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One of the very noticeable things about the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016 was the grotesque misandry. Not only did a lot of Clinton’s campaign trail rhetoric directly target men and blame men for perceived injustices to women (though she never mentioned about the crisis presented by college campuses being 56% female what that implies about a) our education system which is 77% female and b) and what our economy begins to look like), she assembled a clutch of biddies to cover her that ensured she got the best coverage possible. Here I’m going to quote at length from a post I wrote in October 2015 titled: Why Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Survives In One Picture:

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What is this picture? This is a picture of the press corps that follows Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail.

A few dozen reporters who regularly cover Hillary Clinton gathered last August to watch the first GOP debate at her headquarters in Brooklyn. MSNBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald stopped for a moment and looked around.

A second later, he realized what seemed strange: He was the only man in the room.

At least 18 national media outlets have female reporters on the Clinton beat, across print, online, radio and TV, according to a POLITICO survey. Some, such as NBC, have as many as three. Local outlets in Iowa and New Hampshire have female reporters on Clinton, as well. No one can remember a political press corps this heavily female.

“If you go back to the ‘Boys on the Bus,’ there were so few women,” said NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, referring to Timothy Crouse’s seminal look at the frat-like atmosphere on the campaign trail, circa 1972.

“In 2008, I was one of the only women in [Clinton’s] traveling press corps,” recalled Amy Chozick of The New York Times, ticking off names of the reporters covering Clinton’s first presidential race. “Wow, it was pretty male then. So what’s changed?”

(As an aside, if you are a non-British male with a hyphenated last name then there are actually no men in the room)

What happens when you have white left-wing feminist, pro-abort reporters following a white left-wing feminist, pro-abort candidate about the country? Fawning coverage. While Hillary’s campaign complains of negative coverage, that coverage isn’t coming from the political reporters covering her. It is coming from other reporters looking at the shenanigans she was involved it while Secretary of State.

How about Hillary’s interviews:

Clinton has also chosen a disproportionate number of female reporters for her first extended interviews. Jennifer Jacobs of The Des Moines Register, Kay Henderson of Radio Iowa, Brianna Keilar of CNN, Univision’s Maria Elena Salinas and NBC’s Mitchell all got early sitdowns with Clinton after she wrapped up her “listening tour” and agreed to do more media.

Keilar pointed out that Clinton was simply going to reporters who had been on the trail with her day by day — and they were almost all women. But some of the female reporters said they felt Clinton’s choice of female journalists seemed calculated to reach female voters, or at least prompt a discussion of women’s issues, given that Clinton is such a famous figure that she could call up just about any journalist or anchor for an interview.

“I don’t think that’s by accident. It’s by design and that’s obviously a part of her campaign strategy,” said NBC’s Clinton embed, Monica Alba.

Do you think any news organization would let this go unremarked for a male GOP candidate? Do you think they would blithely go along with it? What is more, through intimidation or affinity, the mostly woman and Alex Seitz-Wald press corps give Clinton a pass on things that they would report on with a male candidate[.]

Nothing succeeds like success and it seems that California Senator and former “friend with benefits” of San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown is seeking to replicate the magic of vagina centric coverage that protected Hillary Clinton.

Check out this tweet from Ali Vitali who is covering Kamala Harris for NBC:

The same event from Maeve Reston who is covering Harris full-time for CNN:

CBS’s Caitlin Huey-Burns was also at the laugh fest

This is the hardhitting coverage it generates:

And this, from The Hill: Harris off to best start among Dems in race, say strategists, donors. (One can’t help but note that the reporter is presumably female, Amie Parnes, and is a CNN political analyst.)

Kamala Harris is off to the fastest start among Democrats who have already entered the 2020 presidential race, say party strategists and donors closely following the contest’s early stages.

Democrats attribute her strong standing to a relatively seamless launch last month.

They say Harris largely beat her competitors to the punch in announcing a full-blown presidential campaign and capitalizing on the momentum which followed.

“There’s always been this motto, ‘You have one day to launch and you have to get it right,’ and Kamala crushed it,” said Robert Wolf, the prominent Democratic donor. “It’s the day that you have all the media buzz, the grass roots excitement and to tell your story. That is the one day all eyes are on you and she hit out of the ballpark.”

Maria Cardona, the Democratic strategist added: “She differentiates herself with her impeccable timing.”

“The others, unfair as it might seem, look like followers and like they are saying to themselves, ‘Oh, I better get in now before she gets all the attention,’” Cardona said. “It doesn’t mean that the others had bad launches, but it just means that she still stands out.”

Funny how that turns out. A candidate surrounded by a fawning group of reporters gets glowing coverage and people think her campaign rollout was flawless. Amazing, really.

The expedition drew widespread criticism, best summed up by Townhall’s Kurt Schlichter:

This is not political coverage, this is “girls night out.” Harris isn’t the subject of their reporting, she’s the queen bee of their little clique. If any integrity remained in US newsrooms this would have been a “learn to code” moment. Why do networks and outlets permit this kind of misandry to be corporate policy. Just like with Clinton, this assigning women only to the Harris campaign ensures that if Harris is fluffed enough to win the nomination–and the reporters covering her have a vested interest in doing that–then male reporters will be shut out of the frontlines of the 2020 campaign. Would any editor permit this to happen if men were the beneficiaries of genitalia-based assignments?

Beyond the point of equity in assignments, does anyone believe that three reporters who shamelessly posted this puffery would ever think about writing anything negative about Harris?

The message from this is clear. The networks, or at least their reporters, have decided that Kamala Harris will be the Democrat candidate in 2020 and she can expect exactly the same lies, protection, and cover up from her media gaggle that Hillary Clinton got from hers and for exactly the same reason. Progressive Democrat women reporters will not accurately and truthfully report on progressive Democrat women candidates.

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