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Race To The Bottom: Conservative Media Attack Judge Sotomayor

See our latest video on media reaction to the nomination of Judge Sotomayor. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you would like to book a guest from Media Matters to discuss these topics. Thanks!

Ben Fishel

Race To The Bottom: Conservative Media Attack Judge Sotomayor

More items below…

Media work from opposition's playbook by advancing smears about Sotomayor's intelligence
SUMMARY: Several media figures have repeated or advanced smears that Sonia Sotomayor lacks the intellect to be an effective Supreme Court justice or is not as intelligent as others President Obama considered. To Read More CLICK HERE.

ABC's Greenburg takes Sotomayor remarks out of context, provides opposition spin
SUMMARY: ABC's Jan Crawford Greenburg aired two comments from Sonia Sotomayor, in both cases removing her remarks from context and providing only criticisms of those statements from her conservative opponents.

Media uncritically repeat claim that New Haven firefighters case shows Sotomayor is an activist
SUMMARY: The media have echoed conservatives' claim that Sonia Sotomayor's position in Ricci v. DeStefano shows that she is an "activist" judge. In fact, Sotomayor agreed with four of her 2nd Circuit colleagues that precedent compelled the decision in the case. To Read More CLICK HERE.

Politico ignores history of conservatives' citing importance of empathy in a judge
SUMMARY: The Politico reported attacks from conservatives that Sonia Sotomayor, in the words of Wendy Long, "applies her feelings ... when deciding cases." However, the article did not note that numerous Republicans have previously praised compassion as a judicial attribute. To Read More CLICK HERE.

Politico, Wash. Post omit context of Sotomayor remark about "Latina," "white male" judges
SUMMARY: Discussing the politics surrounding Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court nomination, the Politico and The Washington Post omitted the context of her 2001 remark about "Latina" and "white male" judges. To Read More CLICK HERE.


Ben Fishel

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Media Matters For America
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