• Thu, Jan 24 2013

The New York Post’s Outrageously Sexist Front Page

original-1When the New York Post does misogyny, they really do it right. Witness the tabloid’s front page today, in which a huge photo of an angry Hillary Clinton is accompanied by the blaring headline “NO WONDER BILL’S AFRAID.”

At the bottom of the page, a tiny photo of Bill Clinton appears next to a short teaser to a longer article: “The lady has some temper! Secretary of State HIllary Rodham Clinton came out breathing fire yesterday at a congressional hearing where pols ripped her handling of the Benghazi debacle.”

The story itself was about Clinton’s heated testimony during a Congressional hearing on the attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi. Clinton faced aggressive questioning, particularly from Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson, who questioned the State Department’s handling of the attacks.

“With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans,” Clinton told Johnson, with real heat in her voice. “Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk last night who decided to kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator.”

None of that forgives the Post’s retro “angry lady scares husband” approach to the story, which validates a million misogynist stereotypes and undercuts the seriousness of yesterday’s hearing.

This all comes after weeks of conservatives openly speculating on whether Clinton was faking her recent health scares in order to avoid testimony. The New York Post — oh, hey again! — called her concussion a “head fake.” Stay classy.

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  • Colleen

    If a male politician in a position of great power acted in the same way, would someone say he had a temper? I don’t fucking think so . Bravo to Hillary Clinton & the work she does.