NOW's Media Hall of Shame
"2008 Election Edition"
Sample Letter to the Media
When writing to the media, we suggest that you customize your letter as much as possible. Here is an example that you can use as a template:
I am writing to you today as a media consumer, a potential customer of your sponsors, and, most importantly, a supporter of women's rights.
The media's coverage of the 2008 presidential primaries, and now the general election, has been blatantly sexist and shockingly irresponsible. Both Sen. Hillary Clinton, who came remarkably close to winning the Democratic nomination, and Gov. Sarah Palin, who is only the second woman to run for vice president of the United States, have been subjected to gender-based insults and criticisms. In addition, Michelle Obama has had to endure sexist and racist slurs and imagery.
Taken together, these clichés, stereotypes and insults create an environment of disrespect and outright hostility toward all women. Any question of whether or not we still need a feminist movement is being answered every day with a resounding Yes.
[Add name of host/reporter/pundit here] is a key offender in this melee of misogyny. [Name of media outlet] should be ashamed to feature someone who would promote such divisive and bigoted rhetoric. The current media cycle of insult, apology, insult, apology must be replaced with a more pro-active approach.
I would like to know whether you are willing to make a commitment to stop producing, financing and benefiting from what amounts to hate speech. Sexism -- as well as racism, classism, homophobia and other biases -- have no place in the dissemination of news, particularly when an important presidential election is at stake.
I look forward to receiving a response from you addressing this issue.
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