6.03.2009

Sotomayor, Gingrich, and the demise of our press corps

Our media continues it's downward spiral into oblivion. I guess you could call what passes for journalism these days tabloid, but I feel it would be an insult to rags like The National Enquirer and OK! Magazine -- both of whom display more integrity and fewer 'anonymous" sources than the so-called traditional media.

Just now, while typing this, MSNBC had Monica Novotny and Kelly O'Donnell both "reporting" on Sotomayor's "horrific" comments without once explaining what kinda of cases she was specifically talking about where her backround would be more prudent than a white man's, nor did they read her complete comment - just the out-of-context sentence that animals like Newt & Rush attacked. It's as if they got their right-wing tlaking poitn along with everyone else and followed it's roadmap like the Stepford repoerter they truly are.

From Media Matters:

Last week's press coverage of Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court was gruesome in so many ways, as reporters routinely fell down and failed to reflect even the most basic tenets of journalism.

One of the most disturbing examples of how fundamentals were ignored involved Sotomayor's now-infamous quote from eight years ago about a "Latina woman" judge reaching a "better conclusion" on the bench than her white male counterparts. Sotomayor made the comment as part of a speech she gave at University of California, Berkeley, in 2001 in which she explored what it would mean to have more women and minorities on the bench.

To see just how dreadful the coverage of that story became, let's look at the efforts by The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, which published nearly identical news articles about the unfolding political battle surrounding Sotomayor and the "Latina woman" quote, which conservatives have latched onto. The quote became the basis for the incendiary claim made by Newt Gingrich and Glenn Beck, among others, that Sotomayor is, in fact, a racist because she thinks Hispanic judges render better decisions than whites....

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