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KharmaTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 06:51 AM
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2. Lots Of Names Missing From The List
For example...of the bloggers I don't see Jane Hamsher and Redd from Firedoglake or Georgia10 at DailyKos. Or isn't Kristina Van Den Huevel a journalist since she's the editor of a magazine rather than an author...and there are people like Laura Washington (Chicago Sun Times) and Cynthia Tucker (Atlanta Journal Constitution)...two excellent black female writers who weren't on the list.

You have a point that there are far more men being seen and heard as "Democratic" spokespeople or representing "the left" than women, but that's more an indication of the media culture on the whole. Also, with limited opportunities, any voices other than the Mighty Wurlitzer orchestrated by the Repugnicans and the Corporate media is welcome...any voice is better than no voice at all.

The bigger picture is the overall culture of the corporate media. It's patrician and is slow to change...especially when it comes to money and power. The lack of opportunity makes it difficult for Progressive, Liberal and Democratic voices and the inability of these groups to create their own alternative media has been a major contributor to many of the misunderstanding and characterizations that became "fact" (such as libruls are evil) in the corporate media.

Change is coming...slowly, but it's coming. 25 years ago female opinion columnists and commentators were a very rare breed. Many of the names you cite have emerged in recent years...so while the imbalance exists times are changing. Whether it's to your liking is another matter.

Peace...
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