Aug
07
2009

AP Responds to 'Hit-Us-Over-the-Head Bluntness'

As news comes of "yet another horrific mass shooting by yet another disaffected man armed with ammo and a deep hatred of women"–this time "killing three women and injuring nine more" at a Pennsylvania health club–Jennifer Pozner (Women In Media & News, 8/5/09) notices that "the gunman's stated intention to target only women is eerily similar to the Montreal Massacre of 1989, in which a man opened fire on students after screaming: 'You're women, you're going to be engineers. You're all a bunch of feminists. I hate feminists'": Perhaps it takes this level of hit-us-over-the-head bluntness for media to notice […]

Jul
10
2009

News on Female Pols 'Insulting, Irrelevant… Drivel'

Jennifer L. Pozner has a version of her new NPR commentary on the Women In Media & News website she founded (7/8/09), in which she asks you to "think carefully: Can you remember any passionate TV news debates about whether journalists or voters might want to get naked with former vice president Dick Cheney?" If you're answer is no, that's not only unsurprising, but also, says Pozner, "good. Because such an insulting, irrelevant topic would–and should–never be considered newsworthy." She then calls attention to the fact that, "unfortunately, this sort of drivel frequently passes for journalism when the politician at […]

Jun
19
2009

Women in Media: 'Crucial to…Progressive Leadership'

In Women In Media & News' announcement (6/18/09) that former FAIR staffer Jennifer Pozner has won a New Leaders Council "40 Under 40" Award–given to those "who exemplify the spirit of progressive political entrepreneurship"–Women's Rights blogger Jennifer Nedeau spells out why "women in media are crucial to the future of progressive leadership": Because they can often best represent the issues that matter most to progressives. Women own a large stake in issues of equality, civil rights, a stable economy, a clean environment, accessible healthcare and education, among other progressive topics. More women need to be seen on television, read in […]

Jun
01
2009

On 'The Terrorists Who [Still] Aren't in the News'

Attempting to add appropriate context to mainstream reportage of Sunday's murder of Kansas doctor George Tiller, the Media Justice Fund blog has reprinted (6/1/09) an October 8, 2006, Women In Media & News post by Jennifer Pozner titled "The Terrorists Who Aren't in the News: Anti-Abortion Fanatics Spread Fear by Bombings, Murders and Assaults, but the Media Take Little Notice." In it, Pozner recounts how, "on September 11, 2006, the fifth anniversary of the terror attacks that devastated our nation, a man crashed his car into a building in Davenport, Iowa, hoping to blow it up and kill himself in […]