January 2, 2014

MSNBC’s Irin Carmon Tweets ‘Et Tu, Sotomayor’ in Reax to Justice’s One-Page Obamacare Contraception Injunction

Apparently, “I will think before I tweet” should be on Irin Carmon’s New Year’s resolution list. Her failure to do so shortly before the ball dropped in Times Square signaling the beginning of 2014 has caused her considerable embarrassment.

On Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued an injunction which “temporarily prevented (the government) from enforcing contraceptive coverage requirements (in Obamacare) against the Denver-based Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged.” MSNBC Digital National Reporter Carmon then proceeded to compare the “wise Latina” to the man who betrayed Julius Caesar (HT Twitchy):


Abortion rights absolutist Carmon quickly deleted her tweet, but Twitchy’s Twitter curators captured it for posterity.

Sotomayor’s injunction is a routine one-page, eight-line document which in no way indicates the Barack Obama-nominated justice’s disposition towards the case.

Ms. Carmon, who, as noted, claims to be a “reporter,” is — I’m not kidding — a visiting fellow at the Yale Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice, whose mission is to:

… to promote justice with respect to reproductive health issues, provide a supportive environment for young scholars interested in academic or advocacy careers focusing on reproductive rights and justice issues; and provide opportunities for communication between the academic and advocacy communities.

The Program assumes that Roe v. Wade should be treated as unassailable settled law, and seeks to:

encourage the academic community to broaden the narrow focus of scholarship in reproductive rights and justice from the questions of whether Roe was correctly decided, to an examination of different factors that are necessary for justice in area of reproductive health policies.

Not that I expected it anyway, but I don’t think we’ll be getting much objective reporting on court proceedings relating to the HHS contraception mandate from Ms. Carmon this year. So I resolve this year not to believe a word she writes on those matters.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.



  1. The irony being, of course, that this is not in any way a question of reproductive “rights.” It is whether the government can mandate contraceptive coverage. No one is removing the right to obtain contraceptives. It is hard to imagine that there is no right without mandated coverage. It is highly unlikely that anyone could not afford this without the mandate. If the precedent is established, then government mandate is without a clear boundary. If we have not gone there already.
    I would be interested to see the government’s case here establishing the need.
    And Sebelius and her Catholic upbringing/education squaring up against the Little Sisters of the Poor. What does she intend to say to St Peter at the Gates?

    Comment by Jim — January 2, 2014 @ 4:06 pm

  2. “Can I have a do-over?”

    Comment by Tom — January 2, 2014 @ 10:15 pm

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