Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts joined Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Neil Gorsuch Wednesday in refuting a viral NPR report about masking.
“Reporting that Justice Sotomayor asked Justice Gorsuch to wear a mask surprised us. It is false,” Sotomayor and Gorsuch said in joint statement. “While we may sometimes disagree about the law, we are warm colleagues and friends.”
NPR’s story by legal affair correspondent Nina Totenberg, “Gorsuch didn’t mask despite Sotomayor’s COVID worries, leading her to telework,” claimed that Sotomayor “did not feel safe in close proximity to people who were unmasked.”
Chief Justice John Roberts also put out a statement in opposition to NPR’s reporting.
“I did not request Justice Gorsuch or any other Justice to wear a mask on the bench,” Roberts said.
“Defund NPR” started trending Wednesday afternoon on Twitter as many called out the publicly-funded news organization for the false report.
Fox News chief legal correspondent and “FOX News @ Night” anchor Shannon Bream shot down the report Tuesday night before the justices put out the official statement.
“I am told that is not accurate,” Bream said.
All of the justices have received their COVID booster and Sotomayor is reportedly the only one who was wearing a mask because she has diabetes.
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