>According to this Associated Press article, Fox News refers to the wife of Sen. Barack Obama as “baby mama.”
The graphic “Outraged liberals: Stop picking on Obama’s baby mama” was flashed during an interview with conservative columnist Michelle Malkin about whether Barack Obama’s wife has been the target of unfair criticism.
The graphic is another draw back the network, as well as other media figures, have faced during this election season.
From the article:
The incidents are further indications of how closely the endless cable campaign chatter is being watched this year. Hillary Clinton’s campaign was angered by what it described as the pro-Obama tilt of some MSNBC commentators. Amid protests, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said he was wrong this winter to say Clinton was a candidate because “her husband messed around.” And MSNBC reporter David Shuster was suspended for two weeks for saying Clinton’s campaign had “pimped out” daughter Chelsea by having her make political phone calls.
While I was equally appalled by MSNBC’s Matthews and Shuster, this Fox News incident has pushed me beyond disappointed and appalled. Not only what Fox News did was racist and sexist, it shows the continued lack of respect Michelle Obama has received on the campaign trail.
Also, the graphic, in my opinion, took jabs at black marriages in this country. With the “baby mama” phrase originating in the hip-hop industry, the majority has taken this deplorable saying to slander an admirable black family.
Moreover, the more I think about the incident, the more it shows how black women are consistently portrayed in the media as a whole–bitter, argumentative, etc. Constantly, I hear white women complain about sexism and chauvinism. But, I can guarantee you that no white woman could ever understand what it’s like to have two (or three–if a female of color was a lesbian or bisexual) strikes already against her.
It’s no question that Mrs. Obama will have to work overtime to prove to conservative commentators that she’s just as much as a woman as Cindy McCain is. With two strikes against her, she won’t have the privilege white woman syndrome to fall back on.