Monday, February 11, 2008

Okay: you want media accountability for talking heads making sexist remarks? Now's your chance.

Media Matters has a petition going to MSNBC, wrt Chris Matthews' hateful misogyny, among others'.

...what about the less publicized incidents of sexist and misogynistic commentary that have gone unacknowledged and uncorrected by NBC News and MSNBC? Media Matters has documented scores of examples. Just last year, MSNBC host Tucker Carlson said of Sen. Clinton: "[T]here's just something about her that feels castrating, overbearing, and scary." Further, Carlson has said of Clinton: "I have often said, when she comes on television, I involuntarily cross my legs."

Just how seriously are these issues being taken?

With Americans going to the polls this year to select the next president of the United States, news organizations like NBC News and MSNBC have a sacred duty to be good stewards of accurate, balanced, and responsible political discourse...

8 comments:

CrackerLilo said...

'Bout goddamned time. Thank you everso for sharing this.

Anthony Kennerson said...

Yeah...it does seem that MSNBC (outside of KO) has gotten a bit of the Fixed Noise virus when it comes to Hillary hating, doesn't it??

I may be no fan of her (or Obama, for that matter), but I know and call sexist bullshit when I see it.

My vote will remain for McKinney or LaRiva, but there's a part of me that hopes that Hillary or Obama just stomps McCain, just to spite these jackals.


Anthony

a very public sociologist said...

I knew casual misogyny would make it into the electoral contest in some form or another, but I had suspected it would be indulged by the shockjocks and the far right commentariat clustered around Fox News and other reputable media outlets. But it's more widespread than I feared.

If Obama gets the nomination, which is looking increasingly likely, can we expect more casual racism too?

Tina-cious.com said...

FINALLY!

tonks said...

I'm not a Clinton supporter but I'm damned tired of slights those so-called journalists slip in every chance they get. "Mrs. Clinton" is the one that gets my panties in a total twist. It's SENATOR Clinton. I don't hear them saying Mr. Obama, Mr. McCain, Mr. Huckabee, etc.

Chuckie K said...

Clearly these remarks about castration are sheer assholery. But if you took them seriously, they would also suggest these guys are wienies. Intimidated by Senator Clinton? Within their own frame of reference, one might suspect they feel loosely attached to their own symbolic indicator.

Madam Z said...

I think that if Senator Clinton were inclined to perform a castration, Slick Willy would have been the first one she would have operated on.

Anonymous said...

I actually think there is too much being read into the newsreaders comments. I personally don't read them as snarky comments but indicators of Clintons strength.