Sarah Sanders Defends Trump Treatment of Female Reporters: ‘Women Wanted to Be Treated Equally’

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended President Donald Trump on Tuesday, saying that she had no problem when Trump singles out female journalists for tough criticism.

“The president is certainly not singling out women and frankly I think it is actually a detriment when we do that,” Sanders told Politico White House reporter Eliana Johnson during the website’s Women’s Leadership Summit on Tuesday.

“Women wanted to be treated equally and we have a president that certainly does that. He is not going to hold back and the people in this country elected him in large part because he’s a fighter.”

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Sanders passed on answering a question from Johnson about whether Trump’s behavior toward journalists of all genders was appropriate, and turned the question back on the press.

“I don’t always find the behavior of the press to be appropriate either,” Sanders said. “The president is somebody who’s a fighter. When he gets hit he always hits back and I think that the people of this country knew exactly who Donald Trump was and they came out and 63 million Americans voted for him.”

For years, Trump has been accused of sexism, and bragged about groping women on a hot mic while on set at “Access Hollywood” at the height of his fame as host of  “The Apprentice.” Trump has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct — which he has categorically denied.

After taking office, Trump has often been tough on male reporters — like CNN’s Jim Acosta — but his treatment of women has been heavily scrutinized. In the past, he has made disparaging comments about the physical appearance of Megyn Kelly and Mika Brzezinski. Trump has also accused CNN’s Abby Phillips of asking “stupid” questions and slammed another female White House correspondent, April Ryan, a “loser.”

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Female-Led Movies Outperform Male Peers At All Budget Levels – Study

New research from CAA and tech firm Shift7 shows casting women as leads in films at all budget levels offers a significant box office boost compared with male-led averages.
Analyzing 350 films released between January 2014 and December 2017, the compan…

Female-Led Films Earn More Than Movies Starring Men in the Lead, Study Finds

Female-led films outperformed movies with male leads at the box office in the period between January 2014 and December 2017, a study researched by Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and shift7 found.

The study looked at the top-grossing U.S. films and found that female-led films outweighed male-led films on all budget levels. Films were categorized into five budget levels (under $10 million, $10 million – $30 million, $30 million – $50 million, $50 million – $100 million, and over $100 million) and further identified films that had a woman listed as its lead actor. In every budget category, films with female leads performed better at the worldwide box office.

“This is powerful proof that audiences want to see everyone represented on screen,” Amy Pascal, who leads the content-focused working group alongside shift7 CEO Megan Smith, producer Liza Chasin, Geena Davis and CAA Agent Alexandra Trustman, said.  “Decision-makers in Hollywood need to pay attention to this.”

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Davis applauded CAA and shift7 for furthering the conversation about gender balance in the industry: “I started commissioning data back in 2004, realizing there is so much unconscious bias in this space. The truth is that seeing women and girls on screen is not only good for everyone – especially our children – it’s also good entertainment and good business.”

“This analysis affirms data showing that diversity has a positive impact on a company’s bottom line,” TIME’S UP president and CEO Lisa Borders added.  “As studios consider their fiduciary responsibilities to their investors, these findings offer a clear approach to delivering the best results.”

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The research also showed that every film that grossed more than $1 billion at the global box office also passed the Bechdel Test, which tests whether a film has at least two women in it, two women speak to one another in that film and they speak about something other than a man.

“The Bechdel Test is a low bar to clear, and it’s surprising how many movies don’t clear it,” said Chasin. “Understandably, the studios think about the bottom line, so it’s great to see a growing body of data that should make it easier for executives to make more inclusive decisions.”

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‘Game of Thrones’: Female Backstabbers Are More Likely to Survive the Series, Study Says

When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. And you definitely die less often if you are playing in a shady way.

A new study published in the journal Injury Epidemiology on Monday concluded that the survival rates of “important” characters on “Game of Thrones” decreased if they “were male or lowborn,” “had not switched allegiance during the show,” and were “featured more prominently.”

So being a highborn, female backstabber has its perks, right? Yeah, we’re looking at you, Cersei Lannister, the current occupant of the Iron Throne.

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While Daenerys Targaryen’s consistent loyalty may be her undoing before the end of the series, Sansa and Arya Stark’s fates are a bit more secure than that of the Mother of Dragons, according to researchers.

The survival of the men is more up in the air, as Jon Snow switched his allegiance to Daenerys in season seven, making him less of a target (he has already died once). Then we have the Lannister men, who have been notorious turncoats, and Bran Stark who possibly switched loyalties when he became the Three-Eyed Raven.

Another fun fact: “the probability of dying within the first hour after first appearing on screen was about 14 percent. The vast majority of these deaths were due to injury, burns, or poisoning at the hands of other characters.”

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Read more from the study here.

“Game of Thrones” eighth and final season premieres in April 2019 on HBO.

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