I'm going to stick my neck out and say that gender is a confounding factor in nearly every single aspect the HuffPo article raised.
Beat me to it. Lots of guys in the Senate are giant, colossal asshats. Yet I don't see the HuffPost going out of their way to beat them down and the HuffPost is generally LIBERAL.
Come on, liberals, get your **** together. Criticism is fine and welcome but this is pretty clearly digging into gender territory. A man is tough when he screams at his interns. A woman is just so... mean... when she does it. Stop it, women! Don't be so MEAN!
Well, sexism is certainly one way to go if you're doubting the credibility of the article. But is the sexism narrative hammer really the right tool for this particular job?
Obviously the article was written by two women, but co-author Amanda Terkel isn't just any female HuffPo reporter. She's also their Washington Bureau Chief. And literally everyone above her in the editorial pyramid - Senior Editors, Deputy Editor, Managing Editor, Executive Editor, Editor-in-Chief.. every one of them is female. Overwhelmingly female leadership is such a point of pride for HuffPo that it even tweeted a photo of an all-female editorial meeting in 2016.
Along with the less satisfying narrative offered by the idea of sexism against a woman by women, there's a plausibility issue as well, since there have been no credible allegations (that I could find, anyway) of sexist negative coverage by HuffPo of the other female presidential candidates' conduct.
And since I've disputed the credibility of the sexism explanation, it's only fair to offer an alternative theory as a target for return fire, so here goes.
On 2/5, AP beat reporter Elana Schor continued her ongoing coverage of Klobuchar's possible candidacy by breaking the news that an announcement was coming the following week.Well prior to that day, all the other announced 2020 candidates had announced co-sponsorship of the GND, while Klobuchar pointedly had not.
Late in the evening of 2/6, HuffP ran the piece about Klobuchar's alleged tantrums, one that rehashed the same LegiStorm data from an old Politico piece dating way back to April, no less.
On 2/7, as the GND was officially rolled out, Elana Schor breathlessly reported that Klobuchar WOULD co-sponsor the GND.
Is that sequence of events any sort of proof that Klobuchar finally signed the Green New Deal/2020 suicide pact because HuffPo left the 'Mean Boss' horse's head in her bed the night before? Of course not.
But Klobuchar is clearly the GND's most reluctant signatory, a fact she made plain by refusing to mention it by name at her campaign kickoff and then reinforced since then with an open and complete disavowal of GND's most... what's the polite word?.. controversial goals.
Anyway, call it a conspiracy theory if you like, and feel free to tear it apart. I've no stake in the matter, and fwiw, I think Klobuchar would make a better president (if not candidate) than most of the rest of the field.
Edited by LaBombo, 14 February 2019 - 10:39 PM.