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CJ Roberts debunks NPR story on SCOTUS drama as Liberals desperately defend botched report

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CJ Roberts debunks NPR story on SCOTUS drama as Liberals desperately defend botched report

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Chief Justice John Roberts delivered a devastating blow to NPR’s report alleging a feud between Associate Justices Neil Gorsuch and Sonia Sotomayor.

A story published by NPR on Tuesday went viral in liberal media circles, which alleged that Gorsuch refused to wear a mask while on the bench next to Sotomayor, who has diabetes and makes her vulnerable to COVID. despite Roberts’ request.

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“Now, however, the situation had changed with the surge of omicron, and according to court sources, Sotomayor did not feel safe around unmasked people,” wrote NPR Chief Legal Correspondent Nina. Totenberg. “Chief Justice John Roberts, understanding that, in one form or another, has asked the other justices to mask themselves. They have all done so. Except Gorsuch, who, in this instance, is seated next to Sotomayor on the bench. His continued refusal since then has also meant that Sotomayor has not attended the weekly judges’ conference in person, instead joining by telephone.”

Fox News’ Shannon Bream reported in “Special Report” on Tuesday that NPR’s information was “not accurate,” a source said, saying there was never a request from Roberts that everyone wear masks, Sotomayor never made such a request of Gorsuch and Gorsuch never refused to wear a mask.

On Wednesday, Gorsuch and Sotomayor released an unprecedented joint statement declaring the NPR story to be “false.”

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“Reporting that Judge Sotomayor asked Judge Gorsuch to wear a mask surprised us. It’s wrong. Although we may disagree on the law at times, we are warm colleagues and friends,” the statement read.

This did not satisfy media liberals, who continued to defend NPR’s report.

CJ Roberts debunks NPR story on SCOTUS drama as Liberals desperately defend botched report

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Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Sonia Sotomayor released a joint statement calling an NPR report “false.”
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“That’s not what the report says, though. He said Chief Justice Roberts asked him,” MSNBC host Rachel Maddow responded.

“But…the report was that Roberts asked him to wear a mask, not Sotomayor. So… I don’t understand that statement,” The Nation correspondent Elie Mystal also tweeted. “Is this another false comma from the Gorsuch team?”

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“I urge anyone here to pit their sources against those of Nina Totenberg,” New York Magazine senior correspondent Irin Carmon challenged NPR’s critics.

NPR reporter David Gura went even further, suggesting Gorsuch and Sotomayor were lying, writing, “I’ve been surprised at how many Supreme Court correspondents I admire who pass on a statement from two justices who is at best false without any context.”

NPR also defended its report, telling Fox News, “NPR stands by Nina Totenberg’s reporting. Totenberg never reported that Judge Sotomayor asked Judge Gorsuch to wear a mask, or did she reported that someone had reprimanded him.”

The statement was made before the Chief Justice ruled.

“I did not ask Judge Gorsuch or any other judge to wear a mask on the bench,” Roberts said.

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Some of NPR’s defenders continued to support the botched report even after Roberts’ statement. The Nation’s Mystal, for example, said critics are “certainly free to believe the CJ rather than the reporter on this.”

Responding to Roberts’ statement, NPR told Fox News, “We stand by his reporting,” indicating that Totenberg will have “another story to appear” shortly.

Totenberg doubled down on his reporting, writing in a follow-up article: “What is indisputable is that all the judges immediately started wearing masks, except for Gorsuch. Meanwhile, Judge Sotomayor remained outside the courtroom. Instead, she participated remotely in the court’s arguments and the judges’ weekly conference, where they discuss cases and vote on them.”

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this story.

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