Stephanopoulos had invited on the perpetually annoying British import Tina Brown, who complained, "(I)t almost feels as if all these women winning are kind of a blow to feminism. Because, each one of them, really, most of them, are, you know, very much, you know, against so many of things that women have fought for such a long time."
Stephanopoulos invited no Republican guests on this occasion, so he attempted a mild rebuttal to Brown: "Well, you could argue they're different kinds of feminists. They've had a lot of success in different fields."
Brown snapped back: "Women, too, can be wing nuts, is the point." It's bizarre that Brown is so blind that she doesn't think you could call Barbara Boxer or her beloved Hillary Clinton a "wing nut," only the conservative or Republican women.
Several networks found "news" and some kind of national controversy in Fiorina mocking Boxer's hairdo as "so yesterday" when she was wearing an open microphone off-camera. Stephanopoulos gave it a whole story when he moonlighted as evening anchorman on "World News." NBC's "Today" led off the show with this nothing-burger and mentioned it three times. Co-host Hoda Kotb touted it as a "big gaffe-a-rooney."
Newsweek's Eleanor Clift insisted Fiorina was wrong about just who was "so yesterday" in politics. "And these two Republican women are also social conservatives in a state that's very pro-choice. So maybe those issues will be cast as 'so yesterday.'" Clift's wishful thinking had to be corrected by Monica Crowley, who informed her that Whitman favors abortion.
That's not as bad as Jerry Brown accusing Whitman in advance of tarring him in her ads: "It's like Goebbels. Goebbels invented this kind of propaganda. He took control of the whole world. She wants to be president. That's her ambition, the first woman president. That's what this is all about."
Amount of network outrage? Zip. The only network mention came from ABC's Jake Tapper on "This Week," and even he said, "(R)egardless of the tastelessness, Jerry Brown has a point ... that she has a lot of money." The media can disregard a lot of tastelessness when the women who are smeared are Republicans.
L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. To find out more about Brent Bozell III, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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