Sunday, February 7, 2016

Hillary Calls for Everyone Else to Release Their Paid Speeches

I noted last night that Hillary as so often is held to an impossible standard compared with her male opponents.

Somehow when she does things that other politicians do, she is held to a much higher standard. While most high ranking officials have used private emails, only her led to a gigantic feeding frenzy.

Again, her coverage reeks of sexism. She continues to be called out for the shouting that Bernie Sanders never stops doing-unless the topic is gun control, a woman's right to choose, or foreign policy.

It's the same thing with speaking fees. The fact is that most government officials once they get out of office are paid to make speeches in front of various groups. It's not just politicians either-many activists and thinkers do paid speeches.

Yet only hers have caused a feeding frenzy. She makes this point herself this morning:

"In the same interview, Clinton was asked if she would release transcripts of her private speeches to financial groups in the past. The former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate said she would look into that if the standard was applied to everyone else."

"Let everybody who's ever given a speech to any private group release all the speeches at the same time," Clinton shot back quickly.

"I don't mind being the subject in Republican debates, the subject in the Democratic primary. That kind of goes with the territory. But at some point these rules need to apply to everybody and there are a bunch of folks, including my opponent who's given speeches to groups and people on the other side who's given speeches to groups. If this is going to be a new standard so then it should apply to everybody and then I'll be happy to look into it further."

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Yes, Bernie Sanders has been paid to speak before private groups too. Yet these rules are only being applied to Hillary Clinton. This is nothing new, and shows for those who think otherwise, that electing a female President is still a big deal.

There is a clear reason why no female has been President yet. Even President Obama recently argued that Hillary was treated harsher than himself in some ways.

At the Black and Brown Forum. Bernie had said that gender is less an issue than race going forward. But the fact that in some ways a white woman was disadvantaged against a black man in a run for President in terms of coverage shows the fallacy of Bernie's position. 

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