Clinton’s Campaign: Carol Jenkins, president of the Women’s Media Center, writes about changes within Hillary Clinton’s campaign, Clinton’s visit with John Edwards, and the "stream of inappropriate comments" that constitute a "pattern of behavior" by male television hosts at MSNBC — most recently, fill-in host David Shuster’s comment that Chelsea Clinton had been "pimped out" on behalf of her mother.

"While I do not doubt the network’s intention to curtail the offensive language, the third strike (following Don Imus and Chris Matthews) reinforces serious concerns that these MSNBC men feel too
comfortable, too entitled to cross the line," writes Jenkins. "Perhaps the time has come to give women a chance to host the primetime shows at MSNBC — and at the other networks as well, while we’re at it."

Plus: Here’s more from the Washington Post on Clinton replacing Patty Solis Doyle with her former White House chief of staff, Maggie Williams.

When Women Rule: "In monarchies, women who rose to the top dealt mostly with a narrow elite, so they could prove themselves and get on with governing," writes NYT op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof. "But in democracies in the television age, female leaders also have to navigate public prejudices — and these make democratic politics far more challenging for a woman than for a man."

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  • Pat Dougherty February 11, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    This may be impolitic but, sorry to say, it is my opinion that the selection for president is going to depend on the percent of racists and chauvanists voting. Can only hope they are so much in the minority that it will not matter.

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