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Here one of the many ways certain things, like gender bias, seem to be built right into the basic structure and culture of the media, even some of the relatively honest ones.

 

The 2016 Gender Bias Thesaurus: T is for Testy (Hillary), F is for Firm (Bush)

By Peter Daou and Tom Watson

 

The 2016 presidential race has been a display of semantic gymnastics, with a dictionarys worth of adjectives devoted to coverage of Hillary Clinton. These terms (cold, calculating, defiant, testy, secretive, etc.) appear as word clusters in the media -- created, transmitted and repeated for maximum persuasion. They are amplified through social channels and rapidly congeal into conventional wisdom.

 

The mainstream media are prime purveyors of these word clusters, providing a dissemination platform for reporters, columnists, pundits, politicians, political operatives and insiders to indoctrinate the public through endless repetition of specific words and storylines.

 

A recursive loop is created when these media outlets poll the public and find the word clusters being repeated -- the polls are then used to validate and justify further such coverage. The cycle continues as the very same media sources who initiated the loop pivot to an outsider's view and report on the regurgitated words and storylines as though they had nothing to do with creating and spreading them.

 

Pretending to be objective observers, these outlets now lament the repetition they caused. "Hillary haunted by email story" was an MSNBC headline. Well, who exactly is haunting her? Isn't MSNBC stoking the story by talking about it incessantly? Similarly, the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza asserts, "For the second straight week, the Democratic presidential frontrunner found the private e-mail server that she used during her time as a Secretary of State at the center of a national conversation." What Cillizza fails to report is that he has been one of the journalists working overtime to place the story squarely in the middle of the national conversation.

 

Feigning neutrality and reporting on the effect of their own reporting is like repeatedly hitting someone then asking why they keep getting hit.

 

This iterative process of fabricating conventional wisdom, which has been the domain of corporate media for decades, has not been slowed by the advent of social media. If anything, the democratization of opinion has accelerated the reach and influence of the big media gatekeepers, who inject memes into the national bloodstream and happily watch them spread.

 

This system is on full display with coverage of Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign.

 

Word clusters are everywhere:

 

NBC News: "Folks, this is the Clinton Way. Secretive."

USA Today: "Hillary Clintons reputation for secrecy."

Washington Post: "Her penchant for secrecy."

TIME: A "penchant for secrecy."

The Hill: "A paranoid, secretive politician."

New York Times: "The imbroglio could grow into a problem if Mrs. Clinton comes to be seen as unduly secretive or imperious in the months ahead."

 

There is a notable gender component to this avalanche of adjectives and descriptors targeting Hillary. For example, her recent brief encounter with the media over her state department emails was described by various sources as testy."

 

Politico: "Hillary Clinton gets testy when pressed on email"

NBC: "Our takeaway from Hillary's testy press conference yesterday"

KSNV: "Clinton experiences testy exchange over email questions"

NYT: "Clinton pulls plug on testy presser over server questions"

 

This brings to mind the constant use of the words "firm" and "resolute" to describe the same demeanor from George W. Bush, who famously called a reporter an asshole.

 

The formula is simple: Man = firm. Woman = testy.

 

It is difficult to overstate the impact of these word clusters. Persuasion by repetition is a powerful thing; it is how the public absorbs information and forms opinions. The added gender bias with respect to Hillary further exacerbates the effect, as the terms tap into a deep well of cultural sexism. Furthermore, many of the negative words associated with Hillary are focus-grouped by shadowy conservative research groups and surreptitiously fed to the media.

 

To help sort through the terminology used to describe Hillary, we've put together the following thesaurus:

 

* A male candidate is smart, while Hillary is "calculating, scheming, crafty, manipulative."

 

* A male candidate values "privacy", while Hillary is "secretive, suspicious, paranoid, uncommunicative."

 

* A male candidate takes "strong positions", while Hillary is "polarizing, divisive, alienating."

 

* A male candidate deserves "the benefit of the doubt", while Hillary is "untrustworthy, corrupt, deceitful, dishonest, unethical."

 

* A male candidate is an "achiever" while Hillary is "over-ambitious, will do or say anything to win."

 

* A male candidate is "diplomatic" while Hillary is "inauthentic, disingenuous, fake, unlikable, insincere."

 

* A male candidate is "solid and unflappable", while Hillary is machine-like, robotic, abnormal, cold."

 

* A male candidate is a "confident leader", while Hillary is "inevitable, defiant, imperious, regal, testy."

 

* A male candidate is "experienced", while Hillary is "old, out of touch, represents the past."

 

As the 2016 race heats up and the frenzy to bring down Hillary gets wilder, these gender-biased word clusters will appear more and more often. Our mission is to point them out and swat them down.

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And all these gender-biased word clusters which are fed to the public, by the media, and regurgitated back, only to be reinforced in the next cycle .... They all work in Trump's favor .... They are crafted to present men in a more favorable light Yet, despite the huge advantages afforded Trump by manufactured and popular culture, he is proving too repulsive to beat his female opponent. As Trump reveals who he really is, people are starting to recognize, in increasingly large numbers, just how unsuited he is to be president.

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And all these gender-biased word clusters which are fed to the public, by the media, and regurgitated back, only to be reinforced in the next cycle .... They all work in Trump's favor .... They are crafted to present men in a more favorable light Yet, despite the huge advantages afforded Trump by manufactured and popular culture, he is proving too repulsive to beat his female opponent. As Trump reveals who he really is, people are starting to recognize, in increasingly large numbers, just how unsuited he is to be president.

Trump is modeling white male privilege for his followers

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More on how the system is really rigged.....

 

Elizabeth Warren says Donald Trump is right that the election is 'rigged' - but it's in favour of him

"We're fighting back against a basic GOP philosophy to help the rich and powerful get more rich and powerful and step on everyone else along the way," Ms Warren said

The Independent

Rachael Revesz - New York

October 17, 2016

Elizabeth Warren and Donald Trump have been engaged in a verbal battle for months - but it seems they might agree on one thing.

 

Speaking at a rally in Denver on Sunday, the Clinton campaign surrogate said: "Donald Trump has been talking a big game, about how the game is rigged. Well, I want to say one thing.

 

"He's right. It is rigged. It is rigged for the Donald Trumps and the billionaires of the world and we are here to fight back."

 

Mr Trump's national numbers are trailing as much as 11 points behind Hillary Clinton, according to the latest NBC News / Wall Street Journal poll. He has since accused the government of widespread voter fraud, prompting his critics to suggest he is already aware he might lose the election. He also said the fact that his rival was not in jail was evidence the election was fixed.

 

"Were fighting back against a basic GOP philosophy to help the rich and powerful get more rich and powerful and step on everyone else along the way," Ms Warren said.

 

Ms Warren imitated a chickens clucking, adding that the nominee was too "chicken" to release his tax returns.

 

She also called him a "sleaze" and a "cheapskate", continuing a narrative she has pursued for months.

 

Ms Warren and Bernie Sanders have joined forces to woo hesitant and disillusioned millennial voters, just three weeks before the election.

 

Ms Warren praised Bernie Sanders for bringing about the Democrats "most progressive policies in history".

 

"To every person who 'felt the Bern' during the primary, America and the Democratic party know the power and energy of the progressive movement," she told the crowd.

 

She added that Mr Sanders had made Hillary Clinton a "stronger nominee" and would make America "stronger country".

 

Ms Warren said she was "proud" to be a Democrat.

 

"I am proud that we are a party that doesn't debate who has the smallest hands. Or who can build the longest, tallest, fake gold-plated wall in the world," Ms Warren said.

 

"I'm proud that we are not looking for the most obscene way to demean women. I'm proud that Democrats spend our time working on how we can build a future for all of our people."

 

When Mr Sanders took the stage, he would know that younger voters are flocking to independent candidates such as Jill Stein and Gary Johnson instead of Ms Clinton.

 

"I have been running all over this country for a year and a half talking about a corrupt tax system. And in one day, Donald Trump did more to explain the corrupt tax system to the American people than I did in a year and a half. Thank you, Donald," he said.

 

"What Donald said is, 'Yeah, Im a multibillionaire. Ive got mansions all over the world. But you know what? I, a billionaire, don't have to pay any taxes and I'm proud of it because you suckers are going to pay the taxes for me,'" Mr Sanders added.

 

Mr Trumps 1995 tax return showed that he made a loss of almost $1 billion, which could signal that he carried a loss over twenty years to avoid paying federal income tax.

 

"We're going to beat Trump and beat him badly," Mr Sanders said.

 

"And we're going to bring millions of people together to create a political revolution."

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