Writing at the intersection of motherhood, feminism and my Latinidad

30 June 2008

Why "Meet the Press" Needs Carol Marin

No, I'm not giving up on this yet. Today I give you one more piece of evidence why I love her so much and why she needs to be the one who puts our policy peeps on the hot seat:

Now that Obama has clinched the nomination, Alexander will not hesitate to give him her vote. But she's still looking for Obama to send a stronger signal than she thinks he has.

Though "his positions on women's issues are solid," said Alexander by phone from Detroit Tuesday, "he doesn't have a long record like Hillary, wasn't a trailblazer [for women] like Hillary..." and there is a "thin understanding of what he's done policy-wise with regard to women."

Without question, Obama regularly discusses being raised by a single mother, talks about what kind of world he wants for his two young daughters, and what kind of economic justice is required for all citizens -- men and women.

That's not the same thing as a full-blown discussion about sexism.
See that? Brilliant! She gives Obama the kudos he deserves, but asks for more. Why is it wrong to ask for more from him? It's not. And if he or one of his surrogates were on MTP while Marin was hosting, she'd ask that question and push until we got a real answer or they were exposed as just another fauxgressive who doesn't give a rats ass about women's rights.

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3 comments:

Hello: These are hard times for broadcast journalism. Lots of broadcasting, but very little journalism.

I freely admit that I haven't watched any of the Sunday morning talking heads shows in years. Watching obsequious celebrity media stars interviewing celebrity politicians holds little interest for me.

Carol Marin represents an important minority group within broadcast journalism. She has the moxie to actually do some real journalism in an arena where that is a rare and precious commodity.

Heck, her presence might even lure me back to the Sunday morning gabfests.

I was fortunate enough to meet Carol last week at a book signing. She was courteous and just as wise as I would have expected. But also very frank, even with someone she'd just met. When I suggested that she would be great for the position, she smiled and said that she was no competition for Tom Brokaw. Humility and honesty? together? I was already swoony over her, but now even more so.

I thought I was the only one who believed Obama wasn't addressing issues of sexism as well as he could. Thanks so much for posting this; I feel so much less alone now. :)