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Media’s Gorsuch Hit Continues To Delegitimize SCOTUS

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2023
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As with ProPublica’s recent smear of Clarence Thomas, there’s a lot of excitement across the left-wing Twittersphere over a Politico hit on Neil Gorsuch. But even as a transparent piece of partisan propaganda, it is poorly conceived.

Politico kicks off the piece, “Law firm head bought Gorsuch-owned property,” with a purposefully deceptive claim: “For nearly two years beginning in 2015, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch sought a buyer for a 40-acre tract of property he co-owned in rural Granby, Colo.”

No. For nearly two years before he was even nominated as a Supreme Court justice, a group that included Gorsuch tried to sell a Colorado property they owned together since 2005. And nine days after Gorsuch was confirmed, but before he ruled on any cases, the property was sold to a lawyer who runs Colorado’s biggest law firm. Gorsuch netted between $250,000 and $500,000 on the sale.

The reason Politico’s Heidi Przybyla is aware of Gorsuch’s super secret arrangement is that it’s listed right there on his publicly available federal disclosure form from 2017 alongside every other income – stock sales, etc.

Yet, one of Politico’s central insinuations is that Gorsuch was trying to conceal this transaction because he “did not report the identity of the purchaser.” And it’s true that the nominee didn’t fill out the “Identity of buyer/seller” column for the estate transaction – or, for that matter, on any other income. I went back and looked at all the disclosure forms of Supreme Court justices in 2017, and none of them made a single notation in that column for any transaction. And, as far as I can tell, that line has never seen as much as a scribble from any justice in any year. Politico is holding Gorsuch to a completely new standard.

The piece also goes on to claim that Gorsuch “didn’t indicate that there had been a real estate sale or a purchaser.” This is just false. On the very first page of the disclosure, Gorsuch notes that he was a member of the “Walden Group, LLC,” right next to the words “mountain property.” On the next page, he lists the specifics.

The other central accusation of the piece is that the sale of the property created a conflict of interest for Gorsuch. But the lawyer who bought the property, Brian Duffy, says he’s never met or spoken to Gorsuch. And Politico offers no evidence to the contrary. Nor does Politico offer evidence that Gorsuch has ever deviated from his long-held legal philosophy to help anyone at Duffy’s huge law firm, Greenberg Traurig. (Duffy, incidentally, sends most of his contributions to Democrats – including Raphael Warnock, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama.)

It takes only a few paragraphs to figure out that Gorsuch broke no law and did nothing that a good-faith observer could deem unethical. So the piece, much like the coverage of Thomas’ friendship with Harlan Crow, tries to cover up its lack of substantiation with a veneer of vaguely journalistic-sounding verbiage. Przybyla then gives the floor to Dick Durbin and other left-wing anti-court activists, as one does when writing an unbiased piece insinuating that a Supreme Court is corrupt. “Without decisive action, the conservatives on the Supreme Court will forever tarnish its reputation in our public life,” one of these activists explains.

Elena Kagan, who served as Obama’s solicitor general, had no problem participating in a case upholding Obamacare. But Gorsuch once associated with characters that Przybyla finds unsavory. “Gorsuch’s ties to the oil and gas industry run deep,” Przybyla reminds the reader (which is bad, in case there is confusion).

To bolster allusions of impropriety, Politico links to a similarly weak New York Times article from 2017, “Neil Gorsuch Has Web of Ties to Secretive Billionaire.” The shadowy tycoon in question is Philip Anschutz, whose name adorns medical facilities and buildings and museums across the state because he is known to basically everyone in Colorado. Anyway, years ago, Gorsuch worked with Anschutz, who in turn championed the fellow Coloradoan for a court during the Bush years. And because Gorsuch made money with people connected to Anschutz in the private sector, it means…

I don’t know what it means. And it doesn’t really matter. These hits are chum for partisans to swarm around. The only thing that matters is creating the perception that “conservative” justices – as if that explains Gorsuch’s legal philosophy – are corrupt. How else could they possibly believe those wacky originalist ideas, anyway? It’s all part of a concerted effort to delegitimize a Supreme Court that still occasionally upholds a semblance of constitutional limits on the state, the one thing still standing in the way of progressive project.

David Harsanyi is a senior editor at The Federalist. Harsanyi is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of five books – the most recent, “Eurotrash: Why America Must Reject the Failed Ideas of a Dying Continent.” His work has appeared in National Review, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Reason, New York Post and numerous other publications. Follow him on Twitter @davidharsanyi.

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Hal-
Hal-
9 months ago

In general, I get the notion that the Media is still got a butt-burn feeling about Gorsuch! They fought hard to try to get him dismissed as a SCOTUS nominee (with big help from most of the mainstream media. And the LIB media will not let the issue lie and move on.

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
9 months ago

Its obvious that the left has identified the Supreme Court as an enemy and as we have
seen in the past when you are opposed to lefty communism, there will be
hell to pay. I pray that our Supreme Court will survive this oncoming hell from the left.
You either support the left or you are wiped out. Lets hope we get it together and organize
before we are destroyed. You either organize opposition or you will be run over. Sitting on
our butts and merely reading will destroy what is left of decency. Act or be eliminated.
We see today in Ukraine what commies do when they decide to act. Our problem is that we
don’t believe it will happen here. Hello ? Are we all smoking dope ? The Chi-coms already
are already dominating us without firing a shot.

Rob citizenship
Rob citizenship
9 months ago

Your writing of this article is appreciated David, it is a very good article and the thorough research
you did to present the truth is
obvious. Good research on a topic such as this makes for fertile ground so that truth can grow, and truth is always a great crop to grow. It is great when ethical matters are defended properly , you accomplished that and it contributes to a better outlook, a better spirit for all who value the qualities that concern Faith, Family and Freedom.

John
John
9 months ago

Obama nominates Garland in 2016 — YOU WILL NOT EVEN GET A HEARING NO MATTER WHO IS NOMINATED BECAUSE ITS THE LAST YEAR OF YOUR TERM

Gorsuch gets the seat

Trump nominates Barrett in 2020 — WE ARE CONFIRMING HER BECAUSE WE CAN

Republicans have the gall to accuse the democrats of reshaping the court.

Charlotte A Mahin
Charlotte A Mahin
9 months ago

It appears that the far-left now is searching diligently for any sign that a Republican is engaging in wrong doing. I think that the Socialists are simply trying their best to make we Conservatives look as corrupt as their own party is. The DC Democrats and the ones ” leading” state and local governments are so corrupt in so many ways and these officials don’t even try to hide it.

Sue
Sue
9 months ago

How can any reporter be proud of half truth and incomplete and incompetent reporting. How can they sleep at night? Oh, maybe they don’t sleep so they can come up with the outstanding stuff. It is stuff dreams are made up of.

Woodreaux
Woodreaux
9 months ago

Never give in to the commies.

Vilas Gamble
Vilas Gamble
9 months ago

This has been the socialist/communist, otherwise known as Progressives, mantra since they lost control of the Supreme Court. Their efforts to pack the Court have been thwarted so their tactic now is try and attack some of the Court’s conservative members to the end that they can remove them and replace them with socialist/communist judges that would result in a 5-4 Court leaning in their favor. As Rush Limbaugh used to say I know these people like the back of my hand. They feign support for freedom but in reality, they want complete control over all aspects of our lives.

legally present
legally present
9 months ago

Everything that Ruthy Ginsberg did was OK with the Democrats, didn’t matter if SHE broke the rules, they worshiped her. Now that there are more conservatives on the bench, they can’t have that, that’s what this is all about.

Hardy
Hardy
9 months ago

stop making you look corrupt?
but your already Doing a good job at that. You don’t need us lol

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