Forty years later, some of the gender imbalances in the campaign press corps have shifted. While the senior ranks of the political media is still largely dominated by men, young women — typically under the age of 30 — now do a large share of the grunt work necessary to make campaign coverage hum during the 24-hour, seven-day-a-week news cycle.
As campaign “embeds,” they are the ones riding the candidates’ buses from state-to-state, event-to-event, recording every word out of the candidates’ mouths — good or gaffe — and filing endless daily stories about incremental developments.
So where are they?
I am thinking specifically of NPR. If you read Ava and C.I.'s "TV: The misguided Water Cooler Set," you know NPR did five or so hours of live coverage the night of the Iowa caucus and had tons of male guests but only two female reporters -- NPR's Mara Liasson and a woman from the local Iowa public radio. (And only one other woman the whole night.)
It really is amazing how NPR, with U.S. tax payer money and a mandate for diversity, cannot manage to put diversity on air.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: