critical thinking: J-school students and industry vets tackle the tough questions.

Author:Poland, Tameka
Position:Media coverage of women presidential candidates
 
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Q: "With more women running for president in 2020, is the media fairly covering them compared to the male candidates?"

A: And they're off to the races. For the first time in history, more than one woman is pursuing the Oval Office. However, the media has failed to give them an ample amount of attention creating a male dominated race to the polls. Women candidates are facing things like sexism and criticism instead of national attention for their ideas and policies.

According to Storybench.org, "One possibility is that the four female candidates have simply been dealing with scandals at a higher rate than their male counterparts. Elizabeth Warren has had the infamous ancestry test, Amy Klobuchar has the comb, Kamala Harris has her prosecutorial past, and Kirsten Gillibrand has been accused of mishandling sexual assault allegations in her office. But another possibility is that the women are simply facing more scrutiny than the men."

The fight for media attention has left many thinking that if it wasn't for the scandals and unforeseen circumstances women face, there would be no knowledge of them as they proclaim their stake in the 2020 elections.

It's seems it's also important to note that 20 percent of Democratic and independent men agreed with the statement that women are "less effective in politics than men," according to a Daily Beast and Ipsos poll released in June--another possible reason for the disproportion.

Although we are a year away from the elections, the question of "Who will be the next President of the United States of America?" is on everyone's mind. Will history repeat itself and vote in another male, or has the country been under so much turmoil that we simply need a woman to come and make a change? Either way, there is plenty of time for all candidates to put their best foot forth and put a stamp on history in the making.

Tameka Poland, 34 junior, California State University, Fullerton

Poland is studying journalism and sports broadcasting/management. She mil be joining Cal State University, Fullerton and its student newspaper, the Daily Titan, this fall. Previously, Poland served as editor-in-chief of the Fullerton College student newspaper, The Hornet.

A: I wish I could say that, yes, women are finally getting a truly fair shake in a presidential race in terms of coverage. But though the playing field may be more level for women than it has ever been, the game still favors men. It is certainly not as overt as in the past...

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