Unfair & Unbalanced

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The Women's Media Center has launched "Sexism Sells, But We're Not Buying It," a video and online petition campaign. At issue: The pervasive sexism in political coverage. "While Hillary Clinton's campaign has cast a spotlight on the issue of sexism, this isn't a partisan issue: it's about making sure that women's voices are present and powerful in our national dialogue," states the organization. Watching all of the sexist clips from "news" shows compiled in one video is nauseating, and the focus on looks, cosmetics, cleavage and terms like "nagging voice" and "the Wicked Witch of The West" is extremely infuriating. At least there's this quote: "We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever." That's Susan B. Anthony, who died in 1906. (Click the picture to see embedded video.) [Women's Media Center]

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@ferociacoutura: This is very much about Hillary Clinton, her campaign, and the spotlight it has cast on misogyny in the media. Examples of newscasters on clearly unbalanced opinion/op-ed shows being passed off as news is sickening, as is the way women are often covered in the media, but that has been a topic at the top of many journalism curriculums for years. Hillary has broken with the mold of women playing a lesser role in politics — and remember the scandal and sparks when Pelosi took her well-deserved place as Speaker of the House — and the new focus on misogyny in the media and in news coverage comes directly from her participation in this run for the nomination.

And so, when Hillary makes such terrible and inexcusable comments about Obama, his race, his likeness to RFK, and the likelyhood of him being ASSASSINATED in California (which is still a really touchy subject for Calfornians and the Democratic Party because... well, and especially on the heels of Ted's brain cancer diagnosis), it bears onto her own image and the image of women in all media and politics because if we're going to say that people need to treat women fairly and stop attempting to malign and humiliate them back into the home against their will, then we need our women to not say such horrifically racist things in return.

As for missing it in Crappy Hour — totes my fault, I apologize.