Have Sotomayor's critics actually read her Berkeley speech?

Um. That would be a resounding NO. And, it seems CNN & MSNBC haven't read it either. They continue reading only the first half of the quote and they don't bother ever mentioning the kinds of cases which she is referring to that her experience, which were about cases involving minority and woman's issues. Unfortunately, Robert Gibbs didn't seem to educate himself on the facts before joining in the walking her comment back either.

From Media Matters:

Since President Obama announced the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, numerous media figures have pointed to a sentence from a speech she delivered in 2001 at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, to characterize her or her remark as being "racist." But in singling out and criticizing her for the remark -- "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life" -- these media figures have ignored the point of Sotomayor's speech, which undercuts their criticisms. Sotomayor made the comment in question while discussing the importance of diversity on the bench and the effect of background and personal experiences on judicial decision-making, a point made by such conservatives as Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas.

Those who highlight the one comment miss her broader point, which is amplified in her words immediately following the statement for which she is being criticized. From Sotomayor's 2001 speech:


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