Ugh: NYT’s Liptak Gushes Over 'Rock Star' Justice Ginsburg, AKA ‘Notorious R.B.G.’

NewsBusters | 2/9/2018 | Staff
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Friday’s New York Times featured a “Sidebar” column by the paper’s left-leaning Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak celebrating Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “24 Years on the Bench, and Still Putting Them in the Seats.” The online headline provied her nickname: “On Tour With Notorious R.B.G., Judicial Rock Star.”

Liptak is a long-time fan of Ginsburg’s social-justice approach to interpreting the law, and the text box summed up the tone of his lead National section "news" story: "Boisterous applause for a genial justice in city after city."

Ginsburg - Nickname - Reference - Rapper - Notorious

Before using Ginsburg’s silly nickname (a reference to the late rapper Notorious B.I.G.), Liptak compared her to a music superstar of another era.

They say that Bob Dylan, 76, is on a never-ending tour. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is eight years older and has a day job, seems to have acquired Mr. Dylan’s taste for the road.

Space - Weeks - Appearances - Pattern - Ovation

In the space of three weeks, she is set to make at least nine public appearances. They follow a pattern: a thunderous standing ovation from an adoring crowd, followed by gentle questioning from a sympathetic interviewer.

The same kind of treatment Liptak gave Ginsburg.

Audience - Swoons - Show - Venue

The audience swoons, and the show moves on to the next venue.

She seems to enjoy the attention. “I am soon to be 85,” she said on Tuesday at New York Law School, “and everyone wants to take their picture with me.”

Fans - Notorious - RBG - Nod - Rapper

Her fans call her Notorious R.B.G., a nod to the rapper Notorious B.I.G.,...
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