Saturday, May 24, 2008

U.S. Media Hating Hillary: "One of its collectively deranged episodes."

Gloating, unshackled sexism of the ugliest kind has been shamelessly peddled by the US media, which - sooner rather than later, I fear - will have to account for their sins.--Andrew Stephen, US Editor of the New Statesman

History, I suspect, will look back on the past six months as an example of America going through one of its collectively deranged episodes - rather like Prohibition from 1920-33, or McCarthyism some 30 years later. This time it is gloating, unshackled sexism of the ugliest kind. It has been shamelessly peddled by the US media, which - sooner rather than later, I fear - will have to account for their sins. The chief victim has been Senator Hillary Clinton, but the ramifications could be hugely harmful for America and the world....
The danger is that, in their headlong rush to stop the first major female candidate (aka "Hildebeast" and "Hitlery") from becoming president, the punditocracy may have landed the Democrats with perhaps the least qualified presidential nominee ever. But that creeping realisation has probably come too late, and many of the Democratic super-delegates now fear there would be widespread outrage and increased racial tension if they thwart the first biracial presidential hopeful in US history.

But will Obama live up to the hype? That, I fear, may not happen: he is a deeply flawed candidate. Rampant sexism may have triumphed only to make way for racism to rear its gruesome head in America yet again. By election day on 4 November, I suspect, the US media and their would-be-macho commentators may have a lot of soul-searching to do.

1 comment:

tim_in_tampa said...

Drinking Liberally is celebrating 5 years on the 29th of May and the South Tampa chapter invites you to the friendly confines of New World Brewery for the festivities. At 1313 E. 8th Ave, between 13th and 14th St in Ybor City, New World has a great casual atmosphere and hosts an incredible music scene and beer selection. For those who have been there, it's a great place to just relax and talk politics, social issues, or how the Rays can make it to the playoffs.

Drinking Liberally is a An informal, inclusive progressive social group for left-leaning individuals. Started 5 years ago Thursday in a bar in New York with a two people, it has expanded to 246 chapters in 46 states and in cities overseas as far as Japan and Australia. For more information on Drinking Liberally, go to

We meet up around 7 PM and you can park next door at the parking lot on the corner of 8th and Nuccio (free of charge while spots last). Just so you know, it is a CASH ONLY establishment, but they do have an ATM available. If you have any questions, please call my cell at 813-532-9846. I hope to see you there!

Tim Heberlein
South Tampa Moderator