Friday, June 13, 2008

Media: "We're Not Sexist, Bitch."

Angered by what they consider sexist news coverage of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, many women and erstwhile Clinton supporters are proposing boycotts of the cable networks, putting up videos on a “Media Hall of Shame,” starting a national conversation about sexism and pushing Mrs. Clinton’s rival, Senator Barack Obama, to address the matter.

But many in the news media — with a few exceptions, including Katie Couric, the anchor of the "CBS Evening News" — see little need for reconsidering their coverage or changing their approach going forward. Rather, they say, as the Clinton campaign fell behind, it exploited a few glaring examples of sexist coverage to whip up a backlash and to try to create momentum for Mrs. Clinton.

. . . Keith Olbermann, the host of "Countdown" on MSNBC, said that while there were "individual, sexist, mistakes," there was no overall sexism.

Any suggestion that MSNBC "was somehow out to 'get' Senator Clinton is false and unfair," Mr. Olbermann wrote in an e-mail message. "We became a whipping boy."

The photo that accompanies the article:

Clever.