An advocacy group said on Thursday that Fox News and the Huffington Post were the awardees for most-sexist media coverage of women candidates during the 2012 election cycle.
"Name It. Change It.," a non-partisan project of the Women’s Media Center, She Should Run and Political Parity, announced this years most-sexist media recipients in a webinar Thursday afternoon. The projects seeks to expose and eliminate sexist and misogynistic coverage of women candidates.
Huffington Post won for creating sexist standards for women in politics. Citing articles on former presidential candidate Michele Bachman’s make-up and clothes, The group illustrated the point that women politicians are more often scrutinized on their appearance than their male counterparts.
Fox News won for most sexist insult for repeatedly calling DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz “Frizilla”. Other awardees included Boston Herald columnist, Howie Carr for referring to Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren as “Granny”.
The Chicago Sun-Times won for most-sexist interview question. Reporters asked whether a woman can be a parent and governor.
Moderator Liz Benjamin won most-sexist debate question for asking candidates Kirsten Gillibrand and Wendy Long whether they had read Fifty Shades of Grey.
A nationwide survey of 800 potential voters done by the Lake Research Center revealed that sexist comments about a woman candidate negatively affects her likelihood to be elected. ”Voters will vote for a man they don’t like. But they will not vote for a woman they don’t like,” president Celinda Lake said.
Engaging in sexism hurts the male opponent, but no more than negative campaigning in general. However, responding to sexism regained the vote and damaged the opponent.
With a historic numbers of women elected to national offices in Tuesday, the survey goes to show how some of them endured and confronted sexism during their campaigns.
Opponents to Wisconsin Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin alluded that her sexual orientation made unqualified to serve.
Representative-elect Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., outright called comments by her opponent, Rep. Joe Walsh, sexist. Walsh, along with several other male incumbents who made blatantly sexists remarks during campaigns were defeated on Tuesday.
— Adam Jabari Jefferson, Medill News Service