Sotomayor torched for spreading COVID-related misinformation during oral arguments

On Friday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for businesses that employ over 100 workers, and during the course of the arguments, liberal Justice Sonya Sotomayor made a number of false claims concerning the pandemic.

According to the New York Post, the most egregious misinformation that Sotomayor, an Obama appointee, spewed during the arguments was with regard to how many children are hospitalized as a result of the virus. She falsely claimed “100,000” children are in “serious condition” in hospitals, adding that “many are on ventilators.” 

Not only is the statement grossly false, but it’s frightening in the sense that Sotomayor is clearly pushing the liberal media-driven fearmongering narrative that millions of Americans actually believe, as MSNBC and CNN are their primary sources of news.

Even more bone-chilling is the fact that actual decisions in the high court could be made based on blatantly false information, which is nothing less than criminal, in the opinion of many.

White House plays dumb

As the Post reported, Fox News reporter Peter Doocy questioned White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki about Sotomayor’s COVID-19 misinformation. The response? Well, it was predictable.

“What do you guys think about COVID misinformation coming from the Supreme Court and Sonia Sotomayor’s false claim that over 100,000 children are in serious condition, many on ventilators?” Doocy asked.

Psaki immediately dodged the question, but went on with several Dem talking points regarding the administration’s vaccine mandates.

“Well, I’m not going to speak to Supreme Court arguments or statements made in those arguments,” Psaki replied.

She added: “But I will tell you that what is at stake here is our effort to protect health workers and most importantly, protect patients, with the CMS rule [that requires most healthcare workers to be vaccinated] and also to make workplaces safer with the OSHA rule [the private sector mandate], which we have confidence in our legal argument for. So I will leave it to them to decide, but that’s what’s being argued now.”

Double standard

Democrats and their media allies have waged war against those who even dare question the “science” or the “data,” let alone spread “misinformation” even though in many cases, it wasn’t. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy even labeled misinformation as a “public health crisis” last summer.

RealClearPolitics reporter Philip Wegmann reminded Psaki of Murthy’s prior warning, and wondered if it applies in the case of a Supreme Court justice spreading misinformation.

“Not long ago in this room, the surgeon general told us that COVID misinformation was a public health threat,” Wegmann said. “I’m wondering if the White House is at all concerned given Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor’s remarks about the Omicron variant that maybe the danger is being overhyped and your message is not getting out?”

 

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