NY Times Continues its Front-Page Lobbying for Sotomayor
By Don Feder
Monday June 1, 2009

True to form, in an alleged “news” story yesterday, The New York Times continued its front-page campaign for the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. Why The Times isn’t required to file as a federal lobbyist is a mystery.

The article claims Obama “bemoaned” racial “identity politics” during the campaign, but his Supreme Court nominee is said to embody them.

As proof that Obama rejected identity politics during the 2008 campaign, The Times says he disavowed “the inflammatory rhetoric of his minister,” Rev. Jeremiah Wright.  In reality, he first tried to rationalize Wright’s racism. Finally, when it was starting to take a toll on his popularity, Obama admitted that he was disappointed in the lunatic racist.

The Times tries to deflect complaints about Sotomayor’s firm commitment to racial spoils and her belief that skin color somehow bestows virtue.

At one point, the story petulantly notes, “Of the 110 who have served on the [Supreme] court, only four were not white males.” Who cares? Most of us don’t think of race or gender as qualifications for the high court.

The article observes that Obama’s selection process “was geared from the beginning toward finding a female or minority candidate or both.” It further informs us that Obama’s political advisors thought the choice of Sotomayor would help the Democrats to get a “lock” on the Hispanic vote. (Obama got 67% in 2008.) If this isn’t identity politics, I’d like to know what is.

The Times has yet to mention, even in passing, Sotomayor’s membership in the National Council of La Raza — the Hispanic equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan. (La Raza is Spanish for “the race.”) For a rundown of what this fringe group believes, check out the exposé on David Horowitz’s DiscoverTheNetworks.org.

At the end of the tendentious piece, The Times approvingly quotes Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez declaring that she couldn’t see the difference between Samuel Alito saying he thought of his immigrant ancestors when deciding immigration and naturalization cases, and Sotomayor saying a “wise Latina woman” possessed a special wisdom that white males could only aspire to.

Since The New York Times sees everything through the lens of race and gender, naturally, it can’t figure out what the problem is with Sonia Sotomayor.

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