by: Gage Skidmore
Carly Fiorina was the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, Hewlett-Packard, and because of the way she handled the company caused her to be fired. During her reign, some claim that she caused at least 30,000 people to lose their jobs. Up until recently, Fiorina didn’t mention much about her time there or why she had been fired. An unnamed citizen was the persistent one to get an answer out of her. Her response was that she had to burn it down in order to build it back up again.
Generally in politics, authors refrain from being biased in writings. That also depend on who’s writing the article and who its about. Since politics are male dominate, occasionally you get that one female that everybody is talking about and if she’s succeeding they try to figure out how they can tear her down. And since it is politics, they won’t stop at anything. Carly Fiorina was the first woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company and instead of having supporters she’s had quite the opposite.
In the opening paragraph Eli Stokols, the author, describes her success as “the crowning achievement of her corporate career.” That sounds like a fairy tale to me or dainty. The crowning achievement means as if she met her prince and became a princess. You don’t become a princess of the company. He belittled her success by putting the word ‘crowning’ in front of one of the greatest accomplishments in her career. He could’ve said prime accomplishment or simply top achievement. Don’t put a frilly word in the article because it’s about a woman. Had that been a man, there wouldn’t have even been an article on the situation. It would’ve been swept under the rug.
Another word in his article seems like it would only be meant for woman use and that is likening. He said, “she likening herself to innovators and executives…” meaning she compared herself. Not sure if he chose that specific word because he’s talking about a woman or if he’s trying to show the extent of his vocabulary, either way that’s definitely one biased word.
Since Fiorina’s surge in the polls, more and more rivals have come forward with news about her track record with the company. In her one and only prior run for office she went against Sen. Barbara Boxer who brought up her failed attempt as CEO and won the election. The issue was Fiorina’s response. Now in the upcoming debates and her running for office other GOP candidates are repeating what Boxer was saying in her pitch to win. Instead of having a 10 percent drop in the polls because of what she said, Fiorina is being cognizant of how she responds to the questions of her days as the CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
Stokols goes in depth with the allegations and tries to stay away from the bias language, but even then he snuck a few in there. Just saying