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Woman athlete makes Olympic history and media ignore her–because she won with a gun

August 19, 2016

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

And now there’s a sixth gold: Kim Rhode can’t get press coverage

She’s not only the first woman to win a gold medal in six consecutive Olympic games.

She’s the first athlete to win a gold medal in six consecutive Olympic games.

Uh, who? Who? You say you’ve never heard of her?

That’s because Kim Rhode, maker of Olympic history, got her six consecutive gold medals with a gun. Skeet shooting is her sport. Even worse, she’s a Republican (she spoke at the 2012 GOP convention). And worst of all, she’s not shy about defending the Second Amendment against gun-control advocates. Here she is in an interview with Time magazine:

“The December 2015 shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., where a married couple shot 14 people and seriously injured 22 more, struck particularly close to home. Rhode lives near Los Angeles and her parents own property in the area around San Bernardino. ‘My heart breaks for those people,’ Rhode tells TIME, but such tragedies “’ake we want to carry even more.'”


The upshot, as Heat Street points out:

“CNN, for example, hasn’t published a story about Rhode since she won her medal and made history. (The most recent story was about her comments on gun control.)

“Meanwhile, CNN has published numerous stories on Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first U.S. Olympian to compete wearing a hijab.”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen




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One Comment
  1. Lastango permalink

    Also, she’s not pretty, and she’s white.

    (Minor housekeeping point: Rhode has won three golds, one silver, and two bronze — not six golds.)

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