Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Looking for Balance in the Media

Marie Cocco Editorial on Senator Clinton's Media Portrayal

This is a retrospective article on Senator Clinton's persistent challenges wrought by the media is the topic of Marie Cocco's editorial. Every major media outlet should be so objective, particularly when women, who had both position and opportunity to refute the comments about Senator Clinton, did not. Successful female commentators who themselves who worked hard and likely endured the same tactics, appeared oblivious, and even in some cases, contributed to the abuse.

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12 Comments:

At July 16, 2008 at 6:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its really not so strange to me to see the female commentators on TV allowing degradation and abuse towards women to run freely without any opposition. Basically speaking, women until now, have never ever counted in anybodys realm of existence, its a man's world, don't you know !!!! Women never ever speak up for each other, as a matter of fact, they are always BLAMING each other for whatever negativity happens in a woman's life. -- It was unusual to occasionally see a female TV commentator to assert herself towards a male " don't speak over me " and he would petulantly slink back, only to chastise her when it was his turn to speak. One of these days, maybe we'll have some intelligent balance in the media and hopefully, we'll return to having good manners and beeing polite and respectful. Thank you !!!!

 
At July 16, 2008 at 7:15 PM , Blogger NPT said...

Really important article-thanks for the post.
I think it may be too late to get HRC this year so we should make sure we support John McCain, fight the DNC, and support Hillary's (and our) future.

NPT

 
At July 16, 2008 at 9:19 PM , Blogger doreenb8 said...

This article was written much too late. I am so ashamed that I and other women were not outraged much sooner. I never thought Obama would get anywhere; I feel like an idiot. We have to do something to get the DNC and the delegates to take us seriously NOW before the convention...

 
At July 17, 2008 at 2:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for that very important post. We will never forget and we will fight to make it right. I made a contribution to HRC today and will continue to support her. Also emailed H. Ickes to insist her name be placed in nomination at the convention, win or lose, in order to remain a Democrat. If not Clinton, then it's McCain in Nov.
NPT

 
At July 18, 2008 at 12:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The MSM cannot make up their minds. One channel says that Obama is walking away with the prize and another says it is McCain’s to lose. Can you have it both ways?

I am totally disgusted with the MSM’s reporting - - can we vote THEM out? Sending 3 of the national’s top anchors is not only disgusting, it is biased and patronizing. I suggest that we stop watching their respective stations to send a message to them as well as the DNC.

One channel was showing the total disrespect of attendees at the NAACP to John McCain (one person was actually reading the newspaper and some others carrying on conversations with their neighbors - - not to mention others that were visibly yawning). On another channel, the commentator stated that the NAACP attendees gave an admittedly cool reception to McCain but were polite and gave a standing ovation (he either got confused as to which one was McCain or was not in attendance).

I listen to the media constantly praising the Obama’s plans and solutions for “the change” and find it hard to believe that we are listening to the same speech - - - or do we have to read between the lines; perhaps it is in code and only the MSM and true believers are privy to it?

 
At July 18, 2008 at 6:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

After reading MARIE COCCO's article in the washington post, it suddenly occured to me that not only via TV, Radio or daily life, we are constantly surrounded by the most despicable acts and sounds of VULGARITY one can imagine. Our religious leaders are using the N word, Rap uses Profanity abundantly, and now the political arena is saturated with castration and mockery and abuse towards aspiring world leaders. This is insanity !!! What abyss has our culture and society fallen into !!! One can only hope and pray that a change for good will come our way soon, otherwise we are doomed for sure !!!!

 
At July 18, 2008 at 10:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guess what? Gibson, Couric & Williams are going to Europe with The Obama Circus. What’s the big deal? Is anyone out there really going to miss them? If I want real news, I watch Dobbs, O’Reilly or Hannity & Colms. If I want an assault on my eardrums of endless chatter about the magnificence of The Obama, I could just go to one of the Great One’s websites or find one of his zombie followers - - oops forgot, the zombies are going with him, up to and including Gibson, Couric & Williams.

 
At July 21, 2008 at 8:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only thing that gives me comfort in the face of all this media bias in favor of BO is the fact that it doesn't seem to make much difference to the general public. In spite of it, HRC actually did win more of the popular vote. BO was anointed by the DNC, not elected by Democrats.

The "entertainment" media has been BO's chief cheerleaders. But, I'm not convinced that translates into votes for him. Being interested in someone and voting for him to be "leader of the free world" are two different things. I don't think many American adults are swayed by all this hype.

Also, while he could buy his way to the nomination, the general election is a different kind of event. He actually has to win that and I don't see a lot of evidence that he is succeeding. I also think that the plans for a coronation at the Democratic Convention will not be realized, since there are plans also for a number of passionate demonstrations against all this nonsense that has led up to this convention.

I think we should continue to speak out and to speak the truth, but I don't think we should concede any ground to the media and to BO. He should be doing much better in the polls now and that is why he is on this trip--which is just one huge attempt to make him look serious, presidential and like he knows what he is doing. Since he is none of those things, he isn't coming across as being very impressive. In fact, to me he looks very foolish--like a little kid trying to play grown up....

 
At July 22, 2008 at 3:14 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

qcIts quite a spectacle to watch how the media 's relentless pursuit of OBAMA borders definitely on infatuation with a young, vibrant Hollywood starlet. The media is like a middle-aged man buying a sportscar and running after a hot young person, in order to prove it's still alive.- What a circus, what a hoopla, and this is supposed to be a presidential election ???? Give me a break, we might as well turn to showbiz for our next president, we really just need to prop up a puppet and call it whatever it is. This whole DNC crap is for the birds, they are all a bunch of losers anyway. One of the talking heads said it so appropriately the other day : HYPOCRASY IS THE LIFEBLOOD OF POLITICS. Well, I say AMEN to that !!!!!

 
At July 22, 2008 at 11:49 AM , Anonymous pef said...

A clarification to anonymous’ comments on the “Welcome” blog who wonders about the Party affiliation of the participants on this site:

I was a Democrat for 46 years, but I never considered myself a “liberal”; I considered myself one of the hated majority of voters calling themselves “moderates” (just ask Rush Limbaugh, he hates all moderates).

To me, the “liberal media” have their own agenda and are attempting to “select” the next POTUS rather than let the people make their own determinations. They have bombarded us with “their” candidate (Obama) with total disregard for the other candidates - - whether McCain or Barr or Nader, or whomever. This is bias in the extreme and therefore intolerable to a significant group of Democrats, X-Democrats in addition to Republicans, Independents, Libertarians, etc.

And, you are correct, I am no longer a Democrat - - I recently converted to the growing list of Independent voters. Not a Republican, not a Democrat, but a free thinker tired of politics as usual (Obama included). I believe most Independents are actually moderates displaced by their respective Parties.

As one of the more fair news commentators said: “We are here to report the news, not to make the news and this media bias is a disgrace”. To be subject to the blatant bias of the MSM every day may be Obama’s undoing in November as voters are amazed and appalled at the audacity of the media to orchestrate the outcome of the 2008 Election.

If we let the media decide who our next president will be, who knows what their next quest will be? “Power corrupts” and it’s rearing its ugly head in the MSM today. Are we giving them the power to determine our future? Do we let their arrogance go unchecked? You tell me!

 
At July 22, 2008 at 4:42 PM , Blogger grather said...

Check out Bonnie Erbe’s article on “Obama’s Fundraising Hypocrisy”

http://www.usnews.com/blogs/erbe/2008/7/21/

 
At July 23, 2008 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think there is something really disturbing about the tunnel vision shown by the very angry Hillary Clinton supporters. If Hillary cares at all about this country she will denounce all of you and as wrongheaded ,blind and insensitive. I tried talking to a friend who is one of you and was near tears at the destructive anger she harbors for the media, DNC and Obama. She like all of you are willing to sacrifice most of the ideals that Hillary has fought for a lifetime.
It has never occured to you that maybe, just maybe she wasn't the best candidate.
How Sad.
By the way, not that it should matter, I am a white woman usually referred to as a feminist, who is ashamed of all the angry woman who,s main desire is to defeat Obama . You should all be ashamed of yourselves.
Sharon

 

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