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Drudge Report smears Chief Justice Roberts for taking medicine to control epileptic seizures

The Drudge Report, which sets the agenda for much of the right-wing noise machine, stooped to a new low today with THIS:

In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of health care reform, the Drudge Report is smearing Chief Justice John Roberts over the possibility that he might use epilepsy medication and suggesting that it affected his judgment.

Drudge linked to a Real Clear Politics post that contains a clip of right-wing radio host Michael Savage claiming that “if you look at Roberts’ writings you can see the cognitive disassociation in what he is saying.”

Roberts had a seizure in 2007, after suffering one 14 years earlier. The Washington Post reported this month that Roberts has not publicly addressed whether he has epilepsy.

Drudge also linked to a 2007 New York Times report that discussed Roberts’ medical options. The article described the side effects of epilepsy drugs, but it has never been reported that Roberts actually takes such medication.

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  1. Neftali

    This sounds like a reach to me. I saw the Drudge headline yesterday and didn’t interpret it that way at all. To me it looked like Drudge was mockingly speaking on behalf of Roberts telling everyone in the country to “take your medicine”, meaning to accept the Obamacare ruling.

  2. Neftali: Drudge linked to a clip of right-wing radio host Michael Savage claiming that medicine for epilepsy has affected Roberts’ mental abilities.

  3. And there’s this:

    Savage told his “Savage Nation” listeners that on the way to the studio for his program tonight he visited a world famous neurologist he knows, and they talked about Obamacare.

    The physician urged Savage to check out Roberts’ history with epilepsy, referring him to a New York Times report in August 2007. The article said that after Roberts suffered a seizure, doctors were weighing whether to treat him with powerful drugs with “troubling side effects,” including mental slowing and forgetfulness.

    There’s more here from World Nut Daily (which is more than happy to pass this stuff along):

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/06/michael-savage-roberts-affected-by-medication/

  4. Neftali: I find that the image at the top of this post is not the one showing Drudge’s links to the stuff about Roberts and his medicine.

    The correct Drudge page can be found in this piece:

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/06/29/508761/conservatives-claim-roberts-upheld-obamacare-because-of-cognitive-problems-due-to-his-epilepsy-medicine/?tw_p=twt

  5. dogrescuer

    The right wing hate mongers have become so vicious and fanatic that this election year has evolved into something very scary and hateful.

  6. expdoc

    Right wing hate mongers? Ha. If you think vile hate is only attributable to the right, you should have hung out in Wisconsin for the last year.

    You are describing the political environment of 21st century America. The left and the right are guilty. Media types like our friend Pat love to throw gasoline on the fire because they make money when things burn.

    If you want to see scary, give it 5-10 years. Then we will be forced to deal with our lavish federal deficit and debt and I fear we will see riots in the streets. But I bet it won’t be the right wingers rioting. It will be the dependent class that has been carefully built over the last 40 years by the left, hoping to solidify it’s political power base.

  7. Wilson

    Funny thing is the The Drudge Report is a news aggregation website.

  8. Truth About Energy

    Justice Douglas later wrote that he believed that Justice Black’s legal thinking changed because of a stroke.

    That wasn’t viewed as crazy at the time. The opinion of a neurologist is legitimate.

  9. Who on the SC is not taking medication? Thomas appears to be on life support.

  10. Truth About Energy: Why am I not surprised that you lend credence to theories advanced by some right-wing kook’s neurologist friend who knows nothing about John Robert’s health?

  11. Wilson: What’s your point?

  12. wilson

    I guess think (quoting Jethro Tull) you are think as a brick?

  13. Larry

    FYI, Drudge is an aggregate news blog. He just provides links to other websites. In this case, it was Michael Savage who made the remark about Justice Roberts’ medication.

    Nice try, though.

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