Sotomayor Not ‘Normal’ Like ‘Unbiased’ White Pundits

Claiming that he doesn’t “know at this point whether Judge Sonia Sotomayor is a good choice for Supreme Court justice or a bad one,” critic Dave Lindorff (, 5/28/09) does note that she “is a lousy judge for writers and other creative people” for ruling “that the [New York] Times and periodical publishers could reprint, without any additional compensation, any freelance works they contracted.” Then Lindorff proceeds to get to the real problem at the core of so much of the media criticism directed toward Sotomayor:

But the elite–the white male editors and TV commentators, the white male politicians, and the white male public–don’t see their own decisions as rooted in their white male expereience. They see their experience as being “normal” and “unbiased.” It is, to them, only others who are not “normal” like them who are biased, or or who are carrying some kind of chip on their shoulders.

See some particularly egregious examples recently critiqued on FAIR Blog by activism director Peter Hart and editor Jim Naureckas.