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In a pre-Dobbs world, the Washington Post deferred to a Supreme Court justice

Posted on AllSides May 27th, 2024
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In January 2021, the Washington Post’s Supreme Court reporter and his editors agreed: The upside-down American flag seen flying outside Justice Samuel Alito’s Virginia home was not, on its own, a story.

Earlier this month, that same story broke in The New York Times, which reported that Alito said his wife had raised the flag — a symbol adopted by supporters of former President Donald Trump who believed the election had been stolen from him — amid a neighborhood dispute.

Nine days after the flag scoop, a deadpan Post report acknowledged that the...

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