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• The claim is based on a news headline that appears to be fabricated.
• The Supreme Court has not released any information saying Sotomayor tested positive for COVID-19, and the media has not reported any such news.
Two U.S. Supreme Court justices recently made headlines when the court’s mask-wearing practices came under scrutiny, but a social media claim took the story one step further.
"Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor tests positive for COVID-19 despite triple vaccination, diligent masking and working from home," an image shared in a Jan. 18 Facebook post says. The post is a screenshot of a Jan. 22 news headline, which bears a CNBC logo and the byline of CNBC reporter Kevin Breuninger.
A Facebook post says, "Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor tests positive for COVID-19 despite triple vaccination, diligent masking and working from home." The post looks like a screenshot of a Jan. 22 news headline, with a CNBC logo and CNBC reporter Breuninger’s byline.
But the headline that appears in the screenshot is not authentic.
The Supreme Court has not released any information that says Sotomayor tested positive for COVID-19, and there are no media reports that include that news.
We rate this claim False.
CNBC.com, accessed Jan. 20, 2022
CNBC, "Supreme Court justices push back on report of Covid mask rift," Jan. 19, 2022
CNBC.com, "Kevin Breuninger," accessed Jan. 20, 2022
Facebook post, Jan. 18, 2022
NPR, "Gorsuch didn't mask despite Sotomayor's COVID worries, leading her to telework," Jan. 18, 2022
PolitiFact, "Inaccurate early vote count in one Michigan county was a human error, not a failure of the software," Nov. 18, 2020
PolitiFact, Ted Nugent, accessed Jan. 20, 2022
Supreme Court of the United States, "Press Release," Oct. 1, 2021
Twitter account, accessed Jan. 20, 2022
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