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The Sexist Pigs of MSNBC

Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 17:44 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

I got an email a couple of weeks ago from the non-partisan feminist group The New Agenda assailing cable channel MSNBC as “a cesspool of misogyny,” providing links to examples:

On Tuesday, [May 24,] MSNBC host Ed Schultz referred to radio show host Laura Ingraham as a “slut.” In fact, the word flowed so effortlessly off his tongue, he referred to her as a “slut” twice in two sentences! Yesterday, Schultz made an on-air apology and took a self-imposed one-week suspension without pay.

But Schultz’s short work leave is hardly fodder for revelry. Under MSNBC President Phil Griffin, who has had executive oversight of MSNBC since 2006, the cable network has displayed a consistent disdain and disrespect for women in leadership and public life. It’s time we do something about it! Griffin must immediately institute corporate governance or resign!

READ our op-ed featured at The Daily Caller: MSNBC is a cesspool of misogyny [DM: link was bad but is now fixed.]

During the 2008 election, MSNBC was the leading culprit in overt sexism — the channel was filled with poster-boys of sexism: Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, David Shuster, Pat Buchanan and Mike Barnicle

Under Griffin’s leadership, the cable network has continued its unabated disdain for women leaders. From “a big mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick on it” (Olbermann) to “balloon head” (Matthews) to “If Palin wasn’t hot would we be talking about her?” (Deutsch). It’s like 2008 never even happened. Well, sorry, Mr. Griffin: it did!

Long-time MSNBC on-air personality Chris Matthews has apparently decided, right on cue, to hand TNA another piece of evidence with this exchange about what Rep. Anthony Weiner’s wife knew about his pre-marital behavior:

CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC: “Yeah, but he says his wife knew. He laid it out on her.”

JOHN FEEHERY, Republican strategist: “Which is a terrible, terrible mistake.”

MATTHEWS: “Well, maybe she’s partly responsible if she knew about it?”

Let me get this straight. Weiner had messed around before he was married, his wife knew he had, and this makes her “partly responsible” for his behavior after he promised to forsake all others as long as they both shall live? The behavior she didn’t know about until a couple of days ago? Looks to me like Matthews is saying that unless you marry a virgin, it’s your own damn fault if your spouse cheats on you later. Oh, and that men needn’t be held responsible for their actions.

For a channel that aspires to be the go-to source for news and commentary from and for the left side of the spectrum, this is embarrassing. One wonders if MSNBC’s sexist talent isn’t merely the tip of a liberal iceberg of misogyny.

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