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Is the media coverage of Clinton sexist?


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Has the media coverage of Hillary Clinton been ... sexist?

Let's break the question down a bit and see what people have beens saying.

First off, what is sexism?

Sexism is the prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination on the basis of sex. Usually against a woman.

Of course, in practice it becomes more nuanced and sometimes more difficult to nail down.

What does sexism look like in Clinton's case?

Many have been saying the coverage of revolving around Clinton's recent bout of pneumonia is showing the inherent sexism when discussing politics.

Others say sexism surrounding the coverage of Clinton has been going on a lot longer than just recently.

In 2012, a journalist for the New York Times, Nate Silver, found that Clinton's favorability drops anytime she is running for office. As Secretary of State, her favorability was at 69% -- not only a high ranking compared to her stance now, that made her the most popular politician at the time and one of the top Secretaries of State.

Vox editor-in-chief Ezra Klein said he thinks this is because of the inherent maleness of campaigning:

There is, of course, always going to be opposition in politics, especially about heated topics like sexism, racism and xenophobia.

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Is the media coverage of Clinton sexist?

Allison Hollender

Allison is originally from Fresno, California, but made her way to the beautiful Central Coast, where she is a student at UC Santa Cruz, earning a degree in both history and politics, working as a reporter for City on a Hill Press, and guzzling gallons of coffee. She is a lover of television and all things Amy Poehler. Follow her embarrassing attempts at jokes on Twitter @alleyrenee16.

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