Tucker Carlson is very concerned that the media is 'stacking the deck' against men by letting women reporters cover women candidates.
Of course, he’s not concerned about the bias at his own network — he’s concerned that there are just too many darn women reporters out there doing things like reporting on women candidates.
Carlson expressed his feelings on the matter during Friday evening’s edition of Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
Speaking to New York Times reporter Amy Chozick, who recently authored a book about her time covering Hillary Clinton’s campaign, Carlson noted that many of the beat reporters assigned to cover Clinton were women.
That’s a problem, according to Carlson, who complained that assigning women to report on other women is “stacking the deck.”
“Let me ask you a question,” Carlson said to Chozick.
“If Orrin Hatch was running for president and 15 out of 17 reporters covering him were faithful mormons, you would say, ‘maybe that’s — that’s stacking the deck a little bit.’ Do you see a problem with that arrangement?”
Carlson never said who he thinks the decks are stacked against when women reporters are assigned to cover women candidates, but presumably he was referring to men. (Of course, he never questioned the idea of men covering male candidates, as they’ve always done).
His diatribe couldn’t be further from the truth.
According to the 2017 “Status of Women in U.S. Media” report by the Women’s Media Center, women report just 25 percent of broadcast news and 38 percent of print news. Since 2015, work by women anchors, field reporters, and correspondents has actually declined, falling from 32 percent of reports to 25 percent.
Far from being biased in favor of women, political news coverage tends to be heavily biased against women — and no one knows that better than Hillary Clinton.
Much of the coverage of Clinton was entrusted to men, and much of it was negative, antagonistic, and at times blatantly sexist. However, complaints about the sexist nature of Clinton coverage were often minimized or written off entirely, despite a well-documented pattern of such coverage by mainstream news outlets.
As we have since found out, those complaints were entirely justified. In the past year, at least seven of the male journalists who were at the forefront of covering Clinton have lost their jobs because they sexually harassed and/or assaulted women in the workplace.
But according to Carlson — who once told Teen Vogue writer Lauren Duca she should stay away from political writing and “stick to the thigh-high boots” — the real victims here are men like him.