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Posts Tagged ‘Robin Morgan’

Author Questions Validity of Jane Fonda’s Anti-Limbaugh Op Ed

Over the weekend, the impressive trio of Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinhem and fellow Women’s Media Center co-founder Robin Morgan published a CNN.com op ed entitled “FCC Should Clear Limbaugh From Airwaves.” They argued that for 20 years, radio host Rush Limbaugh has “hidden behind the First Amendment,” and that with his latest incendiary remarks, it’s time to finally do something dramatic about this subterfuge.

But James Hirsen, a law professor, best-selling author and media analyst, has a problem with the fact that Fonda’s name is in the byline. Writing today on newsmax.com, he argues that this is a clear case of the pot calling the talk radio kettle black:

Using Fonda in an effort to stifle free speech is a tactic that drips with Hollywood irony. Fonda is, of course, the individual who in July of 1972 made a celebrity stopover in Hanoi, and as our soldiers braved the battles of the Vietnam War, she sat with the enemy for a photo-op aboard an anti-aircraft gun.

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Steinem’s Women’s Media Center Holds First Annual Media Awards

wmc1.jpgLast night marked the first annual Women’s Media Center Media Awards at the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation in midtown. Catered and cozy, the event took place in a small, packed room brimming with well-established female media types and bright-eyed J-school students, with a mic stand in the corner for awardees like Salon.com‘s Rebecca Traister, as well as hosts Gloria Steinem and WMC President Carol Jenkins. 



The evening was divided into two parts: the first honored six women in the media industry who have done outstanding work in bringing women’s issues to the forefront of media coverage; the second part cued a wag of the finger at organizations and events that shed a particularly negative light upon women in the past year. “It’s very important that we criticize when [women's coverage] is incomplete, but praise when it’s complete,” Steinem said, explaining the reason for organizing the awards this way.

In her opening remarks, Steinem also associated the media with a modern-day campfire, a place where people gather to tell stories and express themselves. “It is crucial that everyone’s stories be told…the media is our campfire,” she said. “And if we cannot tell our stories or have people listen to our stories, we feel alone.”

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Clinton Campaign Quotes Robin Morgan On Feminism

Evidently Hillary Clinton’s campaign (or her daughter or her daughter’s friend) is circulating some essay by not-dead-yet feminist icon Robin Morgan about something or other. Emily Bazelton at Slate writes:

You really have to read it to get the full effect, but it’s like the roar of second-wave feminism roasting everything in its wake–women who aren’t avid Hillary supporters (“goodbye to some women letting history pass by while wringing their hands”); Barack Obama (“how dare anyone unilaterally decide when to turn the page on history, papering over real inquities and suffering constitutiences in the promise of a feel-good campaign?”); and, of course, sexist men guilty of “sociopathic woman-hating.”

If Hillary was quoting Marabel Morgan’s advice, things would be a lot more interesting.