The Supreme Court released an updated version of its oral argument transcripts to correct a misquote by Justice Neil Gorsuch.
The statement came during oral arguments regarding President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for companies with 100 or more employees.
Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch misspoke stating Flu kills hundreds of thousands of people every year: ❌ FALSE
✅ FACT: Flu kills on average between 20-60k Americans each year. COVID has resulted in over 850K deaths so far.
— Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (@DebbieforFL) January 8, 2022
“We have flu vaccines. The flu kills, I believe, hundreds, thousands of people every year. OSHA has never purported to regulate on that basis,” the justice noted.
However, an earlier transcript of the oral arguments claimed that Gorsuch said that “hundreds of thousands of people” die from the flu every year, causing some people to accuse the justice of promoting COVID-19 misinformation.
First, here’s the transcript that Kessler is referencing. In it, Gorsuch claims that “hundreds of thousands” of people die from flu every year. Kessler believes this is a mistake by those writing the transcript. Let’s find out! pic.twitter.com/ENGpYhKvzI
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) January 8, 2022
The updated transcript shows the impact investigative journalism and activists can have in small ways, even in the nation’s highest court.
The quote did not have a major impact on the case, but is an example of the Supreme Court seeking to make certain all of its statements are accurate.