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Palin Plays The Gender Card And Fox Has No Problem With It

Reported by Priscilla - October 5, 2008 -

I only caught about 15 minutes of this morning’s Weekend Fox&Friends; but in 15 minutes they gosh darned (I’m learning Palin-speak) got in a lot of propaganda. There were several references to Obama and Bill Ayers. There was an interview, about why women who supported Clinton should support McCain, with a gentleman who supported Clinton and is now supporting McCain. And then they played a clip of Palin’s commentary, yesterday, at a California rally. The clip was a straight up playing of the gender card with a little old time religion thrown in. You betcha, there was no follow up discussion of something that could have been, in the reality based news community, a substantive discussion; but golly gosh, gee whiz it didn’t happen!

Palin told the crowd about a “providential” moment that she recently had. (Comment: the term “providential” is frequently used in evangelical circles so Palin was playing to the base) It seems that she read something, on her Starbucks coffee cup (Comment: whoa, stop the presses, isn’t Starbuck’s “elitist?”) that she needed to share with her gal pals: "I'm reading on my Starbucks mocha cup, ok? The quote of the day... It was Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State [crowd boos] and UN ambassador. ... Now she said it, I didn't. She said, 'There's a place in Hell reserved for women who don't support other women.'"

Minor problem is that she misquoted Albright who said that the place in Hell is reserved for those who don’t “help” other women.

Comment: Is this a distinction without a difference, did Palin just forget the quote, or was this done with intent as there is, as indicated in an article on this website, a difference between help and support? Was Fox trying to generate some guilt feelings in those women who might be having doubts about Palin? Is Palin being sexist in assuming that all women should “support” her candidacy just because they share the same vital organs? Am I going to Hell because I’m not supporting/helping Palin? I did find it ironic that Fox thinks that this clip was way cool and yet gave so much air time to John McCain braying about Obama “playing the race card.” It would have been nice to, at least, have the pals discuss it; but Fox ain’t NPR, yer darned tootin. One thing is fer sure, OK, I didn’t know Madeleine Albright personally; but I do admire her. Sarah Palin is no Madeleine Albright!