As you’ve probably heard, NPR is standing by Nina Totenberg’s reporting about a SCOTUS mask feud even though the justices involved have said it didn’t happen:
NPR stands by my reportinghttps://t.co/eEtiNgMQet
— Nina Totenberg (@NinaTotenberg) January 19, 2022
NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik is saying the story has been “challenged by the right”:
NPR's Nina Totenberg's reporting on Justices Gorsuch & Sotomayor and masking has been challenged by the right; Chief Justice Roberts now appears to deny thrust of her story. Totenberg & NPR stand by it – I'm told NPR's public editor will post on this later today.
— David Folkenflik (@davidfolkenflik) January 20, 2022
“Challenged by the right”? Interesting take:
It wasn't "challenged" on the right — it was disputed by all 3 SCOTUS justices involved. Being told something untrue that is refuted by each involved party happens — but it's why you should be extremely leery of reports from people unwilling to put their name behind claims.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) January 20, 2022
— Sister Toldjah 😁 (@sistertoldjah) January 20, 2022
It wasn't challenged by "the right". It was challenged by 3 on the record SCOTUS justices. https://t.co/lrG09XNjjf
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) January 20, 2022
And by “on the right” you mean three Supreme Court justices of varying ideologies including the allegedly wronged party.
— Sunny McSunnyface (@sunnyright) January 20, 2022
Dude. The Justices in question disputed the story. Let it go and move on.
— Cox (@HOLYSMKES) January 20, 2022
We never thought we’d see Sonia Sotomayor described as being “on the right.”
Eviscerated by Sotomayor, you mean? You consider her to the right? https://t.co/sxmbiSCgqN
— Rev. Ducati 🏁🏴☠️ (@Reverend_Ducati) January 20, 2022
US Supreme Court Justices involved all deny it happened.
NPR: We stand by our correspondent's reporting.
Roberts: “I did not request Justice Gorsuch or any other Justice to wear a mask on the bench.”
NPR: "Roberts now appears to deny thrust of her story."
— Jeff Carlson (@themarketswork) January 20, 2022
He didn't appear to deny it. He denied it. https://t.co/Q8Fow6ME1p
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 20, 2022
Wonder if Justice Sotomayor will be surprised she is “on the right”? https://t.co/qr4aUqQSrl
— George “jab free” Kaplan (@Chn01A) January 20, 2022
HAHAHAHA this is a weird hill to die on. Roberts didn’t APPEAR to deny, he DID deny…
— Kristi (@Kristi_Weaver4) January 20, 2022
But “die on that hill” NPR seems prepared to do.