MSNBC continues to auger itself into the ground with the help of Andrea Mitchell.
Trump's recent attacks on Hillary as an "enabler" of Bill Clinton's infidelity in the 1990s were reinforced by Andrea Mitchell who showed us she is not averse to using sexism in an interview. In this exchange with Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards, Mitchell keeps circling back to Bill Clinton and Hillary's role as a wife rather than a presidential candidate.
Mitchell reduces Hillary's breadth of experience by doubling down on Trump's charge that Hillary is primarily a wife. This tactic strategically obfuscates Hillary's experience as First Lady of Arkansas and the United States, Senator of New York for two terms, and Secretary of State; a formidable challenge to Trump who has never served in political office.
A side note: Andrea Mitchell was at the 1995 Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women where Hillary launched her now-famous charge that "women's rights are human rights" thereby marking a global line in the sand and giving a voice to the fact that women are individuals and not offshoots of men.
Mitchell could have referred to this political groundbreaker in the interview and it would have given it the gravitas it needed. However this may have been too professional for MSNBC. If taking a high road was a risk for Mitchell she could have played Trump's sound bite that he "loves winning with women." That would have dragged it down to bottom.
Interestingly, it's Cecile Richards who saved the interview from complete vacuousness by giving us the depth of political analysis around Hillary we all deserve.
What if the tables were turned on Mitchell?
Andrea Mitchell is married to Alan Greenspan, past Chairman of the Federal Reserve, and I am sure she would not be pleased if people saw her primarily as Mrs. Greenspan and questioned on why Greenspan's decisions helped lead to the economic meltdown of 2008.
If news show anchors can't rise above sexist campaign rhetoric then we are forced to raise the real issues ourselves and try to elevate campaign discourse. It's a difficult task, but luck was on our side in this case. Few people saw the interview because MSNBC still ranks the lowest in cable news ratings.
That's good news for Hillary.
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