9 Ways The Media Failed Women In 2014

December 22, 2014

By Alexandria Boguhn, Olivia Kittel, Olivia Marshall & Lis Power at Media Matters

This year, media coverage of issues affecting women often failed badly, from trivializing sexual assault to pushing inaccurate reports on pending state abortion restrictions. Below are nine major ways the media failed women in 2014.

WashPost's George Will: Being A Victim Of Sexual Assault Is A "Coveted Status." In a June 7 syndicated column that appeared in both The Washington Post and the New York Post, Fox News contributor George Will criticized efforts to combat sexual assault on college campuses. Dismissing the epidemic of sexual assault at colleges and universities as simply a ploy to "make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges," Will criticized colleges for trying to "create victim-free campuses -- by making everyone hypersensitive, even delusional, about victimization." [The Washington Post,