Clinton coverage highlights TV gender gap
News coverage of Hillary Clinton often emphasizes gender over competency, study shows
One Chart Exposes How The Media Bashes Hillary Clinton While Promoting Donald Trump
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Source: USA Today. Authors:Gina Glantz, Julie Burton and Debbie Walsh. Date: June 21, 2016
"Hillary makes history and who do you call to chew it over? If you're TV bookers, mostly men.
Usually when history is made, news outlets call upon individuals with unique understanding of the circumstances to interpret the significance of the milestone and explain its consequences — people whom viewers would consider experts.
Apparently on cable news, women political commentators don’t fall into that category. Hillary Clinton made history by winning enough delegates to be the first female presidential nominee from a major party. Yet the conversation and analysis about that historic moment has been delegated primarily to male commentators."
Source: Phys.org, a "a leading web-based science, research and technology news service" Date: June 17, 2016
"Though much progress has been made toward gender equality, news coverage of female politicians typically follows gendered lines that often disregards women's competence in political affairs, a University of Texas at Arlington assistant communication professor has found.
Dustin Harp, an expert in gender and media studies, examines the issue in "Hillary Clinton's Benghazi Hearing Coverage: Political Competence, Authenticity, and the Persistence of the Double Bind," which appears online in the June issue of Women's Studies in Communication.
News coverage of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is well studied concerning women in U.S. politics. In her timely paper, Harp investigated the ways in which gender played a role in the more recent discourse.
The findings suggest that though this news media coverage shows some improvement in how Clinton was covered compared with previous research regarding representations of female politicians, the conversations still employ stereotypical feminine frames, including questioning Clinton's proficiency as a leader.
"Because of gender stereotypes, women are expected to act in particular ways that often place them in a double bind," Harp said. "The double bind is an either/or situation where a person has one or the other option but where both options penalize the person.
"One of these binds, femininity/competency is particularly tough for women politicians because to be feminine is seen as less powerful, which is clearly not good for a leader. At the same time to be a competent woman is problematic for many people who see that as unfeminine. So in this case the woman is criticized either way.""
Source: PoliticusUSA.com Author: Jason Easley Date: Jun 18, 2016
A single chart from a study at Harvard reveals the depth and degree of the media's bias against Hillary Clinton and promotion of Donald Trump.
A study by Thomas E. Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, at Harvard University, showed that while Donald Trump received nearly universally positive coverage in the year leading up to the primaries, media coverage of Hillary Clinton was more negative than that of any other candidate.
Here is a chart that every mainstream journalist should answer for:
Graph from Shorenstein Centre Study report