Pelosi Agrees With Clinton on Women Facing Media Double Standard

Former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in saying that influential women face a double standard in coverage by the media.

“I never expected anything but a double standard,” Pelosi, a California Democrat, said in an interview with CNN’s Candy Crowley airing today.

“As one who has been the speaker of the House, I’ve had to have a very thick skin about every kind of thing that has been thrown at me,” Pelosi, 74, said in an excerpt released by CNN yesterday.

Clinton, a potential Democratic candidate in the 2016 presidential race, said that the media has a double standard for reporting on women when asked if one existed during a joint interview April 3 with Christine Lagarde, the first woman to run the International Monetary Fund.

“We have all either experienced it or at the very least seen” the double standard in media coverage, Clinton said at the Women in the World Summit in Manhattan, during which she and Lagarde discussed barriers to gaining equal access to education, health care and economic opportunity.

Clinton, 66, added that there are a deep set of cultural and psychological views that are “manifest” through this double standard, without elaborating.

Pelosi, who made history in 2007 when she became the first -- and so far only -- woman to serve as House speaker, currently is the chamber’s minority leader. She held the speaker’s post for four years, relinquishing it to John Boehner of Ohio after Republicans won the House majority in the 2010 elections.

In the CNN interview, she said Clinton was in a good position to judge whether the media uses different standards in covering men and women, citing the scrutiny of the former first lady when she ran against Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.

“If Hillary Clinton thinks there is a double standard, she has been in the main event -- that is, the presidential race -- then I respect that,” Pelosi said.

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