Feign shock – the media is still sexist

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I’d like to be able to report that the media has changed since 2008. I cannot. MoDo at the NY Times still makes her living sniping at Hillary. The NY Times still collects clicks with near-libelous and sexist coverage of Hillary.

HRC Super Volunteers 2008 is a private Facebook group, consisting mostly of volunteers from Hillary’s 2008 campaign. A fellow member of the group, John West, sent the following email to a number of editors of periodicals.

Dear Editors:

I am one of an online Facebook community from all political bents who support Hillary Rodham Clinton for President: Republican, Independent and mostly Democratic voters. We number 150,000 and are growing daily. Many bonded in response to the blatant sexist & misogynistic coverage of Hillary Clinton during the 2007/8 primaries. We found refuge online as we individually encountered aggressive responses to our protests when commenting or posting online within conversation threads. We continue to experience vile and hateful responses anytime we speak out against sexist reporting, sexist comments, or post positive facts about Hillary Clinton and her record.

After years of interacting with this lovely community of fellow Americans, I know we will not tolerate any form of sexist news coverage of any woman who chooses to break through glass ceilings; whether as a CEO or running for President of these United States. Already we have seen the coded language of sexism and innuendo used by major news outlets and we are not happy.

Here are some examples (from MediaMatters):

The New York Times stated Hillary continued to “scramble in the dirt on the crabbed limbs of legal compliance.”
Washington Post comparing Hillary to a “stale, musty” old car.
The New Yorker prefers the derogatory term “petulant.”
USA Today refers to Hillary Clinton’s “reputation for secrecy.”
Washington Post: “[H]er judgment and penchant for secrecy.”
NBC News: “Folks, this is the Clinton Way. Secretive.”
TIME: “penchant for secrecy.”
New York Times: “[T]he imbroglio could grow into a problem with voters, including some women, if Mrs. Clinton comes to be seen as unduly secretive or imperious in the months ahead.”
Politico uses the same technique, opening an article by calling her “devious” then concluding it by asserting that “it’s hard to win if you’re constantly on the defensive.” See the trap? Attack her, then claim she’s on the defensive.
Similarly, the “inevitability” frame is an artificial perch that others place her on and then try to knock her off. When her behavior doesn’t conform to the media’s expectations, she is “defiant.”
You are on notice that we will be watching, reading, listening and protesting coded sexism this time around in words and phrases like polarizing, calculating, disingenuous, insincere, ambitious, will do anything to win, represents the past, out of touch, inevitable, entitled, over confident, defiant, inserting snide comments on her looks like tired, haggard, worn out….the list goes on but I trust you get my point.

We expect you to exercise restraint and take editorial responsibility. When you allow sexism into your lexicon, it does us all a disservice. We deserve better. We encourage you to report with integrity and respect.

Thank you
John West
1 of 18,000,000 cracks

He also sent the email directly to Amy Chozick’s after seeing a few of her tweets. (According to her Twitter profile (@amychozick), Amy is a: “Political reporter for The New York Times. Hillary Clinton chronicler.”)

She proceeded to Tweet:

As of this moment, if you Google “HRC Super Volunteers john west warn” (without the quotes), you get 562,000 hits. One of the better articles is this piece in the Washington Examiner, who took the time to interview John. Even Rush got in on the act. John’s email made Fox News.

At some point, someone else NOT in the group, created the @HRCSuperVols Twitter handle. So, if you see any tweets by them, they are NOT from the actual group.

For the record, the founder of the group is Kim Frederick. John West is “just” an incredibly active and enthusiastic Hillary supporter who wrote that email as himself, not a spokesperson for the group. Also for the record, HRC Super Volunteers 2008 is not a PAC and has nothing to do with the yet-to-be-announced campaign.

So how was your day?

First Day of Spring 2015

I don’t really have a topic, but the downstairs thread was getting too long. It doesn’t matter–no one here sticks to the topic anyway.

So, the obvious is that it snowed ion the first day of spring. Here’s our winter advisory:

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 AM EDT
SATURDAY...

* LOCATIONS...THE ENTIRE TRI STATE AREA.

* HAZARDS...SNOW. SOME LIGHT FREEZING RAIN POSSIBLE TONIGHT.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 2 TO 5 INCHES...ALONG WITH
  AROUND A TRACE OF ICE. HIGHEST AMOUNTS NEAR THE CITY AND
  ADJACENT AREAS. LOWEST AMOUNTS ACROSS EASTERN CONNECTICUT.

* TIMING...SNOW CONTINUES INTO THIS EVENING. SNOW THEN MIXES WITH
  OR CHANGES TO LIGHT FREEZING RAIN TOWARDS MIDNIGHT.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE UPPER 20S TO LOWER 30S.

* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS DUE TO REDUCED
  VISIBILITIES AND SLIPPERY ROADS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW...SLEET...OR
FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

Also, there are these 20 things you might not know about Peeps.

A Jury of My Peeps

A Jury of My Peeps

Oh No He Didn’t!!!!

This is rich, just rich!! I confess, I stole this from Hillary is 44. I decided it had to be a separate post rather than just in the comments.

So get this….David Axelrove, the slimiest guy on the planet, says he’s….wait for it….. worried about a “cult of personality” surrounding Hillary Clinton!! UN-freaking-believable!!!!

So tell me Uppityites, what do you think Hillary should do with Axelrove’s advice??

Awards Night Open Thread

Yes, it’s that time again! Roll out the Red Carpet! Put on your best gowns and bling! Oh, it’s so exciting, I can hardly wait!!!

Deal With It

Deal With It

So, what’s your pick for the best…….wait….that isn’t the Oscar….that’s the Uppity!!

That’s okay, I haven’t seen any of the movies that are nominated this year anyway. So let’s give away Uppities instead. But I’ll need some help with the nominations. Leave your suggestions in the comment section. The Uppity goes to……

Pssst., and like Uppity says…I recommend the veal and don’t forget to tip your waiter on the way out! ;)

Watching the Super Bowl #likeagirl

Are you ready for the Super Bowl……ads?? I’m a girl, and I do like to watch football games. Well, if I have some connection with one of the teams playing. This year, I’m rooting for the Seattle Seahawks. But, imustadmit, I do enjoy many of the Super Commercials. The Budweiser puppy spot last year had me reaching for the tissues.


This year Procter and Gamble has a campaign called, #likeagirl. When I saw the leaked, (if it really was leaked) video, I just had to throw a post up (throw as in, throw #likeanuppitywoman.)

I give Procter and Gamble an A for Effort in their attempt to change societal attitudes about girls and women. This isn’t their first campaign to empower girls. Their “Keeping Girls in School” education campaign was impressive. Do you think they’re doing some kind of penance? After all, they did make a fortune telling women they were worthless if they didn’t keep the home sparkling clean for their husbands.

Okay, Mr. Clean was a man, well, a genie-man. He actually did all the cleaning! But who does all the laundry?

Keeping the home and clothes clean #likeawoman with Procter and Gamble!

Driving King D*#@hebag

It's the Little Old Lady from Buckingham Palace!!

Go Granny, go granny, go granny, go!

I’m sure you’ve all heard the news, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia died on Friday. Uppity Woman made her opinion of the late King known in the comment section of the last thread. As you can imagine….she was all broken up about the passing of King Abdullah…..

Uppity Woman, on January 24, 2015 at 5:44 PM said:
Did I mention that I think all the vehicles in King Abdullah’s funeral procession should be driven by women ?? #douchebag

The thought of that happening made me, literally, laugh out loud. Too bad we couldn’t make that wish of Uppity’s come true! Well…as I was surfing the web for newsy news, imagine my surprise to come across this article about Queen Elizabeth’s encounter with King Abdullah!

…. an unearthed anecdote from a former British ambassador to Saudi Arabia about a particularly badass exchange between the Queen and the late King that really set off a royal Twitter frenzy.

Shashank Joshi, a senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, tweeted a screenshot of Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles’ recollection of a story he heard first from the queen and later from King Abdullah about a 1998 visit between the pair at the royal estate Balmoral in Scotland.

Abdullah was then only the crown prince, and Queen Elizabeth decided to have a little fun with him. She offered him a tour of the Balmoral grounds and, to his surprise, jumped into the driver’s seat of one of the “royal Land Rovers” to give the tour herself.

“Women are not — yet — allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, and Abdullah was not used to being driven by a woman, let alone a queen,” Cowper-Coles wrote. “His nervousness only increased as the Queen, an Army driver in wartime, accelerated the Land Rover along the narrow Scottish estate roads, talking all the time. Through his interpreter, the crown prince implored the Queen to slow down and concentrate on the road ahead.”

Some are calling her Queen “Badass”…..I’d just call her “Queen Elizabeth the Uppity”.

An American in Paris

Last summer I wrote a post on John Kerry’s “guitar diplomacy.” I was really just joking around, you know, like I do. I’m not saying the Secretary of State is reading this blog….. but it does look like Kerry is doubling down on the old kumbaya” Just sayin.

Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting Paris to remind the French that they’ve “got a friend” in an unexpected way — through a James Taylor performance.
Video surfaced on Friday of the singer singing his hit “You’ve Got a Friend” to French officials.

Don’t get me wrong. I love James Taylor. But doesn’t this make you cringe? Just a little?

What?? No candy and flowers??? The rest of the world sent their top leaders to march in solidarity against terrorism last Sunday. Our president sent a valentine.

Taylor’s performance honors the 17 people killed during terrorist attacks on Paris last week.
President Barack Obama and his administration were criticized this week for not attending Paris’ unprecedented unity rally after the attacks. The White House later admitted that it “should have sent someone with a higher profile to the event.”
Kerry said that this visit was meant “to share a big hug with Paris ”

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On a serious note, and with great sincerity,

Je suis Charlie