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Monday, May 26, 2008
Let's Stand Up Against Media Bias

As we inch closer to the November 2008 election, more citizens are becoming aware of the deleterious effect of the corporate media echo chamber.

Let's let the media know that their sexist and racist coverage doesn't sell--because we are not buying it.

Join Media Matters and Women's Media Center today, and sign the petition against sexism. If you've ever given a dime to a campaign in the last twenty years, it would be worth your money to contribute $25 a year to Media Matters.

From Women's Media Center:

In the video released today, “Sexism Sells, But We’re Not Buying It,” The Women’s Media Center and its partners including Media Matters and the National Women’s Political Caucus document 30 examples of gendered, sexist coverage from the mainstream media (far from an exhaustive list). From jokes about a woman’s appearance to specific gendered insults, some media professionals this election season have fallen far short of their responsibility to report and educate.

Women are a driving force in the U.S. economy with a purchasing power of more than $7 trillion a year, and purchase fully 82 percent of all products and services in the U.S. Earlier this year, The Women’s Media Center joined NOW, the Feminist Majority, and the National Women’s Political Caucus to speak out against the particularly egregious remarks Chris Matthews made about Hillary Clinton’s campaign, when he said that “the reason she may be a front-runner is her husband messed around” (MSNBC's Morning Joe, January 9, 2008). Speaking for more than 15 million women across the United States, the coalition secured an on-air apology from Matthews, and assurances from NBC executives that steps were being taken to address the situation. Yet the situation persists, which is why The Women’s Media Center is taking this next step, releasing a video and launching an online petition campaign to allow women to speak out against this continuing sexism.

The Women’s Media Center is working to make sure that issues of gender and media do not slide to the backburner. For more information on The Women’s Media Center and to join our campaign to make women more visible and powerful in the media, please visit

If you are tired of the distractions, then we, together, need to band together to fund a progressive network capable of holding the media, our elected representatives, and our executive accountable for their behavior.

It's time for this to end.