Sexism? Media Disagree With Clinton Backers

Hillary's supporters cry foul, but news world pleads innocence
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2008 7:16 AM CDT
Clinton supporters disagree with members of the media over the extent of sexism in coverage of her campaign.   (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
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(Newser) – Now that Hillary Clinton has suspended her presidential campaign, her most ardent supporters are hitting out at television news, proposing boycotts and setting up websites in response to allegedly sexist coverage. But as the New York Times reports, many in the media see little evidence of sexism. Rather, they accuse the ex-candidate of having used a few glaring examples to drum up support for a faltering campaign.

While establishment media have come in for criticism, it's cable news—particularly commentary on Fox or MSNBC—that has received the brunt of Clinton supporters' disgust. Yet with a few exceptions, notably Katie Couric, most journalists agree that accusations of sexism were strategic. "They were trying to rally a certain demographic, and women were behind it," said the head of MSNBC.