Is Clinton media coverage sexist?

01/09/08 Robert Lorei
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The Nation magazine columnist Katha Pollitt was our guest for the first part of today's call-in program. She discussed media coverage of the presidential candidates, including recent coverage of Hillary Clinton's show of emotion.

Was the coverage sexist?

Columnist Pollitt just wrote the piece "Hillary Shows Feeling, Is Slammed," which states: "Hillary Clinton, long criticized as cold, shows a bit of feeling and is attacked as overly emotional. It's the latest installment of the ongoing double bind in which if she wears a black pantsuit she's too masculine and if she wears a pink shell she's too feminine; if she's serious she's humorless and if she laughs she 'cackles.' ... 'When people say they don't want anyone's finger on the button who cries, I say I don't want anyone's finger there who doesn't cry,' Pat Schroeder told me when we spoke by phone this afternoon.

"Tears show someone is a human being.'"

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