Seriously, why can’t our own press report about the realities of our politics? Why must I resort to the foreign press to find the truth? Well, at least the New Statesman of Scotland is willing to say what hardly anyone on our side of the pond is willing to admit.
Gloating, unshackled sexism of the ugliest kind has been shamelessly peddled by the US media, which – sooner rather than later, I fear – will have to account for their sins.
History, I suspect, will look back on the past six months as an example of America going through one of its collectively deranged episodes – rather like Prohibition from 1920-33, or McCarthyism some 30 years later. This time it is gloating, unshackled sexism of the ugliest kind. It has been shamelessly peddled by the US media, which – sooner rather than later, I fear – will have to account for their sins. The chief victim has been Senator Hillary Clinton, but the ramifications could be hugely harmful for America and the world.
Really, why is it OK for media pundits to joke about Hillary’s “thick ankles”? Or laugh at the thought of her “pimping” her daughter? Or say that she’s “deranged & delusional” for not bowing to their pressure on her to drop out, especially when she’s leading the popular vote count? Ted Kennedy had much less of a chance of winning the Presidential Nomination in 1980, yet no one called him “desperate”, “cold”, and “evil” for taking his fight all the way to the convention.
Go ahead and read the whole article, and then come back and think about it. If Barack Obama were facing John Edwards or Bill Richardson or Chris Dodd right now instead of Hillary Clinton, would any of these men be villified by the corporate media the way she is?