Why an Apology to Hillary Helps All Women
15 Jan 2020
Hillary, long a lightning rod for sexist abuse, suffered horrid treatment from the male owned mainstream press, which warned all women: “Step up and you’ll get a taste of what she’s getting. We got a whole lotta more for ya, little lady”. The effects of big media’s disgraceful treatment of her in both her 2008 and 2016 presidential runs are still felt today. Why else would Bernie Sanders tell Elizabeth Warren a woman can’t beat Trump. Despite his denials, Warren again confirmed his comments at last night’s Presidential debate. Earlier mentioning the “unfair” sexist attacks Hillary endured, VP Biden said “That’s not going to happen with me.” So that persnickety va-jay-jay won’t get in the way, huh, Joe? Per my original analysis of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election “loss”, in which she won the popular vote by nearly 3 million — more votes than any white man in history — the sum total of the reason for that “loss” was “penis” – she doesn’t have one.
Imagine that – two old white men are actually (although not admittedly) using maleness as a campaign advantage. Much more of their focus should be calling out such bias in order to end it, showing themselves to be true allies, not just paying lip service to misogyny and quickly moving on.
Sadly, a number of women have also confided to me that they are afraid a woman can’t win. Despite big media’s horse twaddle about Hillary being a “weak candidate,” they knew how powerful she was, how close she came to the Presidency, and how many disparate forces worked to stop her. I count six: GOP/Trump, Putin, corporate media, the professional left, Sanders and former FBI Director Comey. We well remember the onslaught and I’m sure these women fear the same attacks will come again should Senators Warren or Klobuchar approach the seat of power.
Do you think that Senator Kamala Harris would be gone from the race otherwise? The media saw her star power. Almost 3 years ago, I wrote how they Hillary-ized Kamala early, later defining her as a cop, a corporate whore and a climber who slept her way to the top, all while ignoring her accomplishments.
Candidate Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was defined as a woman who ruined Senator Franken’s career, despite the other women who came forward to accuse him of misconduct – and the number of other Democratic Senators who urged him to step down. She was quickly dismissed.
Isn’t it also obvious that some are afraid any other woman will not come close to Hillary’s numbers and don’t want to go through the same heartache again?
This is why an apology to Hillary Clinton matters to all women. Otherwise we wouldn’t be in an environment where non-stop nothing-burger email twaddle and myriad purportedly serious (they weren’t) “investigations” used to destroy her were reported ad nauseam, but facts that exonerated her were hardly a blip on the back page of the newspaper.
Per Ahmed Baba’s article in Rantt Media, Hillary Clinton Deserves An Apology:
During the 2016 election, the vast majority of the mainstream media covered Hillary Clinton like they were vetting the next President of the United States. On the other hand, they treated Donald Trump like the kid in the classroom who gets an A for effort. The American people were so distracted by emails/Russian propaganda and Clinton Foundation non-stories that they missed Trump’s conflicts of interest, his history of criminal fraud, the very real Trump Foundation “self-dealing” scandal, and the biggest story of all: Russia’s interference.
Rather than focus fire on a person who was demonstrating he was unfit for office, far too much of the media was consumed by negative stories about Hillary Clinton’s scandals. A 2017 Harvard study found during the 2016 election, the Clinton email scandal dominated news coverage. As we know now, some of this coverage was fueled by the emails released by Wikileaks, obtained from Russia’s hacking of the DNC.
Also, unlike 78-year-old Senator Sanders’ recent heart attack, which merited a mere blip in the press – and was quickly minimized and excused – Hillary Clinton’s one fainting moment while campaigning hard despite having pneumonia got non-stop coverage, speculating she was at death’s door — while minimizing then-candidate Trump’s corruption:
After the election, the Trump Foundation admitted to the IRS that they were indeed, “self-dealing.” It turns out, Trump was guilty of what the media was trying to accuse Clinton of — and one of their colleagues had already uncovered it. But Clinton’s pneumonia was more important to them.
As previously covered here, FBI director Comey’s interference in the election was the last nail in the coffin of Clinton’s electoral chances:
And, of course, we have the coverage of Comey’s letter to Congress about new emails he found days before the election. While Comey sent a subsequent letter claiming he found nothing, the damage to her election chances was done.
I encourage you to read Mr. Baba’s entire article.
The closer a woman gets to the seat of power, the more she’ll get what Hillary got. And if corporate media, the GOP or professional left isn’t going after a woman as hard – it means they aren’t worried she can win.
Until we take the time to insist upon an apology for Hillary and trumpet the truth about her years of service and skill on policy on the front page of the New York Times, the bunkum used to take her down will never change.
Any woman who gets a shot will have to fight an uphill battle that has nothing to do with policy and everything to do with “tone,” being “untrustworthy,” a “mean girl,” “conniving,” a “priss” or a “granny” – anything to keep her being taken seriously.
Haven’t we had enough?