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This awed tone of MSM coverage of #Sanders is so gendered.

Harris and Klobuchar are both daughters of single mothers who had to raise their kids alone after their husbands left the families.
Warren also grew up in a working class family in Oklahoma.

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Money was a stress for these women's families as well. Klobuchar has spoken movingly of her family's estrangement from her father, an alcoholic.
But the coverage of these women not only hasn't reflected this awe of their families' struggles, but has been harshly critical.

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No one has situated Klobuchar's perfectionism within the well-documented construct of being the child of an alcoholic fighting chaos.

Harris and Klobuchar both had to work harder than their male counterparts to get on their college & career paths, due to their backgrounds.
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While Sanders was offered the societal leeway to have a child out of wedlock and a haphazard working history until he was 40 and entered politics, Warren, who is closest to Sanders generation, was raising a family and going to law school.
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Klobuchar got into politics to fight for a 48hr law for women giving birth. Forced out of the hospital too soon, Klobuchar had to deal with complications of her daughter being unable to swallow. She took her fight to the Minnesota State legislature and got a 48hr law passed.
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While Sanders' personal history has received no scrutiny, many articles have been written about Harris's relationship with an older black politician and then about her marriage to a white Jewish man. Harris has also been criticized for never having had biological children.
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Certainly many Americans--especially those of Sanders WWII generation--will relate to his tales of working class life raised by immigrant parents.
Harris, too, was raised by immigrant parents, and her immigration story is just as common. And as a WOC, more reflective of now.
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The critiques of the women candidates has been stunningly misogynist. Sanders' shouty, curmudgeonly nature is dismissed as an avuncular trope. Disturbing allegations about women being paid far less as well as ongoing sexual harassment in Sanders campaign has been ignored.
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Yet Klobuchar has faced repetitive articles about her intense governance of staff, which some unnamed former staff considered egregious. Long-time staff have instead said Klobuchar is a perfectionist with both herself and others, keeping long hours.
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Klobuchar's perfectionism may have real-world results: she has passed more legislation than any of the 6 other senators running.
America loves origin stories.Yet while Sanders was granted the mantle of working class hero in 2016, Hillary's mother was a domestic servant.
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MSM pundits and reporters are used to presenting and writing about men. The first woman nominee was held to a different standard rather than the media searching to address the diverse things a woman brings to the table, having navigated misogyny and sexism as she rises.
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The impact of this gendered coverage inarguably factored into #HillaryClinton's loss. Yet that same sexism is being applied to female candidates again. The very first question Kirsten Gillibrand got was whether or not she is likable.
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Sanders' origin story--son of Jewish immigrants in Brooklyn--is a classic post-WWII story.
But so is Harris's immigration story classic for the 21st c.
And the stories of all these women are distinct to WOMEN'S origin stories.
Warren put her first husband through school.
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Gillibrand was pregnant in the Senate, remaining at work literally until the day she gave birth. She also wrote a book about sexism in Congress, which included commentary on comments she got about her baby weight.
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The issue is not to dismiss Sanders' story--it obviously has resonance. Rather it is for reporters/pundits to discuss women's stories in their uniquely female experience: More about Klobuchar's harrowing & political story of giving birth, less about ingenuity in salad eating.
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More about how Sanders' lack of oversight of his office led to serious harm coming to numerous staffers and a $30k pay-out. More about Sanders' likability--polls cite him as the most divisive figure in the race, less about Gillibrand and Harris being "ambitious."
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In 2016, it turned out many of the harshest critics of #HillaryClinton were sexual harassers & abusers of women and co-workers. Viewing their bias through that #MeToo scrim raises real questions about whether women can even get fair coverage when they run for president.
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It's nearly a year until the first vote. If the news and pundit coverage continues to focus almost wholly on Sanders, shutting out the powerful messaging of the women candidates, will voters even be able to make an informed decision?
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The critiques of women candidates have been relentless, while Sanders has been treated to a stunningly beneficial revisionism that asserts he "nearly won" the 2016 primary when he actually lost in a landslide of 4M votes--25% fewer than Clinton--and 1k elected delegates.
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Harris's stellar rise through the ranks of the California judicial system to become the 1st black woman AG of the most populous state has been scrutinized in minute detail. But Sanders' long history as a back bencher as well as problematic votes on guns& immigration: ignored.
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Few disagree that the most critical point to the 2020 race is getting Trump out of office. The person most likely to unify voters is not the oldest person in the race, but one of the younger, fresher, more exciting candidates. How we get there is with full and fair coverage.
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