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Limbaugh: Many Female Journalists Have Led to 'Chickification' of the News

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By    |   Wednesday, 21 Oct 2015 12:54 PM

Rush Limbaugh says that too many women journalists have led to the "chickification" of the news — which gives it a female-friendly slant.

And a prime example, the conservative radio talk-show host says, is the sheer number of female reporters covering Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign — which guarantees sympathetic coverage of the former secretary of state.

Limbaugh, describing a recent photo of Clinton's press entourage on his national-syndicated program, said, "Twenty-two women, not a single man, not a guy. There's not a guy in this picture. And what this picture is, is the Hillary Clinton press corps."

"Chickification of the news is exactly right and this is the epitome of it. If you wonder why the Hillary news coverage is the way it is, you simply have to look at that picture. You simply have to find out who it is covering the news about her, and it will tell you everything you need to know."

"And this is done, by the way, on purpose. The chickification of the news is made up of many facets, but one of the facets is that men really can't be fair to women. Not that they try to be unfair, but they just can't fully relate. It takes a woman to understand a woman. It takes a woman to get deep with another woman. It takes a woman to understand."

As a result, Limbaugh says, that's the makeup of the "press gaggle" that follows Clinton around.

"Print, online, radio, TV -- you name it. And it's better than anything anybody could ever say to explain the type of and the nature of the sympathetic coverage that Hillary Clinton gets. Hillary Clinton is perceived to be a victim. She's always playing the victim card," Limbaugh said.

"She's always whining about being a woman, or making a point of being a woman -- as though that's somehow an obstacle and it's punishing in our unfair society.  And as a way of equalizing it, everybody covering her also happens to be female."

This is not Limbaugh's first rant about the effect of women journalists covering the news.

Last year, he sparked a furor by saying the uproar over football star Ray Rice and domestic abuse is just liberals "feminizing" and "chickifying'' the NFL.

That roiled Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, who told Politico, "Well if he believes criminals should be playing in the National Football League, he's got a serious issue."

"These are criminal cases of assault and battery and sexual violence. Our players are role models, we don't young kids looking up to these folks who are beating their wives. It's not right. And so we should have a zero tolerance policy. And he's wrong."

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