Saccharine Shipman Soothes Sotomayor Sibling

WARNING: Viewing the accompanying video could cause a dangerous rise in blood-sugar levels.

When Clarence Thomas was approaching his confirmation hearings, we all remember the touching, sentimental segments the networks ran on his challenging childhood.  Or not.

On today's GMA, ABC's Claire Shipman took a sentimental stroll down memory lane with Dr. Juan Sotomayor, Sonia's likable younger brother.  At one point, viewing a display about his sister in their old high school in the Bronx, Juan gets choked up.  And there's Claire, shown not once but twice reaching out a comforting arm to console the Sotomayor sibling.

Here was Shipman back in the studio.
CLAIRE SHIPMAN: What I love is that image of Sonia Sotomayor defending her little brother on the streets.  We're obviously going to learn a lot more about Sonia Sotomayor next month when the hearings begin.

ROBIN ROBERTS: And how proud he is of her, and how he had to walk away when he got so emotional.

SHIPMAN: He didn't want to talk about those tears.  I kept saying "tears are OK now, they're OK!"
Note: with all the shoulder-holding, Shipman didn't have time to ask Dr. Juan why he doesn't accept Medicare or Medicaid patients.

Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.