In an open letter to top newspaper and network executives, the group said newsrooms should not simply pay attention to it problematic stereotypes of women considered for the position, but “working actively to be anti-racist and anti-sexist in your coverage”.
The letter was signed by approximately a dozen women, including leaders at the National Women’s Law Center, Planned Parenthood, TimesUp, Supermajority and more.
“We’ve seen so many disappointing things,” Hilary Rosen, a Democratic strategist involved in the group, told CNN’s Brian Stelter on “Trusted Sources” on Sunday. “A mockery of Kamala Harris’ ambition, as if any politician running for president is not ambitious,” she said. “Regardless of whether the candidates are likable or not. There were just so many examples that bothered us.”
Errin Haines, editor-in-chief for The * 19 that has covered the vice-president competition, has agreed. (Haines was not involved in writing the letter.)
“We are all waiting to find out who will elect Joe Biden as his vice president husband, but what is known are a few things,” she told Stelter. “One, she will be a woman. And the other is that she can expect to be attacked, abused and criticized for having the courage to have ambition, skill and a voice in American politics.”
“That move involved being more careful in choosing stories for stories, including more Black people and people of color on the front lines of reporting and behind the scenes producing and editing,” the letter reads. “In short, times and experiences have made you, the most powerful people in the media, stop and think about your role in perpetuating inequality and the opportunity you have had to promote equality and simple justice with your news reporting. “
Said Rosen: “What we are saying is: you have to have the same mindset to cover a woman.”
In addition to sexist portraits, the letter points out that black women and other women of color running for the VP position stand to face a more unreasonable scrutiny and stereotype.
“For women of color in this conversation, what we have seen is a disrespect that is a double attack on their race and gender,” Haines said.
The questioning of these issues is a natural continuation of the conversations that newsrooms have had in recent months, according to the letter.
“Anything less than full commitment to this thoughtful oversight would be a major step backwards in the progress you have made to expand the diversity of thought and opportunity in your newsrooms and in your coverage,” it said. on paper.