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First this morning (at around 9:30am) and then again this afternoon (at around 2:00pm) MSNBC reported on the Republican-manufactured controversy surrounding the negotiations between House sergeant-at-arms and the Pentagon to secure a large military plane to transport Nancy Pelosi from her offices in Washington D.C. to her district in San Francisco. Congressional Republicans have maliciously and erroneously suggested that Pelosi made the request, characterizing their own invention as ”an extravagance of power that the taxpayers won’t swallow.”

While I’m not surprised that the cable news networks have exploited the non-story to attract viewers, I’m shocked by the sheer sexism of Republican Congressmen and prominent network officials. The media has consistently portrayed Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi, two powerful Democratic leaders, as power-hungry ‘bitches’. This story is ‘credible’ because it exploits female stereotypes; abuse of power by men (like the extravagant arrogance and power corruption of Dennis Hastert and the old Republican majority) is rarely considered news worthy (Tom Delay’s hammer-like tactics were reported, in diluted form, only after he was forced to resign).

All this begs the question: are Americans ready for a powerful female president? The Pelosi story suggests that we’re not; powerful women are still seen, by many in the ‘old boy establishment,’ as threatening masculine power and masculinity.

— Igor Volsky

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Quick note: Why don’t Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have ‘issue’ sections on their campaign websites while John Edwards, Joe Biden and most of the other ‘less viable candidates’ do? The two frontrunners for the Democratic nomination are running on image, not issues. As Noam Chomsky once told me, the same people who sell you toothpaste market political candidates.

— Igor Volsky

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