While he is not the chief justice of the Supreme Court, he is, I contend, surely the most colorful and, I strongly suspect, the most frequently quoted.
I have met Justice Antonin Scalia only once and briefly, but he was wonderfully congenial. And he appears to have been interviewed more often than the other justices – with whom, within their chambers, I suspect that the argumentation is exciting, profound, robust and (I know) historic.
I was grateful indeed to receive by email a series of questions and answers posed by New York Magazine to this historically articulate Supreme Court justice:
Q: What’s your media diet? Where do you get your news?
A: Well, we get newspapers in the morning.
Q: “We” meaning the justices?
A: No! Maureen and I.
Q: Oh, you and your wife …
A: I usually skim them. We just get the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times. We used to get the Washington Post, but it’s just … went too far for me. I couldn’t handle it anymore.
Q: What tipped you over the edge?
A: It was the treatment of almost any conservative issue. It was slanted and often nasty. And, you know, why should I get upset every morning? I don’t think I’m the only one. I think they lost subscriptions partly because they became so shrilly, shrilly liberal.
Q: So, no New York Times, either?
A: No New York Times, no Post.
Q: And do you look at anything online?
A: I get most of my news, probably, driving back and forth to work, on the radio.
Q: Not National Public Radio?
A: Sometimes NPR, but not usually.
Q: Talk guys?
A: Talk guys, usually.
Q: Do you have a favorite?
A: You know who my favorite is? My good friend Bill Bennett. He’s off the air by the time I’m driving in, but I listen to him sometimes when I’m shaving. He has a wonderful talk show. It’s very thoughtful. He has good callers.
I am sorry – even though I understand – that I have found no mention of this undeniable news in either of those two newspapers, the Washington Post or the New York Times.
Surely we in talk radio frequently broadcast callers who strongly disagree with us. And I’m among those talk-radio hosts who have rarely ever cut off even the most strongly critical caller.
I’m most grateful that New York Magazine has reported that this memorable Supreme Court justice “get(s) most of my news on the radio,” from “talk guys.”