In the middle of the tense 2016 presidential election, a video showing then-candidate Hillary Clinton collapsing into a van emerged after her visit to the annual 9/11 Memorial Service in New York City. Her campaign team explained the collapse as “heat exhaustion,” but many on both sides of the political spectrum began to speculate. Was Hillary healthy? Were her staffers telling the truth?
These tame and very reasonable questions were met by a vehement backlash from triggered leftists all shrieking in protest. New York Times editor Jill Abramson called the questioning “sexist” and condescendingly explained that anyone claiming that Hillary was sick was obviously calling her weak because she was a woman. Glamour– that bastion of fair-minded, intelligent political thought– echoed Abramson’s remarkably flawed logic.
At present, many in the media allege that UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is having an affair with President Trump, thanks to a passage in recent writings from notorious sensationalist Michael Wolff. Clear-eyed commentators and reviewers have rightfully condemned Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury” as nothing but an edifice of baseless claims held together by the mortar of gossip and hearsay. Yet this has not stopped leftists from taking this passage seriously, even though “Fire and Fury” only implies that someone is having an affair with the President. Obviously sensing an excellent opportunity for self-promotion, Wolff refuses to deny that Haley is the person in question.
There are three possible conclusions that can be drawn from these two contrasting scenarios. Either both are born out of sexism, or one is sexist but not the other, or neither are sexist.
Claiming that Haley is engaged in an affair with so little proof suggests by innuendo that Haley rose through the ranks of the Republican Party by sleeping her way to the top. This implied conclusion ignores all of Haley’s achievements, and demeans her to the status of an empty-headed bimbo with no political prowess. That is sexism, plain and simple.
But are both the accusations against Nikki Haley’s virtue and Hillary Clinton’s health, instances of sexism? If they both are, then an accusation of adultery is far more serious than a statement that someone might be ill. Why then have we seen no Salon thinkpieces or Vox explainers calling out the Wolff-backed allegations against Haley for their lack of evidential backing and their roots in sexism?
Even the oft-maligned mainstream media understand the need to condemn Wolff and his water-carriers. The NY Post, the Washington Examiner, and even the New York Times have all called out the attack on Nikki Haley as ugly and sexist. Frequent Trump critic Mika Brzenzinski threw Michael Wolff off of the “Morning Joe” set after he refused to clarify the allegations against Haley.
The onus, then, is on the “social justice” wing of the left-wing media– Vox, Buzzfeed, Salon, and their ilk– to catch up and call out these horrible rumors about Nikki Haley for what they are: an unfounded inference from the statements of a pathological liar. But they won’t. Their allegiance to their anti-Trump political ideology supersedes their duty to the truth.
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