The New York Times opinion section did something different for a change and wrote a piece that was in support of the U.S. United Nations Ambassador, Nikki Haley, and also called liberals hypocrites over the kinds of attacks Haley has suffered, reports Hot Air.
The story is titled “The Slut-Shaming of Nikki Haley” and it talks about how in Micheal Wolff’s new book Fire and Fury he hints that Donald Trump and Haley may be having an affair in the book. Haley has already bashed Wolff on Bill Maher’s HBO show for even suggesting that disgusting rumor, but then the NYT stepped in as well.
“‘The host pushes the coy writer for a hint. “You just have to read between the lines” toward the end of the book,” the writer answers. “When you hit that paragraph you’re going to say, ‘Bingo!’”
Within moments, every person with a copy turns to the last bit. The woman’s name jumps out as if it was printed in boldface: Samantha Power, the United Nations ambassador. ‘The president has been spending a notable amount of private time,’ the book says, with her on Air Force One.
Do I have to tell you what the reaction to this rumor-mongering would be? Heads would explode on every cable channel (except for Fox, of course, which would be calling for a special investigation). Editorials would issue forth condemning this gutter journalism as thinly veiled sexism. Some would insist that it be viewed as a #MeToo moment — unambiguous evidence of the deep discomfort men feel in the face of powerful women.
But when the woman in question is Nikki Haley, the United Nations ambassador appointed by President Trump, and the evidence-free detail is being spread gleefully by Michael Wolff, the author of ‘Fire and Fury’? Yeah, not so much,” reports the NYT.”
This article tries out the old criticism that a lot of Republicans have placed on liberals, which is the ‘What if a Republican had said it about a Democrat?’ argument, which points out that this kind of sexist accusation against Haley should be part of the #MeToo movement, but won’t be because Haley is a part of the Trump administration.
There has been some media backlash over the accusation from Wolff, but nothing to the level one might expect if a Democratic woman were the target.
But then there is Hillary Clinton, the supposed ‘voice’ and champion for women’s rights, helping out the author sell books by participating in a bit at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, all for the chance of staying relevant and appeal to her base.
“‘For years, the fundamental complaint of the right in the culture wars has been that the left is hypocritical, and the Nikki Haley episode perfectly confirms the point: A prominent Republican woman is smeared. The author who does the smearing is celebrated by all the A-listers, including the most prominent Democratic woman in the country, who herself has a history of giving a pass (or worse) to men accused of sexual assault and harassment. And yet the arbiters of American culture cheer the Democrat and, in the words of the actor Don Cheadle, tell the Republican who has the gall to defend herself: ‘Sit down, girl. You’re drunk.’ reports the NYT.”
Bari Weiss is correct in pointing out this unfair and sexist hypocrisy among the left that has led to women on the right now being allowed the same kind of defense that liberal women get in the media.
This isn’t the first time either, Allahpundit’s wrote about Senator Gillibrand going from zero-tolerance for sexual harassment to “I don’t know all the details,” when asked about Hillary’s protection of Burns Strider. Not to mention the ever-present issue with Bill Clinton and the many liberal women who silenced his victims.
Left-wing hypocrisy and related media bias are two topics Democrats never seem eager to have a national discussion about. Democrats aren’t really interested in fixing these problems so much as they are in perpetuating them so they can continue to benefit from the double-standards, reports Hot Air.
It’s a small step in the right direction, especially for the New York Times, but more needs to be done still.