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August 13, 2009

Hillary: Basher or Bashed?

Hillary-Kinshasa.jpg

Which most closely describes this visual reverberating through the echo chamber the past two days?

1. A thin-skinned response to a boneheaded question undermining Hillary’s credibility with Africa and the Islamic world, especially while advocating on behalf of human rights and Congolese women.

2. A forgettable reaction to an attempt to undermine Hillary’s authority just because she’s a female — and nothing to breaking a sweat over if not for the Clinton haters, the shallowness of the media, and a heaping helping of gender double-standard.

(The backstory and confusion about translation from The Lede Blog. Screen shot from rather harsh captioned video story by Times Now, the English news channel broadcasting primarily to South Asia.)

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