DAILYKENN.com -- Besides exploiting women for political gains and to destroy Western families, the mainstream media sometimes gets extremely personal when attacking individual women who are successful.
Case in point: White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
From Washington Examiner ▼
But criticism of Sanders isn’t only limited to her composure at the briefings. Some in the media have scrutinized her in more personal terms.
“[S]he’s serving a function other than communication, which turns out not to be her forte,” liberal New York Times columnist Frank Bruni wrote on Nov. 3. “To listen to her pronounce “priorities” is akin to hearing the air seep out of a flat tire, and she leaves half of the consonants on the curb.”
Sanders did not return a request for comment Wednesday from the Examiner, but White House Communications Director Hope Hicks said Sanders is a "wonderful role model and representative" for the U.S.
"I saw this first hand on our recent trip to Asia where Sarah was sought out by so many people in every country we visited," Hicks said. "Countless strangers praised her strength and grace under pressure. I have seen first hand how everywhere we go Sarah seeks out our bravest men and women to thank them for their service and sacrifice, and yet she is always amazed when they say the same back to her. Those are the kind of personal comments that truly matter."
And it’s apparently possible for some in the media to go too far.
David Horsey, a columnist and cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times was forced to apologize after a column he wrote on Nov. 1 that said Sanders resembled a “slightly chunky soccer mom” and that she "does not look like the kind of woman Donald Trump would choose as his chief spokesperson.”
Those descriptions were later removed from his piece after they received widespread criticism, even from other reporters, who found the column sexist and gratuitously mean.
Despite the complaints from some, other reporters who deal with Sanders for their stories say she is generally helpful and responsive to their questions. One reporter described their relationship with Sanders as “professional.”
Another longtime Washington-based politics reporter said they prefer Sanders over her predecessor.
“For me, she's more responsive than Sean Spicer ever was,” the reporter said. “I think she tries to be helpful, but with this White House you always have to be concerned with how much she even knows. And I usually find you have to go deeper into the administration and on background to uncover the real story.”
Another reporter, who also attends the briefings, said Sanders does her job well "in so far as she’s only speaking when it makes a difference on the issues when they matter to the president."
The reporter added, "A lot of [the criticism] is just that she doesn’t feed our egos."
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