Schumer’s office blasts Politico over false report SC Justice Sotomayor dined with Democrat leaders

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office slammed one of the nation’s top political news websites following a major blunder resulting in an incorrect story that liberal Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor dined with top Democrats at a swanky D.C. eatery following the court’s hearing of arguments over President Joe Biden’s controversial vaccine mandates.

In a mad rush to break a story, Politico Playbook acted on a hot tip that Sotomayor was spotted breaking bread with Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., along with other Democrats at Le Diplomate which would have been a major scoop considering that the “wise Latina” had not shown up in person for the oral arguments but appeared remotely, possibly over concerns about COVID.

After publishing the image, the outlet was forced to issue a correction that the woman at the table wasn’t Sotomayor but Schumer’s wife Iris, leaving Politico management and editors with egg dripping off of their faces over a sloppy miscue that further illustrates why so many Americans distrust the establishment media.

Schumer’s top spokesperson took to Twitter to scold Politico for the faulty reporting.

“If anyone from playbook or Politico had reached out before they printed it, I could have saved them the embarrassment,” wrote communications director Justin Goodman.

Politico was forced to retract and update, writing that “CORRECTION: This morning’s Playbook had a photo of a Friday dinner at Le Diplomate, and misidentified Iris Schumer, the majority leader’s wife, as Sonia Sotomayor,” according to Twitter. “Our tipster got it wrong, but we should have double checked. We deeply regret the error.”

However, the Politico employee who wrote the initial correction made matters worse by getting Schumer’s wife’s name wrong, a mistake that astute Twitter users quickly pointed out.

Playbook has since issued yet another correction correctly identifying the Majority Leader’s spouse, “Today’s Playbook misidentified Iris Weinshall, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s wife, as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. We failed to verify the information as our standards require, and deeply regret the error.”

Politico’s bungled scoop brought a predictable reaction from Twitter users.

Sotomayor made major waves during Friday’s SCOTUS arguments for her either being badly misinformed or just peddling outlandish lies about children on ventilators, a fib so enormous that even fearmongering CDC Director Rochelle Walensky has to admit that it was false.

Politico’s reputation likely won’t take much of a hit with Kool-Aid drinking Democrats and COVID cultists but discerning news consumers will have good reason to view any of its reporting with skepticism going forward.


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