May 19, 2009

Misogyny rules whenever the target is a liberal woman in Congress who has some real power. I've written this before, but I'll repeat it again: Even the media elites who try to appear even-handed as the CIA story came up would never attack a member of Congress they way they do Nancy Pelosi. Even Newt Gingrich was spared the vitriol that I hear day in and day out when Pelosi is the target.

Gingich's attacks on Pelosi were outrageous too, but the media lapped them up because he's a conservative -- so it's OK.

"I think this is the most despicable, dishonest and vicious political effort I've seen in my lifetime."

And that is just fine for the corporate elites who run network news. She's stupid, a liar, dishonest, despicable, ugly and a hag who hates America. Gee, and people wonder why women get all touchy about media stereotypes.

I have a topic for Howard Kurtz. "Is the abuse directed at Nancy Pelosi warranted?" I put it in terms that would fit his show. But the underlying context is the incredible sexism that fuels so much of this.

Media Matters put together a short compilation video that give us just a sample of the hatred that conservative analysts are allowed to use against Nancy.

Commenting on the controversy surrounding what Nancy Pelosi was told about the use of harsh interrogation techniques, numerous media figures have resorted to attacking Pelosi's looks, for example, by characterizing her as being incapable of "human facial expression," referring to her "fashionable" "Botox shots," and calling her a "hag." on

I may start a "Wingnut Week" soon. What I will do is write my pieces as if I were a conservative (maybe Newt) and I'll incorporate the very personal attacks they use to push their talking points. To be continued...

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