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Democratic Women Say Beto’s White Maleness is Driving Favorable Media Coverage

“Not one woman got that kind of coverage. Not one. Not Kamala. Not Kirsten. Not Elizabeth Warren. Not Amy Klobuchar in a blizzard.”

By NTK Staff | 03.15.2019 @2:25pm
Democratic Women Say Beto’s White Maleness is Driving Favorable Media Coverage

Democratic women sounded off to Politico reporter Natasha Korecki for a piece published Friday afternoon. Their gripe? Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman who announced his presidential campaign on Thursday, is receiving glowing coverage that more diverse candidates did not.

Korecki’s piece begins by pointing out that since Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced her bid, she’s held 30 events, visited nearly a dozen states, and released three major policy proposals. Meanwhile, O’Rourke announced one day ago, made one visit to Iowa, and hasn’t taken any firm positions on policy proposals.

“Guess who’s getting the star treatment,” she writes.

Democratic operatives, “particularly women,” she notes, are saying they are seeing a double standard. Here’s what Mary Anne Marsh had to say:

“I feel like the media is always captivated by the person they seem to think is a phenom: Bernie. Trump. Beto. But they always seem to be white men who are phenoms. In a year where we have more choices than ever, more women and more persons of color than ever, none of them seem to be deemed a phenom,” said Mary Anne Marsh, a Democratic political consultant.

“It’s a replay of Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton. Instead, it’s Beto O’Rourke in the Bernie Sanders role, to the detriment of every woman running. Not one woman got that kind of coverage. Not one. Not Kamala. Not Kirsten. Not Elizabeth Warren. Not Amy Klobuchar in a blizzard.”

And Tracy Sefl:

“I fully appreciate that he can espouse progressive values as a Democrat, that’s a benefit for the Democratic field. I don’t welcome being fed the retro candidacy,” said Tracy Sefl, a Democratic strategist and onetime Hillary Clinton adviser. “There’s a romanticizing of him. It’s the artful Vanity Fair cover — but in reality he was in Keokuk, Iowa in a coffee shop. The coffee shop had more reporters in it than Iowans. That’s the product of romanticizing.”

And Jess McIntosh:

“I actually really like Beto, but all you have to do is put his quotes into the mouth of a hypothetical woman candidate: she ‘sometimes’ takes care of her kids, she was ‘born for this’, her speech was just ‘amazing, every word pulled out of me’ to know that women would not be the object of adoration,” said Jess McIntosh, a Democratic strategist and former senior communications staffer on the Hillary Clinton campaign.

The remarks all have some echoes from 2016, whether it was Hillary Clinton’s team’s complaints about Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump. And while the Democrats still have over a year until their nominating contest in Milwaukee, for the time being, the top two candidates in nearly every national poll are white men: Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden.

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