Saturday, August 30, 2008

CNN’s John Roberts' Sexist Gaffe, NOW's Pot and Kettle

On Friday's "Newsroom", CNN's John Roberts said this:

"There's also this issue that on April 18th, she gave birth to a baby with Down's Syndrome.... Children with Down's syndrome require an awful lot of attention. The role of Vice President, it seems to me, would take up an awful lot of her time, and it raises the issue of how much time will she have to dedicate to her newborn child?"
So, her baby is an issue? Well, well. This isn't just the present-day sexism of women scouring the landscape for reasons to be outraged. This is blatantly old school, barefoot-and-pregnant stuff. Will NOW will demand Roberts' immediate resignation? If NOW is what it claims to be, my inability to find any such thing despite several searches of Google News would be some sort of cyber-fluke.

It's a sure bet that NOW will ignore this flagrant "misogyny", since it's politically inconvenient to address it. That, and they're busy with their own attack on Palin. NOW PAC Chair Kim Gandy ends her statement "on the Selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain's Vice Presidential Pick" this way:
Finally, as the chair of NOW's Political Action Committee, I am frequently asked whether NOW supports women candidates just because they are women. This gives me an opportunity to once again answer that question with an emphatic 'No.' We recognize the importance of having women's rights supporters at every level but, like Sarah Palin, not every woman supports women's rights.
Hm. Evidently Palin isn't a member of NOW's good-old-girl network. NOW has repeatedly demonstrated, as they do here, that "not every woman supports women's rights" - NOW won't defend the rights of certain women.

This election cycle just hit a new entertainment high, what with all the pots and kettles. I didn't think the Obama camp would make an issue of Palin's experience (they did). I didn't think that McCain's Veep pick would be called "an insult to the intelligence of women" because it's a "token ticket" (it was). This stuff is too rich for words - and I don't want to miss any of it. I'm off to try a Google News search on delicious irony.

(H/T Hot Air)

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