Three senators defended their colleague Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, over the New York Times’ “sexist” coverage of his appearance.
The Times published a letter to the editor written by Les Sens on Friday. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Lisa Murkowski, R-Ak., And Jeanne Shaheen, DN.H., responding to four articles published in one month drawing attention to Sinema’s fashion. choices.
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The first, titled “Kyrsten Sinema’s Style Keeps Us Guessing,” was written on October 18 by Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman. The other three, written Oct. 29 through Nov. 12 by Times op-ed writer Tressie McMillan Cottom, had the headlines, “Why We Should Talk About What Kyrsten Sinema Wears,” “Kyrsten Sinema and the Politics of a sleeveless silhouette “and” How Kyrsten Sinema Uses Clothing to Signal His Social Class. “
“The Times published four separate articles analyzing the style and dress of our colleague Senator Kyrsten Sinema,” wrote the senators. “We can’t imagine the Times printing similar pieces on the fashion choices of one of our male colleagues.”
“As Senator Sinema recently said of her fashion comment: ‘I wear what I want because I love it. This is not a news item and it is nobody’s business. . ‘ We couldn’t agree more, “argued the Sinema trio.
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Collins, Murkowski and Shaheen added, “Senator Sinema is a serious and hardworking member of the Senate who contributes greatly to the political deliberations before us. Your repeated focus on how she dresses, rather than what she says and does, is demeaning, sexist and inappropriate. “
A Times spokesperson told Fox News: “The purpose of our Opinion coverage is to invite intelligent discussions from knowledgeable people with a diversity of opinions and ideas. We believe in open debate and always welcome feedback. such as senators. ”
Sinema has been the target of media attacks for putting the brakes on the Biden administration’s multibillion-dollar program he wants to push through Congress.
Last month, a Times editorial board member called on Sinema to quit the Democratic Party.
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“Some have suggested that she is preparing to step down completely. But the best solution for Ms Sinema may not be to leave the Senate but to separate from her party. Her departure may even end up being positive for everyone involved, ”the Times said. Michelle Cottle wrote.