As pretty much anyone with the ability to read this knows, a Supreme Court Justice has passed away. Some will extol his virtues, some will call his brand of law and constitutional understanding as faulty, and some, who even while diametrically opposed to him legally in just about everything, some will call him friend as Justice Ginsburg did. Then of course there was the inevitable social media reaction, a lot of it not terribly flattering and that is really no surprise. Here are 12 tweets that pretty much show everything wrong today in one way shape form or another. All of these tweets come from members of the press. You know, those people committed, or supposed to be committed, to bringing us unbiased truth about events and issues in the world. Those people that we trust for information.
From David Ehlich, a staff reporter for Rolling Stone. “so if the news about Scalia is true, how long do we have to wait until we can openly not be sad about it?” and “when you go to harass women outside of planned parenthood tomorrow, be sure to hold your fetus poster at half-mast. out of respect.”The second he was kind enough to provide the “#Scalia”.
From Silvia Killingsworth, A managing editor of the New Yorker “Wish I could be a fly on the wall for Scalia’s chat with the Devil” and “Died in a ranch in Texas, God bless America”
From Amanda Marcotte, a feminist writer for Salon “I guess it’s settled: God approves of abortion.” and “Scalia died where I grew up. Does that count as serendipity?”
From Tomas Rios, a senior sports editor for Vocativ “Scalia was a monster and no one’s job entitles them to respect.”
From Dave Zirin, Sports Editor for the Nation and frequent MSNBC guest “If you are unable to assign ugly truths and actual history to someone’s legacy after they die, you get airports named after Ronald Reagan.” Impressive since he managed to mock two dead public servants instead of just one. And also this “When political figures die, there’s a race to define their memory. That memory can have powerful repercussions. So remember Scalia’s victims”
Glenn Greenwald of the Intercept tweets “Don’t even try to enforce the inapplicable don’t-speak-ill-of-the-dead “rule” for the highly polarizing, deeply consequential Antonin Scalia”
Gabriel Arana, senior editor for HuffPo “The mere act of dying does not make one a saint.” with the following link, because why not insult a former British Prime Minister as well.
Finally from Dan Savage, a freelance sex columnist, “Dedicating the rest of this weekend’s marital sodomy to the memory of Antonin Scalia.”
Lest you think it was only those who claim to be, and are paid to be, journalists, let’s see what the funny folks had to say.
From Jess Dweck, a writer for Jimmy Fallon as well as a comedian, “Now Scalia will know what it’s like to have the government own his body.”
Moshe Kasher, a professional comedian, “Just to make sure I understand your argument: you want me to show respect for the death of a hateful man who disrespected so many lives?”
Lindsay Goldwert “Maybe, in death, Scalia will meet the original Constitution framers and find out their true intent. Assuming they too are burning in hell”
Even some fiction writers got in on the act.
From Charles Finch, a Victorian mystery novelist and literary critic “I mean, if you don’t want your death politicized, don’t lead a repugnant and profoundly influential political life.”
There are so many more including the expected comparisons to Hitler, etc.
The worst part is that some of us probably thought this way without tweeting it out. If we didn’t we may have thought this way if it were a political figure we disagreed with strongly. What has happened to us that the loss of a life, even a life that we may detest and dislike, causes cheering instead of mourning. That is causes mocking laughter instead of heart felt tears. That it is seen as a victory instead of a tragedy. What is wrong with us that so many thought of politics and not of his family? For all the accusations made of the man over the years that involved hate, he never once showed it, but so many are now. For all the accusations of bigotry and mocking about original intent, he stuck by it. That should be respected even if disagreed with. For all of the flack, he remained a public servant. Our response has, in many cases been sickening. It has lacked compassion or empathy. It has been, as former Justice Scalia himself may have said, pure applesauce.