Thursday, February 14, 2008

Katie Couric Misses Opportunity During Clinton Interview

In an interview with Hillary Clinton broadcast on 60 Minutes, Katie Couric missed a great opportunity to show how high school taunting meant to undermine girls reflects on the lack of ethics of those who resort to labeling. Make no mistake, the boys (and possibly girls) who labeled her Miss Frigidaire also gave negative one-dimensional labels to girls who were nothing like Hillary.

Instead of highlighting the cruelty of bullies and showing that despite bullying, smart girls can turn into smart and successful women, Couric seemed to want to turn the high school Hillary Rodham into nothing more than the slur used against her.

That's sad and it's lazy and it reinforces the tactics of those who never outgrew spiteful labeling. When I see adults use or accept derogatory labels against women like Clinton the only people they are making me dislike is them.

Girls who pay careful attention in class and who participate fully have unfortunately been turned by Couric into girls who are doing something wrong or hateful. That is a disservice to all girls and it sends the wrong message to bullies who don't pay attention in class and who don't participate and who then -- surprise, surprise -- get lower grades than the girls they taunt.

Blaming those who do the work to the best of their ability is far easier than taking responsibility for not doing the same. Couric should have learned this lesson from the attacks directed at her when she moved to CBS which came from people who couldn't do any portion of the work she has done.

Here's the video:

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 9:18 AM   3 comments links to this post


At February 18, 2008 11:05 AM, Blogger Marj aka Thriver said...

Aaaaarrrgggg! This is one of those "bonk-on-the-head" moments when I just want to ask, "Do you know the position you are in? Do you know the opportunity to do good that you just wasted?" I also want to ask, "Do you know how much labeling and stereotyping you just perpetuated?" ..."DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING?" The lack of awareness in some people is just mind-boggling! Thanks, Marcella, for NOT being one of those unaware people.

Would you submit this for next month's BLOG CARNIVAL AGAINST CHILD ABUSE? Thanks in advance!

At February 18, 2008 3:39 PM, Blogger Barbara said...

Thanks so much for pointing this out, I hadn't seen it and will link to it on "A Place to Talk About Rape"

At March 14, 2008 10:56 AM, Blogger Marj aka Thriver said...

Thanks for letting us use this for the carnival, Marcella!


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