worked at. Nina Totenbag must be 9i0 years old by now. She's well past her sell-by date -- if she ever had one.

  13. EVEN if it were true, the meme should have been if Sotamayor is so goddam concerned, she can buy and wear fit tested N95 masks and be perfectly safe from any expectorations from Gorsuch.