James Rosen, Fox News’ chief Washington correspondent, said that some of the criticism of Marie Harf and Jen Psaki was rooted in sexism.
On the Howard Kurtz program Mediabuzz this weekend, Rosen was asked about the State Department spokesduo, which has been pilloried by the international press and center-right commentariat for multiple high-profile gaffes. Following a Harf statement last week that “we cannot kill our way out of this war” with ISIS, even MSNBC’s Chris Matthews complained about the administration’s feckless response to the Islamist threat.
While Rosen thought some criticism was justified, he worried that much of the social media blowback was offensive. The only specific example he pointed to was a Photoshop I made last year. You can watch Rosen’s remarks in the video below (skip to the two-minute mark) or read the transcript below.
Savages around the globe are murdering young women, selling them into sex slavery, and tossing acid into their faces. But a new viral video wants to redirect our outrage to another battleground of the global war on women: catcalls.
The video appeared yesterday in my Facebook feed with an image of a female and the headline “This is what it’s like to be catcalled on the street 108 times in a single day.” At first I thought it a humblebrag, but soon discovered it was yet another campaign to make men feel guilty.
For years, I’ve been annoyed at the slovenly among us. I’m hardly a tuxedo-clad metrosexual, but why do so many adult males dress like kids on summer break? Whether I’m at a tech office, a church service, or — heaven forbid — an airplane, it looks like the Sunday morning after frat rush week. Stained T-shirts over big bellies, ill-fitting Wal-Mart shorts, ratty gym shoes — and would it kill you to drag a comb through that shaggy mop?
Growing up in the Southwest, I’m hardly one for undue formality. Shorts and light shirts are essential for several months of the year. But if you’re afraid to carry a styrofoam cup because strangers keep throwing change in it, it’s time to re-evaluate the wardrobe.
It wasn’t always this way. Compare the crowd buying hotdogs at a baseball game; this first shot is from 1920s New York, the second from today.
For years, the media has characterized the GOP as an old, white male monolith. They ignore (or ridicule) Republican female governors and lawmakers, but concoct sexist narratives out of every stray comment.
But the media and Republicans do agree that conservatives need to reach out to women voters. Former governor Mike Huckabee did just that at a meeting of the Republican National Committee this morning. After discussing women’s remarkable achievements, he criticized the Democrats’ ideological sexism: