Sanders: Media should stop worrying about hair
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Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders on Cheney drama: GOP is an 'anti-democratic cult' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden campaign promises will struggle if Republicans win back Congress Biden backs COVID-19 vaccine patent waivers MORE dismissed the media’s obsession with politicians’ hair in a New York Times Magazine interview published on Monday.

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In response to a question from reporter Ana Marie Cox about why Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMcConnell: Taliban could take over Afghanistan by 'the end of the year' Hillary Clinton: There must be a 'global reckoning' with disinformation Pelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights MORE’s hair gets more attention than his, Sanders said that the media should focus on “serious issues.” 

“When the media worries about what Hillary’s hair looks like or what my hair looks like, that’s a real problem,” the 2016 presidential hopeful said. “We have millions of people who are struggling to keep their heads above water, who want to know what candidates can do to improve their lives, and the media will very often spend more time worrying about hair than the fact that we’re the only major country on earth that doesn’t guarantee health care to all people.”

Cox defended the question as serious for “gendered reasons.”

“It’s also true that the media pays more attention to what female candidates look like than it does to what male candidates look like,” she said.

“That may be,” Sanders responded. “That may be, and it’s absolutely wrong.”