NYT Reporter Threatened With a List of 11 Words That Are Too 'Sexist' To Describe Hillary

| MAR 26, 2015 | 7:08 PM
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A New York Times political reporter claims she's been threatened by a Hillary Clinton volunteer group - if she uses a list of words the group deems 'coded sexism' to describe Clinton in her news stories.

In some ways, the demand seems like a cross between comedian George Carlin's famous riff on the '7 Words You Can't Say on TV' and George Orwell's Newspeak, referred to in 1984.

Amy Chozick took to Twitter Wednesday, and told the story in four tweets:

Here are the words the group says can’t be used to describe Clinton:

  • Ambitious
  • Calculating
  • Disingenuous
  • Entitled
  • Insincere
  • Out of Touch
  • Over Confident
  • Polarizing
  • Represent the Past
  • Secretive
  • Will Do Anything to Win

The group making the demands of the New York Times reporter, 'HRC Super Volunteers,' has been around for a few years as a Google group. They're also on Twitter:


People on Twitter were shaking their heads over the story:

Double standard much?


But, as usual, the Twitterverse offered up some alternatives:

This guy is looking for the GOP illuminati to be behind the outrage:

Chozick says she received the threat via email, but hasn't posted the email yet. She got a lot of support from those who would love to see it:

Of course, these words have been used to describe any number of politicians. For instance, The New York Times ran a story on Cruz with one of the Clinton 'no-go' words:

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Maybe GOP presidential contender Ted Cruz needs his own word police. On the other hand, the Constitutional expert is a firm believer in the First Amendment, so, probably not.

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