The debate on Sotomayor is over

In the marketplace of ideas the debate over Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s senate and congressional confirmation is over.  Conventional news outlets have presented the public and private debate not as analysis fueled processes but as mindless entertainment preferring emotion over substance. The standard media product is universally disserving customers in painting Sotomayor as either racist latina or perfectly evenhanded liberal, rather than providing hard discussion to her 28+ years of legal experience.

However, for those intrepid consumers who demand something more substantial than blue vs red trash, some products exist. For great legal analysis and commentary on the Sotomayor issue, one would be wise to check Tom Goldstein’s Scotus Blog. In this post Goldstein takes the backlog of Sotomayor’s decisions and provides a general picture of her opinion on race.

In the context of Sotomayor’s statement spoken 8 years ago, Goldstein takes a spin free stance on her track record as a judge regarding race-related cases:

“In sum, in an eleven-year career on the Second Circuit, Judge Sotomayor has participated in roughly 100 panel decisions involving questions of race and has disagreed with her colleagues in those cases (a fair measure of whether she is an outlier) a total of 4 times. “

My warning to consumers of all media is to never be satisfied with one source and always question bias. While the confirmation hearings are far from over, it sounds as if the talking heads have positioned themselves to be free from fair reporting, and have thus made final decisions. Decide for yourselves only when analysis and reason have come to party.

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