Let's Get PoliticalBill Clinton Fears His Own Wife! And Other Shameless Hillary AttacksJessica Tholmer

I write for HelloGiggles and for TheConversation, and I have been accused of bias in our political coverage plenty of times. Conservatives typically claim that most media coverage leans liberal, and liberals (like myself, obviously) love to attack the insanely offensive conservative news coverage, ie Fox News. It is an age old argument: you are not likely to enjoy reading what the other side has to say. Fact of life.

But there are times, and there are people, that seem to gather more interest for the opposing side. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how Hillary Clinton was facing accusations of faking health issues to postpone her testimony concerning the Benghazi Trials. I was fired up while writing, but attempted to keep a cool head on my shoulders while discussing the situation. I do not name call, in real life, or in my writing. I, shockingly, do study what I believe the “other side,” in this case, the conservative Republican news sources, may be thinking or feeling in an attempt to not be entirely close-minded on issues that I already have an opinion.

But every great once in awhile, and it increasingly seems to involve Clinton, I cannot wrap my head around both sides.

Clinton has taken plenty of criticism since her heated testimony, but when I came across the New York Post’s headline, “No Wonder Bill’s Afraid,” I threw in my liberal towel and got angry on a whole new level.

The New York Post is owned by Rupert Murdoch, infamously conservative media conglomerate, so naturally, anything the Post prints is right-wing biased. As I mentioned previously, I understand speaking to your side, and everything you read should always be taken with a grain of salt. There will always be opposing sides.

The Benghazi Trials, however, are clearly a sensitive, heated situation; the fact that Clinton expressed herself in an “angry outburst” is not necessarily out-of-line. What is out-of-line, however, is the headline referencing her marriage to former President Bill Clinton, which literally has nothing to do with Clinton’s testimony, nor the Benghazi Trials themselves.

If Clinton was a man, and yeah, roll your eyes because everyone is always making this argument about Clinton, there would never, ever be a reference to her marriage in regards to a testimony on a Senate panel. If the media, liberal or conservative, is frustrated with Clinton, they should express their frustrations and potentially legitimate issues with her approach, her actions, her whatever-we-are-attacking-this-week with concrete evidence and arguments, and absolutely never with sexist terms like “nagging,” “shrill,” “rage,” and worst of all, accusing her husband of fearing the woman he spends his life with.

I of course do not know either Clinton personally, but I will go out on a limb and guess that President Clinton does not fear his wife simply because she is not afraid to represent herself as a strong feminist presence. He does not fear his wife because she has the gall to stand up to a SENATE PANEL and say something as powerful as, “what difference, at this point, does it make?” when speaking about American lives lost. If her tone turns passionate, it only makes Clinton a more significant presence than any of her male counterparts.

The verbiage around female political figures needs to stop, conservative or liberal media alike. We are embarrassing ourselves as reporters, as Americans, and as citizens of the year 2013.

Clinton, we have your back, ma’am.

Featured image via thinkprogress.org.

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  1. Thankyou.
    The fact that so much time and money is wasted on assuming that voters are stupid. . . .

  2. Men that fear their wife? Well that doesn’t fit into the narrow limiting feminist gender narrative, so…sexist! Hillary Clinton not caring about dead men in combat, well as a feminist her dogmatic beliefs lead her to conclude “women are the “primary” victims of war” so I’m not surprised. Male politicians that drop the ball=accountable for their actions. Female politicians that drop the ball= “Victims of sexism”

  3. Well…
    I’m not going to argue politics here. I enjoy Zooey’s work and I’m looking forward to the new She & Him in the Spring.

    I will say this: Ms Tholmer was likely not as offended with the rocks hurled at Sarah Palin – which is not to say Mrs Palin didn’t deserve it. Who knows?

    What I believe is the much bigger issue here is the death of 4 Americans under Clinton’s watch and the clear attempt to spin what caused the effect. And yes, Ms Tholmer, you’d have to been an extremist to overlook the cover up. It was/is real.

    Still, this writer’s angle of choice was to become offended by an opinion piece rather than write something that matters.

    Tholmer, we see your agenda, ma’am…

  4. I am sorry I am completely appalled by this. I am a conservative, more of the the constitutional brand or libertarian-leaning rather than a social conservative, and am a woman who works in a traditionally male role–i am in medical school and am trying desperately to fight my way into surgery. Why do you label everything that has ever been printed by something rupert murdoch owns as “right-wing based” when you do not do the same about george soros’s publications? What are these offensive stances that fox news has taken? How is the other side NEVER represented? because when I get up in the morning and flip on the news, i see every conservative argument debated by a liberal like kirsten powers, juan williams, or bob beckel. Also, while I have always sympathized with the way hillary has been attacked for being over-ly masculine, i am equally appalled when i see the left paint conservative women as stupid, doe-eyed sex objects that do their husbands bidding (palin, anne romney, et cetera). The fact is, DESPITE my having been born a women, i am FAR MORE OFFENDED by clinton’s cavalier treatment of the 4 american deaths in bengazi, the way the american public was mislead by the white house and the state department, and the way her hearings were put off for MONTHS for something, medically speaking, your average 6th grader would have to show up on school monday for. Just because I am a women who hates to see people categorize clinton as “shrill” (and believe me, the obama fans did so just as often during the 2008 election up her in chicago) does not mean I am also not enraged by her ineptitude, narcissism, and insensitivity. Essentially, I divide myself as a human being first, an american second, and a women THIRD. Please, put your priorities back in line and stop pretending you are being fair to both sides.

    • Very, very well said.

      So well said in fact, that it answers my inner question of: Why is the heading of this column “Let’s Get Political”, but the OP, who claims to be liberal, will not reply to you.

      Fear of being wrong?

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