Accuracy in Media


InStyle, the popular women’s fashion magazine, perpetuated the cultural divide between mainstream media elites and conservatives in their selections for their “The Badass 50” list. According to the magazine, “Badass Women celebrates women who show up, speak up and get things done.”

In the introduction to the list, Laura Brown, InStyle’s editor-in-chief, wrote that “History is filled with women who have changed the world with a singular or daring act, but it’s those who keep going— with or without recognition—whom I really admire. This entire issue honors spectacular women. All they have to do—and all we have to do—is keep showing up.”

While InStyle honored liberal women and Democratic women, the list didn’t include any groundbreaking women who are conservative or Republican, despite ample possible honorees.

For example, InStyle honored Democrat Madeleine Albright, writing, “It would be enough that this immigrant from the former Czechoslovakia was the first woman to become the U.S. secretary of state (under President Bill Clinton, in 1998).”

While honoring other women of color for breaking barriers, the magazine didn’t cite Republican Condoleezza Rice, the first black woman to serve as secretary of state, or Republican Nikki Haley, the first Indian-American to hold a cabinet level position as U.N. Ambassador and the first the first racial minority to hold the governorship of South Carolina (and the first female Indian-American governor in U.S. history).

InStyle honored Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a remarkable military veteran who lost both her legs in the Iraq War, and the first U.S. senator to give birth while serving in office. Yet they didn’t mention, for example, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), the first female combat veteran ever to serve as a U.S. Senator.

InStyle praised Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as “one of the leading voices on the Hill, speaking out on immigration and environmental issues. Last year she introduced a bill to make revenge porn a federal crime, prompting Ellen DeGeneres to declare her “possibly your next president of the United States.” Yet InStyle didn’t note any of the past GOP presidential candidates who have broken barriers, women like Carly Fiorina, Michele Bachmann or Elizabeth Dole.

InStyle also named liberal media hosts like Stephanie Ruhle, for her “unapologetic, smart commentary on some of our nation’s most pressing issues.” Ruhle has been a frequent critic of Trump and recently helped with pro-abortion messaging on the air. InStyle also honored Mika Brzezinski, who creates messaging around female empowerment but recently personally attacked Republican White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the first mother to hold that role.




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