The Media’s Women Problem
Warren’s same-sex marriage quip captures what some find exciting — and others distressing — about her
“It’s about telling people who don’t agree with you that they are backward by definition,” said Hank Sheinkopf, a Democratic strategist who advised Bill Clinton’s presidential reelection campaign. The line was a “stab” to those who don’t agree with her, he said, and “it is a battle cry for men to turn out against Elizabeth Warren.”
John Ziegler, an anti-Trump conservative, said Warren’s words conveyed no such generosity. Her message and her body language, he said, telegraphed a dislike of men.
Trump voters in places such as the Florida Panhandle and central Pennsylvania, he said, will think, “ ‘Oh my God — this woman hates us.’ ”
“It plays right into the narrative about her, which is that she’s an out-of-touch liberal from Massachusetts, and this whole obsession with wokeness that the Democratic Party has where the white male is under attack,” Ziegler said.
Let me get this straight. Defending equal rights is now a battle cry for men to turn against Warren? First of all, bigots and homophobes are not just men so this makes no sense. These quotes read as men just looking for another reason to oppose a woman running for president. The Washington Post really went out of their way here to find people to oppose a comment Warren made when it has been pretty clear she supports same sex marriage. This was not some big surprise, they just were looking for the next moment to take a woman down a notch.
Last little note. Before anyone points out that a woman wrote this, it does not change a thing. The New York Times has always found women to do the job of taking down other women, and this is not just a problem in the media.
I edited this post after publishing to add the following tweet, it says it perfectly.
This story in WaPo...my god— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 12, 2019
Quoting John Ziegler, who regularly attacks survivors of sexual violence, and has made it his life’s mission to exonerate Jerry Sandusky, is the best you could do @AnnieLinskey?
The whole piece is an embarrassing disaster https://t.co/e3f8lEh0rf pic.twitter.com/wPSfOHTewW