MSNBC.com Hypes ’Women to Watch in 2014' -- And 32 of 36 Are Democrats

For more than a year, MSNBC and its affiliate MSNBC.com have argued that the GOP have been engaged in a so-called “war on women.” Despite this false and insulting claim by the liberal “news” network, a new piece at MSNBC.com seems to indicate that MSNBC is actually engaged in a war on conservative women.

In an article/slideshow published on January 13, authors Johnny Simon and Maria Lokke highlighted 36 “women to watch in 2014” featuring 32 outspoken liberal Democratic women and only 4 Republican women seeking elective office, with Utah's Mia Love being the most conservative among them. From Wendy Davis in Texas to Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky, the MSNBC piece was more of a voting guide for Democrats than an actual balanced look at women running for office in 2014. 

The woman at the center of the article was none other than MSNBC darling and abortion supporter Wendy Davis, who is running to be the next governor of Texas, as well as other Democrats that MSNBC will surely promote leading up to the 2014 midterm elections. There were four Republican women featured in the article: Monica Wehby who is running for the U.S. Senate in Oregon, Mia Love who is running for Congress in Utah, Congresswoman Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia -- a moderate conservative with a lifetime ACU of 70.08 --  who is running for the U.S. Senate, and Nancy Mace, the first female graduate of the Citadel, who is challenging Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in the Republican primary.

Here’s how MSNBC.com summed up the state of electoral politics for women in 2014: 

The first real test of the political winds of 2014 will have a Democratic woman, Alex Sink, running in a special election for a House seat in Florida. From there, some of 2014’s most pivotal races will have women at the center, from Alison Lundergan Grimes aiming at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to Michelle Nunn fueling Democratic optimism in red Georgia, to two women running against each other for an open West Virginia Senate seat.

Two of the most vulnerable incumbents are in the same chamber, Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan, are also women. Meanwhile, in the House, a number of women are challenging Tea Party freshmen, and RNC featured speaker Mia Love, a black Republican woman, is making her second attempt at Congress. And if a few key women running across the country get their way, the lone Democratic female governor, Maggie Hassan, won’t be an anomaly anymore. That includes, of course, Wendy Davis.  

MSNBC.com ignored such conservative women as Terri Lynn Land, former Secretary of State of Michigan and candidate for Senate in 2014, Julianne Ortman who is running to be the GOP nominee for Senate in Minnesota, and incumbent Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina who is seeking reelection in 2014.

While MSNBC.com only bothered to find four GOP women to highlight in its “women to watch in 2014” list at least they highlighted some. Given MSNBC’s obsession with pushing a GOP “war on women” it wouldn’t have been shocking to see a list that didn’t feature a single conservative on it, so for now four is better than zero. 

Jeffrey Meyer
Jeffrey Meyer
Jeffrey Meyer is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center.