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A Dayside Segment to be Applauded

Reported by Janie - September 27, 2005

Yesterday (9/26) on Dayside, at the end of the show Juliet Huddy and Mike Jerrick conducted a short segment discussing the new show "Commander in Chief", in which actress Geena Davis portrays a female president. The topic of the new show led to a very interesting piece on the feelings of Americans in regards to having our own female President.

They began by discussing a recent poll asking Americans how they felt about having a female President. According to the poll, 81% of people say they are ready for a female President, and 63% of people believe the nation is ready for such a change. This, of course, led to an open discussion with the audience, and included the following comments.

1. "What I want to know is will a woman have a policy that is like the mainstream of the United States, meaning conservative? Not liberal like Hillary." Amazingly, this comment was met with only light applause, and boos mixed in.

2. "Oh yes, I think a woman could be president, but I'd like to see one that's representative of all the people, not just the conservatives."

3. (An approximately 15 year old boy): " I don't think a woman should be president because she'd be too girly to go to war."

MJ: "Maybe that's a good thing, we wouldn't go to war!"

4. "Women who've been in power do the same things men do, so there's no difference."

5. "I think that most of the crimes and atrocities in this world are committed by men, and I think it's time women do take control and make the rules." This comment was received with a huge amount of applause.

For the first time, I actually felt I was watching a fair and balanced discussion on this show, and the values that were portrayed were that of almost everyone, rather than one party. There wasn't too much political partisanship, and for once an interesting and intelligent debate ensued. Here's to more of Dayside's segments being done this in this manner! And cheers to Mike Jerrick for being man enough to take an anti-war stance!

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