August 13, 2020

As if the mainstream media needed any help deciding how to treat Democrats with kid gloves, party operatives have actually sent a memo to media organizations telling them how and how not to cover Kamala Harris. As Tammy Bruce says in a must-read op-ed in the WASHINGTON TIMES, “the fact that they expected this partisan missive to be accepted and adhered to by media entities tells you all you need to know about the problem with today’s legacy media.”

The Democrats are wrapping their demands in identity politics. “The implication of the memo,” Bruce writes, “is that any critical coverage of her deemed unfair (and all would be deemed so) will be declared racist and/or sexist.” For extra emphasis, it even manages to work in the name of George Floyd.

Oh, and they just want to be “helpful.” It’s “challenging” this year to cover “a Black or Brown woman candidate.” (THEY capitalized those words; I’m sticking with the old stylebook, thank you.) So to “help” journalists, they say, “we intend to collectively and individually monitor coverage and we will call out those we believe take the country backwards with sexist and/or racist coverage. As we enter another historic moment, WE WILL BE WATCHING YOU.” (Emphasis mine.)

Among the women signing on to this travesty are Obama and Clinton operatives such as Valerie Jarrett.

Quite masterfully, Bruce makes the case that it’s this very letter and the assumptions behind it that are sexist, as they presume that a woman needs special treatment. It’s that idea that is disgusting. I don’t know if they plan to “monitor” opinion sites such as this one, but if they do, I’ll tell them right now that their warnings and demands will have precisely no effect on anything we say or don’t say about Kamala Harris, who essentially is running for the office of President, not VP, right now. As a candidate, she will be treated like anyone else of any race or gender running for such high office. And that means no kid gloves.

Though it’s generally not my style to put things this way, in this case I will: they can take their memo filled with implicit threats and shove it.

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  • Nancy Streit

    08/30/2020 09:29 AM

    Freedom of the press and speech!!

  • John Green

    08/25/2020 09:42 AM

    Thank you for helping to expose the hypocrisy and unethical conduct of the democrats. Of course most media outlets will bow to their commands, thankfully we have folks such as yourself stand firm for our right of free speech.

  • Helen Durham

    08/25/2020 08:55 AM

    Tammy Bruce, continue to be a real journalist and report the facts! So awful to watch Donna Brazil attack you on F&F this morning. Brian should have cut her mike!! Please keep telling the whole story!!!??

  • Franz Dickson

    08/23/2020 04:02 PM

    This is exactly the same lopsided approach the mainstream media adopted toward Clinton in 2016 when outlets like CNN leaked debate questions to her.

    Such preferential, protective and discriminatory treatment is most reprehensible, unprofessional and unethical.

    Franz Dickson
    Author of The Contestant

  • Celina

    08/23/2020 03:18 PM

    If they feel the need to protect a woman running as a VP running mate, why didn’t they protect HRC when she was vying for the Presidential candidacy and the DNC chose Obama so the media wasn’t kind to her but was to him? Look at what he did for our country. Although, I’m glad she wasn’t their choice because we’d have been in a world of worse hurt than we were with Obama.

  • Evelyn Walker

    08/23/2020 02:34 PM

    You guys can always leave her totally out of the press and she will not be able to carry Biden, Mr. Touchy Feely" across or close to the finish line.

  • Denise R Collins

    08/16/2020 10:00 PM

    Thank you for your stance. As a female, citizen, veteran and multi racial person I abhore that memo.

  • Diane Schofield

    08/16/2020 09:44 PM

    I agree with you 100%
    You stated the truth very well.

  • JoAnne Hamm

    08/16/2020 09:06 PM

    Right on!
    I can't stand this biased media.
    "If you can't take the heat. get out of the kitchen!"

  • Jennifer Rich

    08/15/2020 07:33 AM

    God help this country

  • Kate Reaves

    08/14/2020 10:11 PM

    Millie Weaver's shadowgate is about to blow the lid. Its an absolute game-changer you better hurry before they delete it. Your job is going to hit the floor and so many people are going down

  • Charles E Keith

    08/14/2020 03:03 PM


  • John Busby

    08/14/2020 11:31 AM

    The mainstream media has loss all credibility. They continue with their HATE TRUMP stories and coverage. They should be fined for interfering with our elections.

  • Mary Ellen Hermann

    08/14/2020 11:06 AM

    Disagree with a Democrat and you are a racist!! Kamala (Camela - as one way Biden pronounced it) has said and done many things she should be held to the mat over! She would be second in line for the presidency!! And the Dems are trying to say she can't be honestly vetted? REALLY?

  • Bobby Shelton

    08/14/2020 09:21 AM

    I wish I were a smart lawyer, I would bring a class action suit against these people for infringement of the first Amendment.

  • John Zeigler

    08/14/2020 07:35 AM

    What the hell. Fair is fair. Can't take the truth in reporting.

  • Beverly Fox

    08/14/2020 07:34 AM

    It used to be the media gave the news without being bias. They told the facts unless which side it was but not anymore. They don't give any credit to all the good Pres Trump has done.

  • Joanne billharz

    08/14/2020 07:30 AM

    you are 1000% correct!

  • David Loyal Hotrum

    08/13/2020 09:04 PM

    I had determined that the democrats would pick Harris months ago. She is hard left, and wants all dems to follow her.

  • David Jones

    08/13/2020 07:35 PM

    Every journalist in America should be totally offended and angry at such a memo. Who do they think they are?

    To clean this up for you, Mike, my dad would've said:
    "They think the bathroom doesn't stink when they leave it."

  • Francisco R Miranda

    08/13/2020 06:52 PM

    Kamala Harris is obviously running for president and she must be treated and vetted as such. I am afraid that we could witness the first coup in the history of the USA if in the first term she decides to declare Biden incapacitated and unable to fulfill the obligations of his high office due to his age and cognitive issues he is already showing.

  • Robert Guzauskas

    08/13/2020 06:39 PM

    I'm in complete agreement. The Fourth Estate must remain aloof.


    08/13/2020 06:37 PM

    Thank you,Tammy and Huckabee. It is definitely a gray, gray day when the media is slanted so left or right AND WARNED BY ENTITIES HOW AND WHAT TO SAY AND NOT SAY--SHAME ON ALL OF THEM--THIS SMACKS OF COMMUNISM SO BLATANT AND DISGUSTING

  • Rick Curran

    08/13/2020 06:08 PM

    I can't believe it's now at a point where they can actually give such rules and the media just rolls over and takes it. I like your your last paragraph btw, there are times when it is exactly appropriate and this is one of those times.

  • Sherry Wootan

    08/13/2020 06:01 PM

    Welcome to socialism. We will tell you what to say and what not to say. I can't believe the media is okay with this.