of venomous rumors, again
by PAT MURPHY
sign Americans are almost back to normal is the return of scurrilous
Internet rumors about Hillary Clinton.
reappeared on the Internet last week after lying dormant since last
Clintons bought a home in Chappaqua, N.Y., the Secret Service was required
by law to provide protection as it does to all former presidents and their
families. A small residence was built on the property for agents.
thereupon spread word that Hillary charges the Secret Service $10,000 (!)
a month for use of the house — the exact amount of the main residence’s
I went to
the Internet hoax debunker, Urban Legends Reference, did a word search of
and found this to be another malicious myth, along with others, such as
Ms. Clinton being the lawyer for Black Panther criminals.
small Chappaqua house was built and the Secret Service itself set rent
payments of $1,100 a month — but not $10,000!
hoaxers didn’t disclose this: Ms. Clinton has declined any rent payments
authorized by Congress, which approves housing for Secret Service agents
and cost of security systems, including at second presidential homes.
President Franklin Roosevelt’s wife, Eleanor, was the object of venomous
rumors in her day, Hillary Clinton is doomed to being targeted for hateful
hoaxers may feel threatened by smart, ambitious women and believe they can
sabotage Ms. Clinton’s stature with belittling, false information.
discovered this same phenomenon years ago while researching the history of
why airlines refused for so long to hire women pilots.
abetted by males who may have felt threatened, airlines peddled a witch’s
brew of tales about women to avoid hiring them.
said, tended to be emotionally unstable (a euphemism for
"hysterical"), disabled by menstrual cycles, capable of being
home-wrecking sexual temptresses in the cockpit, physically too weak to
manipulate aircraft controls, clumsy with mechanical gadgets.
women pilots excelled during World War II as instructors of male pilots as
well as Women's Air Forces Service Pilots (WASPs) ferrying the fastest
U.S. fighter planes and largest bombers. (My first flying lesson in 1944
was with a female, Verna Burke, who later became a military flight
airlines still balked. However, in 1973, Frontier Airlines broke the
barrier and hired a persistent applicant, Emily Howell, who eventually
became a 737 jet captain with United Parcel Service, then an FAA flight
examiner of other airline pilots.
thousands of women distinguish themselves as pilots — of the U-2 spy
plane, the U.S. space shuttle, in combat military fighter jets and huge
transports, airline jets of all sizes. All-female flight crews are not
uncommon on such giants as the C-10 Air Force aerial tanker.
predictions involving mythical female frailty and instability
materialized, I haven’t read them.
pilots who helped my research shared dozens of wonderful personal
experiences. But one stands out — about Jean and Vic Carter, of
Englewood, Colo., husband-and-wife pilots for United Airlines.
promoted to captain ahead of her husband.
first flight as captain of a Boeing 737, she requested her husband as her
So much for
inferiority of women pilots.