April 5, 2022

Politico: Jackson Likely First Black Supreme Court Justice

  • Executive, Flyover Country

By: Konrad Holden

In Brief: 
On Monday morning, Politico sent out a tweet and article saying that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson would be the first black Supreme Court justice if she is confirmed. Politico also included the mistake in an article on their site. The first black justice was Thurgood Marshall who was confirmed in 1967. Clarence Thomas was the second black justice to take the bench in 1991. Politico released a tweet to replace the mistake saying that they meant to say the first black female Supreme Court justice.

The Background: 
In 1967, Thurgood Marshall was nominated to the Supreme Court by Lyndon B. Johnson. Marshall was confirmed by a large margin of 69 ‘yeas’ to 11 ‘nays’. Then, when Marshall decided to retire in 1991, President George H. W. Bush nominated Clarence Thomas to replace him. After a grueling nomination process where Thomas was accused of sexually harassing a woman without sufficient evidence, he was confirmed by the Senate. Thomas currently sits on the Supreme Court. Both Marshall and Thomas are black. 

But it seems that a news outlet may have forgotten about Marshall and Thomas.

On Monday, Politico tweeted out that Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson would be the “first Black Supreme Court justice” if she is confirmed by the Senate. The outlet also included the falsehood in an article. 

Later, they released an update indicating they meant to say she would be the first “black female Supreme Court justice.”

On Tuesday, Jackon’s nomination was voted out of the judiciary committee where it was stalled by a gridlocked partisan disagreement. Jackson is expected to be confirmed to the Supreme Court by the end of the week.

Notable Quotes: 

"For the record: This replaces an earlier tweet that stated Ketanji Brown Jackson could be the first Black Supreme Court justice, it should have said the first Black female Supreme Court justice. We apologize for the error." - Politico

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