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Sarah Palin: Sexism Round-up (Updated)

John on September 5, 2008 at 8:59 am

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air has a nice collection of quotes by major media. Here’s less than half of his list:

“There’s also this issue that on April 18th, she gave birth to a baby with Down’s Syndrome . Children with Down’s syndrome require an awful lot of attention. The role of Vice President, it seems to me, would take up an awful lot of her time, and it raises the issue of how much time will she have to dedicate to her newborn child?” John Roberts CNN

“How can a woman run a state and bring up five children at the same time? I think they have every right to ask that ” Liz Trotta, Media Prof at New School

“Is she prepared for the all-consuming nature of the job? She is the mother of five children, one of them a four-month-old with Down Syndrome. Her first priority has to be her children. When the phone rings at three in the morning and one of her children is really sick what choice will she make?” Sally Quinn, Washington Post

You see it’s not that they want McCain to lose, it’s just concern for a family. Riiiight.

Michelle Malkin has a prime example of the kind of thing I suggested here and here. One of her readers writes:

I was listening to an R&B station here in town and they were talking about how McCain didn’t speak about the “issues”. The man on the radio started talking about how Obama will beat McCain in the debates. Another person remarked that people will be paying more attention to the VP debate. Then they referred to Palin as a “crazy white bitch” several times and then called her a librarian stripper.

There’s also this Newsbusters post from last night which notes:

Out in the snarkiest swamps of liberal talk radio is the Stephanie Miller show, which is very low on policy talk and very high on toilet humor and sex jokes. At the end of the show’s first hour on Tuesday, Miller aired a clip of McCain’s Friday unveiling of Sarah Palin:  “Here is Grampy McSame [McCain] introducing his trophy VP before he stepped back to check out her ass for twenty minutes.”

So sexism has made an impact in the prestige media and the “too pretty to be President” meme I highlighted continues to make the rounds in the lower ranks of the liberal press. Are we done yet? No, not until Keith Olbermann repeats the “librarian stripper” remark on TV. Just wait.

Update: Nazi smear #2, this one from View co-host Whoopi Goldberg and also an example of crude Christian stereotyping:

This girl is dangerous to me. This is a very dangerous woman, because I believe for her intents and purposes, she’s OK if everybody lives a certain way, that is to say, the way God ordained men and women to be. Well, already she’s breaking that because she’s the daddy. She’s going to run the country and the husband is going to take care of the kids. I just found the whole thing sad and very musty and very much like a Bund rally, but maybe that was just me.

One more note. According to Google Trends, “Caribou Barbie”, a derisive term for Palin coined recently by liberal blogs, is the third biggest search of the day. The Barbie stereotype — ditzy and dumb — will be the first one to break onto the major networks.

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