During this election season, I had the opportunity to listen to ‘talking heads’ on television outlets talk about what former Secretary Clinton did wrong. We never heard about what she has accomplished and how her career has changed lives. We heard crickets when General Collin Powell left his job as the Secretary of State. Even when Condoleezza Rice rejected the Secretary of State’s Office, there was no scrutiny, backroom discussions, and no investigations into the torture issue under the Bush Administration.
It seems that women get a kick in the knees when they want to go further in their careers. Former H.P. (Hewlett-Packard) CEO Carly Fiorina was highly criticized by her staff and folks who wanted to run against her in the 2016 election. One of the men dared to refer to her looks as a measuring stick to vote for her. It was insulting and abusive. In my opinion, her biggest mistake was running as a Republican for President.
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The polls are coming out in favor of former Secretary Hillary Clinton, yet they are skewed and can’t be trusted. We don’t know if they are trying to give actual numbers or are using any scientific data. I never hear who they’re collecting the data from or what demographic they are using to determine if Donald J. Trump is ahead or Clinton is winning. It’s a mystery show! This is the problem that each political party is facing. Suppose they don’t support former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In that case, you have elected a man (Trump) who has no experience whatsoever (except giving money for access), has no moral compass for human beings or human rights… and has ties to Russian oligarchs.
If Hillary Clinton is elected, you seemingly support someone whose judgment or ethical lines are skewed. The opposition has painted the Clinton Foundation as a money pit. Let’s be clear. There has been no investigation into the Clinton Foundation doing anything wrong. There have been no outright criminal investigations that would suggest the need to shut the Clinton Foundation down, as they did the Trump Foundation in New York.
Nonetheless, going back to my original point, men are not as scrutinized as women when they aspire to higher offices (like senators or presidents) or higher posts in the workplace. Unfortunately, I see a lot of one-sided reporting on television, especially the early morning shows, which shall remain nameless for now. The saddest phenomenon is that these television shows are sponsored by men, coordinated by men, tailored by men, produced by men, and financially subsidized by men. It’s sickening.
If women are ever going to have a fair reporting system, they have to produce their television shows during prime time. Women must become a force to be reckoned with in the digital broadcast media conglomerate. Furthermore, the world has such an online presence; women need to be as strong on the web as they are anywhere. Lately, the polls are finally noticing that women are running for more Senate offices and Congressional seats in Washington D.C., and women may very well take over the Congress and Senate eventually. Three women did win Senatorial Seats on Tuesday night: Kamala Harris of Maryland, Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire. So, women do have the momentum. But I also want to see women become fairly reported about in the news. That has not happened. I want to see women discussing issues about women and our children’s plight on serious news shows.
So, we are not just sitting as a token female being disrespected. I’m sick of seeing a woman talking on the show and a male host who continually speaks over her and drowns her out while she’s reading the facts. Nor do I appreciate a woman being called names while men refer to them as ‘obsessed with sex’ just because she is raising the issue of sexual assault. Any assault on women and children is a horrible crime, and it needs attention in this election cycle and discussions ongoing beyond the election season! Our current news broadcast formula has to change and change soon. Or else, women can continue to believe and tell our daughters that it’s a man’s world, and nothing will change that perspective. No matter how many cracks in the glass ceiling there are.
Tracy T. Brittain is a professional commentarial with over thirty years of experience.
Next, her education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s in Organizational Management. She is currently taking coursework toward a second Master’s in English with a concentration in Creative Writing/nonfiction. Brittain’s knowledge extends into writing essays, opinions, politics, health & fitness, self-improvement, business travel, relationships, news, and current events society writing. Furthermore, she loves to comment and write thought-provoking topics about current events; she often writes about lighter subjects for people with open hearts and minds.
She has appeared in USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, and other local newspapers and is a frequent contributor to Ezine.com. Some of the most-read articles are: “The Implosion of the Republican Party,” “The Whistleblower Effect On Police Departments,” and “Feminists Are People Too, My Friends.” In the future, a radio show on YouTube may be coming before the end of the year... TBD. Thank you for reading.