Boston Globe shows its double-standard

Boston Globe shows its double-standard

PE Bias Grade : F

By: Allen Nitschelm on August 13, 2020 | Article Review

This is a review of the following Boston Globe Article:
Article Title Trump breaks out gender code words
Date 08/13/2020
Article Link Boston Globe ( Page A8 )
Syndicated From New York Times
Journalist Katie Rogers
Article Summary

Boston Globe criticizes Trump for using sexist language about Kamala Harris, then quotes a Democrat pollster using very similar language.

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The New York Times has now officially opened its “police bureau” on gender usage, and the Boston Globe happily runs today’s piece which criticizes President Trump for sexism and racism for using loaded words meant to demean women. Trump’s criticism was leveled at VP nominee Kamala Harris, a woman of Jamaican and Indian descent.

Today’s examples are “suburban housewife,” which is not sexist or demeaning to women, it is descriptive; and “nasty” which Trump has used often for both genders.

What the media is trying to do is blunt legitimate criticism of VP nominee Harris by personally attacking her critics using charges of racism or sexism. This has become very common on the Left and is now part of the “cancel culture” where if you speak what the Left doesn’t like, they shame you, try to get you fired, try to embarrass you, or try to hold you up to ridicule.

Lucky for America, President Trump has an unbelievably thick skin and these attacks have become so common that they are easy for most people to dismiss.

But I wanted to look carefully at today’s article because something very strange caught my eye. President Trump was describing “suburban housewives” who might support him because they were against low-income housing projects coming to their towns, which perhaps will lead to safety issues as we have seen in big cities recently. The journalist writing this piece says that “suburban housewives” is “a racist euphemism for white women wary of minorities….”

If that is true, then the article later goes on to quote another racist named Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster. She seems very comfortable polling and generalizing about these white suburban women:

“If he’s relying on that group to save him, he better get a life jacket,’’ Lake said of white suburban women. “They like safety, they like security, but they think that Trump’s lack of a plan, poor leadership, of not listening to experts have made things more dangerous for their families.’’

She added, “Even the white non-college-educated suburban women are turning against him…

So if President Trump discusses whether white suburban housewives will support him and he is a racist, sexist, or both, then Celinda Lake speculating that white suburban women will not support Trump must also be a racist, or a sexist, or perhaps both. Unless, of course, the media has a double-standard: one for Republicans and one for Democrats.

The entire article runs along the same lines. The journalist feels she can read President Trump’s mind, so when Trump calls Kamala Harris “nasty” for attacking Joe Biden during the primary or Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court nomination hearing, that is misogyny. But as the press likes to say, she offers no proof of this theory, it is merely her speculation, and is as biased as it sounds.

I did a quick Internet search for other people Trump has called nasty, and it includes both men and women of all races. So this is a descriptive word which is not racist or sexist based on Trump’s past usage. (See https://people.com/politics/everyone-donald-trump-has-called-nasty/?).

And just two days ago, Trump called NBA players nasty too. I don’t know too many Black-Indian women who play for the NBA, but perhaps there are some who identify as such. (https://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-calls-nba-players-very-nasty-and-very-dumb-for-criticizing-him-2020-08-11)

Too bad the journalist couldn’t do just five seconds of research before publishing her erroneous theory.

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