Ted Nugent publishes false headline, with fictitious claim about Sotomayor's health
By Brea Jones
Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who as a diabetic is at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, has participated remotely in recent Supreme Court debates. But Ted Nugent posted a false headline on Facebook, using the logo and name of a CNBC reporter, with the unsubstantiated claim that Sotomayor tested positive for the disease. A CNBC spokesman said the outlet did not carry that headline.
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As we have already written, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who is diabetic and therefore at higher risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19, has participated remotely in the recent oral arguments of the court.
An NPR report said Sotomayor was working from her office due to Justice Neil Gorsuch's refusal to wear a mask, even after Chief Justice John Roberts reportedly asked the other justices to wear masks for good. of Sotomayor.
The NPR report was picked up by various publications, including CNBC and USA Today.
On January 18, the same day those reports were published, Ted Nugent, a rock musician and conservative activist with a history of sharing false claims about COVID-19 vaccines, posted an image of a fake CNBC headline on Facebook stating that Sotomayor tested positive for COVID-19. The publication has received more than 11,000 interactions.
“SUPREME COURT JUDGE SONIA SOTOMAYOR HAS A POSITIVE RESULT FOR COVID-19 DESPITE TRIPLE VACCINATION, DILIGENT MASK USE, AND WORKING FROM HOME,” read the fabricated headline, which was created to simulate a screenshot. screenshot of a CNBC article.
Nugent's post includes a CNBC logo and reporter Kevin Breuninger's byline.
But CNBC told us that the headline in the Facebook post is fictitious.
“CNBC.com has not published an article with that headline,” Erin Kitzie, a CNBC spokeswoman, told us in an email.
We were also unable to find media reports or records that Sotomayor had tested positive for COVID-19.
We contacted the public information office of the Supreme Court for clarification on Sotomayor's health, but received no response. The court issued a press release when Judge Brett Kavanaugh tested positive for COVID-19 in October.
Translated by Claudia Cohen.
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