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War on Women: Media Bashing of Ann Romney Begins

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On August 29, 2012 @ 11:08 am In The Point | 12 Comments

As soon as Ann Romney finished delivering a passionate speech that reminded people of what a real First Lady is like, the media launched its own War on Women.

From the New York Times [1]‘ Andrew Rosenthal

The genius of Mrs. Romney’s diva performance was the way she smiled so warmly as she delicately slipped the knife into President Obama.

In March, Rosenthal was claiming that the GOP was Anti-Woman [2]. Now he’s using calculatedly sexist language to dismiss Ann Romney.

Further left, David Corn at Mother Jones, accused Ann Romney of engaging “in gender warfare and the politics of division”. The stunning hypocrisy of the political movement that had spent the last year screaming that Republicans were engaging in a “War on Women” charging that Ann Romney was being divisive and pitting one gender against another is stunningly breathtaking.

At FOX, Juan Williams showed off his own prejudices, saying that Ann Romney, “looks to me like a corporate wife. The stories she told about struggles are hard for me to believe. I mean, she’s a very rich woman.”



Even media coverage of Ann Romney’s speech that didn’t attack her directly, used her appearance to attack her husband. Her speech was described as a way of humanizing an inhuman Mitt Romney. Her very act of speaking at a convention was described as a clever move, depicting it as a cynical strategy.  Michelle Obama’s own convention speech in 2008 was not described in those terms.

Ann Romney and Michelle Obama gave somewhat similar speeches, both women talking about the life they had spent with their husbands and why their man would be good for the country. The dramatically different media response shows the core bias at work.

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[1] the New York Times: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/mark-finkelstein/2012/08/29/new-york-times-editor-ann-romney-slipped-knife-president-obama

[2] was claiming that the GOP was Anti-Woman: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/clay-waters/2012/03/16/more-liberal-hysteria-nyts-rosenthal-gop-anti-woman

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