It’s no secret that the national media have clear anti-Hillary proclivities. Their default stance is to criticize her no matter what she says or does. If she wins, she didn’t win by enough. If she loses, she lost by too much. If she laughs, she’s being sarcastic. If she’s serious, she’s unlikable. If she’s nuanced, she’s calculating. There is very little Hillary says or does that isn’t filtered through a demeaning and destructive prism.
Case in point: The morning after Bernie Sanders stepped into the gutter of politics and called Hillary unqualified to be president — a statement that would have caused mass media chaos if it came from her — ABC’s Good Morning America led with “Hillary attacking Bernie.”
NBC’s Today Show wasn’t much better, with Andrea Mitchell, one of the most sophisticated and relentless purveyors of anti-Hillary talking points, misleading viewers about the difference between “unprepared” and “unqualified.” Hillary used the former to describe Bernie, Bernie used the latter to describe Hillary.
Mitchell did her best to conflate the two, suggesting that Hillary was being disingenuous when in fact she was reacting to Bernie’s near-unanimously panned New York Daily News ed board interview.
CNN pulled the same stunt as Andrea Mitchell, pretending that Bernie was just reciprocating, when it was clear that his attack was much harsher and unjustified.
The bottom line is a stark one. Hillary Clinton faces three opponents: Bernie Sanders, the GOP, and the national media.
Once again, a woman attempting to equalize the playing field has to work three times as hard, jump through more hoops and face bigger obstacles to reach her goal.
It’s a miserable and shameful double standard.
If these journalists really did their jobs, they’d report that Bernie’s attack on Hillary was simultaneously an attack on President Obama, who Bernie is now clearly campaigning against.