Media Bias? or Hillary the victim?

This article really embodies how many people feel about the primary media coverage.

Biased media!? Why I'm angry
By bserious- March 1, 2008, 4:36PM

The media is actually giving Hillary positive press for her tantrums and her claims that the media is pro-Obama.They're spinning it as a rallying cry for feminists. Taking lead from Tina Fey's sketch on SNL, her tantrum is somehow being spun into an ownership of the word, "bi*ch." You have people on tv talking about the double standards that women face in politics (i.e., men are assertive and women are bi*ches).

Now, I won't deny that women face double standards. And I know that there is some truth in that analysis. But this is not Jane Doe, this is Hillary Clinton.

Guess what, that "double standard" theory doesn't fly when her opponent has gone out of his way to be as respectful as he possibly can towards her (despite her repeated attacks). I could see if she was running against some sexist prick. But she's not. Yet she wants to take her anger at the media and re-direct it towards Obama and his success?

Why doesn't the media focus it's attention on how disrespectful she has been towards him? She won't acknowledge his victories; she mocks his message; she scolds his supporters; she calls him an empty suit; she calls his words, "cheap," and his hope, "false." The list goes on and on.

I don't care if she's a woman, man or whatever . . . when you're wrong, you're wrong.

"Shame on you Barack Obama"?!?!?! Who is she to talk to him like he's some 4 year old? This ain't pre-school and her condescending attitude is getting real tired, real fast.

Senator Obama is a grown man. He's just as accomplished as she is, (check their senate records) yet she wants to go around the country and call him some naive rookie? She dismisses his supporters and ignores the impact that he has had.

It's never good enough. He can win 11 straight states by an average of 33%, but it's still NEVER GOOD ENOUGH! He can expand the Democratic party by bringing in Independents, cross-over Republicans and first-time voters, but it's NEVER GOOD ENOUGH! He can draw crowds of 20,000 but it's NEVER GOOD ENOUGH! He can win more states (24 to 11), have a commanding lead in Pledged delegates, have a strong lead in the popular vote . . . but it's still NEVER GOOD ENOUGH!

She needs to stop making excuses. She needs to recognize that he's just doing a better job at reaching the voters than she is. Plain and simple.

Her stunts are going to backfire on her. It has nothing to do with being a man or woman. Democratic primary voters don't like negative politics . . . it's as simple as that.

This goes to show that there are differences in how the media treats race and gender. I'm not saying that they're better or worse, just different. I'm just gonna say it. This country has an instinct to protect white women. It can be a burden at times (i.e., Cult of True Womanhood) but it's still there. Hillary gets her feelings hurt and voters rush to her aide. She throws a fit and we make excuses because, after all, we can't forget those double standards, right?

Yet, at the same time, we have an instinct to fear black men.

Tell me, what would happen if Obama went on a tirade against Hillary, like she's done ? What would happen if he (gasp) raised his voice to this white woman? What would happen if he spent all of his time talking about the "white man," the way Hillary talks about the "boys club?"

Rick Lazio, a white man, found out when he "invaded her personal space." If he took the fall, you can imagine what would happen to Obama the second he steps out of line.

Hillary faces a lot of obstacles through sexism, no doubt. But there are moments where she benefits as well. There are moments where she has the luxury to portray herself as the victim to garner sympathy from voters and the media. There are moments where she can, as Melissa Harris-Lacewell (a black woman, professor) notes, slip in and out of her "Scarlett O'Hara" routine. It's a prime example of how mainstream media discusses gender bias without recognizing the white privilege that often comes with it.

You want to talk about double standards? Obama has run his campaign under the interrogation of white approval ever since he made that speech at the DNC in 2004. He knows he can't do or say certain things because he can't afford to make white people uncomfortable, especially when running against a white woman.

Once again, I know that we have to fight sexism as vigorously as we fight racism. And we should be doing a better job at it.

But I also know that there are many "oppressed" white women who would never trade places with a black person. All I'm saying is that it's more complicated than the media would like to suggest.

So to the media: Fine, point out the double standards. But don't make excuses for Hillary's poor and divisive behavior. And don't pretend like Obama doesn't walk a tight rope everyday as well.

Obama caught hell just for saying, "you're likeable, enough" because people didn't like the tone of his voice. He caught hell for the "snub" because he happened to be talking to someone else when she came by. I swear, I almost fell out of my chair late last week when I heard a pundit criticize Obama for WRITING ON HIS NOTEPAD while Hillary spoke at the debate. I guess he was being disrespectful because he wasn't looking at her when she talked. Give me a break!

I can't make this any clearer. Obama has to RUN AWAY from issues of race for fear of being labled the "black candidate." It's the only way he can win. Yet, Hillary gets to embrace "girl power" in ways Obama could NEVER embrace "black power." Now you've got Tina Fey saying "Bi*ch is the new black."

Some see Hillary as a victim. But some of us also know what discrimination is. And for a lot of us, we see Hillary as a grown woman who knows exactly what she's doing. She conveniently plays off of gender oppression every chance she gets.

Some of us don't see her as a victim, and never have. What we see is a privileged person who thought the white house was her entitlement.

But the media keeps falling for her BS. The narrative remains the same . . . everything goes back to "POOR HILLARY"

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Tags: gender, Hillary, Media, obama, racism, sexism, victim (all tags)

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20 Comments

Re: Media Bias? or Hillary the victim?

Hillary is playing the victim card in order to get female votes. The more crying and whining she does will just turn off voters and they'll switch to Obama.

by mecarr 2008-03-02 11:42AM | 0 recs
As an Obama supporter..

..I do think the media has been harsh on Hillary.  I'm not blind.  Is it because she's a woman?  Possibly.  You can see a real difference between men and women of the MSM, but it's far from entirely that.  It's the classic story; the underdog that everyone doubted proving so many people wrong.

by Setrak 2008-03-02 11:47AM | 0 recs
Re: As an Obama supporter..

Yeah, I agree completely. The media is naturally inclined towards a David vs. Goliath type storyline. Nothing more exciting for them than a formerly invincible campaign now on the ropes.

by animated 2008-03-02 11:55AM | 0 recs
Re: As an Obama supporter..

The problem with this is Hillary never said she was invincible.  She never said she was the presumptive nominee.  Those were lies that the media told about her.  She said that she would fight for every vote, that she knew this would be a hard fought campaign, the media does not give her that right, if she says anything against him, she and her husband were labeled racists.  How absurd that was but when Obama is sexist they pick up his adjectives, like whining, or in this post "tantrums".  Perfect, that about shows it clearly right there.

by democrat voter 2008-03-02 12:33PM | 0 recs
Re: As an Obama supporter..
Just before Iowa, she said it'd be over by February 5th.   http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0 208/Hillarys_miscalculation.html
Lies spun by the media?  A vast right-wing conspiracy?
by Setrak 2008-03-02 12:43PM | 0 recs
Re: As an Obama supporter..

She never said it, but of course she was the presumptive nominee! She had every advantage going into this - donors, infrastructure, party endorsements, name recognition. She had the advantage the same way Bush and Gore did in 2000.

by animated 2008-03-02 01:11PM | 0 recs
Re: As an Obama supporter..

Um yes she did.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saBU6ux0h sQ

"It's not a very long run," Clinton predicted in late December. "It'll be over by February 5."

An Hillary supporters tell US we are deluded.
Come on people - how many videotapes do you have to see?

by mageduley 2008-03-03 04:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Media Bias? or Hillary the victim?

I find this post to be a very ugly and misinformed post.  I couldn't disagree more with these comments.  

Obama uses sexist insults every chance he gets.  White women being privileged?  Give me a break, women didn't even get the vote till the early part of the 20th century. There is a glass ceiling and in fact many, like you , would rather have a black man, than a woman in the commanders chair.  Obama is a sexist, his comments reflect it all the time.  He does not respect her, and it shows, look at his sneering at her and say he does.  Of course, you are full of it, when Obama comments, whining, that is designed to disqualify her valid arguments that his negative fliers are out of line, being put out by the very guy that helped the insurance companies defeat universal health care in the 90s.  The very guy, Obama hires. His comments like Hillary gets upset periodically, is designed to suggest because she is a woman she gets upset, not that she has any reason to be but that she is a woman, therefore we must excuse her periodic anger, what a crock that is.

She has consistently receiving negative press and to suggest otherwise is just a lie.  This whole post is wrong on so many levels.  Obama does not deserve a vote because of any thing you have written in this post.  It is nonsense.  The numbers don't lie, unlike your post, which is full of mistaken suppositions and slanderous comments.

The real facts are that the media has basically given Obama a pass, he gets no difficult questions but she is constantly trashed by the pundits.  If Obama can't win with the press in his cheer leading squad then he probably can't win.  He is the darling of the national press core, and Hillary is the demon, it is so obvious and your post is trying to make excuses for it.

It is not Hillary that uses the word divisive its Obama, he has used this republican talking point till I'm sick of it, she is not as divisive as Obama is for continuing to use the term.  Its right out of Carl Rove's play book and you must be too.

Hillary never thought the WH was her entitlement, that was the press that said she was the presumptive nominee, she never said that, never thought it, that was a lie.  She actually said that she would campaign for every vote and thought this election would be hard fought.

You are obviously against Hillary but are you for Obama?  The question remains because many Obama voters are actually Hillary haters stirred up by Obama himself.  You seem to be in that camp.  Being against Hillary is not the same thing as being for him.  Trashing her does not win you one Hillary voter for the fall, in fact, it alienates voters that Obama will need this fall if he has a prayer to win the WH.   This kind of post also angers women who do find a double standard when the press is so negative against her and fawning over him.  Just saying, you can't get him elected with these tactics.

by democrat voter 2008-03-02 11:52AM | 0 recs
Re: Media Bias? or Hillary the victim?

What a ridiculous post. I would rather have THIS black man in office, than THIS woman. The fact that you can't separate these things shows how willing you are to play the victim.

Gosh, poor Hillary.

by amiches 2008-03-02 12:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Media Bias? or Hillary the victim?

Well isn't that special.  I don't really care see?  I don't really care if Hillary is a woman, or if Obama is a black man.  That is the difference, I don't like Obama and not because he is black, but because he has spent this whole past year stirring up this kind of hatred and misogynistic comments and when called on it, post like these only further the divide. I can at least see the reality of the difference, but you want what you want and to hell with the principles, right?  So I'm saying that I would rather have THIS woman than THIS black man.  But its not because she is a woman and not because he is a black.

Mostly I don't like using independents and republicans to "get" Hillary.  The fliers Obama sent out declaring just that really made me sick and his continual repeating of republican talking points angered me to the point that I could not vote for him even if he were green.

by democrat voter 2008-03-02 12:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Media Bias? or Hillary the victim?

Oh gosh, poor Hillary...how dare he send out fliers! How dare he try to win the election!

You think Barack is "misogynistic"?? I wonder what you'd think about McCain. Thankfully, we'll never get to know how nasty a Clinton-McCain race could get.

by amiches 2008-03-02 12:44PM | 0 recs
Re: Media Bias? or Hillary the victim?

Yes, how dare he. Especially trying to use the fear meme he is now accusing Clinton of. Hey, but speaking out of both sides of his mouth is the norm for your candidate. I'm really looking forward to not voting for him.

by River103 2008-03-02 01:05PM | 0 recs
Uhhh

who exactly is using a "fear meme"?

by amiches 2008-03-02 01:31PM | 0 recs
Be afraid...

Be VERY afraid of Clinton's healthcare. She's going to cut your paychecks! She's going to come after you and force you into awful and scary medical plans. Who knows what's next?!?!?!?! Snatching your children and making you eat canned cat food? Oh, my! Ya know, THAT fear meme.

by River103 2008-03-03 10:55AM | 0 recs
Re: Media Bias? or Hillary the victim?

I think there are many factors at play, that just happen to have all converged in this campaign.

1) The media loves conflict. The media was practically goading Obama to take on Hillary last fall when it looked like Hillary was skating to victory.

2) The media loves an underdog. No better storyline than the inevitable campaign derailed by the challenger.

3) The Clinton campaign's poor handling of the press. Think the kindergarten flap, saying Obama's wins don't count, etc. The press doesn't like their intelligence insulted any more than anyone else.

4) Obama happens to be uniquely charismatic and telegenic.

by animated 2008-03-02 12:02PM | 0 recs
Re: Media Bias? or Hillary the victim?

I object!  Your title says you are going to talk about the double standard in the media.  And yet you go on and on for a couple paragraphs about how hillary criticizes Barack Obama.  I am not sure what you are trying to prove, but you didn't really address the media's double standard.  

I for one have watched MSNBC for many months and could not get over the tilted, negative reviews of everything Hillary.  It's not just me; my husband remarked the same thing to me.  He says 'they just can't stand a powerful, strong woman'.  I agree.  

When Rachel Maddow addressed the negative press after Hillary won in NH, it was completely down played.  Within a day or two, it might as well not have been said.  No one on that channel had the guts to explore what was being said, and why it was perceived that there was a piling on of the boys on Hillary.

I've watched this unfolding for a while now, and Hillary can't win with the media.  I, for one, am very disgusted that the media will have the last laugh, just like they did with Al Gore.  They were relentless in their criticism and one way coverage during the 2000 election.  It was well documented in Vanity Fair in an article by Evgenia Peretz called 'Going after Gore' written in Oct. 2007.  The media has way too much to say about who the candidates will be.

IMO the media wanted a horse race, and that's what they've gotten.  I hope they are happier with the end result than they are now with George Buch.

by moonheart 2008-03-02 12:05PM | 0 recs
Re: BO is a closet fascist and a lying asshole

Where are you, Jerome?

by amiches 2008-03-02 12:09PM | 0 recs
Re: BO is a closet fascist and a lying asshole
Wow. How pleasant of you.
by sricki 2008-03-02 01:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Media Bias? or Hillary the victim?
There is and has been profound media bias against Hillary Clinton, Hillary is not the sole victim, all of American society is victimized. This emphasis on Hillary as this isolated
all American "voodoo" figure and deserving recipient of free flowing pinpricks of hatred is itself misguided. Our mothers, sisters, daughters are also victimized by the lack of respect and basic decency and fairness denied Clinton by the MSM. Ironically if the media had not been so biased it would have been easier to let go of Hillary Clinton and accept her probable defeat. As a matter of principle I will not support the dangerously anti-democratic media unfairness and therefore I can't  support Obama as the recipient of this media generosity. Media bias and misogyny is so normalized and internalized that the prevailing attitude is "just get over it." I beg to differ, these are serious public health and social issues worthy of serious attention and there's no time like the present to begin.
by superetendar 2008-03-02 04:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's been quite rude.

The "experience" meme was started by Hillary. Bill started with the from the beginning with the meme that he just started in the senate and started running for president.

I think it is valid that if you are going to tout your "experience" you need to be able to back that up. Regardless of her claim that she had more of a role than other first lady's in diplomacy, she is not an elected official, chosen by the people. She can state that she did, but can she prove it.

She has been all about making Obama prove his worthiness, and he has held elected office LONGER THAN SHE HAS.

Again you are playing the gender card, as if Obama came up with "drinking tea" out of the blue.
She has been attacking him on his experience while she has been running on her experience as first lady.

I want a Woman president. I want one who has had to fight her way up, like Obama has, from the ground up. Only in that way do you have the maturity, and the judgement to lead. Which Hillary, has shown a lack in both.

Its more than great speeches. See the article that Obama wrote in Foreign Affairs Magazine in July. This is how we regain America's standing in the world.
http://www.foreignaffairs.org/20070701fa essay86401/barack-obama/renewing-america n-leadership.html

by mageduley 2008-03-03 05:10AM | 0 recs

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