(CNSNews.com) -- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Thursday accused the mainstream news media of engaging in “shocking” sexism in its coverage of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the GOP’s new vice presidential nominee.
“It’s almost as if sexism toward female candidates in this generation is just about like racism was in the 60s,” Huckabee told CNSNews.com during a telephone news conference Thursday. “I don’t mean that in a literal sense of comparison, because there’s no comparison in light of what African-Americans went through -- but in the sense of revealing what was deep inside people.”
“I think what we’re seeing today in the questions that are being asked, and the columns that are being written, and the commentaries that are being delivered reflect what was really deep inside (the media) all along – and it is shocking,” he said.
“And I think America is looking out there and saying, ‘We knew along you guys were biased, but thanks for taking any doubt away,’” he added.
Huckabee said the media’s “double standard” extended to former Democratic candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), who also “suffered from sexism,” Huckabee said.
An ordained Southern Baptist minister, the former Republican hopeful, meanwhile, compared the media’s treatment of Palin to the biblical figure Joseph, who was thrown in a well by his brothers and left for dead.
“Over the course of the week – I said it last night and I meant it – the press did not intend it, but what they have done is they have thrown Joseph (Palin) in ‘the well,’ and what was intended for harm has turned out for good,” he said.
Huckabee added: “I’m sure it was never their goal to make her the absolute hero, not just of value voters, but frankly of women and just fair-minded Americans, but that is exactly what has happened by the relentless attack on her daughter, and by the level of derision that has been pushed at her because she’s the mayor of a small town.”