As the life cycle of the Antonin Scalia “obscene” gesture story winds down, the Boston Herald today took the opportunity to print a letter from Scalia on its news pages, and then writes a news story paraphrasing the letter and throwing in a couple of new jabs. Oh, and it then splashes it all over the front page. Glad to see there’s nothing more important going on in the world.
In his letter, Scalia uses his trademark caustic wit to take the Herald and its reporter down a peg and dismisses the whole thing as a trumped up grab at a non-story.
It has come to my attention that your newspaper published a story on Monday stating that I made an obscene gesture – inside Holy Cross Cathedral, no less. The story is false, and I ask that you publish this letter in full to set the record straight.
Your reporter, an up-and-coming “gotcha” star named Laurel J. Sweet, asked me (o-so-sweetly) what I said to those people who objected to my taking part in such public religious ceremonies as the Red Mass I had just attended. I responded, jocularly, with a gesture that consisted of fanning the fingers of my right hand under my chin. Seeing that she did not understand, I said “That’s Sicilian,” and explained its meaning – which was that I could not care less.