Breath wrote a defensive editorial in the Journal before publication of the report denying any wrongdoing, stating in the headline that ProPublica « misleads its readers ».
The editorial board criticized ProPublica for its « characteristically oblique » reporting that Alito had violated the court’s ethics policy of disclosing gifts. A number of lawmakers have called for court reform since the outlet revealed earlier this year Justice Clarence Thomas’ close ties to GOP mega-donor Harlan Crow.
« Judge Alito is still in court, so that’s the big fish ProPublica is attempting to catch and fillet, » the counsel added. “We are defending the Court because someone has to. Someone has to defend the independence of the judiciary and an institution that is part of the bedrock of our constitutional order. »
Stephen Engelberg, managing editor of ProPublica, doomed the editorial’s title« that the piece stated without anyone having read the article and without asking for our comment. »
“We are curious whether The Journal vetted the essay prior to publication,” he told the New York Times.
Meanwhile, a new Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday found the The Supreme Court’s public approval rating fell to 30%. among registered voters, the lowest since the poll began nearly two decades ago.