down, 49 to go. The winners were the media and invasive chauvinism
that joined forces to anoint and parade their candidate through many hours
of uncritical publicity.
The losers were
women, especially the women in Iowa who chose to be swayed by the rhetoric
and excitement of a daddy prince charming rather than validate the great
abilities of their own gender. It
was mainly the older women who remembered the past horrors of sexism and
discrimination who voted their heads.
gave the majority of votes to the two candidates who would continue, in
the tradition of George Bush, to bring politics under the rule of religion.
"We must believe
in ourselves or leave our dreams behind." Hopefully women in
the rest of the electorate will be adult enough to resist the call of the
Pied Piper, backed by the media and vote with a clear vision of who is
the best person to be president. Women who shudder at the thought
that the presidential bully pulpit will continue to blather religious invective
must get active to prevent this.
The reporters and
pundits of cable were in heaven as they continued their deification of
their chosen male while mostly ignoring the other male and excoriating
the female. Even when their stories were proven to be false, they
kept repeating the most mundane of charges.
Dodd and Richardson
never asked their supporters to make someone else their second choice and
came on TV over and over again to say this but still the lie was repeated.
was accused of stiffing the ambitions of a young girl who wanted an interview,
portraying the "rejected" child as heartbroken. This despite
the fact that the girl was interviewed and said Chelsea was very nice to
her, she was thrilled to meet her and that she was not at all upset by
anything she did.
a woman taking down the Clinton sign in her yard and putting up the Obama
sign over and over the past weeks along with her reasons for changing?
When that same woman later on took down the Obama sign and put up an Edwards
sign, most media ignored it and all neglected to include her comments as
to her change of heart.
And of course as
many have noticed, the media's male choice was shown most often and in
the best light while his opponents were often pictured as harried or angry
the exception of Brit Hume and his panel's contribution, FOX News unexpectedly
was the best channel to watch during the coverage of the Iowa caucus.
Amazingly true to its slogan of being fair and balanced, it was fair and
balanced. The reporters took no shots at Clinton or Edwards and did
not continually feature Obama. Refreshing!
When the caucus
began, FOX kept a running tab at the bottom of the screen showing the percent
of votes cast for each candidate of both Parties as well as their score.
One thing was especially unique and interesting. In the hours before
the caucus started, thumbnail sketches of each candidate's life was shown.
Now it's off to
NH as a smirking media already is projecting that Clinton will fight dirty
and already it has coronated Obama, wrapping him lovingly in the purple
robes of royalty.
to all that crap they fed us about going after the leader as the reason
they went after Clinton so fiercely? We wonder if Obama will still
continue to get a free ride and voters continue to be given a pig in a
poke instead of knowing more about him than he has written himself.
Will the media finally
dig in and repeat the derogatory facts over and over concerning his record?
For example, why he is called Noshobama for the time he spent in his state's
senate? For the fact that he has continued the same irresponsible
habits in DC?
2008 Renee T. Louise and Ruth M. Sprague, Ph.D. These articles may be republished
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