Accuracy in Media

Vermont Senate

Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski blasted Hillary Clinton on Tuesday for making what they called a “pathetic” charge of sexism against her Democratic  presidential opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Sanders had commented at the first Democratic debate that Clinton had been “shouting” about gun control. Hillary suggested that his use of word “shouting” was actually about her gender:

I’ve been told to stop, and I quote, shouting about gun violence. Well, first of all, I’m not shouting. It’s just when women talk, some people think we’re shouting.

Sanders denied the charge, telling CNN’s Jake Tapper in a recent interview, “that’s not the case.”

After agreeing with Scarborough that Clinton’s accusation was “pathetic,” Brzezinski said it was more like the HBO show Veep, which stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the vice-president—and now president of the United  States—but worse.

That was Veep. It was worse than Veep. It wasn’t funny. When Veep does it, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, it’s hysterical because it’s so ridiculous. That wasn’t even funny, it was pathetic.

I know sexism. Hillary Clinton knows sexism. She should know better than to let her staff make her do that. It needs to be her. She needs to get out there and talk. Everyone stop writing lines for her. They’re bad. Really bad. When we talk about sexism, when we talk about women and equal pay and all these things that are important, let’s not denigrate it with that stupidity, because we embarrass ourselves.

Brzezinksi, who said that she knows that Clinton is the front-runner and will probably win—and she wants a Democrat to win—nevertheless cringed at Hillary’s accusation  and said she would probably get “killed” for criticizing Clinton.

Clinton may have thought that playing the “sexism” card would be a good strategy against Sanders, who has remained competitive while other challengers dropped out of the race. But this was such a lame attempt to make something out of nothing, that she instead winds up being the object of ridicule on a liberal cable news network, no less. and makes Sanders look like the reasonable one.

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  • Raspberryswirl

    Thank you for keeping it real. Crying wolf hurts the real issues (of violence and discrimination) for women, girls, and all feminists.

  • Steven Barrett

    Brezinski’s spot on: What’s not mentioned here is something that very few people either wanted to draw attention to, or didn’t notice it. I couldn’t help noticing it: When Clinton’s shown on another stage taking her cheap shot at Sanders she’s not just speaking into the mike, ohhhhhhh no. She’actually moving her hips to accentuate her remarks as if thinking making fun of a long disused debating tactic (because it clearly smacked of female sexism) would get her audience so amused by it that they’d ignore the darker intentions for why she used it. She knows like so many debaters (both male and female) what an unfair disadvantage women have long had over men in public debating. The very moment a man raises his voice, he’s done, whereas a woman can raise her voice and get away with shrill. They can still literally get away with it, Hillary or even worse, Carly Fiorina. That woman’s the queen of shrill. Nevertheless, Clinton’s Republican female counterpart’s gifts in the art of shrill don’t excuse her recent display of sexism, especially when such a sensitive topic like responsible gun ownership is the topic. She doesn’t even disagree with Sanders when it comes to background checks … but for her to suggest that one can just pout, pull all the sexist whiny tactics in the book and think that can pull necessary votes over to her side … that’s not even rising the the level of dumb politics. This is giving false hopes to people who have just had the biggest reasons for hope ripped from their lives. Pandering to peoples’ emotions, especially womens in such gut-wrenching sensitive issues (which by the way affect grieving fathers, too) was as low as I’ve ever seen her stoop to.
    Thank God at least Sanders and Brezinski are bringing to the fore a part of Hillary Clinton that hasn’t mellowed over time: her willingness to use any trick of the trade to gain an edge to win and quash or intimidate any opponent, even a former Senatorial colleague, who as the longest servving Independent in Congressional history in either Chamber, has shown far more class than our contemporary wannabe Empress Theodosia or Eva Peron can ever tap into if she doesn’t learn from this. In our dreams. She’s just starting to bare her fangs.

  • geezerpk

    Stupid statement my Hillary for sure, but not worthy of all the attention Mika and Joe lavished on it. Joe and Mika routinely spend a good 15 minutes 2 or 3 times a week in a, dripping with hate, bash Hillary session. And then they let The Trumpster call in and rant his nonsense for another 15 minutes. Tiresome stuff that.

  • Steven Barrett

    Trump’s a lot easier to laugh off. Not Hillary Clinton who’s a hell of a lot more subtle and much sneakier. Think of it this way: when was the last time you heard anybody in the national media take Hillary Clinton on like this … all the way to the proverbial cleaner where her campaign act sure as hell needed taking on this matter? It’s about damn time.

  • geezerpk

    Are you kidding me? Tell me you’re joking. The national media’s been bashing the bejesus out of Hillary for months over Benghazi, the email and a number other legit and non-legit issues. I won’t even start on the abuse she’s been taking for 3 years running from all of the committees (kangaroo courts) that the House has been running nonstop. But guess what Steve, her numbers just keep improving. How sad for you and yours. Keep it up. The Tea Party House has been her best friend of late, BTW.

  • Steven Barrett

    I don’t disagree that she took a beating for months over the email stuff and Benghazi, but you can’t deny she left herself wide open for some legitimate criticism from the moment she uttered those infamous words, “What difference does it make?” If any of your family members lost his life it’d make one hell of a “difference.” And the fact she dragged out the whole thing on the emails was a dumb move on her part because it left her wide open for a lot of healthy speculation about what she was hiding and why in the hell she thought she should be given special treatment. She’s a citizen, not royalty. Just a citizen. Now I realize this might bespeak some naivity on my part because even I’ll admit she’s been a public figure, elected or otherwise. But she’s not above the law and unfortunately, she’s been pampered by far too many pols by now that I have no idea what it’d take short of another Bolshie revolution where she finds herself like the Alexandra character in
    “Nicholas and Alexandra” where the Bolshies refer to her as Frau Romanov. (Rightfully so, too.)
    Bernie Sanders got sick of the emails and saw they were sucking the air out of the Democratic race in general and it sure as hell didn’t do him any harm to play the gentleman when he could’ve just as easily turned to her and ask, “Yes, what about those damned emails?” And gained what? Turns out, thanks to the hyper competitive flaw in Hillary’s personality make up that she didn’t reciprocrate and continued her attacks on him over gun control, even pulling that strutting act for which she was rightly called out for by Mika Brezinski who had solid reasons to feel embarrassed with Clinton’s behavior. If the former NY senator wanted to score points, it was with the media, not the guy who showed some class and a lot more smarts with his much more sophisticated reading on how deeply sensitive legislation concerning gun control is shaped or not shaped. Hillary believes you can just raise hell, get a lot of parents together, and voila…a law is born. She knows better. And this is why she’s getting called out after having a week of good press.
    What kind of press do you think she would’ve received if Kevin McCarthy didn’t let all the cats loose? The commitee she faced was pretty demoralized and left with little to try and discern whatever she may or not have done wrong or better. And when they could’ve pried her open just enough to make the Sid Blumenthal linkage a lot more revealing and interesting for the public, they took a lunch time out. LOL, no wonder this war has taken so long since the Republicans set the tempo at the very beginning. Nice and slow, like a game of golf where every put counts for something because the players are gambling. So did the GOP with our sons and daughters’ lives.
    Guys, don’t kid yourself: Hillary knows just how to manipulate the media perhaps better than any other candidate in the race if for no other reason than her 8 years in the WH, decade-plus in Little Rock, and the Senante and State Dept. If she gets bad press … hell, at this stage, I’d almost say she deserves it because nobody has been so careful as to get the scribes to do her dirty work for her when it comes to cleaning up her act, er legacy. So when Morning Joe’s Mika Brezinski went to town on her, it’s because Hillary let her guard down and in a terribly arrogant and self-revealing way. Not as bad as “what difference does it make,” but give her time. She’ll offend the public again soon enough, and I can’t wait till she has one of those moments when she has no more cover to hide her royalist m.o. She has to learn soon enough, if not tomorrow or better yet, seconds from now, we are all citizens, equal to one another and there are no subjects for her to lord over as she’s so often been wont to get away with doing. Dammit, she makes even agreeing with her so darn difficult.