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Racist and Sexist Coverage of Sotomayor Precedes Her Senate Confirmation Hearings

By July 13, 2009

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Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor begins confirmation hearings today. And although they may be lengthy and intense, we can only hope that they will be civil. The same can't be said about some of the prior coverage of Sotomayor which has been laced with hate and scorn since her nomination by President Obama.

Take a look at this montage of clips showing the incredibly biased and outright nasty statements made about her judicial career, her educational background, her cultural heritage and even her gender. Compiled by the Women's Media Center, they include racist and sexist statements made by Rush Limbaugh, Dennis Miller, Glenn Beck, Tom Tancredo, G. Gordon Liddy, Pat Buchanan, and a host of other folks from FOX News.

This sort of thing will continue unless we make it clear that this type of media coverage is unacceptable. The Women's Media Center (WMC) is asking for media justice for Sonia Sotomayor and is providing ways for you to make your voice heard. They're also asking you to submit examples of unfair coverage of Sotomayor to them so they can keep track of media bias.

As the hearings move forward, the WMC expects that there will be "vigorous debate of Sotomayor’s qualifications & abilities." And they're calling on the media "to refrain from allowing sexist and racist remarks to go unchecked." Considering the fact that Sotomayor brings more federal judicial experience than any Supreme Court justice in 100 years, isn't it common courtesy to treat her with the respect she has clearly earned?

Related article: Media Coverage of Sotomayor Thus Far


July 15, 2009 at 6:19 am
(1) Sallie says:

I am so sick to death of these right wing radio talk show “personalities”, all they do is spew hate every single time they open their mouths. Sonia Sotomayer should and more than likely will be confirmed. The comment that she made years ago has been completely taken out of context, I understood where she was coming from.
If people think the rest of the Chief Justice’s don’t have their own biased opinions about things then they have been living under a rock.

July 15, 2009 at 12:01 pm
(2) Caroline says:

IMHO Judge Sotomayor was subjected to unbelievably patronizing and condescending comments wrapped in a guise of civility on Tuesday. I don’t care how it is dressed up. Misogamy is still misogamy.

July 15, 2009 at 1:48 pm
(3) Helynna Brooke says:

The racist and sexist media coverage of Sonia Sotomayor has been a brutal reminder to me of how far we still have to go for women or minorities to be seen as valuable contributors to society. To date, most women and minorities have been let into most positions of leadership as “honorary white males”. The unique value we bring as women, from our different cultural backgrounds are of no value to the white male establishment. As women, we continue to make such few gains because we don’t unite and support each other much. Hopefully, the slams against Sotomayor will encourage more women to work together to support each other.

July 15, 2009 at 5:48 pm
(4) whiteknyght says:

It is an interesting conumdrum that the very same stereotypes attributed to feminists – harsh, unfeminine ball cutters – are the only attributes that female politicians can have if they intend on being politicians…

Why are their no female politicians who have had affairs? What party would support a woman who spread herself around? A politician or nominee who openly admitted to actually having had an abortion? Dead on arrival. One of the main reasons Hillary was viable and Sarah was not was that Ms Clinton long ago eschewed skirts for pantsuits. The media image is of a tough player that is anything but feminine. In fact, most male commentators probably secretly suspect she has the biggest set in the old boys boardroom.

Just an observation.

July 15, 2009 at 7:50 pm
(5) Grant says:

There are two women already in the supreme court and you guys are freaking out? Sotomayor is getting heat because of her decision she upheld about the firefighters from New Haven that the Supreme Court ruled against, not because she is a women. Move on people…i mean ladies.

July 25, 2009 at 6:54 pm
(6) larry busch says:

I do not agree, she is a racist to me.

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