When I was thinking of a title to this blog, I realized that it would be almost impossible for the media to reach a new low. After all, Don Imus called someone's daughter a "nasty hoe" so why would it surprise me when a news anchor suggested that the Clintons were "pimping out their daughter?"
If I recall, the Bush twins had a blast when George W. campaigned. It's common for family members to promote the candidates.
To me, Chelsea is one of the strongest women in the spotlight. Although reporters say she's been sheltered, I doubt if that's true or even possible. After all, she is an educated young woman. She must get that tough quality from her mother.
When Bill Clinton was President, I heard such disgusting jokes about their young daughter. Do you remember in 1998 when Senator McCain said that 18 year old Chelsea was ugly? Yet he is probably going to be the Republican nominee. I can't imagine why anyone would vote for a man who would lower himself to that level. His exact words were:
"Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno."
I never thought Chelsea was ugly. She was a just teenager who was going through that awkward period. But I guess even a man who calls himself a war hero doesn't feel ashamed to insult someone's little girl when she is simply trying to deal with all the problems and insecurities that most kids have during adolescence.
It's totally amazing to me that when Bill Clinton called something Senator Obama said a "fairy tale" the MSNBC anchormen called him a racist. Yet calling Hillary a *B* all the time, and now insulting her daughter must be different. I guess sexist remarks aren't considered to be objectionable.
Bloggers all over the internet and people calling into radio talk shows are defending MSNBC anchorman David Shuster. What does that tell you about the mentality of our voters and the morals of our society? We have now begun to accept that obscenities are "cool." One person who criticized the Clintons for overreacting asked, "What will happen when a foreign power makes an insulting remark of a similar nature?" Well, I'm no expert on foreign affairs, but my reaction to this question would be that it will never happen. I'm saddened that a country that prides itself on a good educational system and strong family values has been reduced to applauding reporters who use street slang on the evening news. Have we lost our dignity as a people?
In January this same news network insulted Senator Clinton when Chris Matthews said "the reason she's a U.S. senator, the reason she's a candidate for president, the reason she may be a front-runner is her husband messed around." Now you can say that on this board if you want and so can I. We still have Free Speech in this country (well, some of the time) but it's not appropriate journalism and is totally sexist and unfounded. After all what he basically said is that millions of people in New York, New Jersey, California, Massachusetts and Florida (a state that doesn't seem to matter) voted for her because of her husband's infidelity? Of course, we already know Mr. Matthews doesn't like women in politics. He made sexist remarks against Nancy Pelosi too.
If you think I sound like a feminist, then think again. I love it when a man opens the door for me and I certainly don't mind being complimented on a new hairdo or getting flowers. However, requiring journalists to report the news and to keep bigotry, racism, sexism (or whatever other distasteful, personal qualities he or she possesses) out of it, isn't feminism, it's humanism.