Friday, January 5, 2007

Women, Politics, and Fox News

There is some scathing commentary on Fox new's coverage at News Hounds of Nancy Pelosi's historic swearing in yesterday that I thought was pretty interesting:

"Pelosi does not fit the mold of "fair and balanced" femininity espoused on Fox News: women are either innocent victims, like Natalee Holloway, or they are whores, like the accuser in the Duke lacrosse rape case. Pelosi threatens to upset Fox News entire world view. And that's worse that repealing Bush's tax cuts. "

I'm not sure that this is exactly "fair and balanced" reporting either, but the article does make some interesting points. Like how Fox kept using the banner reading "Congressional Catfight" in talking about Rep. Jane Harman still being upset after Pelosi failed to reappoint her as chair of the House Intelligence Committee. It does really tick me off when a disagreement between two intelligent women is called a "catfight".

Apparently Pelosi referred to herself yesterday as the most powerful woman in America, which Fox and Friends questioned, and there I have to agree with Fox, we all know that Oprah is the most powerful woman in America.

And in a totally unrelated note, was anyone else scared that the tiny little girl (I assume one of Pelosi's grandchilden) was going to drop that baby (I assume one of her other grandchilden) she was barely holding on to as Pelosi was enjoying her photo-op moment with her gavel?

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