Newsweek Writers Discover Sexism Is Not Dead At Newsweek (Or Elsewhere)

No one would dare say today that “women don’t write here,” as the NEWSWEEK women were told 40 years ago. But men wrote all but six of Newsweek’s 49 cover stories last year—and two of those used the headline “The Thinking Man.”"

Well, kudos to Newsweek. Four months after being the subject of some heavy-handed, headline-making accusations of sexism following a questionable Sarah Palin cover to heart, the magazine has subjected itself to the inspection of three of its young female employees, who have lately come to the conclusion that actually sexism is not dead. Turns out they didn’t have to look far.

Female bylines at major magazines are still outnumbered by seven to one; women are just 3 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs and less than a quarter of law partners and politicians. That imbalance even applies to the Web, where the founder of a popular copywriting Web site, Men With Pens, revealed late last year that “he” was actually a she. “I assumed if I chose a male name [I'd] be viewed as somebody who runs a company, not a mom sitting at home with a child hanging off her leg,” the woman says. It worked: her business doubled once she joined the boys’ club.

I suspect if you are over the age of 30 none of this will strike you as terribly shocking. It does make me wonder however, if now that the country has adjusted to the President, passed health care, and got over the shock of the economy, whether this signifies we are ready to return the conversation that Hillary Clinton’s candidacy reignited back in the spring of 2008. Namely, wow, is sexism ever not dead.

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The Political Love Affair The Media Never Tires Of

No not this one. Nor this one. Print subscribers to the New York Times will already know the answer because the accompanying picture to the article takes up 3/4 of the above-the-fold space of today’s paper. Hillary and Obama!

No word on what inspired the timing of this piece; maybe the Times got tired of reporting on the Obamas proper? Which is not to say it’s not interesting. It is! Court intrigue as only the NYT can provide it (how else would we know President Obama offered Chelsea a White House wedding?). That said, the short version appears to be that while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is putting on a good face, President Obama is pretty tight-fisted when it comes to sharing power.

Mrs. Clinton has proved to be an eager team player, a tireless defender of the administration, ever deferential to Mr. Obama and careful to ensure that her husband, the former president, does not upstage her boss.

Mr. Obama has been solicitous of Mrs. Clinton, yielding to her at times in internal debates, even showing signs of adopting some of her more hawkish world views.

They now joke about their “frenemies” status and have made gestures toward each other’s families.

And yet.

Mr. Obama has jealously guarded his prerogatives as the architect of American foreign policy, concentrating decision-making on crucial issues like Iran, Iraq and the Middle East in the White House. And Mrs. Clinton has yet to stake a claim to a core foreign-policy issue, the kind of signature role that would allow her nascent partnership with Mr. Obama to become a truly historic alliance.

Well there’s still time, I guess. Plus, apparently Obama is in the process of forgoing the cool factor so perhaps this will be included in the thawing.


Foreign Policy Expert Sarah Palin Offers President Obama Advice On Israel

Thanks to a badly timed ’settlement’ announcement during Vice President Joe Biden’s recent trip, followed by a strongly worded admonition from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Israel is firmly back in the headlines (alongside, the ‘demon pass‘).

Needless to say, Sarah Palin is not far behind with her take on matters. In a bit of a twist, Palin opted to send her statement to Politico before posting it on Facebook. The short version of Palin’s statement seems to be, why is Obama playing nice with “some of the world’s worst regimes” and apparently refusing to play ball with Israel?

The Obama Administration reaches out to some of the world’s worst regimes in the name of their engagement policy. America and our allies watch as sanctions are eased on Cuba. Letters are written to Iran’s mullahs only to see that regime start killing protestors in the streets of Tehran. Envoys are sent to North Korea as they continue to defy the world’s demand to give up their nuclear weapons. The Burmese military junta’s representative is allowed to travel to our nation’s capital. The President’s envoy for Sudan talks about giving that genocidal regime “gold stars,” while the President shakes hands with Venezuela’s tyrannical leader. In the midst of all this embracing of enemies, where does the Obama Administration choose to escalate a minor incident into a major diplomatic confrontation? With Iran, Cuba, Sudan, North Korea or Burma? No. With our treasured ally, Israel.

I’m not sure many people would consider last week’s debacle a “minor incident;” nevertheless, it’s interesting to see Palin dig in on foreign policy. Perhaps practicing for election years ahead?


Old Candidate Websites: Revisiting A More Innocent Time

Governor Paterson’s favorite person in New York these days is probably Hiram Monserrate, the former New York State Senator whose political path has gone from switching parties to an assault conviction to expulsion from the Senate to campaigning for his old seat. Monserrate is a walking distraction, at least until Election Day tomorrow.

A few weeks ago, the Times’ J. David Goodman looked at Monserrate’s 2008 campaign website, which was still allowing comments. (The comments he was receiving were not particularly flattering.) In the piece, Goodman asked an interesting question:

How many orphaned campaign sites litter the Internet?

That, of course, was a challenge. I’ve made a few campaign websites in my day, and it’s true. When you wake up (late) on the Wednesday morning after the election, taking down the site for an unsuccessful candidate is not the first priority. But finding these sites is tough – who remembers the domain name for some House candidate from 2005?

Instead, I thought I’d explore the always-wonderful Internet Archive to revisit those domains that I could remember (and, frankly, that would be generally interesting). And so, I present: Old Campaign Websites, in reverse chronological order.

2008
The 2008 campaign for President was not only the most recent, but one you likely still remember. The sites themselves were considered news, after all, during one of the most-watched campaigns in American history. But, as a Democrat, I didn’t spend a lot of time exploring the sites of Republicans who lost in the primary. So:

2008rudyNearly no one of any party saw Rudy Giuliani’s campaign site. The sulky photo is apt.

2008huckabeeMike Huckabee’s site, with its Easter message, seems to be in keeping with his campaign themes. The link to his Myspace page does not.

2008romneyAn old Photoshop hand like myself can give you a tip about the Romney site: the photo of Mitt and his wife may have been superimposed on the flag in the background.

2008paulAnd then there’s Ron Paul. The highlight of this one? His announcement bout an appearance on “Glen Beck” (see: Upcoming events). Remember when it was Paul who commanded the legions of fanatic supporters?

The Republicans in the audience may not be aware that there was a pretty scrappy contest for the Democratic nod in 2008.

2008hillarySo you may not have seen Hillary Clinton’s site, for example. (She came in second.) It’s impossible to believe that a candidate with such strong support of Elton John wouldn’t prevail in November.

2008edwardsThe other guy in the hunt was John Edwards. On his withdrawal from the campaign, he vanished from sight. We can only assume that he and his wife (pictured!) lived happily ever after.

2006
2006spitzerSpeaking of sex scandals, did you know that David Paterson was never elected as Governor?

I’d be curious to see what the “Friends of Eliot and David” counter would read these days.

2004
2004kerrySpeaking of sex scandals, a much-younger John Edwards was also the Vice Presidential candidate in 2004. This site reminds me of numerous scathing comparisons between Bush and Kerry’s logos – the former’s being far bolder than the latters.

2004bushThe same holds true for their websites. Bush’s 2004 site was much stronger and confident than Kerry’s. Note the famous “Wolves” ad promoted at lower left.

2004bushfakeThat strength also led itself to parody, however. The owners of Bush2004.com made hay with some of the prominent themes of the President’s campaign.

2003
2004arnoldResidents of California elected a former actor to be their Governor. When he died, the former actor that was then their Governor paid tribute.

(Arnold was elected in 2003, so I’m counting this as that year.)

2001
2001mikeI’m often surprised how often people forget that September 11, 2001, was a primary election day in New York City’s race for Mayor. The front-runner was Mike Bloomberg, who lost and retired penniless.

(A quick plug: I presented a collection of screen captures I made on 9/11 for last year’s anniversary.)

2000
2000bushProbably the most fascinating pages I came across in this retrospective were those from Bush and Gore, shortly after Election Day in 2000. Each page shows messages calling for continued support from voters during the recount process. (It’s fascinating to remember how many of these battles were fought by proxy – here, James Baker versus Bill Daley.)

2000goreBush looks so young; Gore so cramped in the tiny box displaying his photo. There is also a picture of Joe Lieberman on the page. Question for time travelers: will seeing that photo impact how you might vote in the 2000 race?

1996
Most candidates didn’t have websites in 1996, but the White House did. In fact, the White House is one of the few organizations that has a full set of captures from 1996 to 2008. The progression of American politics and technology are both captured over the course of these 12 years.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, it’s hard to remember domains for all of the various candidates who have run over the years. So I made this little tool – if you enter a domain name (including the dot-whatever) and a date, you can pull up the Internet Archive’s closest web capture.


If you find anything interesting, add it in the comments below.

Or maybe we should have a contest for the most derivative, ugliest campaign website in history. Here’s my entry: the site for Hiram Monserrate’s re-installation campaign. Green, yellow and black combined with a mutated Obama logo is bound to be a front-runner.

Even if comments aren’t allowed.


Hillary Clinton Is NOT Happy: Israel “Insulted” The U.S.

Secretary Of State Clinton Hillary Clinton is not happy with Israel. Earlier this week, during Vice President Joe Biden’s trip there, Israel made a surprise, seriously ill-timed announcement of a 1,600 home development project to be built in a disputed part of East Jerusalem. The U.S. was not pleased (to put it mildly) and Clinton apparently said as much in a phone call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier today, and later elaborated in an interview with CNN.

Clinton prefaced her remarks by saying that the U.S. enjoys a “durable, strong,” relationship with the U.S. that is “rooted in common values” but then became quite stern. She is not amused.

We have to make clear to our Israeli friend and partner that the Two State Solution, which we support, which the Prime Minister himself has said he supports, requires confidence building measure on both sides and the announcement of the settlements, the very day the Vice President was there, was insulting, it was really a very unfortunate and difficult moment for everyone.

Clinton doesn’t go so far as to accuse Netanyahu of knowing about the announcement in advance, but she seems to be a bit surprised that he didn’t. Video below.


Hillary Clinton And Michelle Obama Get Along Just Fine, Thank You!


Despite the barbed words exchanged between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton during the 2008 campaign, two years after the fact the Secretary of State has nothing but love for the president’s wife, Michelle. The duo joined forces onstage to celebrate International Women’s Day, and when Mrs. Obama made a slight gaffe in her compatriot’s title, they both parlayed what could have been an awkward situation into a funny one.




We love Gretchen Carlson’s weird voice thing at the end there: “No harm there…as there should not have been!!” In case you were still confused after watching that clip if Michelle Obama and Secretary Clinton were secretly shooting each other dirty looks when the cameras weren’t rolling.


Unapologetic Rove Returns To Today, Defends Bush Admin Controversies

After yesterday’s intimate pre-recorded interview with Matt Lauer on Today, Karl Rove stopped by the studio to talk to the host live about three of the most controversial issues of the Bush administration: the invasion of Iraq, the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, and the Valerie Plame CIA leak scandal. Unlike yesterday, this Rove showed no signs of remorse or vulnerability, and stuck to his points against an increasingly combative Lauer.

Pressed by Lauer to acknowledge that the Bush administration misled the country in announcing that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, Rove roped in every other major political figure at the time that supported the decision, noting,”if President Bush lied, then President Clinton lied, Senator Clinton lied, Senator Kerry lied, Senator Edwards lied.” When questioned about the real-time information journalists were broadcasting during Hurricane Katrina that Lauer suggested did not reach the White House, Rove answered that much of it was inaccurate and used as an example the reports that snipers were firing at incoming help, which led to many rescuers refusing to enter some of the affected areas.

Lauer was on the offensive most, however, over the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame’s name to journalist Bob Novak, to whom Rove was considered a second source in confirming her identity. Lauer suggested it was impossible, based on the timing of the leak, for Rove not to know he was a source, and vicariously demanded an apology for White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, who caused a stir when he released a book denouncing the Bush administration in 2008. Rove, who has responded previously to McClellan’s grievances, refused to apologize, and insisted, “I didn’t know her name,” thus making it impossible for him to be a second source.

Watch Lauer’s tense interview with Rove below: