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This annoyed me
There was an article in the Boston Globe yesterday about the chair of the Massachusetts Republican party. It had a picture of her, with a caption: "When Jennifer Nassour sought to lead the Republican Party, some wondered how a mother of two could do the job." Then, as it turns out, she convinced them to let her do the job by not taking a salary.
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izmirian From: izmirian Date: April 18th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
That does sound annoying.
dpolicar From: dpolicar Date: April 18th, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, to be fair, men with children face exactly the same -- oh, wait, no they don't. Nobody even asks the question.

(sigh)
dcltdw From: dcltdw Date: April 18th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
At the risk of posting a NOT HELPFUL reply, I wonder if the MA Democratic Party basically thinks the same way.

Blurgh.
kirisutogomen From: kirisutogomen Date: April 18th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
To be fair, it doesn't say that her not taking a salary has anything to do with her winning the job. For all I can tell, the party chair never gets a salary. If that were true, I wouldn't have written the article that way, but we're talking about a journalist.

I also find it unhelpful that no one more specific than "some" people questioned how a working mother could do the job. That's reasonably likely to be entirely the product of the journalist's imagination. If they want to convince me that someone thought something, at least name the someone.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: April 18th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll concede that "She even agreed to do the job without a salary" doesn't mean for sure that that caused anyone to vote for her. But I agree that if the job never comes with a salary, the article is misleading.

I think it's a little much to expect people to go on the record admitting to the random negative campaigning they did before the election, especially since it seems like the point of the article is that people like her now. I cling to my idealism that the journalism didn't make up "When she ran for chairwoman of the party at the end of 2008, some questioned how a working mother would get the job done. Others tried to trace her provenance in the Republican administrations of the past." from whole cloth.
treptoplax From: treptoplax Date: April 18th, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

newpaper articles

If I assume that newpaper articles on politics are as accurate as the ones on technology I'm familiar with, we cannot exclude the possibility that the planet is ruled by Reptiods.
mijven From: mijven Date: April 19th, 2010 11:41 am (UTC) (Link)
At first I thought it was going to tell me how professional she looked in her [blah blah random-color blah] suit. So from my stance, number of children is an improvement over fashion.

Still...
ilhander From: ilhander Date: April 21st, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have to admit, I would care how she looked in her [blah blah random-color blah] suit, but not as it impacts how or if she does her job.
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