by Josh Orton, Thu Jul 23, 2009 at 10:11:19 AM EDT
Big Media Matt:
I used to think that US Senate Barbara Boxer was an experienced legislator with a solid progressive record on the issues. But then I read this Politico article in which various anonymous people criticize her "abrasive personal style" and "outspoken partisan liberal" demeanor. Big trouble! And then I got to thinking, I recall having read similar critiques of Judge Sonia Sotomayor. And Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate and now as Secretary of State has been subjected to similar criticism. Nancy Pelosi, too.
Yglesias notes how often this happens to women in politics, and I agree with his observation of bias.
But I'd also like to kick some dirt on the Politico (or "POLITICO!!" or whatever). Anonymously quoting staffers about a Senator's 'demeanor' is the cheapest punch in DC - and there's probably an 80%+ chance the staffer gripe is personal.
Reminds me of perhaps my favorite line in a Politico story ever:
"Olive Garden's manager of media relations, who asked not to be quoted on the record, confirmed to POLITICO Thursday..."
Blogger. Ethics. Panel.