Gay marriage judge and media bias

August 09, 2010

In response to the letter to the editor from Benedict Frederick Jr. regarding Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ("Slanted coverage of gay marriage ruling," Readers Respond, Aug. 8), Mr. Frederick concludes that because Judge Walker is rumored to be gay, he would have a personal bias in his ruling.

If that were the case, wouldn't the opposite be true - a straight judge would also be biased?

Mr. Frederick might be interested to know that Judge Walker was nominated to the federal bench in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan, and he was confirmed under President George H. W. Bush. His voting record is far more conservative than liberal.

Mr. Frederick blames the "mainstream media" for not informing the public. Funny, I learned all of these facts and more by reading the mainstream media.

Robert Leininger, Baltimore

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