ProPublica Report Questions Clarence Thomas’ Impartiality In Upcoming Supreme Court Case
Summary from AllSides News Team
A new report from ProPublica (Lean Left bias) questioned Conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ ability to be impartial in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
The Details: ProPublica’s report said in 2018 Thomas secretly participated in donor events held by Stand Together, a network of organizations founded by libertarian brothers David and Charles Koch. The report highlighted one of the Supreme Court’s most-cited decisions, Chevron v. NRDC, which came in 1984 and could be overturned in the upcoming Supreme Court term.
For Context: ProPublica said the Koch Brothers have challenged the decision in court, lobbied for Congress to nullify it, and spent millions of dollars funding opposition research.
A Hit Piece?: Fox News (Right bias) criticized ProPublica for claiming to be an independent, non-partisan outlet, but receiving donations from entities on the left. It also featured a rebuttal from Stand Together.
Key Quotes: Gretchen Reiter of Stand Together told Fox News, "All of the sitting Justices and many who came before them have contributed to the national dialogue in speeches, book tours, and social gatherings. Our events are no different. To claim otherwise is false.” A spokesperson for Stand Together told ProPublica, “Thomas wasn’t present for fundraising conversations.”
How The Media Covered It: Coverage across the spectrum varied drastically. As of Sunday afternoon, many outlets from the left and center covered the story, while coverage was less common on the right. Right-rated sources that covered the story seem to suggest the significance of the report is overblown.
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From the LeftClarence Thomas Secretly Participated in Koch Network Donor Events
On Jan. 25, 2018, dozens of private jets descended on Palm Springs International Airport. Some of the richest people in the country were arriving for the annual winter donor summit of the Koch network, the political organization founded by libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch. A long weekend of strategizing, relaxation in the California sun and high-dollar fundraising lay ahead.
Just after 6 p.m., a Gulfstream G200 jet touched down on the tarmac. One of the Koch network’s most powerful allies was on board: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
From the CenterNew Clarence Thomas Report Throws Wrench in Upcoming Supreme Court Case
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From the RightCritics slam latest ProPublica 'hit piece' on Justice Clarence Thomas
Critics are pushing back against a ProPublica report criticizing Justice Clarence Thomas for two unreported speaking engagements with a Koch philanthropy group, saying claims of illegality or unethical behavior are ‘false’ that don’t ‘hold water.’
On Friday, ProPublica — which purports to be an independent, non-partisan outlet but has received donations from left-leaning entities — published the latest in a series criticizing Justice Thomas for allegedly violating Supreme Court ethics, which Thomas has denied.
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