Baby Mama (Updated w/ Sugar)

So we all know sexism is abound in our media culture... but it's not just confined to Clintons. Today on FAUX news we have this jaw-dropping exchange.

Check out the fabulous text in the clip below:

Holy-race baiting batman. Obama's Baby Mama! Are you F-ing kidding me! Seems like the GOP is trying to do to MO what they did to HRC in the 90's.

This is beyond insulting. The racism and sexism of this attempt to undermine a woman of intelligence and dignity like Michelle Obama, and to try to smear Barack and Michelle by attempting to portray the woman who has been his wife and partner for 20 years as some sort of 'Baby Momma'.

You gotta be kidding me.

h/t to Alex Koppelman at Salon ( 008/06/11/fox_obama/index.html ). Who points out that Michelle Malkin tried to suggest commenters at his magazine were criticizing Michelle... only to find that said comments do not exist. That's odd, cause it's not like Michelle Malkin to just make shit up.

Update [2008-6-12 0:6:50 by Tatan]:

As EvilAsh Points out



Tags: are you kidding me, Fox (all tags)



Re: Baby Mama

Saw this on dKos. It's truly jaw-dropping. Then again, this is the same network that actually used the term "terrorist fist-bump."

Someone needs to lose their job over this ASAP.

by Johnny Gentle Famous Crooner 2008-06-11 07:43PM | 0 recs

4 diaries below this one is the very same discussion/dairy...

come on now you making it tough on us to keep count :D

by aliveandkickin 2008-06-11 07:53PM | 0 recs

I didn't see the other one. I was going to delete mine... but the other "diary" is barely a comment.

by Tatan 2008-06-11 07:58PM | 0 recs
Re: Sorry

Thanks for the nice work, but as I mentioned in the thread on Kos, Obama introduced Michelle as his Baby Mama, ironically, in many of his early campaign stops.  I thought it was really cute, reclaiming a phrase, and spinning it with love.  If he was speaking at an AA audience, they just went nuts.  

I'm sure that's where Fox grabbed it from.  Though, it's one thing when a husband says it ironically of his wife, and quite another when a third party uses the term to denigrate.

But none of this changes the real issue at play: Republicans hate strong women.  Which is further ironic given that the best thing going for the entire party is Sarah Palin Governor of AK (whom I'm not so secretly in love with.)

by such sweet thunder 2008-06-11 08:31PM | 0 recs
Re: Sorry


by spacemanspiff 2008-06-11 08:33PM | 0 recs
Re: Sorry

I'm 90% certain he used it at his Iowa victory speech.  But I heard him use it a number of times around then -- that's really when I began following his campaign.  I'm sure someone in the media will bring it up if this becomes an issue.

But again, that really doesn't matter, because it's one thing if a husband says it in ironically with love (I think the exact phrasing was "And the rock of the Obama family, my Babys Mama, give it up for Michelle Obama") and quite another when it's used by a third party who doesn't have standing to make that kind of comment.

by such sweet thunder 2008-06-11 08:42PM | 0 recs
Re: Sorry

Fair enough. : )

by spacemanspiff 2008-06-11 08:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Sorry

actually i heard that sarah is on the vp shortlist for JM - is this true?

by canadian gal 2008-06-11 08:39PM | 0 recs
Re: Sorry

No.  As I said, the Republicans hate strong women.  The floating of Palin's name is similar to how they're forwarding Bobby Jindal's name: a publicity stunt while the wink and mutter "see, see, we have non-white men too."

The Republicans will nominate a white male who will help ameliorate McCain's religion problem.  Bank on it.  

by such sweet thunder 2008-06-11 08:45PM | 0 recs
Re: Sorry

Completely agree. Don't kid yourself; there are FAR too many racists and sexists in the GOP (ie, old wealthy white men who long for the good old days) to allow for the nomination of anyone but a middle-aged to older wealthy white man for top and bottom.

by Firewall 2008-06-11 08:48PM | 0 recs
Re: Sorry

And of course having a women on the ticket much actually hurt them with women voter's -- a constant reminder of the pressing women's issues at play this cycle.  

by such sweet thunder 2008-06-11 08:57PM | 0 recs
Re: Sorry

Agree entirely.  The Jindal thing was a joke.  What possible benefit would picking him bring to McCain?  It was a calculated ploy to highlight the fact that the guy who was their only non-white congressman is now their only non-white governor.

by Skaje 2008-06-12 02:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Sorry

She's a trendy darkhorse, but I don't see him ever picking the 2-year governor of an electorally unimportant and distant state.

by Johnny Gentle Famous Crooner 2008-06-11 09:05PM | 0 recs

There's a difference using a cheesy, outdated term (that can be racially charged) when it's being between two people who know each other and when it's being used by a white news network.

by BrighidG 2008-06-11 10:56PM | 0 recs
Sadly, Republicans are not the only ones

who hate strong women.

by dbrown04 2008-06-12 10:04AM | 0 recs
Re: Baby Mama

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by EvilAsh 2008-06-11 07:50PM | 0 recs
Re: Baby Mama
L.L. Bean im so dissapointed in you. you too, Jet Dry.

[but seriously, Im gonna call ALL these numbers. see what happens.]
by alyssa chaos 2008-06-11 07:59PM | 0 recs
Anyone wanna know why Clinton lost?

because no one went to the efforts that this guy went to: to get numbers and call people up. Us Clinton supporters, while I doubt EvilAsh is one, but for the former Clinton supporters reading, this is why we lost. We didn't bitch enough as to get numbers and call up. We also didn't do this during the Clinton years, when a huge difference would have been made.

by Lakrosse 2008-06-11 10:29PM | 0 recs
This is a point on which Kossacks should reflect

When the sexist bs starting flying this spring, one would have expected that any self-respecting Kossack, no matter their candidate preference, would have called for a boycott.  However, I don't recall a single one.  In fact, dKos became a bit of a cheering section for some of the worst episodes.

by dbrown04 2008-06-12 10:09AM | 0 recs
Re: Baby Mama

Wonder how the right-wing would react if CNN called Cindy McCain John's sugar-mama.

by EvilAsh 2008-06-11 07:52PM | 0 recs
Wish a producer there had the balls to

try it out. I'd love to see that.

It wouldn't really be a fair comparison. Baby Mama implies an out of wedlock child custody situation. Since BO & MO are married... it does not apply.

Cindy McCain on the other hand is actually Johny-boy's Sugar-Mama... under almost any definition.

by Tatan 2008-06-11 07:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Baby Mama

You know what?  I LOVE all these racist jabs at Obama.  The more they play these games, the more the general public is opening their eyes and saying "WTF"?


by neonplaque 2008-06-11 07:55PM | 0 recs
Re: Baby Mama

by ragekage 2008-06-11 10:40PM | 0 recs
Re: Baby Mama

Racism and sexism all wrapped up in one.

Gotta love Faux!

by spacemanspiff 2008-06-11 07:56PM | 0 recs
i agree - this is ludicrous.

and hopefully those naysayers that have been denying the sexism in the media when it was directed towards HRC now realize the follies of their past words.  

by canadian gal 2008-06-11 08:01PM | 0 recs
Re: i agree - this is ludicrous.

I already have. I didn't before, and I'm sorry for ever arguing about it. It's just a bunch of little things you hear over a few months at a time when a week seems like an eternity. But when you add them all up, it makes things pretty clear.

by vcalzone 2008-06-11 08:14PM | 0 recs
Re: i agree - this is ludicrous.
I never argued that there wasn't sexism in the media. For God's sake, Chris Matthews is a one man wrecking crew.
I just wasn't sure it was substantially worse than the 'soft' racism (Is Obama black enough?). I'm not sure any of us know for sure, because nobody here is really neutral, and attacks on your candidate ALWAYS look worse than attacks on the others.
by EvilAsh 2008-06-11 08:18PM | 0 recs
Re: i agree - this is ludicrous.

I agree with EvilAsh. Not to mention, many of the people who complained about sexism in the race also blamed Obama, his campaign and/or his supporters in the same breath.

Although people may have disagreed with the amount of sexism, its impact on the outcome, or other variables like that, I don't think many serious Obama supporters denied that there was sexism.

by Johnny Gentle Famous Crooner 2008-06-11 09:08PM | 0 recs
trust me - they did.

by canadian gal 2008-06-11 09:14PM | 0 recs
Here's my "favorite"

Tim Russert on Meet the Press, May 2, 2008:

MR. RUSSERT:  All right, issues, big divide, no doubt.  But what about personalities?  Do--voters in the Pew Foundation poll volunteered words. First they asked about a candidate's likeability, and here's what they said. Obama, 50 percent likable; 35 percent said somewhat likable; 10 not likable. Clinton, 26, 37, 33; McCain, 21, 55 somewhat, 18 not likable.  That's an 85 percent likable for Obama, 63 for Clinton, 76 McCain.  That's both parties across the board.

Then Pew said, "Give us a word that you think best describes these candidates." The first one was McCain.  Old was the first word people threw out.  Honest, experienced, patriot, conservative, hero, liberal.

Then they asked, OK, Obama.  Inexperienced, charismatic, intelligent, change, inspirational, young, new.

Clinton.  Experienced, strong, untrustworthy, intelligent, smart, determined, rhymes with rich.  That's what the poll said.  They used a different word. But it's a family poll, and this is a family program.  What does that tell you, James?

Link: e/6/

In order to be 7th on the list, "rhymes with bitch" couldn't, as a numerical matter, have been higher than 14 percent.  In reality, this response probably didn't garner more than five percent of the responses. And this survey included Republicans.

Yet, Russert thought that this vulgar word used to characterize Clinton, suggested by only a small group of a nationally representative sample, was somehow worthy of a Sunday morning news show.  That's sexist and that's the talking heads trying to drive the narrative in a vulgar and negative direction.

by dbrown04 2008-06-12 10:37AM | 0 recs
Yeah, okay, Malkin and what's-her-face,

great way to "keep to the substance" of what Michelle Obama is saying -- by making a racist/sexist "baby mama" joke. Can't get more substantive than that!

Ugh. These people are touched.

That's odd, cause it's not like Michelle Malkin to just make shit up.

Great snark.

by sricki 2008-06-11 08:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Yeah, okay, Malkin and what's-her-face,

I was kinda proud of that one :)

by Tatan 2008-06-11 08:08PM | 0 recs
Has anyone watched the whole thing?

This is straight out of a Colbert segment 'The Word'.

Just as Michelle Malkin says "As long as you stick to the substance of what she's saying, the policy pronouncements, things that Michelle Obama has said on the campaign trail on behalf of her husband, it's all fair game . . ."

The crawl reads "Malkin calls Michelle Obama Barack's "Bitter Half", and the "Obama's Baby Mama" line.

Check it out. It's right about the :55 second mark.


by EvilAsh 2008-06-11 08:12PM | 0 recs
Re: Has anyone watched the whole thing?

Actually, it gets better about the 1:20 mark, when Malkin is talking about how conservatives don't do cheap shots, with her quite right beneath her about Michelle being Obama's Bitter Half.

by EvilAsh 2008-06-11 08:14PM | 0 recs

Is it now ok to call Cindy McCain a pill-popping, drug stealing, whistle blower-firing, anorexic, home-wrecking stepford wife who has never held a real job in her entire life?

by RandyMI 2008-06-11 08:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Ok

Nah, bro. We're better than that. It is time, however, to fight harder to show these people to the dustbin of history by electing the Obamas to the White House.

by Firewall 2008-06-11 08:46PM | 0 recs
Re: Ok

No.  We don't hate strong women, Republicans do.  I think it's much more accurate to call Ms. McCain a bright and accomplished women, who has gone out of her way to sell herself as a shadow of the human being she actually is because . . . wait for it . . . Republicans hate strong women.  

by such sweet thunder 2008-06-11 08:50PM | 0 recs
Calling out Larry Johnson

I actually found the funniest part to be Michelle Malkin calling out nutjobs like Larry Johnson.

by elrod 2008-06-11 09:41PM | 0 recs
well it would have helped if Michelle

would have been careful, and not said that "proud of my country" comment, or not pissed off the other wing of the party, by saying she "wanted to scratch Bill Clinton's eyes out" thus helping to spread rumors, maybe she wouldn't be in such a position. Maybe the Dem ticket wouldn't be in such hot water than John McCain will deliver to children in Africa. I cannot feel bad or sorry for her. I do want a Dem to win, so I can't be happy about what they'll try to do to her.

by Lakrosse 2008-06-11 10:37PM | 0 recs
Yeah, she deserves the sexism and racism

For not falling in line like a good little wifey should.

by saying she "wanted to scratch Bill Clinton's eyes out"

Got a video of her saying that?


Cause it, like "whitey" never happened.

But you have no problem spreading lies I see. Very classy. Must be fun rolling in the mud.

by BrighidG 2008-06-11 10:51PM | 0 recs
I got a diary of her

right here linking to an interview in which she says she wanted to rip his eyes out.

by Lakrosse 2008-06-11 11:12PM | 0 recs
Yeah, I found that seven minutes before you

Tell me, as a Hillary "supporter" does it make you proud to know you're attacking another strong, successful Democratic woman with attacks similar to the ones used on Hillary?

Do you feel better after you try rip Michelle Obama down the same way the right-wing tried to rip Hillary down?

by BrighidG 2008-06-12 12:43PM | 0 recs
Oh, even sadder

I found the quote for you. (It seems when you google "Michelle Obama" "scratch Bill Clinton's eyes" you just get a bunch of people on such places as NoQuarter repeating. In the comments. But I found it.)

In Wisconsin, I asked her if she was offended by Bill Clinton's use of the phrase 'fairytale' to describe her husband's characterisation of his position on the Iraq war. At first, Obama responded with a curt 'No'.

But, after a few seconds, she affected a funny voice. 'I want to rip his eyes out!' she said, clawing at the air with her fingernails. One of her advisers gave her a nervous look. 'Kidding!' Obama said. 'See, this is what gets me into trouble.'

HA! That? That is what people have been getting their undies in a twist over - an obvious joke?

Wow. That's... wow.

by BrighidG 2008-06-11 11:05PM | 0 recs
Re: Oh, even sadder

Deadenders don't do jokes.

by spacemanspiff 2008-06-11 11:15PM | 0 recs
Ah, BrighidG, your education continues

Let me say up front, I'll boycott all news sources and their advertisers who goes after Michelle Obama.  I'll scream from the roof tops about any injustice wrecked upon her.

But you have to understand the press will go after Michelle for anything.  And it will be worse when she actually makes a mistake and says something dumb, as she surely will (and already has.)

Michelle Obama's problem is that she's smart and well-educated and articulate and thoughtful and opinionated.  And she doesn't have Barack Obama's charm.  Very familiar profile, I'm afraid.

So brace yourself.  Be prepared to fight.  But also be prepared to reflect.  The press and the talking heads and the conservative blogs are going to go after Michelle just like they went after Hillary Clinton from day 1 of Bill's Presidency.  They didn't like the hat she wore to the inauguration.  Then they didn't like her cookie recipe.  Then they didn't like her health plan.  Then they didn't like her hair.  Then they didn't like it when she changed her hair.  Then they blamed her for Bill's wandering eye.

All those high negatives much vaunted by Obama supporters and the vulgar bile they elicited from the so-called Progressive blogs were created by the sexist press during Bill's Presidency.

So, I'll join you in the fight to defend Michelle against a repeat.  I've seen it before. I know how pernicious it is. And I don't want to see it again.  I'll leave it to you to draw your own lessons.

by dbrown04 2008-06-12 09:59AM | 0 recs
You assume I didn't know this

Michelle Obama's problem is that she's smart and well-educated and articulate and thoughtful and opinionated.  And she doesn't have Barack Obama's charm.  Very familiar profile, I'm afraid.

I learned in the 90's how the right-wing establishment treats high-profile politician's wives who don't toe the line and aren't afraid to speak their mind. I've already been well aware of what one blogger has called The Hillary-ization of Michelle Obama.

But tell me, shouldn't we be the ones who stop such smears? Rather than create and advance them? It was my understanding places like MyDD existed to keep the right-wing media in-check.

by BrighidG 2008-06-12 12:40PM | 0 recs
I apologize for my condescending tone

But intellectual honesty demands that people decrying attacks on Michelle Obama acknowledge the same for Hillary Clinton.

It is essential for the interests of progressive values and women that part of the ultimate narrative of the 2008 Presidential campaign include the case that sexism and misogyny were a distinctive characteristic of this contest and that so-called progressives were some of the worst offenders.

by dbrown04 2008-06-12 03:29PM | 0 recs
Re: well it would have helped if Michelle

Just like if Clinton hadn't said she could have stayed home and baked cookies. she brought it all on herself, you know.

by Becky G 2008-06-12 05:03AM | 0 recs
It's interesting how

the Fox host tried to entice Malkin into elaborating jon Larry Johnson's "Whitey" smear.  Malkin points out that "those innuendos" are coming from some "Hillary supporters" on the "left wing."

by Dumbo 2008-06-11 11:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Baby Mama

much of middle-America doesn't like rap music, the baggy drawers, the hip-hop lingo.  

"baby mama" sounds like rapper lyrics to most whites. It is not so much "racism" as a distaste for the rapper influence on American culture. EMINEM is WHITE, yet I guarantee most middle-aged Americans find him distastful.

by WolfmanJack 2008-06-12 07:46AM | 0 recs
Michelle Malkin

might be the most racist GOP blogger today.

She openly attacks Blacks, Asians, and Muslims on racial lines on a regular basis.

by CrushTheGOP2008 2008-06-12 01:01PM | 0 recs


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