Today In Bad Journalism
A headline at The Hill claims that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg referred to South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham as one of the “Women Of The Senate”:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg appears to have been caught up in a gender-swapping snafu, mistakenly dubbing Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) one of the “women of the Senate.”
The 84-year-old Supreme Court justice delivered remarks at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania on Monday as she accepted the Prize for Civility in Public Life, honoring her and late Justice Antonin Scalia.
“Let’s hope members of Congress, the members Allegheny College has already honored — Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. John McCain [R-Ariz.] — the women of the Senate, Sens. Dianne Feinstein [D-Calif.] and Lindsey Graham — let’s hope that they and others of goodwill will lead in restoring harmonious work ways,” Ginsburg said during her acceptance speech.
Graham’s office didn’t return ITK’s request for comment about the gender blunder involving the 61-year-old senator.
Without listening to the audio, the obvious conclusion from the quote is that Ginsburg is clearly listing past winners of the award. In 2013, Graham was awarded the prize jointly with California Senator Dianne Feinstein. Other past winners include former Vice-President Joe Biden and Senator John McCain, In 2014, the award was giving to “the women of the Senate” and was accepted on their behalf by Maine Senator Susan Collins and former Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski.
There was no mistake here on Ginsburg’s part, just on the part of a reporter who didn’t do their homework.