HON. LAMAR SMITH
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Mr. SMITH of Texas, Madam Speaker, Judge Sotomayor has yet to answer
a question at a confirmation hearing, but the national media's verdict
already is in.
Network evening newscasts used the term "conservative" to describe
critics more often than they used the term "liberal" to describe
Judge Sotomayor herself, despite her very liberal record.
And there is a clear double standard in the media's coverage of Judge
Sotomayor compared to President Bush's nominees.
After they were nominated, the national media referred to Justice
Alito and Justice Roberts as "conservative" far more frequently than
they have labeled Judge Sotomayor "liberal."
In addition, the national media have heralded Judge Sotomayor's
impressive life story, despite ignoring the similar personal story of
former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales during his confirmation.
The national media should set aside bias and treat Judge Sotomayor
the same way they treated previous nominees.