Posted by: iam0nly1 | June 14, 2008

Dean: I Didn’t See Sexism Because I Don’t Watch Cable TV

Thanks mainly to Katie Couric, and Hillary’s amazing speech on June 7, the media is finally, begrudgingly beginning to report on “perceived,” “seeming,” “sensed,” sexism that plagued the media’s coverage of Senator Clinton. 

While the media is busy half-heartedly pointing fingers at everyone but themselves, they have once again revealed that Howard Dean needs to resign…NOW. 

The New York Times reports:

Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic Party, who says he was slow to pick up on charges of sexism because he is not a regular viewer of cable television, is taking up the cause after hearing an outcry from what he described as a cross-section of women, from individual voters to powerful politicians and chief executives.

Really, Dean? Couldn’t pick up on the charges because you don’t watch cable television?  First, the charges of sexism weren’t being relayed via cable television, since that’s where the sexism was coming from!  I’m sure the charges came from actual women and men who were outraged, angered, and shocked by the blatant sexism that you refused to acknowledge until the Chosen One’s election was on the line.

But even if you don’t watch “cable television,” would you have us believe you don’t read newspapers, check online news sources, listen to the radio?

Be honest, Dean. You were slow to catch on because you don’t care. And the only reason you are feigning understanding and outrage now is because The Precious’ and your career now depend on it. Did it finally kick in that women and men were serious when they said they wouldn’t vote for The Chosen One in November?  Must have, because only the threat of lost votes could have made you say this:

“The media took a very sexist approach to Senator Clinton’s campaign,” Mr. Dean said in a recent interview.

“It’s pretty appalling,” he said, adding that the issue resonates because Mrs. Clinton “got treated the way a lot of women got treated their whole lives.”

Mr. Dean and others are now calling for a “national discussion” of sexism.

TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE DEAN!  The media did, and continues to take a “very sexist approach” to Senator Clinton!  And yes, it is appalling, because women ARE STILL being treated this way on a daily basis. But you’re just now saying something about it, and you expect us to smile and say, “Oh, it’s okay now”? Ummm, no. Because your excuse is horribly transparent…remember this?:

Apparently you didn’t have any trouble getting on Fox News back in March and accusing Republicans of “race-baiting” for even bringing up Rev. Wright (btw, simple lesson…that wasn’t race-baiting, this, is race-baiting). You even knew enough to say that the media (hmmm, maybe cable television?) had been discussing Rev. Wright “for the past several weeks.” Your excuse is bull, Dean. 

Now about this “national discussion.”

Who’s gonna lead it, huh, Dean?  Seems like everyone who speaks up about sexism gets put on the Worst Person in the World list. Even when Senator Clinton spoke truth, there was a nice little CNN panel claiming she shouldn’t play victim and just move on, and one (insert expletive here) even went so far as to say it was accurate to call her a “white bitch.”

So, again, Dean. Who’s gonna lead this “discussion.” I’ll tell you who’s gonna lead it. We are!

Both the National Organization for Women and Emily’s List, which backs female candidates who support abortion rights, are generating e-mail campaigns to the cable channels when they see sexism. The networks have usually issued on-air apologies.

“We’re certainly not going to take this lying down,” said Ellen Malcolm, the president of Emily’s List. She said her hope was for a national discussion to focus on “what is fair in the new political world of Internet, cable and traditional news coverage.”

NOW is starting a campaign to highlight its “Media Hall of Shame,” an online project in which it points to examples of sexist language.

NOW’s president, Kim Gandy, said her members would remain alert: “We’re going to keep watching because we think Michelle Obama will be the recipient of the same kind of attacks that Hillary was.”

And you, your “selectee,” the media, and all the misogynists and sexists out there are gonna sit down, shut up, and listen. 


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