The media has chosen their favorite candidates, and Tulsi Gabbard is not on the list
No candidate is above reproach, and certainly, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) record on various issues and policies deserve scrutiny. The role of the media is to present facts — unbiased — and without an agenda. However, parse the media’s headlines on Rep. Gabbard, and you will see biases. It’s clear that the media has sunk its teeth into their prey, and Ms. Gabbard is its victim.
The unequal treatment is discouraging. And I am deeply concerned the media has anointed their candidates of choice: Harris, Biden, Sanders, Beto (the last three haven’t even announced a presidential run, yet the media can’t stop talking about them). Gabbard is nowhere in sight on the annotated list.
When Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) announced she was running for president, there was gasps, excitement in the media’s air. Here were repetitive beats on Harris: “The first black woman candidate” and could be “The first black woman president.”
Meanwhile, Gabbard’s race and religious background was a blimp. There was weak excitement that she is the first Hindu woman candidate, and possibly the first Hindu woman president. Weeks after Harris announced the exploratory committee; the media is still talking about the importance of her sex and race like it’s a deal breaker. Just Google and you will see.
For Gabbard, the interest in her heritage, education, is all but obsolete. It no longer seems to be pride that she was the youngest person elected to the House of Representatives, at age 21. Instead, the razors target on her past homophobic stances. Here are some headlines:
Out: Democratic Hopeful Tulsi Gabbard’s LGBTQ+ Record Is…Not Great
RT: Homosexual extremists’ remarks come back to bite 2020 hopeful Tulsi Gabbard
Daily Dot: Tulsi Gabbard compared same-sex marriage to bestiality in resurfaced ad
Queerly: Tulsi Gabbard releases awkward four-minute cellphone video apologizing for her years of homophobia
Hawaii News Now: Gabbard’s controversial positions plague early days of her presidential campaign
CNN: Tulsi Gabbard once touted working for an anti-gay group that backed conversion therapy
It’s been week after week of this coverage, even though Rep. Gabbard has apologized for her past disparaging comments. Never mind that she holds a 100 percent record supporting gay rights through legislation. See — when you’re not the anointed, you don’t get second chances, you’re not allowed space to grow.
Don’t believe me. Watch as the mainstream media slowly begins to rewrite the script, dimming down criticisms on Harris’s record when the prosecutor in California. There are literal concerns about her slap on the hand approach on the banking industry, and her staunch criminal justice record toward nonviolent offenders. But again, Harris is anointed, Gabbard is not.
Want a discourse on Gabbard’s policies on the banking industry, and the criminal justice system? Might I suggest the left-wing media like the Young Turks, Secular Talk, David Packman- because the mainstream media has no interest?
They do have interest in Gabbard’s lack of straight forward record on foreign policy. According to several outlets like Jacobin, “Tulsi Gabbard Is Not Your Friend,” due to her inconsistent record, especially on foreign policy. She taunts “peace not war,” but her record is more complicated than presented. The New Republic described her as a “…Hawk in Dove’s Clothing,” claiming her tough approach to terrorism indicates she’s not that progressive.
Most of the foreign policy criticism is coming from the left. The mainstream media…crickets, mostly. With one exception. Gabbard met with Assad. Immediately she was tattooed as an Assad apologist because wars sell, diplomacy does not. Seriously, we heard from several political analysis about the disappointment and disgust they reserved for Gabbard for meeting with Assad. Did we get the other side, those that supported, other than racist David Duke? No.
I was against Gabbard meeting with Assad. But I do think a conversation about opening channels and diplomacy is a worthwhile conversation to have. Instead, the media scorned Gabbard. Not their job, by the way.
I also think Gabbard’s position on the current situation in Venezuela is a worthwhile conversation. Gabbard is staunchly against political conflict taking place in Venezuela. She disagrees with the interventionists. On the subject, she remarked, “The United States needs to stay out of Venezuela. Let the Venezuelan people determine their future. We don’t want other countries to choose our leaders — so we have to stop trying to choose theirs.”
Kamala Harris position on Venezuela is…? But I know she went to Howard University and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.
Despite journalists parading their unbiased stance — the biases are clear. You’re either anointed or not. And we voters are just here for the ride. Like, did you hear, Gabbard’s candidacy is in disarray with the departure of her campaign manager and consulting firm, because that helps voters learn where a candidate stands, eh?