***The complete post is on NewsBusters***
The day after NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg laid an egg with a report suggesting conservative Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch was spitefully ignoring requests from Chief Justice John Roberts (conservative) and Justice Sonia Sotomayor (liberal) to wear a mask in oral arguments, every party named in the report has publicly declared it to be patently untrue. And despite these public comments, NPR and Totenberg spent Wednesday hanging on tightly to the lie.
According to Totenberg’s original reporting, “Chief Justice John Roberts, understanding that [Sotomayor has diabetes and frets about COVID-19], 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.”
This report was picked up by many zealous liberal outlets and was praised by CNN’s Reliable Sources newsletter as “NPR's incredibly well-sourced … scoop…”