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Reuters Fails Their Own “Standard Principles” In Pouty SCOTUS Article

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Lets be honest, the media doesn’t abide by their own standards and we all know it. Read this following paragraph and see if it is unbiased. Go:

“The leak of a U.S. Supreme Court document not only exposed its intention to overturn the Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision, but also pulled the curtain back on a court whose lofty reputation as the grown-up branch of government could be slipping away,” Reuters tweeted from their official Twitter account., along with a short video.

Here are the news group’s “Trust Principles” let see if they have lived up to their own rules:

The Trust Principles are:

  1. That Reuters shall at no time pass into the hands of any one interest, group, or faction;
  2. That the integrity, independence, and freedom from bias of Thomson Reuters shall at all times be fully preserved;
  3. That Reuters shall supply unbiased and reliable news services to newspapers, news agencies, broadcasters, and other media subscribers and to businesses, governments, institutions, individuals, and others with whom Reuters has or may have contracts;
  4. That Thomson Reuters shall pay due regard to the many interests which it serves in addition to those of the media; and
  5. That no effort shall be spared to expand, develop, and adapt the news and other services and products of Thomson Reuters so as to maintain its leading position in the international news and information business

Here is more of the article, let’s count the Opinions:

WASHINGTON, May 3 (Reuters) – The leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion-rights decision shows a once-staid body creaking under pressure as its increasingly assertive conservative majority looks to upend the law on a range of major issues.

The court’s hard-won reputation as the grown-up branch of government is now slipping away. The disclosure of the draft was the latest in a string of controversies ensnaring the court, intended to be a nonpartisan body. read more

Conservative Justice Clarence Thomas has been under fire from Democrats over the role of his wife, Ginni Thomas, as an outspoken supporter of Republican former President Donald Trump, including his efforts to overturn his 2020 election defeat based on false claims of widespread voting fraud.

Justice Neil Gorsuch, one of three Trump appointees who helped build a 6-3 conservative majority on the court, drew scrutiny in January when he was the only person inside the courtroom not to wear a face mask during the surge of the Omicron coronavirus variant. The court also lagged in confirming the planned retirement of liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, taking a full day to do so after that news surfaced in January.

The unprecedented leak of a draft opinion – one that would overturn a nearly 50-year-old precedent – adds to a sense that all is not well within the court’s marble hallways, said Chicago-Kent College of Law Professor Carolyn Shapiro, who formerly served as a Breyer clerk.

“It certainly seems like the longstanding norms of the institution are under a severe amount of pressure,” Shapiro said. “It seems as if the polarization we are experiencing in the country is similarly being experienced on the court.”

The leaker’s identity has not been disclosed. A relatively small number of people have access to such draft opinions, including law clerks for the nine justices, court administrative staff and the justices themselves.

Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday announced an internal investigation.

“To the extent this betrayal of the confidences of the court was intended to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed,” Roberts said.

The conservative majority in January blocked Democratic President Joe Biden’s nationwide COVID-19 vaccine-or-test requirement for large businesses and last year let Texas enforce a law that circumvented Roe v. Wade by letting private citizens enforce the state’s Republican-backed ban on abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy.

Liberals are still furious at actions taken by Republicans to ensure that Trump could appoint three justices – Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett – in his four years in office, pushing the court rightward.

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. 

What do you think?  Did they pass their own standards, grown ups?

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