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Shannon Bream Discusses Reaction To Sotomayor From Republican Viewpoint Only

Reported by Ellen - July 16, 2009 -

Fox News’ Supreme Court reporter Shannon Bream was a perky package of bias on yesterday’s (7/15/09) Live Desk as she gave a brief report on Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing that just so happened to fall in line with recurring Republican efforts to suggest she's a racist. It also just so happened that Bream reported only Republican reactions to Sotomayor and ignored Democrats as she concluded, “No one’s quite convinced yet with (Sotomayor’s) explanation” of the “wise Latina woman” comment. With video.

Bream told host Jon Scott, “To a lot of folks yesterday, when (Sotomayor) was finally given a chance to talk about those ‘wise Latina’ comments, she didn’t really fully explain it away. In fact, they thought her justifications and her explanations, honestly, were 180 for her.”

Bream went on to play a clip of Senator Cornyn (R-TX), saying, “I’m struggling a little bit to understand how your statement about physiological differences could affect the outcome or affect judging and your stated commitment to fidelity to the law as being your sole standard and how any litigant can know where that will end.”

Bream neither played nor quoted any Democratic Senators. This follows a pattern which both Media Matters and I have noted in which Fox has given disproportionate coverage to Republican questioning of Sotomayor. Bream concluded by saying, “So, clearly, Jon, (Senators) still have a LOT (her emphasis) of questions about those speeches. No one’s quite convinced yet with her explanation.”

No one but Republicans, maybe. Had Bream bothered to consider Democratic reaction, she would have gotten quite a different perspective. Senator Russ Feingold, for example, could not have been clearer when he said there was nothing racist about her comments and that they had been taken out of context. Senator Dick Durbin noted that when the comment was looked at in its context, she had also said, “Let us not forget that wise men like Oliver Wendell Holmes and Justice Cardozo voted on cases which upheld both sex and race discrimination in our society.” Durbin noted, “That, to me, tells the whole story.”