Reader calls out CQ for dreadful "Latina woman" reporting

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CQ rushes to join the Beltway pack by hyping the news that Judge Sonia Sotomayor used the now-infamous phrase "wise Latina woman" phrase many times. CQ assures us it's a very, very big deal:

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor delivered multiple speeches between 1994 and 2003 in which she suggested "a wise Latina woman" or "wise woman" judge might "reach a better conclusion" than a male judge.

We've been over this countless times, but every day the press simply proves our point over and over and over: the press refuses--categorically refuses--to note that Sotomayor made that remark in reference to sex and gender discrimination cases. She did not, as the press, including CQ, obediently claims, make a sweeping claim about the superiority of Latina judges vs. white males.

This "Latina woman" reporting really has become a stunning example of journalism malpractice. The only good news is that readers are now wise to it. Here's the very first comment posted under the CQ debacle:

Why didn't the author of this CQ piece tell his/her readers if Sotomayor was speaking about race and gender discrimination cases in these instances as well?

Do you love lack of context?

Couldn't have said it better myself.

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