Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Sexism, McCain and uncomfortable questions

In The Huffington Post I saw today an article about the way McCain is 'protecting' Sarah Palin from the press and I could not agree more with a female news anchor that showed her anger for this.

Since McCain chose her in a very transparent attempt to atract women and conservatives, his team has tried to avoid direct confrontation with print, radio and TV reporters.

And now female news anchor, Campbell Brown, called McCain team to stop this behavior.

Her words were:

"Tonight I call on the McCain campaign to stop treating Sarah Palin like she is a delicate flower that will wilt at any moment," said Brown. "This woman is from Alaska for crying out loud. She is strong. She is tough. She is confident. And you claim she is ready to be one heart beat away form the presidency. If that is the case, then end this chauvinistic treatment of her now. Allow her to show her stuff. Allow her to face down those pesky reporters... Let her have a real news conference with real questions. By treating Sarah Palin different from the other candidates in this race, you are not showing her the respect she deserves. Free Sarah Palin. Free her from the chauvinistic chain you are binding her with. Sexism in this campaign must come to an end. Sarah Palin has just as much a right to be a real candidate in this race as the men do. So let her act like one."

My favorite part is when she says that they see her as a "a delicate flower that will wilt at any moment". This reaction is due to the way they tried to stop editorial reporters from covering her visit with world leaders at the UN.

They seem, in my opinion, afraid of what she might say. And I think they are not so wrong about it, but not because she isn't a tough woman, or because she is not intelligent and cannot answer questions, but because she seems to be really, really unprepared to be in front of a reporter, anchor or news representative of any kind.

In her latest interview, she could not answer how McCain has supported regulations of USA market.

I really hate that they not prepare her well and they then try to protect her like she was a lady in distress. Any woman that is treated this way should be at least a bit angry. Or is her ambition greater than her dignity? 

The things you see in politics...

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