I wrote last night that American media is ignoring the reality that women are protesting and are very involved in Egypt.
Just now, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews labeled tomorrow’s protest in Egypt the “Million Man March”. His reporter on the ground managed to use gender neutral language in response.
Recently we wrote that Christ Matthews asked when an American man will create the next Sputnik moment. His language is despicable, and I can’t believe he gets away with a total ignoring of female gender.
This argument with Chris Matthews and women’s rights activists has gone on for years. Does MSNBC tell him to clean up his act? No.
Let’s see what Al Jazeera has to say about the march. I just wrote about Al Jazeera not being broadcast in America, although we use their website frequently.
Al Jazeera writes in “Egypt army vows not to use force”:
The Egyptian army has said it would not use force against citizens staging protests to force President Hosni Mubarak to step down
In a statement on Monday it said “freedom of expression” was guaranteed to all citizens using peaceful means.
It was the first such explicit confirmation by the army that it would not fire at demonstrators who have taken to the streets of Egypt and comes a day before before Tuesday’s “march of millions” to mark the seventh day of the protests as anti-government sentiment reaches fever pitch.
This is exactly why I go to Al Jazeera for verification or another view. Chris Matthews calls tomorrow’s march the “Million Man March”. Al Jazeera calls the march the “march of millions”.
I rest my case about the blatent paternalism of American media. To add insult to injury, NBC’s Brian Williams is on the ground in Egypt and just interviewed by Matthews. Read on in Sexual Politics.