Is there any more the media can do to promote a new Hulu show, The Handmaid’s Tale, as an ominous parallel to the Donald Trump administration? Yes, apparently: A feature on the front of next Sunday’s New York Times Arts section, yet again promoting the show, based on the dystopian feminist novel by Margaret Atwood, which drops on Hulu April 26. Katrina Onstad, a Canadian journalist and movie critic, filed from the fraught set in Toronto earlier this year, after the trauma and travesty of Trump’s victory.
Just in time for the end of The O'Reilly Factor -- or perhaps, timed to help end it -- Time magazine's list of most influential 100 people includes former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, who turned Fox upside down by coming forward with allegations. That took guts, but Carlson knew the liberal media would back her when Fox was targeted.
But Carlson's encomium is penned by former NBC and CBS star Katie Couric, whose record in "speaking truth to power" in sexual-harassment claims matches very conveniently with the ideological persuasion of who is being accused.
ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. usually manages to toe the line between liberal ideology and hardcore reality. Their latest story arc takes the characters to a Matrix-like alternate world where the writers can make up any reality they want. In this case, it’s a world where we still have to deal with the “nevertheless, she persisted” line like it means something.
TIME Magazine just published its yearly listicle honoring the “100 Most Influential People” and a Women’s March organizer who just happens to also be a radical Islamist, made the list. While all three networks covered the annual honor in their morning roundups Thursday, none of the networks mentioned the more controversial names on the list, like Sarsour’s.
National Geographic is delving into hot-button social issues for a second time this year with its announcement of a new drama The Birth of the Pill. According to an exclusive statement released to The Hollywood Reporter, the documentary will follow a group of four activists who “took on the scientific establishment, the church and cultural norms in their fight to make safe and effective contraception available to millions of women.”
Although she’s an out and proud lesbian, Hollywood actress Jane Lynch is looking forward to the time when our culture lets go of all labels. In an interview with NBC Out’s Mary Emily O’Hara, the actress—known for her roles in Glee and The 40-Year-Old-Virgin—dished her take on LGBT representation in the media. Although some in Hollywood have complained that it is lacking, Lynch is not one of them.
The media love to analyze Girls. Somehow, despite its low viewership, Lena Dunham’s raunchy show about four millennial women finding their way in New York City captured the fancy of the journalistic world – from Jezebel to The New York Times. Now, in the wake of the final episode, writers and critics are “mourning the end of an era” with the loss of the “influential” HBO series. But, amidst all the ruminations on the show’s legacy, no one is asking: what does the journalist-hype for Girls say about the media?
In a pre-recorded interview shown on CBS Sunday Morning, correspondent Chip Reid tried to push Senator Elizabeth Warren to accuse Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Senate Republicans of "sexism" as part of a piece that was mostly favorable toward toward the Massachusetts Democrat. Reid: "Do you think there was some sexism involved here?...Do you think they treated male Senators differently than you?"
It’s no secret that writer and show creator Shonda Rhimes, who is responsible for hits such as Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder (by becoming an abortionist?) and The Catch, is a strong pro-abortion advocate. Not only does she make zero effort to hide her view on the controversial topic or try to appear bias-free, she now has gone so far as to join the board of abortion-giant Planned Parenthood.
Men who try to act like liberal feminists took a powerful beating on the NBC superhero comedy Powerless on Thursday night. In the episode “Green Furious,” Emily (Vanessa Hudgens) is working with superhero Green Fury on a commercial for the Wayne Security Poncho. The only problem is that the ad calls for Green Fury to be naked and that’s going to be a tough sell.
While the feminist media swooned over speakers like comedian Samantha Bee and politician Hillary Clinton at a recent conference, they paid little attention to others addressing the horrors committed against women abroad – or, more specifically, the plight of women enslaved by ISIS. On Friday, Women for Women International founder Zainab Salbi interviewed two women on ISIS’ abuse of those who identify as Yazidi, a minority religion primarily located in northern Iraq.
To cap off Wednesday’s CBS Evening News, the network spotlighted a study by a pair of Northwestern University law professors who claim the United States Supreme Court is a sexist workplace based exclusively on who interrupts who. “And at the Supreme Court, women broke the glass ceiling. Now, if the men don’t mind, they’d like to have the floor,” argued Anchor Scott Pelley during the opening tease. When the segment finally rolled around at the end of the show, Pelley quipped that “The first amendment guarantees the right to free speech, but is there a constitutional right to finish a sentence?”