I’m a Hillary Clinton supporter, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like Bernie Sanders. Believe it or not, it’s entirely possible to like both Clinton and Sanders. I am not ashamed to admit that my main goal is to make sure Republicans don’t win in 2016.
Unfortunately, there are far too many irrational people out there who seem to believe you can only like one or the other. And make no mistake about it, if Republicans win in 2016 – those “all or nothing” liberals are going to be the ones to blame.
That being said, one of the things I like about Sanders is he’s no-nonsense – though that can also become a negative from time to time. That’s part of the reason why I have my doubts about how effective he can ultimately be as president, and why I believe he’s much better suited for the Senate.
Well, during an interview with New York Times Magazine, the Democratic presidential nominee absolutely blasted a reporter for asking him a rather pointless question about Hillary Clinton’s hair:
Cox: Do you think it’s fair that Hillary’s hair gets a lot more scrutiny than yours does?
Sanders: Hillary’s hair gets more scrutiny than my hair?
Sanders: Is that what you’re asking?
Sanders: O.K., Ana, I don’t mean to be rude here. I am running for president of the United States on serious issues, O.K.? Do you have serious questions?
Cox: I can defend that as a serious question. There is a gendered reason…
Sanders: When the media worries about what Hillary’s hair looks like or what my hair looks like, that’s a real problem. We have millions of people who are struggling to keep their heads above water, who want to know what candidates can do to improve their lives, and the media will very often spend more time worrying about hair than the fact that we’re the only major country on earth that doesn’t guarantee health care to all people.
And he’s absolutely right. It’s sad to see what constitutes “newsworthy” nowadays in the media. Though, to be fair, that’s not completely the media’s fault. Generally they give their viewers what they want. Based on ratings, website traffic and article clicks – ridiculous questions such as the one Cox asked obviously get a fairly decent amount of attention.
It’s like I’ve said before, as a society we can complain about the decline of our news (complaints that are absolutely valid), but we really only have ourselves to blame. Cable news is, for better or worse, a business that’s mostly based off advertising revenue. Obviously that revenue is directly related to what we, the “viewers,” tell these various media entities we want to see via television ratings and the types of articles we click on to read most often.
If you doubt me, look no further than The Huffington Post or Buzzfeed and their seemingly endless streams of stories that are 100 percent “clickbait” and absolutely pointless. Sure, these sites put out quality content as well, but when you churn out thousands of stories (many of which are rehosted from other news outlets) there’s bound to be decent and worthwhile stuff hidden throughout the sea of trash.
While the NYT Magazine reporter tried to claim the question was valid based on sexism toward Clinton (which can be said about female politicians in general), the question in and of itself was pointless to ask someone like Sanders. If you want to ask these types of questions, confront those showing sexism toward Clinton. Otherwise, when you mention it during an interview with an individual like Sanders, who has nothing to do with the sexist attacks many female politicians endure about their looks, all you’re really doing is trying to get some sort of soundbite hoping to – say it with me – generate revenue and article clicks.
But I would like to commend Bernie Sanders for not taking the bait and for calling out this reporter’s really idiotic question.