Sotomayor and Diabetes Get All Media'd Out.
I can't pretend to have all the information on Judge Sotomayor and her Supreme Court appointment. But I do know that my first day back here at work has been one email after the other about Sonia Sotomayor and the effects of her type 1 diabetes on her potential new gig.
Total media deluge. Here are some of the highlights:
- Time Magazine provided an article that made me wonder if I'll make it to 40 years old, never mind to tomorrow, complete with heroin-esque photo to represent an "insulin injection." They unfortunately paint diabetes as a disease that will rot you in a month's timeframe and leave nothing but your shoes. (Hey Time, why don't you visit the Diabetes365 project to get a feel for what real diabetes photos look like? Sorry for that digression but mainstream media needs to get their hands on some better, more accurate stock photography!)
- The Wall Street Journal asks the question, "Should Sotomayor's diabetes be considered in the nominiation process?", citing the ADA's press release applauding Obama's selection. Apparently, Sotomayor's weight is under attack as well as her diabetes status. Are only the uber-healthy capable of just rulings? The news, she is going berserk.
- The Newsweek "Human Condition" blog comes right out and says not to worry about Sotomayor's diabetes, stating, "And while Sotomayor's condition may lead to complications that force her to retire after twenty years of hard work on the court, there's also the chance that if appointed, she could be hit by a bus on her second day and be forced to retire then." (Morbid, but good point.)
- The Huffington Post is in on the action, too, calling out a few Twitterers for running their 140 characters: "Glenn Beck's Twitter - wondered if Obama, the 'messiah,' has healed Sotomayor's diabetes yet. Michelle Malkin proved that Twitter's 140 character cap isn't too strict to include both a vague sexist and racist remark." And the Wonkette takes sarcasm and snark to a new level with their "Sotomayor has diabetes - good or bad?" column.
- Yet this article from the New York Times doesn't even mention her diabetes at all.
- Of course, this topic hasn't escaped us, the diabetes community, either. Amy wrote about Judge Sotomayor last week, David posted on Diabetes Daily, the dLife Today blog has a piece, and TuDiabetes members are sharing their perspectives, too, like Jenny's post and Ann's discussion. The JDRF also issued a statement regarding Sotomayor. And I'm sure there are others who weigh in.
Holy media overload. The Internet is exploding, it seems.
I admittedly do not know much about Judge Sotomayor or her background other than what I've read over the last week or two about her potential appointment. But I do know quite a bit about type 1 diabetes after 22 years with it. And in my opinion, her diabetes shouldn't play a role in this consideration process - at all.
A "defective pancreas" does not mean a defective mind.