Numerous media figures have adopted language reflecting gender and racial stereotypes in reporting about Sonia Sotomayor's temperament and intellect, in many instances relying on anonymous characterizations in Jeffrey Rosen's New Republic piece on Sotomayor.
A Fox Nation headline stated, "Obama Says U.S. Is a 'Muslim Country.' " However, the blog post to which the headline linked noted that President Obama said, "[I]f you actually took the number of Muslim Americans, we'd be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world."
A Fox Nation headline falsely claimed that Attorney General Eric Holder "[s]ays" it is "[r]acist" to allow only citizens to vote in Georgia. In fact, the AP article Fox Nation linked to made clear that the Justice Department opposes Georgia's voter verification program because it illegally denies some citizens, and disproportionately minorities, the right to vote.
From a May 29 WorldNetDaily article:
WND also used Fox Nation's post to fundraise for it's "Where's the birth certificate?" billboard campaign and promote its petition for the "PUBLIC RELEASE OF BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE."
As Media Matters for America documented:
A May 28 headline on The Fox Nation -- Fox News' purportedly bias-free website -- asked: "Should Obama Release Birth Certificate? Or Is This Old News?" But contrary to The Fox Nation's question, the Obama campaign released a copy of President Obama's birth certificate, posting it on the campaign's Fight the Smears website. It also reportedly provided the original document to FactCheck.org, whose staff concluded in an August 21, 2008, post that it "meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship." The Hawaii Department of Health also repeatedly confirmed that the birth certificate on record with the state is valid and proves that he was born in the state of Hawaii.
A Fox Nation headline baselessly claimed that Sonia Sotomayor "Wants to Ban Guns." The story it linked to reported only that Sotomayor was part of a panel that cited precedent from an 1886 Supreme Court case to rule that "the Second Amendment only restricted the federal government" -- not state governments.
A Fox Nation headline advanced the falsehood that President Obama has not released a copy of his birth certificate.
Numerous media figures have cited anonymous smears of Sonia Sotomayor's intellect and temperament reported by The New Republic's Jeffrey Rosen, though Rosen has admitted he had neither read enough of her opinions nor spoken to enough of her supporters to form a fair assessment of her.
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