Monday, November 19, 2007

String of Pearls

Much is properly being made of the way CNN forced the sexist, condescending "diamonds or pearls" question for Hillary at last week's recent Democratic debate.

Maria Luisa, the UNLV student who asked Hillary Clinton whether she preferred "diamonds or pearls" at last night's debate wrote on her MySpace page this morning that CNN forced her to ask the frilly question instead of a pre-approved query about the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.
I am sympathetic to those who decry profound unseriousness and sexism the question betrays. But in this case I don't think it makes sense argue that there is a double standard based on the assertion that CNN would not so belittle the Republicans.

The reason the question won't be repeated for the Republican frontrunner is obvious. We already know the answer:

Diamonds are a Guilani's best friend...


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