DemCast Joins Coalition in Demanding Fair Press Coverage of SCOTUS Nominee

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To News Division Heads, Editors in Chief, Bureau Chiefs, Political Directors, Editors,
Producers, Reporters, and Anchors:


The media plays a critical role in how women candidates and elected leaders are
perceived by voters and the public. Headlines, photos, social media previews, and article
content can be used to spread racist and sexist ideas and encourage or legitimize
disinformation. Reporting on events “as they occur” without dissecting entrenched sexism,
racism, and misogyny perpetuates hate and deepens belief in harmful stereotypes. This
pattern decreases public confidence in diverse candidates and discourages women from
entering politics or seeking positions of leadership and power in our democracy. The
media must do better, and it is the responsibility of newsrooms, headline writers,
journalists, marketers, and editors to get this right.


Despite a recent increase in the number of political leaders who are women and/or people
of color, there’s still a long way to go until our nation’s officials truly represent our
population. Over more than 200 years of the Supreme Court’s existence, there have been
only five women justices (three of whom are serving now), one Latina justice, and two
Black justices—both men. We have never had a Black woman nominated to the highest
court in the land.


The media, including print, radio, digital, television, and podcasts, is culpable in shaping
our society not only to have poor representation across race and gender, but to accept
this lack of representation as a fact of life. By focusing on a woman candidate’s makeup, a
Black woman politician’s hairstyle, a woman of color candidate’s likeability, or an
immigrant politician’s loyalties, the media perpetuates dangerous stereotypes and actively
dissuades women, especially women of color and Black women, from entering the public
sphere.


This week, UltraViolet, with endorsements from 60 organizations, has rereleased our
Reporting in an Era of Disinformation: Fairness Guide for Covering Women and People of
Color in Politics to specifically focus on this critical moment in history as President Biden
fulfills his campaign promise to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court.
This updated guide makes specific recommendations designed to help journalists and
platforms identify and avoid unintentional sexist and racist bias and disinformation when
interviewing, writing, or moderating content about the candidates who will be considered
for the role, and the eventual nominee as she goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee
and ultimately joins the highest court in the land.

Our coalition of gender and racial justice organizations is calling on you, the media, to step
up and cover this historic moment in our nation with attention to the impact that bias in
your coverage has on shaping the perception of the nominee. It’s time the media does
better in covering women and people of color, specifically women of color and Black
women. We call on you to use our guide as a tool to understand best practices and tropes
to avoid as President Biden and the Senate nominate and confirm the first Black woman
justice to the Supreme Court. The country, and women, are watching.
Signed,
UltraViolet

ShePersisted

VOTEPROCHOICE

WinWithBlackWomen

A/B Partners
Advocates for Youth
AI for the People Inc.
Asian and Pacific American Islander Vote (APIAVote)
Asset Building Strategies
Black Women’s Roundtable, NCBCP
Build A Movement 2022
Care2
Catholics for Choice
Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues
Daily Kos
DemCast USA
Earthseed
Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)
ERA Coalition
Esperanza United (Formerly Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network)
Faithful America
Feminist Majority Foundation
Free Press
Friends of the Earth
Froward for Progress
Froward for Progress
Global Project Against Hate and Extremism
Guns Down America
Higher Heights For America
In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda
Indivisible
Indivisible Northern Nevada
Japanese American Citizens League
Jewish Women International (JWI)
Justice for Migrant Women
Kairos
Lake Oconee Community Church
Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom
Make the Road Nevada
Media Matters for America
MediaJustice
MomsRising
Muslim Advocates
NARAL Pro-Choice America
National Black Justice Coalition
National Council of Negro Women
National Hispanic Media Coalition
National Organization for Women
National Partnership for Women & Families
National Women’s Law Center Action Fund
New Currents Collective
NextGen America
Ohio NOW
Oregoizers
Peninsula 360 Press
People’s Parity Project
Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Power Rising
Pro-Choice North Carolina
Pro-Choice Oregon
ProgressNow New Mexico
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Reproaction
Revolving Door Project
She Will Rise
SHK Global Health
Sisters Lead Sisters Vote
SisterSong: Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective
SumOfUs
Supermajority
Take Back the Court
The League
The Sparrow Project
The Womxn Project
United State of Women
URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity
Western States Center
Women Lawyers On Guard Action Network, Inc.
Women’s March


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DemCast is an advocacy-based 501(c)4 nonprofit. We have made the decision to build a media site free of outside influence. There are no ads. We do not get paid for clicks, but are sustained solely on donations from grassroots supporters. Because our revenue isn’t click-driven, we don’t take in any direct revenue from the creative contributions of grassroots activists who post on the site. This sets us apart from other media sites. And we’re proud of that.

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