It’s evident Carly Fiorina’s female-ness is rejected by feminists because she’s a conservative — just like a black conservative rejected by blacks as not being “truly” black.Well, one thing’s for sure. Fiorina’s down with the conservative struggle. Her ranking in the party is rising, and, quite frankly, she seems to have what it takes to be the Republican party frontrunner.
As Fox News reports:When Hillary Clinton first ran for president eight years ago, much of the coverage reflected the excitement surrounding a woman trying to shatter the ultimate glass ceiling.
Now that Carly Fiorina is getting traction in the Republican race, the media’s reaction is, shall we say, more muted.
The New York Times weighed in with a piece that essentially asked, how can many women support Fiorina when she is (gasp) a conservative?The paper quoted author and “influential feminist” Jennifer Weiner as saying: “It’s so weird — she looks like one of us, but she’s not.”
She’s not one of us. Wow. And the reason, according to Weiner: “You’re on the bus with her until she starts talking about Planned Parenthood.”
It would appear the litmus test for Fiorina is her stance on Planned Parenthood. Is this really the most vital topic to women? I question this because those on the left seem willing to ignore the plight of aborted babies and the sale of their “tissue.”And there you have it. If you’re a female politician who is not pro-choice on abortion, you are not just in the back of the bus—you are ejected from the bus, as that vehicle is defined by the left. You can’t claim to be for equal rights for women based on that one issue, as if there are no pro-life women out there. You have the Times reporting that “liberal women across the web are expressing conflicted feelings about her candidacy. At times, there is gratification at watching a woman forcefully take on Mr. Trump; at other times, horror at Mrs. Fiorina’s conservative policy positions, which these women see as anathema to the feminist cause.”
Of course, Fiorina is more than just pro-life. She’s embroiled in a huge controversy over whether, in the CNN debate, she misrepresented what was on an undercover Planned Parenthood video (she talked about what the official was caught saying about fetal body parts but the image she described was just stock footage). And that becomes the lead of a Washington Post piece:
“On the facts, Carly Fiorina has been proved wrong. But on the politics, her impassioned condemnation of a Planned Parenthood video has turned her into a champion of the antiabortion movement and given her outsider candidacy new momentum…What I like about Fiorina is that she’s never backed down to a challenge. She’s beyond just the issue. She actually gets into what the issue actually means. She dives into a topic and literally reveals the truth, along with the important aspects of it. She’s not superficial. She’s willing to give you the real deal and shine the light in places the left wants us to ignore.
“Fiorina is hardly alone on the Republican side for displaying a sometimes unnerving intensity. Sen. Ted Cruz has a nearly robotic ability to stay on message.”
Ah, there’s Cruz. But you don’t see long Style stories about his intensity. Men are expected to be pretty intense.
Naturally, Fiorina is experiencing a wave of media scrutiny now that she’s in third place in some polls, and that’s as it should be. The critical pieces are a sign that the press is taking her seriously.
The Post had a total misfire with its Fact Checker column challenging her account that she rose “from secretary to CEO”—which I gave four Pinnochios because it didn’t find a single untruth.
But this much deeper dive by the Washington Post into her Hewlett-Packard is good journalism, and there will be more of it:
“In interviews with more than two dozen former HP senior directors and employees, many remember Fiorina’s legacy as troubling and divisive: A high-energy marketer, she nevertheless failed to deliver on lofty promises, alienated her workforce and presided over a disastrous reign at what was once a Silicon Valley pioneer. Supporters defend Fiorina as a strong-willed bomb thrower tapped to give a staid company a wake-up call.”
Perhaps the clearest sign that Carly is now a contender is that liberal columnists are unloading on her. Take Ana Marie Cox in the Daily Beast, writing that “Carly Fiorina Lies Like a Boss”:
“It’s her level of primary-color, pointillist embroidery on the truth—in that and other instances—that truly sets her apart from the rest of the field.
“Call it Car-lying. Describing things into reality is a trademark of Fiorina’s, a style of mendacity that sets her apart from career politicians.”
The attacks on Fiorina’s truthfulness are particularly rich — and a prime example of the vastly different standards the left applies to one of their own — considering the well-known struggles with the truth of their darling Hillary Clinton.
The fact that Carly Fiorina was the head of Hewlett-Packard actually speaks volumes. She was never a governor of a state, but the number of employees she oversaw was more than the number of people in some states.
“Fiorina stands out among the Republican presidential candidates not just because she is a woman but also because she has adopted a strategy of breathing fire. She presents herself as mad about everything, and she never gives an inch on anything she says, no matter how demonstrably untrue.”
Dealing with stories that question your veracity and your background, and ideological attacks from the other side, is all part of running for president. But while it may help Carly Fiorina to be the only woman in the GOP field, I can’t escape the conclusion that it’s affecting her coverage.
Carly Fiorina, like all Republican candidates, seem to constantly have to live up to what the left thinks is “right.” From Carson having to answer questions about Islam, to Fiorina having to defend her stance on Planned Parenthood, they constantly stay on the defensive.
For Fiorina to be measured by the standards of so-called “feminists” seems ridiculously unfair. As with so many issues, feminism is a matter of definition. Why should liberals be left (no pun intended) to define it? Fiorina herself defined feminism in this way: “I believe that a feminist is any woman who lives the life she chooses.” And by that standard, Fiorina indeed measures up; she is a true champion of women rights — and of human rights, including the unborn’s. Just compare Carly to Hillary and her stance on Sharia.
But don’t expect the left’s portrayal of Fiorina to change based on reality. A female conservative, like a black one, just doesn’t fit their narrative.
[Note: This article was written by Earl Hall]