The funniest part of the whole drawn-out Sotomayor root canal thus far has been hearing newscasters chewing through their teleprompters in their tall-corn Midwestern drones only to pop out a perfect sophomore Spanish 102 “soe-toe-my-YORRR“ in mid-twang, before turning to the weather in PEE-roo.
NPR has been doing this for years: newsreaders, with or without Latino names, will exhibit almost no trace of accent through 90 percent of the story, and then they’ll reach a proper name and suddenly sound just like they’ll be right back as soon as they finish parking the taco van.
Do not, however, believe that this is an essential byproduct of Respect For One’s Ethnicity. As Tam notes:
I’ll remind you that you probably pronounce Deutschland as “JER-muh-nee”.
Even Carl Kasell does that.