Only July 13th I noticed this unbelievably sexist headline run by every one of the news organizations that uses the Canadian Press wire service:
“Peter MacKay’s wife says TD account closures harmed innocent Iranian Canadians” (see here)
Referencing Nazanin Afshin-Jam’s marriage to Peter MacKay is obviously news worthy but to totally disregard her as his “wife” even though she is a world-renowned human rights activist and author was extremely disrespectful and telling. Nor was this a one-of ‘mistake’ by the media as this other CBC headline shows:
“Defence minister’s wife opposed to Canadian troops in Iran” (see here)
After a few Twitter battles hi-lited with one female journo defending these types of headlines, I heard from Afshin-Jam after the National Post changed one of their headlines. (Twitter is currently down but I will include her Tweet in an update when it is working again)
All this came to head last night when Afshin-Jam blasted the PEI Guardian’s Jim Day on her Facebook page for an interview July 25th:
“I have a name you know” (see here)
Not only does she rip the Guardian for the headline “Time to bring Khadr home: defence minister’s wife” (see here) , she also takes Day apart for ignoring asking about her new book and trying to lead her into criticising the Conservative government over Omar Khadr. The National Post does a good run-down on it here with Day defending himself.
Tell me all these media outlets would do the same if it was a wife of a Liberal or NDP MP.
Update: The Globe and Mail have made it very clear now that they are intentionally trying to demean Afshin-Jam by running this headline “MacKay’s wife slams newspaper for ‘distorted’ Khadr comments” (see here)