In late June, a rumor began to spread that a Supreme Court justice was on the verge of retirement, and the smart money was on Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Kennedy didn’t retire as rumored, and on Friday, director Carl Reiner, 95, published an op-ed in the New York Times asking Kennedy, a relatively young 81, to stay put and tackle the “important and fulfilling work ahead.”

While painting a picture of an idyllic retirement, Reiner asked Kennedy to imagine America were he to give up his seat on the court: “How would you feel, while reading your newspaper, seeing a headline that read ‘Roe v. Wade Overturned’?”

So technically, it was Carl Reiner directing that question specifically to Justice Kennedy, but by using that pull quote to tease the piece, the New York Times ended up asking a question it likely assumed had one correct answer. A lot of people got it “wrong,” though.

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