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Sexism & The Palin Exception

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Posted on May 19 2010 10:52 am
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by Steve Rhodes

One thing I learned this week – well, I re-learned, I’ve faced it before – is that sexist coverage of female politicians is an awful thing unless the pol is Sarah Palin. Then it’s perfectly acceptable to at least a certain number of progressive feminists in and out of the media.

Why? Because if you despise someone’s politics, they apparently no longer can be defended on any other grounds. Apparently it was always about politics, not principle.

So when I posted Reporting Palin, I shouldn’t have been surprised by the depressing responses I got from some quarters.

As I’ve written before, the whole of America seems to need a civics lesson in how to carry on political discourse, decipher the media, and learn to think for themselves like the actual, independent citizens that democracy calls for.

And much of the media still needs lessons in how to do their jobs.

Here is the simple proposition I was operating under:

“Sexist coverage of Sarah Palin is every bit as despicable as sexist coverage of Hillary Clinton, which is every bit as despicable as sexist coverage of Laura Bush, which is every bit as despicable as sexist coverage of Michelle Obama, which is every bit as despicable as sexist coverage of Kay Bailey Hutchison, which is every bit as despicable as sexist coverage of Nancy Pelosi.”

How silly of me. Haven’t I learned by now of the Palin Exception?

Read the rest at The Beachwood Reporter.

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